The weather is heating up and whilst Dubai offers a plethora of fabulous outdoor activities, the city prepares well for the summer months with tons of fun and exciting memories to be made in the sweet relief of the air conditioning. If you’re looking for inspiration for things to do with the kids over the weekend or if you’re staying in the UAE for the holidays, then check out our comprehensive list of some tried and tested indoor activities to keep kids of all ages entertained.


Dreamscape is an immersive virtual reality adventure, combing the emotional power of cinematic storytelling with the thrill of theme park rides. Dreamscape is Dubai’s award-winning, free-roam virtual reality experience. Dreamscape currently offers three original and critically acclaimed free-roaming adventures including Curse of the Lost Pearl, The Blu and MIB: First Assignment. The choice is yours or try all three!

Age: Suitable for children aged 10+.

Location: Level 2, Mall of The Emirates (next to the Apple Store).

Price: Prices start from AED 75 per person + VAT. Plus BM has a 20% code until the end of June per visit.

How to book: You can book online or head straight to the attraction and book at the door. For more information, please call 04 220 0995.

A Pawsome Summer at Festival Plaza

For a summer like no other, head to Festival Plaza, Jebel Ali throughout July, and enjoy all the pawsome treats in store. As a nation of animal lovers, this is a fab opportunity to spend time with your entire family indoors this summer – even your furbabies, and help other animals in need at the same time. Festival Plaza, Jebel Ali has partnered with the amazing K9 Friends to help support them and all proceeds will be passed directly onto the shelter.

We absolutely love the addition of Puppy Pilates which is taking place every Saturday in July at 10am. Bring your pet for a ‘pup and me’ Pilates session every Saturday and enjoy complimentary snacks from IKEA. Not only that but you’ll get a free pet caricature after the session – love this! The charge is AED 100 per pawrent and pet, with 100% of the proceeds going to K9 Friends – what a super initiative! Go sign you and the pooch up for puppy Pilates, please click here.

Age: Suitable for all ages.

Location:  Festival Plaza, Jebel Ali

How to book: There is no need to book. Visit our event listing to find out more.

TEPfactor Dubai

For an exciting family adventure experience head to TEPfactor Dubai. Set in the caves of JBR there are 21 challenges designed to test your patience, fitness, logic, and skill. Work together in teams of 2-6 players and choose your difficulty level for each challenge as you go. Expect rushes of adrenaline, hours of laughter, and memories to last you a lifetime.

Age: Suitable for children aged 8+ years.

Location: Bahar Plaza, JBR.

Price: Prices start from AED 99 per hour for 12+ or AED 79 per hour for children aged 8-11 years.

How to book: Please call 056 404 0802 or visit the website.

Magic Planet

Cool off this summer in the number one arcade and gaming venue in the country – Magic Planet! The largest indoor family entertainment centre provides a fun-filled day out with exciting activities to suit everyone! There are rides, games, and attractions including rock climbing, the Sky Trail, and Bowling at select locations.

Age: Suitable for all ages, but height restrictions may apply.

Location: Magic Planet is located at the Mall of The Emirates, Deira City Centre, Mirdif City Centre, Me’aisam City Centre, Burjaman, and Wafi City.

Price: Prices vary dependent on game, ride, or attraction.

How to book: Advance booking is not required, just visit any one of the Magic Planet locations or visit the website for more information.

Street Maniax

Street Maniax is a great space featuring apparatus and experiences to encourage children to let off a bit of steam. Where Parkour meets trampolines and assault courses, guaranteed to tire out even the most energetic of children. There are several different zones to try including a jump tower, zip line, and even trampoline dodgeball for a true test of agility.

Age: Suitable for children aged 4-13 years, or anyone over 95cm.

Location: Al Quoz 3.

Price: Prices start from AED 85.

How to book: Please call 04 328 3522 to book your session.

iFLY Dubai

If you’re not traveling this summer, you can still take a flight at iFLY Dubai – who hasn’t dreamed about being able to fly? The indoor skydiving experience is an activity like no other, and just perfect for trying something new with the kids. Soar 4 metres into the air with an experienced instructor in a powerful air tunnel that keeps you cool and allows you to gently descend.

Age: Suitable for children aged 3+.

Location: Level 3, Mirdif City Centre.

Price: Prices start from AED 149 per experience.

How to book: For more information, please visit the website or visit iFLY Dubai at Mirdif City Centre.

Âme Artistic Studio

Âme Artistic Studio offers the perfect venue for creative and inspiring experiences to share with families and friends, in an indoor relaxing setting, surrounded by flowers.

Located in the creative zone of Al Serkal Avenue, the studio hosts, and curates workshops, on weekly basis, on diverse topics such as Floristry, Arts and Crafts, Wellness, and Mindfulness.

Age: Suitable for children 4+, teenagers, and adults.

Location: Al Serkal Avenue, Warehouse 81, Al Quoz 1.

Price: Workshops start from AED 120 per person.

How to book: Check the schedule and book online or call 050 263 2668 or email


Unleash your inner warrior at Xstrike, an indoor action-packed entertainment destination in Dubai, where combat simulation meets competitive gaming for players of all ages. Xstrike is a live combat simulation experience that uses non-projectile advanced laser targeting technology. It is a middle ground between laser tag and paintball so whether you are a laser tag novice or an experienced combat pro, the safe and exclusive indoor game in Dubai is a perfect summer activity.

Age: Players must be 10 years or older to play the Combat Simulation Line while players 9 years or younger can play the Tactical Line.

Location: Al Quoz 1

Price: Prices start from AED 89 per hour.

How to book: For more information or to book, please visit their website or call 800XSTRIKE or email

Roxy Cinemas

For an indoor treat, the whole family will enjoy there’s nothing better than going to the movies together. Roxy Cinemas offer a real luxury experience with a choice of different packages to suit, including reclining leather armchairs and even gourmet meal options. With Jurassic World: Dominion, Minions, Thor: Love, and Thunder hitting the screens, this is the perfect time to grab the popcorn and keep cool inside.

Age: Suitable for all ages – please check the rating for individual movies.

Location: The Beach, City Walk, La Mer, Al Khawaneej.

Price: Prices start from AED 36.75.

How to book: Please visit the website for a choice of movies, locations, and experiences.

Motiongate, Dubai Parks & Resorts

Head to MOTIONGATE™ Dubai where you can discover the magic of Hollywood through 4 exciting studio zones packed with rides and attractions for all ages! MOTIONGATE™ Dubai provides a great range of rides based on some of the best-loved family movies including The Hunger Games, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda, to name but a few. With 70% of the rides and attractions in air conditioning, from June to August, you can keep even cooler with The Coolest Summer ticket offer!  This special offer gives you a 10% discount on tickets, a complimentary branded cap, and a mouthwatering ice cream!

For the first time ever, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai has extended its opening hours by 2 hours during summer and is now open from 12pm-10pm Sunday -Thursday and 12pm-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Age: Suitable for children 3+ but height restrictions apply on certain rides.

Location: Dubai Parks & Resorts.

How to book: Please call 800 AMAZING (2629464), visit the website, or email 

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