Family Fun, Entertainment and Experiences at Mother of the Nation

Community event offering the ultimate cure for boredom this spring break, with multiple activity zones, entertainment, great food and shopping for all the family

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 27 March 2018: If you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids this spring break, then look no further than the Mother of the Nation Festival.

Running over ten days until Saturday, 31st March, the festival offers many diverse activity zones that will not only entertain your little ones but also educate and engage. Whether it’s rolling around inside an inflatable sphere, overcoming inhibitions by tackling various obstacles or learning about the life-cycle of food, the festival is a must-visit for families and groups of young friends.

Families should head straight to the Happiness Zone to wander, wonder and play in a beautiful natural space. The Wonder Garden awaits with its giant flowers and colourful insect furniture to immerse children in a place of imagination. The more adventurous can go off the beaten track and take a muddy adventure in a mini jeep just like grown-ups. There is also a Zorb Arena for a fun, futuristic, one-of-a-kind activity. Next on the list should be Courage Mountain that will challenge kids to overcome inhibitions and achieve a feeling of accomplishment in a safe but fun series of obstacles; from climbing nets to test patience and coordination to the ‘Bridge of Courage’ that tests balance and determination and finally, Ziplines as an exciting reward for reaching the end.

Experience Nature is a whimsical network of treehouses with captivating activities as an alternative to hectic action. Kids can take on the Nature Quest, an obstacle course of beams, bridges, tunnels, ramps and climbing walls made of natural materials to simulate the challenges of nature. Alternatively, they can get creative in the Arts & Crafts area and weave a pattern along a communal fence, create batik artworks or make a windmill.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Children can try their hand at creating a beautiful lantern in the shape of a flower that lights up from inside or take on various games of skill where they can earn plush prizes. There is also a digital canvas where they can express themselves via video graffiti. Aqua Fun is the perfect place to cool off and even getting there is fun; kids can hop on one of the jet ski shuttles before being let loose on a giant bouncy circuit of walls, ramps, bridges and obstacles.

The slightly older and more adventurous kids can head to the Progress Zone, where they will be challenged to push boundaries – of science, art and technology. The inquisitive ones can dig their fingers in soil and experience the joy of planting a seed and watching it grow into their favourite fruit or vegetable in the Plant & Seed area. The daredevils, meanwhile, can head to Air Dive to climb a tower and then free-fall from the platform with nothing but a bungee rope securing them, or to Free Fly, where they can leap from different heights and freefall into a giant inflated safety bag.

Those wanting to channel their creativity should head to the Draft & Craft area to make a kite or paint a pebble that will then become part of the ‘Path of Progress’, a mosaic pathway of painted stones. They can also write a wish for humanity for the large Kindness Tree. Children wanting to learn can find out what lurks beneath the sea as they explore the secret life of coral and add their own piece to a communal coral installation.

Not to be missed is the VR Artscape section, where kids aged 8 years and above can enter the studio of the future, strap on the VR headset and grab a Touch controller to create their masterpiece by splashing imaginary paint in all directions as mum and dad watch on a big screen.

Need a break? Head to the Beach Dining Zone, a natural, urban dining space along the shoreline, to enjoy one of a variety of tasteful options from the food trucks, kiosks and restaurants. Alternatively, head to the Souq to enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many festival food vendors or in the beautiful Souq Café before browsing the stylish retail carts spread throughout the festival.

All of this can be found spread along more than a kilometre of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche at Miral’s new beachfront leisure development, A’l Bahar, which opened to the public for the first time when the festival launched last Thursday. Organised by the Department of Tourism and Culture – Abu Dhabi, the festival pays tribute to the living legacy and progressive vision of ‘the Mother of the Nation’, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, and President of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood.

A hub of high-quality entertainment for the entire family, the festival opens its doors daily from Sundays to Thursdays from 4pm until midnight, and on weekends from 2pm until midnight. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the festival entrance for AED 25 per adult and AED 15 for children under 12, while children aged 5 and under along with people of determination and those above 60 are admitted for free. Please visit for more details and the full schedule of concerts and performances.


About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi:

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike.  The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment.  Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.  The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage.  A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.


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