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Cool new family experiences in Dubai

Sun, June 20, 2021

Keep the whole family busy with this must-do list of fresh and exciting children's activities in Dubai.

Keep the whole family busy with this must-do list of fresh and exciting children's activities in Dubai.

1

Sky-high fun at The View at The Palm

Enjoy incomparable views of one of Dubai’s most talked about landmarks at The View at The Palm. Located 240m high, the observation deck presents never seen before 360-degree panoramas of Palm Jumeirah alongside the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline in the distance. The View at The Palm is located on level 52 of The Palm Tower, which also houses a café, a creative exhibition that showcases the development of the island, interactive aquarium-themed tunnels and a gift shop. 
2

Camp overnight in a waterpark

Laguna

Pitch up under the stars with Laguna Waterpark’s brand-new camping staycation every Thursday and Friday from 5.30pm. After propping up your home for the night, you can head straight to the slides before settling down to an unlimited barbecue until 10pm. After your meal, sit down with the family for a board game or belt out your favourite hits around the campfire – marshmallows included. Campers can also tuck into breakfast before hitting the sides once again, with full access to the waterpark and unlimited food and drinks for the day. A two-person tent for the night costs AED700, while a family of four will pay AED1,200.

3

Swing from the trees at Aventura

Aventura Summer Nights

This one’s for the adventurers. Treetop obstacle course Aventura Parks has a thrilling summer offer with a special illuminated circuit and extended evening timings. Swing from tree to tree along 24 ziplines and 80 challenging obstacles every evening from 5pm until midnight from 15 May to 30 September. Priced at just AED99, this is sure to be a fun yet exciting way to get the whole family active. And that's not all. For the more curious nature lovers Aventura has launched a summer camp filled with animal encounters, environmental classes, arts and craft workshops and many ways for kids to find their green thumb. Starting from 27 June, there are daily and weekly options for you to choose from.

4

Roll to the disco beat

It’s time to get your skates on at Dubai’s brand-new, first-ever permanent roller disco. Rolldxb has opened its doors in Port Rashid, with disco nights, roller derby, musical skate jams and roller hockey making us reach for the leg-warmers. Skating pros keen to show off their moves can hit the floor during 90-minute open sessions, while beginners can take individual or group lessons. The whole family can join in the sliding action as the skate park is open to all ages until 7pm, after which it’s for over 14s only.

5

Get lost in the World of Banksy

Banksy
An exhibition exploring the works of Banksy is now open at Mall of the Emirates, offering an insight into the mysterious street artist’s legendary portfolio. The World of Banksy includes 120 recreated pieces of the internationally renowned provocateur's work over a huge 1,000sqm space at The Theatre on the mall’s second floor until 30 June. The touring show is sure to spark conversations, with iconic works like Girl with a Balloon in London and Flower Thrower in Beit Sahour shedding light on the notoriously secretive Brit's inspiration.
The World of Banksy: The Immersive Experience
Galleries & Exhibitions
  • 5 Apr 2021 - 30 Nov 2021
  • Mall of the Emirates
6

Slide into the jungle

Westin

Whether you are looking for truly thrilling water-based fun or something a little gentler, the new Jungle Bay Waterpark at Club Mina will tick all the boxes for aqua-based fun. This new addition to the Westin Mina-Siyahi Hotel complex, which already offers up a kids club, sandy beach, multiple swimming pool and green spaces not to mention multiple restaurants, is done up in Mediterranean blue and white hues and is an additional draw for those hunting for kids activities. Splash pads, slides, and a six-metre pneumatic wave pool are part of the mix and there's a casual eatery appropriately called The Beach serving snacks all day. It just opened its doors so now is the perfect time to check out the latest member of the Dubai waterparks scene.

7

Make a splash at Aquaventure

Dubai’s biggest waterpark just got even bigger with the opening of two new areas - Splashers Lagoon and Splashers Cove. These two adventure-packed towers have been specially designed for younger thrill-seekers, making it the largest children's only water park experience in the Middle East, with over 16 new attractions for them to try out. Let them race each other on the world’s first kid’s rally-racer, or take the plunge and try out the tornado slide.
8

Learn about farm life

You don’t need a green thumb to get back in touch with nature. There are plenty of farms around Dubai to visit, which provide opportunities to teach the whole family about fresh and organic fruit and vegetables, and much more. My Farm Dubai is a self-sustaining eco-farm in the middle of the desert where visitors can harvest herbs, spices, and honey – and it offers indoor workshops for both kids and adults alike on how to tend to plants. If you're looking for a high-tech scene, then make your way to UNS Farms in Al Quoz which uses state-of-the-art technology to grow their greens, and teaches little ones everything they need to know about sustainability.
9

Cool off at Motiongate

Family

Temperatures may be rising but you can stay cool at MOTIONGATE Dubai, the city’s blockbuster Hollywood-themed destination. With indoor rides and shows, and air-conditioned queues, guests will be able to hang out and beat the heat. The park’s new Coolest Summer offer, for just AED195, includes entry tickets and a thirst-quenching bottle that can be refilled with soft drinks and iced tea all day long for no extra cost. For an extra AED20, you can also take advantage of a buggy service to get from one attraction to another.

10

Sporting action

Dubai Sports World
Looking to stay fit through the summer? Everyone can join in the fun at Dubai World Trade Centre where Dubai Sports World has returned for its 11th annual edition. Try out all kinds of games, take a lesson and pick up new skills in tennis, basketball, badminton, or cricket, or rent out your own pitch or court to play a few rounds with  and friends. If the Euros have inspired a love of football, you might want to pay a visit to Footlab Dubai in Dubai Sports City. This indoor soccer destination is the perfect place to train, with interactive high-tech challenges and a five-a-side pitch.
11

Game on at Rove Hotels

If your kids are hardcore gamers, then you may want to check into Rove Hotels, which have recently launched Gamer Caves – the region’s first ever hotel rooms designed exclusively for video game fans. Available at Rove Downtown and Rove At The Park, the pads are decked out with top-of-the-range equipment and gadgets, from a Huntsman V2 Analog gaming keyboard to an Iskur gaming chair. Log on and get playing on Overwatch, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Final Fantasy XIV Online, and if you get peckish, even the menu is full of themed dishes, such as the Cloud Strife chicken slider and Lara Croft’s calamari. Call +971 4 561 9999 to find out more. 

 

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