Fun for all the family

This week's line-up includes the Disney concert in Abu Dhabi and the Freej show in Dubai.

THE LION KING, Simba, 1994, (c)Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
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The new year is upon us with a host of children's activities. This week's line-up is particularly strong, with the Disney concert in Abu Dhabi and the Freej show in Dubai. Children of all ages are sure to enjoy the events.

Abu Dhabi: For an opportunity to introduce your children to the orchestra, visit the Abu Dhabi Classics concert The Magical Music of Walt Disney at Emirates Palace on Sunday at 6.00pm. The performance lasts for two hours. Dh100-450. Dubai: Favourite Things' winter camp for children from four to seven years old takes place today and tomorrow. There's plenty to keep the children occupied, including gym sessions, Play-Doh modelling, story times, singalongs, face painting and free play. Dh120 per session. Favourite Things, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road. Call 04 345 2725 for more information.

Dubai: Visit the Little Big Club at Dubai Global Village and meet characters from TV shows. Children can have their photograph taken with characters such as Barney, Bob the Builder and Pingu. From now until Feb 21. Visit for details. Abu Dhabi: Visit the Abu Dhabi Equestrian club on Sunday for the first round of the Arabian Triple Crown horse race. Call 02 44 55550 for details. Al Ain: A variety of dance classes, including ballet and jazz, are starting this week at House of Arts. Visit or call 03 76 2665 for the timetable and details.

Dubai: AC Milan vs Hamburg is tonight at 7.00 at The Sevens. With David Beckham expected to play, and his wife expected to watch, this match is likely to delight sports fans and autograph hunters alike. Tickets are Dh100 for adults and Dh50 for children under 12. Abu Dhabi: Visit the Abu Dhabi Classics concert Shostakovich Conducts Shostakovich in which the internationally acclaimed conductor Maxim Shostakovich will conduct the music of his late father Dmitri. Saturday at 8pm. Dh30-650. Age restriction: 8 and over.

Dubai: Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is sponsoring Freej Folklore on from Jan 8 to 17. The UAE's home-grown cartoon Freej is transferred to the stage in this all-singing, all-dancing performance at the Madinat Jumeirah Arena. Call 04 366 8888 or visit for details. Tickets are Dh200.