Treat your little girl to a spa at Tickles & Giggles
Pamper your princess with a mani-pedi, facial or a chic new hair-do. This kids’ centre also offers activities such as baby yoga and etiquette classes, and organises birthday parties and sells party supplies. Mums and dads can enjoy a cup of coffee in the parents’ lounge.
Dhs75 for a haircut, Dhs50 for a manicure. Ongoing. Sadaf 1, JBR, www.ticklesandgiggles.com (04 432 8681).
Catch a match at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Pop down to the polo club for a picnic and an afternoon match – you can bring your own picnic or rely on the venue to do all the cooking for you. Choose from one of the polo picnic boxes, packed full of snacks and nibbles.
Picnic boxes Dhs125 for one person, Dhs300 for two, including one-car access to the polo field, available only on Fridays. Polo matches held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 3.30pm until sunset. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.poloclubdubai.com (04 361 8111).
Go artsy shopping at Times Square Center
Catch the monthly sale of local arts and crafts at this regular ARTE market: pick up interesting books, hand-made jewellery, art and more. And if you can’t make it to Times Square, check out the online goodies for sale on the website.
Free. Noon-7pm. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.arte.ae (04 341 8020).
Cook up a storm at Waves Pool Lounge
Don’t miss the chance for your kids to learn some culinary skills. Sign up your mini masterchef for the kids’ cooking club, which is ideal for children aged three and above, and offers something different on the menu every Saturday. Today’s special? Dracula blood! Adults can enjoy a laid-back afternoon with a 15 per cent discount on food and drinks.
Dhs45 for one class, Dhs40 for two, Dhs35 for three. 11am-noon. Also on January 21 and 28. Waves Pool Lounge, Layla Oak and Hotel Suites, Barsha (04 437 7888).
Rocking All Over the World at Madinat Jumeirah
This musical extravaganza features a talented 11-piece cast paying tribute to musical icons including Celine Dion, U2, ABBA, Madonna, Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson. Hosted by comic actress Bronwyn Evans, the show is interspersed with sketches from comedy characters.
Dhs185. 8pm. Until Saturday 14. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.madinattheatre.com (04 366 6546).
Enjoy messing around in boats?
Don’t miss the chance to head down to the Volvo Ocean Race in Abu Dhabi, which ends today. There are lots of free activities for the kids to get involved in, from free paddleboarding sessions to simulators where you can relive life on the seas during the race.
Prices vary according to activity. Until Saturday 14. Destination Village, Abu Dhabi Corniche, www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com (no number).
See Beauty and the Beast in 3D
The kids will never say no to a Disney movie, no matter how many times they’ve watched it. And with 3D the big trend for the coming year, that’s all the more reason to watch this remake of the timeless classic. Watch an enchanted candelabra, teapot and mantle clock dance while the beautiful Belle and the mighty Beast fall in love all over again.
Check out the DSF festivities with the family
Dubai Shopping Festival is here, with tons of things to do for the whole family. Splurge on some of the mega sales currently being held at malls across the city, or let the kids loose at the carnival at Emaar Boulevard, which starts at 8pm. There’ll be plenty of fireworks and entertainment to keep them occupied (and the free sweets given out during the parade are bound to get them excited).
Prices and timings vary. Locations across Dubai, www.mydsf.ae (no number).
Sign up for a mums-only drama workshop at Ductac
An opportunity for mums to prove that you don’t have to be a kid to be creative. Stage Mothers is a workshop organised by Kids’ Theatre Works that gives mums the chance to work on a variety of character studies, scenes and group exercises, ending in a performance for family and friends. It’s your time to shine, even if you have no previous experience.
Price TBC. 10.30am-noon. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.kidstheatreworks.com (04 341 4777).
Enjoy a stable tour at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a working stable? Let the tour guide show you the superb facilities at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and watch in awe as the horses train each morning, as you learn more about looking after and feeding these majestic animals. Finish the morning with a relaxing breakfast in Epona Lounge overlooking the riding arena.
Dhs100 (children), Dhs195 (adults) for a two-hour tour. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.poloclubdubai.com (04 361 8111).