With the summer heat in full swing and lots of us not yet travelling, mums everywhere are seeking indoor activities to keep the children occupied. We’ve rounded up some of the best indoor children’s activities in Dubai which have reopened for the summer holidays. These venues all adhere to social distancing and strict hygiene protocols as we know how important it is to stay safe and healthy.
BOUNCE have now upped their game, with the launch of BOUNCE-X which is a new innovative adventure concept, perfect for thrill seekers, free spirits and adrenaline hunters. British mums get 10% discount on all tickets to BOUNCE-X at Dubai Festival City. This offer is valid until 31st August 2020 and can be booked using code BritishMums10.
BOUNCE-X is open 10am – 10pm Saturday to Wednesday and 10am to midnight on Thursdays & Fridays. Located on Level 1 of Dubai Festival City Mall, the best parking spots are in P3 and from there, it’s only a short walk to the entertainment venue. For everyone above 110cm, an hour’s pass to all areas is AED 90 per person, while an all-day pass is only AED 220 per person. For those under AED 110cm, an hour’s pass is AED 75 and an all-day pass is AED 185. Prior booking is not required and for more information, please call 04 211 400.
We’re pretty sure you’ve heard about Cheeky Monkeys! Your children can spend the entire day in their play-area and have a full blast! They provide a safe and stimulating environment for physically active children aged 8 and under to play and explore. Visit their interactive softplay, monkey clubhouse, monkey market, blocks station, organised activities, and arts and crafts station and let their imagination run wild! Each location features a giant 3,000 square foot play structure for children over the age of 4, a smaller play area for toddlers under the age of 4, a building blocks zone, and life-size playhouse. All areas have soft indoor play park equipment with extensive padding and no sharp edges.
Cheeky Monkeys Arabian Ranches, Downtown and Palm locations are open 9am – 7pm daily. Prices are AED 55 for the first hour and AED 33 for an additional hour. Prior booking is not required and for more information, please 04 385 0875.
The Green Planet Dubai
Dubai’s only indoor rainforest, The Green Planet Dubai is definitely not to be missed! With over 3,000 exotic plants and a fab range of resident animals that the kids will love, this tropical, green indoor oasis gives children the chance to encounter the wonders of nature and get up close to some of their iconic wildlife like the lovable sloths!
Located at City Walk, The Green Planet Dubai is open 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Online prices start at AED 99 with rates available for adults and children. For more information, please call 04 317 3999.
The Lost Chambers Aquarium
A world of wonder awaits at the world’s largest aquarium! Discover mysteries of the deep and learn fascinating facts about marine life while you watch 65,000 marine animals swim in the Ambassador Lagoon!
The Lost Chambers is located in The Avenues in Atlantis Dubai with self parking available based on availability. They’re open Monday – Wednesday 12pm – 9pm and Thursday – Sunday 10am – 9pm. Daily entry is complimentary for in-house guests per each night’s stay and they are offering special resident rates of AED 60 for adults and AED 40 for children (children 0-2 go free). You can purchase tickets at atlantis.com/dubai/special-offers/splash-sale.
Let your imagination go with Oli Oli!
Imagine a place where your child is free to do all the many things he or she adores! Whether it’s jumping, bouncing or running, experimenting with creative new ideas, splashing water everywhere, designing and engineering their own cars to race or jump over towering ramps or building a fort! You can find this and A LOT MORE at Oli Oli, an interactive museum of delights to stimulate a child’s body and mind. With eight different play areas – INCLUDING a toddler playroom! – free parking, it’s very own café, the La Petite Treehouse Cafe, and the option of hosting birthday parties, field trips and summer camps, this is one play centre that TRULY caters for every child!
Located in Al Quoz near Oasis Mall, they’re open Saturday – Wednesday 9am – 7pm and Thursday and Friday 9am – 8pm. Prices start at 2 hours at AED 126 for children aged 2 – 18, AED 63 for children aged 12-23 months, under 11 months go free and adults AED 42. For more information, please call 04 702 7300.
Wavehouse Restaurant, Atlantis The Palm
With epic burgers, rainbow sliders, pizzas, barbecue dishes and a dedicated kids’ menu, Wavehouse is a family favourite. Enjoy their scrumptious family meals in the industrial-chic restaurant, sip an ice-cold drink at the bar, or strike it lucky at the licensed bowling alley, where four lanes, comfy couches and state-of-the-art lighting promise family fun for all ages.
Located at Atlantis Dubai, Wavehouse is open for lunch from Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-5pm and dinner Tuesday – Sunday from 5pm – 11pm. Please note the upper floor arcade games and soft play area are temporary closed. For more information, please call 04 426 1166.
Step Up Ceramic Café
StepUp Ceramic Café is perfect for a morning of entertainment this summer. Let the kids choose between getting messy at splatter time or creating their own ceramic masterpiece before tucking into some delicious waffles, pancakes, milkshakes or cookies – and there’s healthy options too! This is a win-win all round, as parents can relax in the café with a hot beverage or healthy juice while the kids get creative with splatter paintings and ceramics.
Based in the Apex Atrium, Dubai MotorCity. The café is situated on the ground floor atrium providing a cozy comfortable space for families to create fun memories painting ceramics. For more information, please call 058 538 1800.
Treat your child to their best ever trip to the movies in the cinema designed just for them. They’ll love slouching back in the quirky beanbag seats, with a choice of special kiddie combo meals to keep them well-fed. Thanks to their quirky and comfy beanbag seats, your little ones will be able to slouch back and enjoy the whole movie.With comfy adults’ seating at the back of the theatre, you can enjoy the experience from the back row, with one eye on your child in case they need anything.
Located at The Spring Souk, Dubai Mall and Al Ghurair Centre, prices start at AED X. For more information, call 800-DUBAI-MALL (800 38224 6255).
IMG World of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest temperature controlled indoor themed entertainment destination in the world and features roller coasters, thrill rides, and other attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic Marvel Super Heroes and animatronic dinosaurs.
IMG Worlds of Adventure is located on E311 and they’re open 7 days a week from 12pm – 10pm. Prices start at AED 195 per person for unlimited Rides Access. General Park Admission is AED 299 per person. For more information call 600 500 962 / 600 500 WOA or 04 403 8888.
Infinite SKI is a place for learning, training and having fun all in the comfort of a pleasantly warm environment. The 2 state-of-the-art Maxxtracks indoor ski slopes will progress your ski or snowboard skills faster than ever before. At Infinite SKI, the speed of the belt and the angle of the slope are adjustable to suit the skill of every skier. From indoor ski slopes, a café and a private event lounge all in one location in the heart of Dubai to learning and training in an efficient way to really enjoy your ski trip during your next vacation in the mountains.
Located at Al Quoz, prices start at AED 110 for a single session. For more information and to book, please call 056 204 1680.