Big fun awaits little explorers in Expo’s Press Play visitor journey, with games, playgrounds, animals, and more

DUBAI, 18 November 2021 – With Expo and UNICEF celebrating World Children’s Day on 20 November, it’s the perfect time for kids of all ages to explore Expo 2020 Dubai’s Press Play visitor journey, one of the many curated tours designed by Expo to enrich the visitor experience.

The journey incorporates unforgettable moments of fun and adventure, highlighting games, musical experiences, animals, and more, across the Expo site. It will take them to the Tonga Pavilion, where a young Tongan boy, Lafi, will introduce the family to his friends, the animals of Tonga, and his best friend, Lei, a whale.

An out-of-this-world experience awaits at the Belarus Pavilion, where a video game called Beltaurus takes visitors into outer space. And at the Monaco Pavilion, young ones can take part in another video game, helping a penguin navigate different obstacles, such as ice cracks, leopard seals and waste.

The Bulgaria Pavilion allows children to learn through play, with an innovative playground that converts kids’ kinetic energy into light, stimulating little ones to play more and reducing overall energy consumption. Fans of board games can expect great fun at the Ethiopia Pavilion, which has classic Ethiopian games, such as Gerbeta and Segno Maksegno, and the Angola Pavilion, meanwhile, invites kids to play two uniquely Angolan games; one designed to improve environmental awareness, and another that empowers Angolan society to come together.

More games can be found at the Malawi Pavilion, with a traditional Bawo game, a version of an ancient African board game based around a simple counting apparatus. Bawo (Malawi), Bao (Tanzania) and Omweso (Uganda) belong to the globally-known mancala group of ‘count and capture’ board games.

And young visitors can have a ‘whale’ of a time at Rashid’s Playground learning about humpback whales. These giant mammals are rare visitors to the Gulf, and a mother and a calf were spotted recently off the coast of the UAE.

Press Play is just one of many fascinating self-guided visitor journeys, available on the Expo 2020 Dubai app.