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10 summer adventures for teens in Dubai

Tue, May 9, 2023

From Ninja Warrior-inspired courses to escape rooms, we've got plenty of activities that younger visitors will love.

From Ninja Warrior-inspired courses to escape rooms, we've got plenty of activities that younger visitors will love.


Seek thrills at IMG Worlds of Adventure


There's plenty of space for thrills at IMG Worlds of Adventure. Spanning an area equivalent to 28 football fields, this indoor fun zone presents the perfect day out for families. Younger ones can spend time posing with their favourite cartoon or superhero characters, while older kids get their kicks hopping on roller coasters or exploring the creepy Haunted Hotel...if they dare! Not for the faint of heart, they'll walk through a maze of corridors and encounter scary characters and changing scenery when they least expect it.


Splash around at Atlantis, The Palm


Atlantis, The Palm offers unforgettable and up-close animal experiences. With a little advance planning, teens can enjoy a day packed with adventure – scuba diving, snorkelling or an Aquatrek session to walk underwater at The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Alternatively, they can make new friends at Dolphin Bay, one of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world. The resort also has a dedicated teen 'zone', while the Wavehouse family entertainment centre is the place to be for cool arcade games, bowling and surfing thrills.


Be your own hero at Dreamscape

Adventures at Dreamscape

Incredible virtual reality adventures await at Dreamscape in Mall of the Emirates. The venue combines Hollywood-style storytelling, next-generation technology and theme park vibes for an experience that's nothing short of spectacular. Gaming highlights include The Blu, where teens dive deep into the sea to reunite a family of whales, and Curse of The Lost Pearl with puzzles to solve at every turn. Afterwards, take a break and travel to Alien Zoo, meeting and petting endangered creatures...just watch out for the galaxy's biggest predator.


Check out freestyle fun at Bounce


If your children are keen to give parkour a try, visit the Bounce trampoline park. Inside is the X-Park, a freestyle adventure course where they can use their ninja skills to leap, jump and backflip in a safe, controlled environment. The are special warped walls and impressive challenges to take on, while parents can relax at the cafe upstairs or relive their youth in the 'free jump' arena – a giant network of floor and wall trampolines that is open to all ages.


Get your game on at Play DXB

Play DXB
Teens can challenge their friends to a series of immersive rides and games that combine augmented and virtual reality. Play DXB at Dubai Mall has a host of thrills to suit every adventurer's style. For example, they can step into the (virtual) shoes of legendary assassin John Wick and battle baddies, experience the thrill of riding an out-of-control drone in Dubai's future, or feel the rush while freefalling down the record-breaking Burj Khalifa. Fun never looked this good.

Discover new worlds at Arena Games

Venture into a universe beyond your imagination at Arena Games, a virtual gaming attraction located at DIFC's Gate Avenue. This multi-player gaming zone invites players ages 12 and up into immersive adventures using the latest in VR technology. Strap on headsets, headphones and military-style backpacks and guns to fight off zombie attacks and killer robots in a secret space station, explore a fantasy world teeming with maze challenges, or choose to roam free through virtual worlds designed for hardcore and casual gamers alike.


Enjoy tee-time at Topgolf

Topgolf Dubai

A three-level entertainment venue at the Emirates Golf Club spanning more than 60,000 square feet with a rooftop terrace, Topgolf Dubai offers interactive golf games, live music, dining and more, and promises fun for everyone whether you are a golf aficionado or not. Book any one of the 96 climate-controlled hitting bays – where there’s no excuse to not brush up on your driving skills – and score points with the microchipped balls against your friends.


Roll the dice at a board game cafe

The Six Dubai
Make a move and indulge in old-fashioned fun at one of Dubai's many board game cafes. From Downtown Dubai's The Six to The Hive in The Greens' Onyx Tower, Kefi Board Games, Books and Cafe in Al Mamzar and Charades at Wasl 51, the whole family will find literally hundreds of challenges to pit their wits against. And while you're there, get fuelled by delicious snacks too. Teens will appreciate the screen-free time, bonding closer with their friends over old-school gaming favourites.

Take snaps at the Museum of Illusions

Museum Of Illusions Dubai

All is never what it seems at this ground-breaking museum that puts the spotlight on how our eyes can play tricks on us. Optical illusions provide hours of fun as you get involved in interactive exhibits, step into the vortex tunnel and snap selfies in the mirror room. This Al Seef spot is a hit with those looking to pose for Instagram-worthy pictures, as well as those wanting to educate themselves about these illusory set-ups.


It's time to escape the room

Couple playing at Escape Rooms Dubai

Test your problem-solving skills at immersive escape rooms that are popping up all around the city. Varied storylines, levels of difficulty and themes keep things interesting as you follow clues, figure out puzzles and aim to break free with the help of your crew. NoWayOut at Jumeirah Lakes Towers specialises in the magical and mysterious, while Phobia Dubai encourages you to face your fears. Escape Hunt in Galleria Mall has both cinema noir and Harry Potter-like plots, while Escape House in Al Wasl throws real actors into the mix.

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