The Abu Dhabi Summer Season is in full swing and you can still enjoy signature events like the Nickelodeon Expo. I took my 3 and 6 year olds and they both enjoyed the experience. I say, ‘experience’, because that’s exactly what it was, not just a presentation. My kids were able to meet Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Shimmer & Shine all in one place!
Mix it up 
I’ll admit, about 15 minutes into the opening number (a song and dance skit by SpongeBob and friends) I wondered if my kids would remain attentive for two whole hours. The good thing is, they didn’t have to be because the event is a mix of live shows, exhibitions and experience zones. Most of our time was spent enjoying the activities in the character-themed experience zones like magnetic pizza making, navigating a maze and arts and crafts. Each booth was creatively laid out with twists on classic games like Twister where the mat was a pizza with toppings and basketball where plush octopus toys were thrown into nets.
Get moving with friends 
There’s no time for sitting around at Nick Expo. Kids were given easy access to their favorite characters. There was parade of throughout the activity as well as scheduled photo sessions in front of well appointed backdrops. There was no shortage of opportunities to give Donatello a high five or pose with the pups from Paw Patrol.
Survival Tips
The Nickelodeon Expo tent is setup in the parking lot in front of Marina Mall. It’s easy to get in and out and there was a ton of close parking available. We arrived about 10 minutes before showtime and I parked in the front row. We attended the 4:15 p.m. show with a moderate amount of people. Take advantage of the summer exodus and attend a popular kid’s event without wading through large crowds. Take snacks! There’s not much on offer by way of concessions with the exception of branded juice pouches and packs of cookies that come at a premium price.
The details
Nickelodeon Expo Abu Dhabi is on from August 6 till August 15 at the Nick Expo Tent – Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi. Tickets are on sale in-store at Toys R Us, Marina Mall, Early Learning Centre in Abu Dhabi, ELC or online at TicketMaster (wwww.ticketmaster.ae).
Note: We were provided complementary tickets for the purpose of this review.