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Fun indoor activities and entertainment centres for kids

Mon, July 26, 2021

Looking for things to do in Dubai with kids? Pack in active play, edutainment and high-octane rides with our guide to the best indoor activities this summer.

Looking for things to do in Dubai with kids? Pack in active play, edutainment and high-octane rides with our guide to the best indoor activities this summer.


A taste of the real world

Kidzania Dubai
Among The Dubai Mall's wide array of extraordinary attractions, KidZania gets top marks from children. An edutainment favourite, kids aged four to 16 can enter this 7,000sqm scaled replica of a city to get a feel for real-world jobs and experiences, with fun at the forefront. They'll roleplay a heroic firefighter, master chef, television presenter or doctor, while learning the importance of decision-making, teamwork and creativity.

Explore smart spaces

OliOli is an experiential play museum that blends jaw-dropping science with vibrant fun for children aged two to 11. Unlock the potential of positive play through educational activities that tease and test each and every one of your child's senses. Eight themed galleries will satisfy their curiosity through hands-on trials, as they explore the possibilities of air, water and technology like never before.

Choose your adventure

IMG Workds of Adventure
Marvel superheroes, Cartoon Network characters and prehistoric dinosaurs – uncover five action-packed zones at IMG Worlds of Adventure. Dubai's largest indoor theme park offers a mix of adrenaline-fuelled rides for older children and interactive adventures for little ones. Meet fan favourites as you roam this park in search of the next thrill, encountering live entertainment along the way. A must-try? Spin at dizzying speeds while Thor saves you from the wrath of Loki in the Thor Thunder Spin.

Befriend exotic wildlife

The Green Planet is a prized jewel in the vibrant City Walk district's crown. Bats in the air, piranhas underwater and sluggish sloths hanging off trees – see it all in this bio-dome that's home to 3,000 mesmerising plants, insects and animals. Children will enjoy spotting and interacting with the remarkable creatures, including endangered doe-eyed slow lorises. A special treat? Kids ages nine to 16 can play zookeeper for a day, feeding animals and enjoying behind-the-scenes experiences.

Retro revolution

Fabyland gets its 'fab' from its neon-lit, 1980s-inspired vibe. The indoor playground at Dubai Festival City Mall is a popular draw, delivering a throwback atmosphere that's complemented by a plethora of arcade games, thrilling indoor rides and attractions that will impress little ones. Knock heads steering bumper cars, strap into an automatic seesaw, or fly weightlessly through loops and dives on the heart-pounding Air Racer ride.

Defy gravity

Have fun on the go at Bounce. With 3,000sqm of interconnected trampolines, airbags and challenges, children can practice freestyle tricks in this industrial warehouse setting. The trampoline park makes active time a real treat, squeezing in a heavy dose of cardio as you hop along springy surfaces and obstacles. For more anti-gravity fun, check out Sky Zone in Ibn Battuta Mall, the world's first all-walled trampoline park.

A new dimension of fun

Magic Planet Dubai
Set in a galaxy far, far away, Magic Planet creates an alternative universe of entertainment for children of all ages. Located in malls across Dubai, this futuristic indoor park is teeming with arcade games, obstacle courses, indoor rides and bowling alleys for older kids, as well as soft play areas and ball pits for toddlers. Find something different at each location – City Centre Mirdif boasts a thrilling obstacle course suspended 13m-high, while the Mall of the Emirates branch is home to a gravity-defying trampoline park.

Winter wonders

Ice and snow in the desert? If anyone can do it, it's Dubai. Mall of the Emirates' Ski Dubai presents 22,500sqm of ski slopes, parks, ice sculpture caves and penguin encounters – each inch covered by real snow. Enjoy all kinds of winter fun in -4°C temperatures at this Alpine setting, with five slopes of varying difficulties, bumper cars, bobsledding and snowboarding thrills. Or, head over to The Dubai Mall for an afternoon of smooth gliding at its Olympic-sized ice rink.

Let toddlers run wild

Here's a special place just for Dubai's littlest visitors. Cheeky Monkeys is a soft play centre that pairs the science of active play with fun. With addresses throughout the city, this indoor hotspot offers toddlers a multi-sensory experience with climbing structures, an arts and crafts garden, two-storey clubhouse, open gym and building block stations. Parents will be pleased to know that some branches also offer a 'drop and go' service, so you can leave your kids with the expert staff and enjoy some worry-free 'me time'.

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