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Summary: DUBAI - Thousands of kids went spell bound with the magic of the Dubai Summer Surprises as stories of their favourite characters came to life on stage just steps away from them.

DUBAI - Thousands of kids went spell bound with the magic of the Dubai Summer Surprises as stories of their favourite characters came to life on stage just steps away from them.

In Mercato, "World of Stories" is taking place three times a day at 5.30pm, 6.45pm and 8pm, while roaming entertainers go around in colourful sets and installations creating a magical atmosphere for both kids and adults looking to relive their childhood.

Mohammed Rizvi, a father of three, said that he has brought his kids to the World of Stories twice this week. "It is very educational and informative. My boys love it so much as they listen to fairy tales." This DSS, Mercato has transformed its main atrium into a magical and enchanting Toy Store filled with toys, storytelling and life-size puppets and dolls. Mirla El Masri Heisser, PR and Corporate Communication Manager of Mercato, said that the "magical" mall is entertaining the whole family with live stage shows as the family members shop with incredible discounts and mega prizes that they can win. The Magical Toy Store Show is going on until June 23. She said that the live performances in Mercato this DSS intends to entertain, captivate, educate and interact.

"The shows are packed with songs, dance and colourful performers who interact with the audience. These shows are guaranteed to keep everyone come back for more," she said. A Storytelling Corner has been set up with dazzling decoration, where a beautiful doll will be reading a selection of modern and traditional children's books and fairy tales to the little ones.

In Mercato's The Porto Vecchio Village, there will be a fantastic area allocated for Arts and Crafts where children will have the chance to create their own puppets such as Pinocchio and other characters. "My brother and I used to watch Pinocchio's movie. Now, we have the opportunity to enjoy great fun making Pinocchio greeting cards this DSS," Mariam Syed, a 12-year-old Indian kid, said. Pinocchio Mascot will be there from June 24 to July 14. Children will also be able to create Pinocchio-themed and personalised cards. Children will be able to do what they love the most, playdough which will enable them to exercise hand muscles and to develop fine motor skills. Balloon bending, face painting and martial arts are added attractions to children.

In the Main Galleria at Mirdiff City Centre, "Very Smurfy Festival" made its Middle East debut in Dubai with the DSS. Huge crowds from all nationalities, particularly children were thrilled to see their favourite characters.

"Very Smurfy Festival", will continue till June 24, with three shows every weekday at 4.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm, with an extra show on at 9pm on weekend days.

Modhesh World has amazed children with its funfare, sand play zone, colouring with sand, discovery centre, science planetarium, kids sports and much more until July 14. At Dubai Marina Mall, Spongebob Show continues to mesmerise kids in three shows at 4.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm. "I love Spongebob. I have Spongebob toys given to me by my Dad. But, watching him dance is different from just having a toy," Samuel Nuico, a Filipino 13-year-old boy, said.

At Al Ghurair centre, Sound of Music Sing-Along, story telling, arts and crafts have created waves of excitement among families and children. Stilt walking, balloon bending, face painting and roaming mascots are around from 5pm to 8pm at Town Centre in Jumeirah.

Town Centre Jumeirah and Mercato have offered irresistible discount deals this DSS. Most of the retail shops, local and international brands, are offering from 25 per cent up to 75 percent off, making it an irresistible way to enter the Spend-to-Win promotion. Shoppers spending Dh200 in both malls will receive an entry into the Grand Prize Draw. On July 15, Mercato will be giving away a brand new luxury Cadillac SRX and the diamond Jewellery prize winners will be announced every Sunday over the four-week promotion.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jun 19, 2012
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