moanaOn Saturday 3rd December, we were treated to a movie by Emirates airline. The movie was shown at the IMAX cinema in Garden City Mall on Thika Road. My son (aged 10) and I were invited to watch the premier screening of Disney animation movie called Moana at 10.00am.

When we got there, we immediately went to the registration desk to register but before I even finished, my son was gone! He had  seen a children’s play table with Legos in the waiting area that other children who were waiting for the movie were keeping busy with. He had quickly run off to go and make a few structures before we got in. If it were not for the fact that we were going in for the movie, he could have stayed there all day. We got tags which allowed us in and also to each get free popcorn, a hotdog and soda. We promptly started eating the popcorn as we waited for the movie to start.

The cinema wasn’t quite full as there were about 30 children with their parents/guardians who were quite eager to watch the new release. Apart from the fact that Disney had made a movie that was not based on the usual fairytales, the star of the movie was a girl called Moana. She is next in line to be the chief of her tribe and resides on one of the many Polynesian islands. In order to save her village from imminent starvation as their main sources of food had started drying up due to a strange phenomenon, she went out in search of a demi-god to help her restore the balance of her island. The songs they sang were enjoyable and we found ourselves bopping to the music even if they some were not in English but in the language of people of the South Pacific.

Emirates, which has been voted the World’s Best Airline in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, offered Kenyans a taste of their in-flight experience by treating us to the new release and lunch as well at the same venue. Emirates offers a wide variety of children’s programming including the very best movies and television from Disney, Cartoon Network, CBeebies and Nickelodeon channels plus much more. The airline offers a world of entertainment for young flyers so they can enjoy the flights.

Meal times on board are also given extra attention as special meals are offered to children aged between two and 12 years old. They are served on newly designed meal trays featuring the iconic Emirates cabin crew and pilots.

When we left, the children were given some cute Emirates cuddly ‘Fly with me’ stuffed animals. My son got a hedgehog which had a pouch on its back that carries a small warm blanket to wrap up a child when they fall asleep in flight. There was also a smaller one that can be attached to their bag.

The airline also gives children the chance to get creative with magnetic sketchers, or explore the airline’s Fly With Me Animals magazine. The little adventurers also receive activity bags which include fold-out world maps, plastic drink bottles, cards with world facts and various educational books exclusive to the airline. I actually learnt about Burj Khalifa from my son which he read about in a travel journal which he found in the activity bag. It is not only the tallest building in Dubai, which is the capital city in the home of the airline but also in the world as it stands at over 800 meters tall. He is quite excited about it and can’t wait to see the colour displays that he has seen on TV in person. I hope that we will soon get to experience the wonders of the UAE and of course we have to fly Emirates!

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