5 things to do today: visit Yas Mall for the Thai Festival Celebrations or take part in vertical training at TrainSZC

Our daily round-up of things to do: make plans to visit Yas Mall for the Thai Festival Celebrations; take part in vertical training at TrainSZC; attend the open day at The Courtyard Playhouse; plan to take your kids to Al Seef Resort and Spa by Andalus for a reading session; and attend out|side, a series of events for art professionals.

Thai Festival at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Yas Mall
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Make plans to visit Yas Mall and enjoy the Thai Festival Celebrations. It will showcase the rich Thai heritage in a family event featuring performances by Thai boxers from Cobra Fitness, Muay Thai demonstrations, and beginner Thai cooking classes from the Thai Chef Association in Abu Dhabi. Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, from 2pm, Town Square, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmall.ae

Take part in the vertical training at TrainZSC and run up and down the 884 stairs of the National Stadium for a fun cardio workout. Or take advantage of the flat areas around the pitch for a run or walk. Kids will enjoy the play area and there are health checks available from Daman. From 6pm to 9pm, free with registration, National Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at www.trainzsc.com or at the door

Attend the open day at The Courtyard Playhouse on Saturday and try out improv acting, watch some showcases, participate in a workshop, meet the instructors, actors and the crew and find out about the new season of performing-arts training. Saturday, August 27, 10am to 2pm, free, workshops at 10am and noon; improv showcases at 11am and 1pm, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.courtyardplayhouse.com

Plan to take your kids to Al Seef Resort and Spa by Andalus for a free children's reading session to celebrate World Literacy Day, which will take place on September 8. Plus, bring a new or used book to donate to Operation Smile, to help with their fundraising booksales. Friday, August 26, 11am and 4pm, free, Al Seef Resort and Spa by Andalus, near Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, 02 652 6777, book@andalus.ae, #UAEReads

Attend out|side, a programme of events for art professionals and enthusiasts at thejamjar, and see a screening of TED Talks and online films about curating, innovating and engagement. Thursday, August 25, 7.30pm, free, thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 7303, www.thejamjardubai.com