Give your children unlimited access to the city’s best thrills this summer. From speeding down frosty slopes to meeting exotic creatures, make the most of Dubai’s best indoor activities to impress kids of all ages.
Take a walk through nature at Green Planet
A neighbourhood known for shopping and dining galore in Dubai is also an address for exotic animals from around the world. Among City Walk’s most remarkable attractions is a vibrant indoor rainforest home to over 3,000 plants and animals. Venture into the region’s first bio-dome at The Green Planet where you and your little ones can interact with the slow-moving Linneaus two-toed sloth, get up close to the beady-eyed sugar glider or meet tree porcupines. Flora and fauna from as far away as South America and Australia share this space, centred around the world's largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree. Plan out a day of wildlife exploration with the little ones by booking online in advance.
Let your creativity flow at thejamjar
You might have a Picasso or Matisse amongst you and are not aware of it yet – here’s your chance to change that. Summer is the perfect opportunity to let your children exercise their imagination, brush in hand, at thejamjar. Located in Alserkal Avenue, this cosy and charming community art space welcomes artists of all ages and skill levels to pick up a blank canvas, choose an easel and embark on a creative journey one paint stroke at a time. Freestyle is always good fun, but if you’re interested in getting some extra guidance from an experienced artist, check out Dubai Calendar for upcoming workshops for adults and children alike.
Hit it off at The Smash Room
While smashing, breaking, crashing and shattering objects are all acts we seldom allow in our own homes, there is a space your children can let out all that energy without getting in trouble. The Smash Room in Al Quoz welcomes one and all to put on protective gear, grab a mallet and start breaking all kinds of objects including computers, laptops, mirrors, dishes, VCRs, coffee tables, fax machines and so much more. Pick your package depending on the number of people and items you want and don’t hold back. Let it all out at this unique indoor activity and have a smashing time the whole way through. And don't worry, all the broken objects get recycled too.
Journey off to the Magic Planet
One of Dubai’s favourite pastimes for children over the years, Magic Planet is an indoor attraction featuring futuristic arcade games, adrenaline-pumping rides and all kinds of entertainment. Fill up your card and start exploring this elaborate universe of fun, with something for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Magic Planet is located in many of the city’s leading malls with unique attractions in each. Head to Mall of the Emirates for the Gravity Air Park, an inflatable obstacle course with climbing walls and exciting challenges. Mirdif City Centre features a heart-pumping obstacle course suspended 13m above the ground, while City Centre Deira is the only one with high-tech mini bowling lanes. Check out their array of online packages to make the most of your adventure.
Swim with the sharks at Dubai Aquarium
Plan a shopping spree and an underwater dive at The Dubai Mall. One of the world's largest aquariums is located at the destination, a dazzling centrepiece that projects a cool blue filter over its surroundings. A variety of shark species, including tiger sharks and white-spotted bamboo sharks, patterned stingrays, giant groupers and other remarkable marine life share this space, but that’s not all there is to explore. While you can swim with these species on a cage dive, you can also meet a king croc, desert dwellers and many more animals at the underwater zoo, located above the aquarium itself. Buy tickets to walk through the tunnel for an encompassing view of the aquatic animals and travel up to see all the wonders protected by Dubai Aquarium’s efforts.
Roleplay at Kidzania
Children aged four to 16 years old can get a taste for the real world at The Dubai Mall’s KidZania. This 7,000sqm scaled replica of a city invites kids to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter saving people, a doctor treating patients, a radio presenter speaking to countless listeners and an industrial factory worker. Here, children can learn the value of teamwork and creativity while getting hands-on experience of their dream jobs. Little ones can get a taste of adulthood with all the fun of childhood in this fun setting. For older children, The Dubai Mall also features the world’s largest indoor VR park, where they can virtually experience unique activities.
Slip and slide at Ski Dubai
Alpine winters in the desert – you can find it in Dubai. Strap on your skis and take a spin down one of Ski Dubai’s five slopes to stay cool this summer. The attraction, located in Mall of the Emirates, gives you the complete skiing experience, from a wooden lodge cafe where you can enjoy delicious hot chocolate and a chairlift to carry you up the indoor mountain. The king and gentoo penguin encounter is sure win for the whole family, where you can interact with Ski Dubai’s cuddly residents and get a behind-the-scenes tour of their habitat. Go zorbing (where you roll down a hill in an inflated ball), take turns competing on sledges or experience fast-paced fun on the Mountain Thriller – all in a day’s play.
Pick up speed at Dubai Autodrome
Burn rubber during a safe and fast-paced family competition at Dubai Autodrome's indoor track this summer. Drivers aged seven and older can strap into their safety helmets and hop on Junior Sodi LR4 karts around a 620m long circuit. It guarantees speedy thrills, as children challenge each other to the 10-person track, and they can even hit pause to enjoy other onsite activities including Laser Tag and RaceRoom Sim Racing. Book yourself for 15-minute timed sessions for AED105, and check out their summer deals to make the most of multi-session packages and special junior racing experiences.
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