Abu Dhabi set for Springtime Festival return

Family-friendly weekend event taking over Yas Island

Area Guides

Fairy tales can come true – it could happen to you in Abu Dhabi next month.

The Once Upon A Springtime Festival will be enchanting the whole family for an unforgettable weekend of themed games, activities and live entertainment at Yas Marina.

The fifth annual extravaganza will see youngsters immersed in story time brought to life as they take a wondrous trip to Unicorn Land, featuring candy and rainbow-themed bouncy castles and unicorn rides.

Yas Island will become a fantasy island with little ones able to try out the gigantic outdoor games in the Secret Garden, including Connect 4, Tic Tac Toe and Jenga, before transporting themselves to Alice’s curiouser and curiouser Wonderland, where they can try to navigate a mesmerizing maze and take on an obstacle course.

Dreams will turn into reality at the Enchanted Forest, where young visitors can transform themselves into unicorns, fairies, pixies and a host of other woodland creatures at the face painting stations.

A wealth of arts and crafts activities will be available throughout the weekend, so kids can show off their creative side.

The on-site mini amphitheatre will play host to a series of puppet shows and storytelling sessions, while adults will be able to peruse the quaint Ye Old Market, organised by Tiny Bean Events, which will be setting its stall out with a selection of jewellery, clothing, flowers and fresh produce.

There is also a chance for the whole family to enjoy an adventure on the waves by jumping on board for a Wizard Boat Ride, courtesy of Captain Tony.

For a small fee, guests will be taken on a memorable marine cruise, after which dry land will never be the same again.

If you need to refuel during all the fun, you will be spoilt for culinary choice, with a host of top class restaurants to try out on Yas Marina.

This brilliant bonanza is sure to put an extra spring in your step at the end of March.

Dhs30 (entry per child), Dhs25 (for Wizard boat ride for adults and children aged five and over, kids under five ride for free). Fri, Mar 30-Sat Mar 31 1pm-6pm. Yas Marina.

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