It’s the summer holidays and if you’re staying in Dubai, keeping the kids amused can get rather expensive. However, there’s a silver lining in the shape of the Summer Paradise that is taking place at Dubai Festival Plaza over the coming weeks, with a host of free-to-attend activities, suitable for children, teens and adults!

In celebration of Dubai’s annual popular shopping festival, Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), Festival Plaza, your friendly neighbourhood mall, is offering a jam-packed schedule of activities to keep the whole family entertained, running from now until Saturday 4th September!

Summer Paradise, so aptly named, consists of fun-filled play zones throughout the mall as well as a fabulous kid’s summer camp which will be hosting a range of workshops, supported by the malls’ retailers. Try out gardening courtesy of popular home store ACE, join in the reading sessions in partnership with Booktopia, as well as crafty projects like painting, ceramic work and our kids’ favourite (naturally) – cupcake and donut decorating and eating!

Children and adults alike will be able to get creative with wall art (think giant crayons), plus there’s exciting science experiments, special LEGO workshops and the little ones can collect their own colouring summer camp calendar from the Festival Plaza customer service desk or download it from We’ve also heard there’s some more surprises and special live performances in store, so make sure you stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram!

For adults and teens looking to keep fit and have fun this summer, Festival Plaza will be offering a selection of FREE workouts not to be missed including Pilates, BollyHIIT and Bhangra HIIT every Friday and Saturday from 8th July to 31st July in partnership with The PAD Fitness. Whilst August will see the mall team up with Gymnation for HIIT, free weight cardio, Zumba and more on 5th August to 28th August from Thursday to Saturday.

And if this wasn’t enough, Festival Plaza, in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council and Return to Racing will be hosting its much-loved Summer Running Series once again. Taking place on Friday 16th July, and Friday 20th August from 7am onwards, runners of ages 5 and above will be able to participate in a 2.5km and a 5km indoor summer run by registering online. Upon crossing the finishing line and receiving a medal with a prize ceremony, participants will then be able to feast on a complimentary breakfast from popular Swedish retailer IKEA and enjoy exclusive promotions across various outlets at the mall.

And for those looking for a light refreshment to complete their mall visit, Festival Plaza will be handing out free delicious edible surprises and summer flavours throughout DSS during the weekend from the mall’s very own musical ice cart, so there is no excuse but to indulge!

Let’s not forget that whilst these fab free activities are on offer, it’s also DSS, which means lots of great offers and discounts will be on offer from the retailers and Festival Plaza has some of our favourite shops including M&S, IKEA, Borders, Dwell, ACE, Booktopia and of course Lulus (which has Crunchies by the way!)

Located at Jebel Ali, Festival Plaza is within close proximity of Al Furjan and Jebel Ali Village as well as minutes away from Marina, The Palm, JLT, Jumeirah Park and Islands, Barsha Heights and Discovery Gardens. Festival Plaza offers a complimentary shuttle bus service every 20 minutes from Energy and Ibn Batutta Metro Stations, as well as Ibn Battuta RTA bus station, making it easier than ever to get to and from the mall. Whilst a hala pick up point is located outside the community mall entrance.

So, if you can’t travel this summer, then make the most of these fab free kids activities, workouts and surprises and make Festival Plaza  your home away from home this summer.


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