Mosey on down to Marina Market at Dubai Marina Walk
This market boasts lots of stalls packed with baby clothes and children’s goods, including favourites from 6AM Babies, IDesign for Babies, and all sorts of ethical, fair-trade handicrafts. Browse the stalls then pop into one of Marina Walk’s street-side cafés for a spot of supper.
Free. Wed-Sat 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marina Walk, www.marinamarket.ae (04 325 5123).
New Tantalise your taste buds at Taste of Dubai
The foodie festival is back, and it’s not just for grown-ups. There’s plenty to bring out the kids’ inner gastronome, including cookery classes with celebrity chefs, the chance to sample food from Dubai’s top eateries and a kids’ zone run by Favourite Things, including a bouncy castle, arts and crafts and more.
Dhs75 (adults), free for kids under 12. Thu 3pm-midnight; Fri noon-midnight; Sat noon-11pm. Until March 17. Dubai Media City, www.timeouttickets.com
Today Only Audition for Cats
If musical theatre’s their thing, don’t miss the open auditions for this local production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical, Cats. Those who are successful will get the opportunity to star alongside some of the West End’s leading artists in the show, which takes to the stage later this year at Ductac. Suitable for ages 11 and up – pre-register to secure an audition slot.
Free. 10am (ages 11-14), noon (ages 15-18), 3pm (18 and over). Today only (recalls March 17). Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
Enjoy the luck of the Irish
It’s St Patrick’s Day, so head down to the family-friendly Irish Village to celebrate. Enjoy a buffet of Irish specialities in the sunshine while the kids bounce on the inflatables, get their faces painted and watch the Irish dancing display.
Free entry; buffet Dhs85 (adults), Dhs45 (children). Noon-2am. The Irish Village, Garhoud, www.irishvillage.ae (04 282 4750).
Kids eat for free at Mango Tree Bistro
This family-oriented restaurant serves all manner of Asian cuisine, and kids under 12 eat for free. The weekend meal deal, which runs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, includes balloon bending, face painting and even a free family portrait of your dining experience.
Prices vary. Thu-Sat noon-midnight. Mango Tree Bistro, Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3635).
Today Only It’s Mothers’ Day!
Treat your mum to a spot of pampering. The Address Dubai Mall has a special mums’ offer: a nurturing, 50-minute aromatherapy massage. Three essential oils are applied to the body, paying particular attention to tight shoulders and tired, heavy legs, followed by a facial and full scalp massage Dhs380 (normally Dhs480).
Until March 31. The Spa, The Address, Dubai Marina, www.theaddress.com (04 436 8888).
Art for a cause
Renowned artist Sacha Jafri has teamed up with the children of the Al Noor Centre for Special Needs to create a special art installation that goes on display today at Gate Village, DIFC. Called the ‘Constellation of Sacha Jafri’, the artist has aimed to bring to life the children’s unique stories.
Free. Until March 24. Near Quadro and Ayyam galleries, Gate Village, DIFC, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).
Discount fun at Magic Planet
Don’t miss Super Tuesdays at Magic Planet venues across the UAE, where you’ll get double the fun at half the price every Tuesday throughout the month. Swipe your Magic Planet card to get a 50 per cent discount for two hours on all rides and attractions.
Prices vary depending on attraction. Tue 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre, Mirdif City Centre, www.magicplanetme.com (800 534 7873).
Art Dubai starts today
There’s plenty for little kids to get involved with at this annual artistic event. Check out ‘Morocco to the Moon’, a collaboration between Tangiers-based artist Yto Barrada and Marrakech-based designers Zid Zid Kids. This ’50s sci-fi-inspired lounge takes the whole family through a trip to outer space and beyond – expect astronauts, aliens, ray guns and space robots at every turn.
Dhs50. Wed 11.30am-2pm (ladies’ day), Thu 4pm-9.30pm, Fri noon-7.30pm, Sat noon-5.30pm. Until March 24. Madinat Jumeirah, www.artdubai.ae (04 384 2000).
Bird’s eye views from the cable car
Creek Park’s cable car ride is a 30-minute treat for little ones. Get a fantastic view of the manicured gardens of the park, while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of nearby Dubai Creek. The trip
also provides great photo opportunities.
Dhs25 per person, Daily 10am-11pm. Ongoing. Creek Park, near Garhoud Bridge (04 336 7633).