Another Fab Festival at First Point! What's Next?

Following on from the stellar success of the first two Festival of Schools events, we move to Arcadia School in Jumeirah Village Triangle this Saturday 20th November. As with all the brilliant, FREE Festivals, we’ve planned a full day out in the local area for you…read on for your itinerary, how to secure your FREE tickets and lots of exclusive discounts. Arcadia School in Jumeirah Village Triangle will play host to the Festival of Schools on Saturday 20th November, 9am – 1pm.
Another Fab Festival at First Point! What's Next?
By Jenny Mollon
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After the incredible success and positive feedback from the first Festival at Safa British School, last weekend saw hundreds of smiling faces attend the Festival of Schools at GEMS FirstPoint School. This week, it’s the turn of the wonderful Arcadia School in Jumeirah Village Triangle. We’ve put together a brilliant day out for you, read on for more!

The Festival of Schools, Saturday 20th November, 9am-1pm, Arcadia School

Getting There

Arcadia School sits right in the heart of the Jumeirah Village Triangle community, and within easy reach of Dubai Sports City, Jumeirah Park, The Springs, The Meadows, Emirates Hills and more family friendly communities. The school is close to both the E44 and E3111 roads and the area is well served by buses. Plan your journey with public transport using the RTA Journey Planner here.

A map showing the location of Arcadia School

Breakfast In Style

On the other side of the E311, lies Dubai Sports City and of our Dubai’s best kept breakfast hot spots, Pangolin at The Els Club. The grown up breakfast menu serves up both healthy and indulgent treats (and seriously fantastic coffee) but it’s the kids breakfast menu we love the most. What better than “Hippo in a Pond” for breakfast?! (Confused? We were…Hippo in a Pond is a dish of milk chocolate porridge with strawberries…not on the adult menu but we reckon if you ask nicely, you might be able to get your very own Hippo!).

Grab a healthy breakfast ahead of the Festival of Schools!

The Main Event – The Festival of Schools, Arcadia School, Saturday 20th November, 9am – 1pm


The team behind Arcadia have been excitedly planning their event for weeks and we can’t wait to experience it with you!

The Highlights

Sustainable Treasure Hunt
Festival goers will be challenged to find different locations around the school and complete a series of sustainable challenges – all in under one hour! At the end of your hunt, get your Festival passport stamped to receive a very special prize.

Tackle the Arcadia Treasure Hunt!

Join a host of Adventure and Challenge taster sessions
Visitors can sign up for 30-minute taster sessions in the following areas:
Rock Climbing
Soccer skills
Adventurous Activities

Performance Stage
Watch as talented youngsters and staff perform live on stage. The entertainment is set to include:
Martial Arts Exhibition
Dance Troop
Gymnastic Display
Session Musicians
Drama Skits
Student music activities
The Arcadia School Green Fashion Show, where visitors can showcase their “Our Planet, Our Future” themed designs

Watch a Martial Arts Display, courtesy of the Festival of Schools

Nursery and FS Stay and Play Creche
Families with children between the ages of 1 and 5 can introduce their children to wonderful Arcadia School Foundation Zone. The Festival’s youngest visitors can engage in craft, messy play, face painting, junior gym, role play and many more activities with the school’s team of Early Years experts.

Your Afternoon of Post Festival Fun!

Kids Unlimited UAE, Jumeirah Park Pavilion

Just a few minutes-drive from Arcadia School, families will find Kids Unlimited UAE, a brilliant indoor play and fitness centre for children of all ages. Open 10am to 8pm on Saturdays, Kids Unlimited UAE is a great spot to burn off the last of the little people’s excess energy post Festival!

Even better, present your Festival passport for 15% discount on admission.

Get 15% off at Kids Unlimited UAE!

Dubai Butterfly Garden

The ‘Worlds Largest Covered Butterfly Garden’ is situated approximately 10 minutes from Arcadia School. Visit to experience more that 15,000 incredible butterflies in a climate controlled environment. Tickets start from 55 AED and under 3s go free.

Expo 2020 Dubai

A little further afield but well worth the drive…why not complete your day with a trip to Expo 2020 Dubai? Already a firm favourite with families from around the world, the cooler weekend afternoons are now a great time to visit. Among the vast array of incredible sights and activities, you’ll find a “Music in the Garden” session at Al Wasl Plaza at 3pm on Saturday 20th November. A perfect way to unwind after a busy morning at the Festival of Schools.

Exclusive Festival Discounts!

If you are headed to the centre of Dubai for the afternoon, use your Festival of Schools passport (issued at the event) for exclusive discounts at some of Dubai’s best indoor play centres:

Air Maniax – Festival goers can use their Passport for 20% off PREMIUM access. Valid 2-6pm on Saturday 20th November and Sunday – Wednesday throughout the month of November.
Street Maniax – Dubai’s best parkour and trampoline centre will allow Festival goers 20% off PREMIUM access on Saturday 20th November (2-6pm) and on Sunday – Wednesday throughout the month of November.
Oli Oli – Dubai’s first ‘experiential play museum’ is one of our favourite places to spend a family afternoon. On production of your Festival passport, families can avail of 20% off the general admission price, throughout the month of November. Advance booking is essential – call 047027300 to make your reservation.
The Festival of Schools can be found on Kidzapp

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