Bahrain Spring of Culture 2020: Ten family-friendly activities you can head to this year

Your kids will love all the things to do at this year’s festival

Bahrain Spring of Culture 2020: Ten family-friendly activities you can head to this year

Bahrain’s Spring of Culture is back for another edition, and there’s so many things to do that it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

If you’re looking for family-friendly activities it can be even harder, but luckily for you we’ve rounded up a few of our top picks.

Read on for ten events and activities you should be taking your kids to at the Spring of Culture 2020.

Aladdin
Even if your kids loved Disney’s version of Aladdin, we guarantee they’re going to love this one even more. Brought to Bahrain by a British theatre group, this musical comedy will have audience participation, puppetry and loads of illusions. Tickets aren’t available just yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as they go on sale at Al Osra supermarkets.
Sat Apr 4 11.30am, 5.30pm; Sun Apr 5-Mon Apr 6 10.45am, 7pm. Cultural Hall, Manama springofculture.org/events/aladdin/ (3961 6858).

Alice in Wonderland film screening
Alice in Wonderland is an absolutely classic, and the Qal’at al Bahrain site museum will be hosting a screening of Tim Burton’s 2010 version. Be warned: your kids will want to dress up after this one.
Free. Thu Mar 5 7pm onwards. Qal’at al Bahrain site museum, Al Qalah springofculture.org/events/movie-night-film-walt-disney-alice-in-wonderland-2010/ (1756 7171).

Archaeology walkathon
This 8 km walkathon, organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, will take you and your kids on a tour of some of the major archaeological sites in Bahrain, including Qal’at al Bahrain and the site of the Barbar Temple. It’s the perfect way to learn more about the history of the Kingdom, or just introduce your little ones to it. You’ll need to register for the event on the BACA website.
Free. Sat Feb 29 7.30am onwards. Qal’at al Bahrain site museum car park, Al Qalah www.culture.gov.bh/en/events/events/Name,18086,en.php (1756 7171).

Folk storytelling
This folk storytelling event is another great way to get your kids interested in history. They’ll get to learn all about the events and folk tales based in Muharraq in a really fun way. You’ll need to register for the event on the BACA website.
Free. Feb 22 10.30am onwards. Dar Al Muharraq www.culture.gov.bh/en/events/events/Name,18122,en.php (3546 7979).

Frantic street performance

We’re going to be honest here and say we’re not quite sure what to expect with this street performance – but we know it’ll be fun to watch. There’ll be acrobatics, dancing, a giant wheel, and a rain-soaked finale.
Free. Thu Feb 27 4pm, 9pm; Fri Feb 28 4pm, 6pm; Sat Feb 29 4pm, 6pm. Various locations springofculture.org/events/frantic/

Merchants of Bollywood
Love Bollywood? Then you’ll love this show that follows the film industry’s history, paying tribute to a dynasty of Indian film stars along the way. Tickets are already on sale and you should snap them up quickly.
BHD5 (C seats), BHD8 (B seats), BHD12 (A seats), BHD20 (P seats). Thu Mar 26-Fri Mar 27 5.30pm-11pm. Bahrain Bay mobsoc.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/78975/merchants-of-bollywood/ticket-office?id_event_show=397465

Mr Men and Little Miss puppet show
Basically everyone grows up reading the Mr Men and Little Miss books, and now your kids can experience them in real life with this puppet show. You can expect appearances from favourites like Mr Bump, Little Miss Splendid and Mr Tickle, and plenty of music to keep them entertained.
Wed Mar 4 10.45am; Thu Mar 5 10.45am, 6.30pm; Sat Mar 7 11am, 4.30pm. Cultural Hall, Manama springofculture.org/events/mr-men-little-misses/ (1729 8777).

Pianotainment

Two men, four hands, one piano – what could go wrong? Pianotainment sees concert pianists Stephan Weh and Marcel Dorn from Germany dazzle audiences with their hilarious show, which has been touring the world for more than 20 years. Make sure you get here early for seats.
Free. Fri Mar 13 7pm onwards. Cultural Hall, Manama springofculture.org/events/pianotainment/ (3961 6858).

Stick stock street performance
A dancer, a juggler and a Chinese pole artist walk into a street sounds like the start of a bad joke, but these three performers from different disciplines work together to create a fantastic show which sees them balancing on sticks and playing together.
Free. Thu Mar 5 4.30pm, 9pm; Fri Mar 6 4.30pm, 8.30pm; Sat Mar 7 4.30pm, 7.30pm. Various locations springofculture.org/events/stick-stock/

The Flying Dutchmen street performance
The Flying Dutchmen is a bit of a misnomer – there’s only one Dutchman, Michiel Hesseling, although he probably will end up flying through the air. For this show, he’s teamed up with French-Canadian unicyclist Jean-Michel Paré to create a very adventurous performance.
Free. Thu Feb 20 6pm; Fri Feb 21 4pm, 7.30pm; Sat Feb 22 4.30pm, 7.30pm. Various locations springofculture.org/events/the-flying-dutchmen/

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