- what’s new
- Health & Fitness
- gift ideas
- Buying Guide
- Quick Reads
Summer vacation starts and if you are a parent, you get to hear a lot of "I'm bored" remarks. To keep kids entertained is a mundane job and to some extent, television and the internet can be a source of entertainment for kids. But for the long summer vacation that won't help you for long. Why worry if you are a resident of Dubai or planning a visit to Dubai. Dubai offers a plethora of fun activities for children. Go out there with your kids and have fun with these fun activities for kids.
The yellow smiley mascot, the most loved mascot of Dubai is all set for fun from 7 June to 25 August 2018 for the 19th edition of Modhesh World under the theme My Modhesh, My World. This popular edutainment centre takes over 8 air-conditioned halls packed with adventure and fun experiences across its different zones: Show Land, Amusement Park, Jam Base, and Modhesh Bazaar. The Show Land has show-and-tell entertainment supported by big stages. It also has beverage and food outlets for foodies. Dining outlets, food trucks are the heaven of a variety of cuisines. The amusement park zone has all the traditional rides, kiddie rides, arcade games, trampolines, bungees and water games. The fun-filled Jam Base zone has options of go-karting, inflatables and a wire world including hi-tech edutainment. For shopping plans, the Modhesh Bazar comes to the rescue with retail stores. Modhesh World organized by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) is the fun destination for kids. All the facilities available under this entertainment centre is available to you at an affordable ticket price.
The famous Dubai attraction which outburst colours. Legoland is a fun-filled land of Lego with a wide range of indoor and outdoor attractions. Everything here is Logo themed with over 40 Lego-themed rides, shows, water park, building experiences and adventure. The first stop in this fun land is the Lego Factory where you will witness how Lego bricks are made. You will also receive a souvenir of your visit, Lego brick. You can also visit The Big Shop that offers a wide range of Lego toys. Now enter the Lego City, where you will combine determination and teamwork to thrive in the Lego city. This coolest city awaits you to fly a plane, steer a boat, save a burning building or earn your own Legoland Driving License. Now comes the Kingdom where you can save the day in the medieval land. Enjoy the exciting roller coaster ride through the King's castle and conquer The Dragon. Those seeking challenges and can go on an adventure with their family in the underwater submarine, power ski on wave racers and an expedition through the ancient temple to recover a pharaoh's stolen treasure. In the imagination zone, you have everything to enjoy like rides, build a Lego car and race it. You can even learn to build Mindstorms robot that will obey your command. Don't forget to visit the Lego Miniland. This indoor air-conditioned Miniland is build up of 20 million Lego bricks promoting the Dubai’s iconic skyline and landmarks from around the Middle East. You will have the opportunity to create your own skyline at Build A City.
Kids are bored and unhappy in our busy world. They need their own nation. That's what KidZania is, a nation solely for kids. In KidZania, the kids can choose the job they fancy. Kids within the age group of four to sixteen are provided with a pragmatic educational and entertaining environment where they can do any work their heart desires i.e. they are role-playing by impersonating activities done by adults in real life. Like in the real world, the children can work as a doctor, fireman, police officer, beautician, journalist, pilots etc(over 80 role-playing activities) in more than 60 establishments. Not just working, they are paid for their work. Kidzania has its own currency called kidZos. Kids earn this money for their work and they can use it for goods and services in the city. Kidzania is a blend of educational and entertainment centre where you and your kids will be safe and secure. This indoor city is packed with buildings, streets, vehicles, and establishments sponsored and branded by leading multi-national and local brands. Zupervisors(trained adults) will guide your kids and provide support for each activity. Even there is a separate space for toddlers where they can play safely. KidZania is guaranteed to be the best Dubai attractions for kids.
Come and fall in love with the Hollywood-inspired theme park located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Motiongate exhibits themed areas and attractions divided into 4 zones- DreamWorks, Columbia Pictures, Smurfs Village, and Lionsgate. Your Motiongate journey begins from the Studio Central, the main entrance space with shopping and dining amenities, themed around Hollywood. Enter the Columbia Pictures zone for an adventurous experience. There are total 7 attractions awaiting you here. The Zombieland Blast-off: a drop tower, The Green Hornet: a rollercoaster, Hotel Transylvania: a 3D dark ride in the hotel for monsters, Underworld 4D: a 4D show, Ghostbusters- Battle For New York: a 3D interactive shooting dark ride, Flint's Imagination Lab: an indoor interactive attraction for younger guests age 12 and younger, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: a river rapid-based water ride. Now comes The Smurfs' Village where the fairytale meets reality. It offers 5 attractions- Smurfberry Factory, Smurf Village Express: family ride, Smurfs Studio Tours, Woodland Play Park, and Smurfs Village Playhouse: A live interactive show. The most fun area is the DreamWorks consisting of four sub-area based on DreamWorks Animation franchises such as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon. Last but not the least the Lionsgate zone based on Lionsgate films has only two rides based on The Hunger Games film adaptation franchise and a stage show based on the Step Up film series. Motiongate is comparatively cheaper compared to other Dubai attractions and the things that it offers.
The summer vacation is a nightmare for working parents. You have the responsibility to keep your kids occupied and active. Dubai Sports World is perfect for keeping your kids active all through the summer. It is a huge and free arena open all summer until September 2. The region's largest indoor sports venue located at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) offers numerous summer camps. The summer camp features a combination of sports, fitness and activity classes conducted by Dubai's leading academies. It includes fun games and sports activities like football, volleyball, dodgeball, gymnastics, trampolining, dance etc. Kids can also take part in Ninja Warrior assault course. One such sports academy is Just Play Sports Camp that offers a full day summer camp on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm. All activities are supervised by qualified coaches so you don't have to worry about the safety of little ones. The summer camps offer both fitness and entertainment for kids of all ages. Moreover, your kid will be safe inside this indoor environment.
The city in the middle of the desert has a butterfly garden. Yes, it is true! Dubai butterfly garden which is part of the Dubai Miracle Garden is one of the colourful attractions in UAE. It is open all year round and is home to over 15,000 butterflies from 26 species. The highlight of the butterfly garden in Dubai is the blue morpho butterflies as they are viewed as a luck or a wish granter. This beautiful garden opens at 9 am and closes at 7 pm. If you wait until the sun sets, you can see the owl butterflies, with their large eye-like wing patterns. You can also take a visit to the hatching room, where several pupas are kept in cases. After the hatch, they spend their full seven- to 21-day life cycle in the domes. Other than butterflies, there is a pond where you can see fishes. Advice your kids to stay still so that the butterflies may interact with them. Take a good camera with you to take amazing photographs. If you wish to spend peaceful and quality time with your kids then butterfly park in Dubai is the destination.
Beat the summer heat in Dubai Ice Rink with your munchkin. One of the best Dubai indoor attractions situated at The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and recreation destination. This place is actually for all age groups offering unlimited fun. More than 2000 pairs of skates shipped from a leading manufacturer in Italy to fit each and everyone of all ages and sizes. They also provide skating aids for children. One is Penguins skate aid which helps your kid to gain confidence when they step on to the ice. The other one is they provide doubled-bladed skates or Bob Skates that gives your child a sliding sensation while having increased stability. As far as safety is concerned, Ice marshals are present during public skating hours to ensure safety. You can sign up your kids for EmmarSummerCamp in Dubai Ice Rink where they can learn to spin on the ice. Additionally, they also offer a trip to the top of Burj Khalifa as part of this camp. Enjoy the indoor skating in Dubai and take your interest to the next level. An ice rink in the middle of the desert does make it seem so special and unique.
A perfect place for all those who have a young mind. Hub Zero on Dubai’s City Walk delivers an unbelievable virtual reality experience. There are zones for every age. They offer plenty of activities like laser tag, a 4D theatre, driving experiences and an area specially designed for gamers. For the little ones(below age 6), there is a children's centre at the Crazy Dave's Garden. The main attraction in Hub Zero is the virtual arena, a 360-degree play style where you will be holding a replica gun and firing at the virtual zombies. The gaming area with 70 stations and eight private booths provides to the need of hardcore gamers. It indeed is a great spot for gamers and is the hub for e-sports tournaments. The 4D cinematic experience is based on video game franchise Asura’s Wrath. Then there is a driving simulator- Hyper Drive with 6 degrees of movement and great sound which simulates the motions of a real car. For the football fanatics, you can have a game with a virtual goalkeeper by kicking a real football. There is battle zone called Gears of War: Laser Siege which is set in an old light mass missile silo. Here you can play as a team and win.
Kids love cartoons. The superheroes like Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America are well known among kids as well as adults. Wouldn't it be amazing if we enter their world? IMG world of Adventure is one of the world's largest indoor theme park located in Dubai. Enjoy unlimited fun inside this 1.5 million sq. ft. temperature controlled indoor park. IMG world of adventure is divided into four zones. The two zones represent global brands Cartoon Network and Marvel, while the other two zones are originally created by the IMG group- IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley. It has a potential to greet more than 20,000 guests. The main attraction of the park is the roller coasters and thrill rides based on animation brands Cartoon Network and Marvel Entertainment. While on rides, you can bring all your favourite and popular Marvel and Cartoon Network characters to life. The extinct Dinosaurs will come into life and interact with you in The Lost Valley – a dinosaur adventure zone. It is so good that it cannot be missed to go back in time that existed millions of years ago. For an exciting and daring experience, you can enter the IMG Boulevard zone that offers leisure and thrills. Other attractions include a variety of themed retail stores and dining venues and a 12-screen Novo cinema complex. The trip to IMG world of Adventure will bring you fun and cheerful ambience.
Let your kids be active this summer. Adventure Zone by Adventure HQ is an indoor adventure park that offers a wide range of activities and is enjoyed by both kids and adults. They have branches in Times Square Center and The Galleria Mall in Dubai. They offer activities like climbing walls, cable climbing, low rope course, themed fun walls, skating, boulder walls, trampoline park, caving, zip lining, and has an indoor football pitch. The climbing wall activity is a brave and adventurous activity having a 9-meter high climbing pinnacle and a 6 meters high climbing wall that resemble real rock faces. There are 10 auto belays which are suitable for both beginner and experienced climbers. Allow your kid to be a monkey in the high and low rope course and see their innocent smiles. Enjoy and balance the sliding skateboard in the skate park. Another activity is caving which you and your kids can do together. Through a 48 meter tunnel with twists, it will really be an exciting experience for you to have a replication of real caving. The zip line activity gives you an exciting experience through a 30-meter continuous closed loop zip line. For those who love football, there is an indoor football pitch. All the activities are done in a safe and controlled environment.
Don't cage your kids in your home when Dubai has Bounce X Park. The X park is inspired by Parkour and Freerunning enthusiasts was introduced to Bounce in 2017. The park measures over 330 square meter that is split into 2 levels and features 18 elements, including a zip line, and bouldering wall. It doesn't matter whether you are beginner or expert, with varying levels of difficulty you can take part in the challenge. The different routes offered will help the beginners. The park also offers Ninja-Warrior course with the aid of warped walls, spider wall, and parallel hanging bars. It requires speed, strength and timing to be a master ninja. Additional challenges include up and under - a series of tightly spaced obstacles and barriers, then a zip wire, slack line, cargo rope, inclined balance beam, rolling logs etc. Bounce X Park is said to provide a total-body exercise by shedding some sweat. It builds strength, fitness and stamina. They also boast to have mental benefits like fast decision-making, increasing creativity, confidence etc.
Meet, eat and be creative. A very interesting place to visit with your kids to explore their creativity. Café Ceramique is designed to be a part cafe and part artist studio. Awaken the artist in you and enjoy a stress-free day here in Café Ceramique. There is no age barrier to be at Café Céramique because it is never too early or too late for creativity. This is a chic place where you can meet with your family or friends, have a casual dining and unleash the artist in you. The best thing about Café Ceramique is the interior design. It is designed to give you a home-like atmosphere with comfortable seats, art-lined walls and a laid-back ambience. The cafe supplies you the required things like brushes, paints, stamps, white ceramics etc to create a unique gift for your dear ones. While the adults can relax and paint, the kids are taken care by proficient staffs. If you don't want to paint, then you can just enjoy your coffee or eat something. While being creative you can enjoy the sweet and mellow sounds of jazz and Rhythm and blues. A must-visit place to get away from the busy and boring life.
Go on a trip with your kids in Mattel Play! Town. It is an interactive indoor attraction for children below age 10. Your kids must have seen all the cartoons and tv shows like Barney, Thomas & Friends, Angelina Ballerina, Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder. Mattel Play! Town is themed based on these shows character. It's a great place to bring out the imagination your kid possess and for skill development. There is Drop n’ Go facility so that you can have your "me time" while your little ones will have lots of fun with the friends like Bob, Thomas, Sam, Barney, and Angelina. Your kid will dress up and help build a city with Bob the Builder thereby learn the value of teamwork. Angelina and her friends help your child to dance and perform inside an interactive dance studio. There they will learn discipline, strength and teamwork. The island of Sodor is to be explored with a themed play structure or Thomas & Friends 4D cinema. Have fun and spend a wonderful time with Barney with adventures while dressing up and playing with props. Learn about the importance of safety with Fireman Sam. He will teach your kid about fire safety through aerial adventure maze. Visit this place for a Fun-tastic experience with interactive shows, soft play area, 4D movie etc.
Flip out Dubai is somewhat similar to Bounce. It has 200 interconnected trampolines and 10 trampoline-based attractions, football, volleyball and dodgeball for sports lovers and fitness enthusiasts. They also arrange camps for kids in summer, offering a wide range of attractions, in a fully controlled and supervised environment for kids aged between 5 and 15. The main arena of Flip out is the Trampoline Arena. It has large mats to allow you to do airborne tricks smoothly. Enjoy Dodgeball with your kids or friends in the available two trampoline dodgeball courts. You can also play volleyball in these trampoline courts. There is also a Trampoline Football court to play football. That's not the end, there is a Foam Pit filled with over 20,000 foam cubes. Kids will have a separate mini-foam pit. For kids, there is a special place called Double Decker Kids Arena which includes a bottom and a top floor. The kids will be safe here with small trampoline mats with customized spring. The flip out also present you with 3D Wall Runners covered in graffiti, with each section portraying a different immersive theme like a desert or space. Other attractions are Trampoline Basketball, Half-Pipe, Super Trampoline and Archery Tag.