Open-Air Fun at the Magical Festival Village
Magical Festival Village combines shopping, eating out and family entertainment in one open-air location, and it has something to offer to adults and children of all ages.
The venue itself will catch children’s attention immediately: lanterns, flowers and colourful lights serve as impromptu ceilings between the stalls of the little souq at the entrance of the village. While parents browse through the stands that sell anything from spices, clothing, beauty products, bedding and crockery, the little ones can have fun discovering the decorations above their heads.
The Turkish ice cream sellers in the kiosks dotted around the Village also provide an amusing distraction to customers and passers-by.
A dancing fountain right in the middle of the Village overlooks the restaurants and cafés. For a very special meal, look out for the Alice Café—a castle-shaped, Alice in Wonderland-themed cafeteria guarded by a giant inflatable dragon and a talking tree.
Children will be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment. Tiny tots can take a ride on the merry-go-round or play in the huge indoor soft play area, complete with colourful balls, slides and trampolines. Older children will love the indoor arcade’s video games and ride-on vehicles, as well as the outdoor carnival games and amusement rides. Teenagers—and parents—will enjoy the virtual reality games, as well as the mechanical bull and the skydiving simulator.
Magical Festival Village will also feature a 35-metre-high outdoor Ferris wheel, an outdoor trampoline and bumping cars—all of which were not operating at the time of writing. A circus soft opened on 15 March in the theatre that has hosted 3D and live shows over the previous months.
Location: Parking area behind Katara Cultural Village, opposite the entrance to The St. Regis Hotel
Hours: Daily 14:00—22:00 until 30th April
Fee: Entering the village is free. All amusements can be accessed by purchasing a card in the arcade (minimum QR 100), while tickets for the circus must be purchased separately.
Parking: Parking space is limited so expect long lines at busy times—Thursdays and Fridays evenings in particular. Valet parking is also available