Head to the Hello Kitty spa
If you haven’t yet checked out Dubai’s most kitsch beauty salon, now’s the perfect time to book. The only Hello Kitty-themed salon in the world offers kitty-themed treatments for ladies and children, with kids’ packages starting from Dhs45. The products are all organic and super-safe for little ones, and what little girl could turn her nose up at a Kitty Glam facial, or a Kitty-Cure mani? The salon café also serves kitty cupcakes.
Dhs45-90 for kids’ treatments. Open daily 10am-8pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Town Centre, www.hellokittybeautyspa.com (04 344 9598)
Head to the cinema to see Escape from Planet Earth
Stock up on popcorn for the premiere of a new 3D animation of extra-terrestrial proportions. Escape from Planet Earth is a colourful family comedy set on the planet Baab, starting the voices of Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba and Sarah Jessica Parker. It tells the story of Scorch Supernova, a hero who is revered by his blue alien population. Scorch has a quieter brother called Gary, who helps mastermind the daring rescues and missions carried out by Scorch. This is a heartwarming story with underlying themes of loyalty, brotherly love and how pride comes before a fall.
In UAE cinemas from today.
Ripe Market at Le Gourmet
Make a beeline for this organic market’s new Friday venue at Le Gourmet, next to THE One and Lime Tree Café on Jumeirah Beach Road. It offers lots of fresh, organic and locally grown produce. If you can’t make it today, head to The Courtyard in Al Quoz on Saturdays from 9am until 1pm for the same fun and games. There are various activities laid on for kids too.
Free. Fri 9am-1pm. Ongoing. Le Gourmet, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.ripeme.com (04 380 7602).
Feeding time at Dubai Aquarium
Pop along to The Dubai Mall’s Underwater Zoo and witness all sorts of gourmet shenanigans as the slippery residents enjoy their meals. The feeding time presentations happen every two hours from 10am to 10pm, and provide the perfect opportunity to teach kids a bit of marine biology. The shark feeding time is a big favourite and happens every day at 4pm. You can also take a trip on the glass-bottomed boat and actually feed the fish yourself.
Dhs50-100 per person. Daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200)
Flip pancakes at Mazina’s brunch
Head to Mazina for pancake-making activities at the special monthly brunch. Adults can tuck into the international buffet, featuring sushi, sashimi and the live oriental cooking section, while the kids’ buffet features chicken nuggets, burgers and fish fingers, complete with their own mini dining area. There’s even a bouncy castle, a Wii, face painters and lots of patient supervisors on hand. Plus, you get to make pancakes and flip them too – and the best flipper wins a prize.
Dhs195 (soft drinks); half price for kids aged seven to 12, free for kids under seven. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Water and light show and community drumming at Festival City
Enjoy the spectacular Water and Light Show at Dubai Festival City Marina – and try the free community drumming sessions. The water and light show combines laser displays, fountains and music. It runs from 6.30pm, with the 25-minute show repeated throughout the evening. The community drumming, organised by Dubai Drums, takes place on the Canal Walk at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.
Free. Daily from 4pm. Until February 28. Dubai Festival City, www.dubaifestivalcity.com (800 332 32).
Pre-school storytime at the Old Library
Book your tots into one of the free Sunday storytelling sessions at the Old Library at Ductac. The sessions run from 10am to 11.15am and are geared towards pre-schoolers. Make sure you book ahead,
as places are limited.
Free. Sun 10.30am-11.15am. Ongoing. The Old Library, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.theoldlibrary.ae (03 341 4777 ext 207).
Art exhibition for kids
If your kids like nothing better than to spend time doodling, an art exhibition just for youngsters could be right up their street. ‘Animalz: The Complete Collection’, by artist James Gaubert, is a humorous look at the animal world through the eyes of a cartoon artist. His simplicity of line and colour will appeal to kids, and might even inspire them to create some animal artistry themselves.
Free. Open daily 4pm-7pm. Until February 24. Cartoon Gallery, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1, email@example.com (04 346 6467).
Mini Monster mega Tuesdays
Take your little Tasmanian Devils to Mini Monsters play area on Sheikh Zayed Road for a free play session. Enjoy a leisurely coffee and lunch while they explore the extensive jungle gym, make new friends, play dress-up and expend all that energy.
Free. Tue and Sun 9am-noon. Ongoing. Mini Monsters, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.minimonsaters.ae (04 341 4459).