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Child talking to robot at Expo 2020 Image Credit: Supplied

Looking forward to a day at Expo 2020 Dubai with the family? You’ve picked the perfect time – today, the World’s Greatest Show is not only offering basketball games and storytelling on the Al Wasl Dome but also fitness classes for kids and interactive chances to learn. Find yourself wondering where to go next? Just stop and ask the robots to point the way.

Here’s a look at all the stuff you can do:

Check out Al Qatt Al Asiri and Tiles Painting at the Saudi Arabia Pavilion.

When: 10am-1pm and 5.30pm-9.30pm

Want to learn an ancient art? Walk over to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion to learn all about the craft of pattern-painting. The educational, interactive and demonstrative workshop will showcase exactly why this colourful practice got into the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

See Notre-Dame de Paris, the Experience at the France Pavilion.

When: 10am-10pm

You no longer need to go to France to see this a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Instead, when you go to the France Pavilion, you can see it in all its glory thanks to a virtual immersion experience that uses augmented reality technology.

Learn by attending Interactive Culture Lab sessions at Campus Germany

When: 1.30pm-7pm

Achtung! Calling all kids – there are interactive sessions, dance lessons and quizzes afoot at the Germany Pavilion. Or, if you prefer, you can duel your buddy on the Nintendo Switch. Either way, it’s time to play.

Turn up and play 3v3 basketball by in-house Expo 2020 team at the multi-purpose sports court

When: 3pm-7pm

You got game? Bring it courtside and test your skills against the Dubai Expo 2020 Team in a playoff that’s sure to be fun.

Relax with an Emirati welcome at 2020, Sun, Sea and Earth Plazas

When: 3.30-7.30 (various timings)

Get an authentic Emirates welcome when you walk into the Expo site. The entertainment includes dances, singing and performances such as Ayala Al Bahriya, Al Harbeya, Al Liwa and more.

Workout with the family at the Haddins Fitness Global Fitness Stage

When: 5-5.30pm

Looking to get a quick – and fun – workout in on your trip? Look no further than this engaging spot of exercise.

Watch ‘The Humanimals’ at Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre

When: 5-5.30pm

This show is made for your laughter. Guided by five hilarious characters, Humanimals will take you on a journey through the animal kingdom. This family show will delight and entertain all who encounter it.

Jump! It’s Pound Fitness for Kids by Rita at Global Fitness Stage

When: 5.15-5.45pm

Rock out and make some noise kids – this is one party you won’t want to miss. Using light drumsticks, you’ll learn how to move and groove to music. The best part? Jumping and dancing is encouraged.

Witness the awakening of Al Wasl at Al Wasl Plaza

When: 5.58pm-6.18pm

The biggest 360-degree projection dome in the world comes to life in hues of purple and blue, red and orange, growing more vibrant as the sun sets and the night rolls in.

Check out Hip Hop Op on the Sun Stage

When: 6pm-6.30pm

The Expo Resident Dance Company’s cool moves are going to have you wanting to join dance school – so be prepared when you see the routine flex.

See the epic ‘Ousha & The Moon’ play out at Al Wasl Plaza

When: 6.45-7pm

Fantastic and nostalgic - tumble into the world of a 12-year-old girl’s dream. A place where the moon speaks and the threads of destiny are weaved. A look into the mind of a child born without speech, whose words would one day capture the heart of a nation.

See the Saudi Folklore Performance at Saudi Arabia Pavilion

When: 7-7.10pm, 8.20-8.30pm, 9.40-9.50pm

The Saudi Signature Performance Group presents a vibrant, energetic dance representing various regions and Saudi folklore. With amazing costumes and accompanied by beautiful music, songs and chants, they will be a daily feature at the pavilion.

See ‘Stars in the Wild’ dance on Al Wasl Stage

When: 8.30-8.50pm

Follow the Wise Man, his Oryx and other creatures that live between dreams and reality in this narrative that melds dance, music and puppetry for an entertaining show.

Dance along to Exposé at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre

When: 10pm-10.30pm

Love music and dance? Then stay for this eclectic show, which is a delicious mix of amazing performances by an international team of song and dance masters.