Top 10: Register your children for Yas Kids classes at Vogue Fitness, visit the Rainforest Maze at Dubai Marina Mall, and more

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Kids' fitness

Vogue Fitness offers packages for children in age groups 6 to 9 and 10 to 12. Yas Kids CrossFit sessions encourage children to lead a healthy, active life through a fitness programme that focuses on accuracy, agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, speed, strength and stamina.

Classes at 4.30pm on Sundays and Wednesdays; 10am on Saturdays, from Dh500 for eight classes, Vogue Fitness, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 583 2380,


Kids’ fun

Visit Dubai Marina Mall, which features the Dora the Explorer Rainforest Maze, where children can swing, crawl, jump and explore in an effort to find Map and Backpack, who are lost. Tackle a balance beam, monkey bars, a rope obstacle and more in this active discovery adventure.

Daily until Wednesday, from 3pm, free, promenade, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai, 04 436 1020,

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Fitness event

Start your week with a walk, jog, run or ride around the 5.55-kilometre Yas Marina Circuit at StartYas, a community health initiative presented by Daman ActiveLife. Families and friends can enjoy the cooler weather and stay or get fit this winter. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Sundays, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at

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Family fun

Plan to attend the Music Monkeys Playdate in the Park, which celebrates the classes’ fifth anniversary with a morning of children’s fun including a bouncy castle, music, tennis and football, bicycle rides, crafts, a gymnastics display, a kiddie manicure, face-painting, food and more.

Friday, 10am to 2pm, free entry, Yas Gateway Park North, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,

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Two exhibitions are on at Louvre Abu Dhabi. From One Louvre to Another tells the story of the origins of the Musée du Louvre, from the collections of Louis XIV at Versailles to the museum's opening following the French Revolution, and includes 150 masterpieces. Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire features four contemporary works created by UAE-based artists in collaboration with French manufacturers.

Daily until March 25 for Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire; daily until April 7 for From One Louvre to Another, 10am to 8pm daily (closed Mondays), Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi,


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Comedy show

The Laughter Factory brings its U Expats Are Funny Tour to Ajman and Dubai in February with Canadian headliner Allyson June Smyth, a former schoolteacher; Irish improviser Ian Coppinger; and the feel-good British-Somali storyteller Prince Abdi.

February 8-9, 9pm, Mövenpick JBR, Dubai; February 14, 8pm, Radisson Blu, Ajman; February 15, 9pm, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Tecom, Dubai; February 16, 7pm (early show), Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai; 9pm (late show), Jumeirah Creek Hotel, Dubai, from Dh150, ages 21+,



Alliance Française Dubai presents In-Between the Skyline of Kuwait City, an exhibition by Kuwaiti photographer Farah Salem, which includes photographs and a video installation. The images were shot over five years, when Salem explored the multicultural back-streets of Kuwait City. The artist aims to share the lesser-known stories of her city through images, books, video and sound, which she calls a "dynamic meditative experience".

Daily until February 10, 9am to 8pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712,


Cooking classes

Sign up for gourmet cooking classes at Table 9 and learn to craft a three-course European meal under the guidance of head chef Enver Can Gümüs. The three-hour class will give you the skills to help you bring out your inner culinary flair.

Sundays to Thursdays, 4pm and 6.30pm; 4pm on Fridays, from Dh250, Table 9, Hilton Dubai Creek, Dubai, 04 212 7560,

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Cultural event

Book your spot for Sound of Korea, a performance by Korean folk-music ensemble Suri, which was founded in 2000 to promote the beauty of Gugak, traditional Korean music, and develop its complex artistry. The performance will feature stringed and wind instruments as well as solo and ensemble performances.

Friday, 7pm, free with registration, Korean Cultural Center, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, register at


Acting class

The Courtyard Playhouse presents Mumprov, an eight-week programme of fun and engaging with other mothers through learning the principles of improvisation and creating stories and scenes. Designed for stay-at-home mums to attend after the school drop off, the course can help increase self-confidence, improve communication skills and lets participants have fun in a friendly and supportive environment.

Starts Tuesday, then runs weekly until March 16, 9am to 10am on Tuesdays, from Dh1,000, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 781 2269,