As much as life in Dubai is the stuff of dreams, the summer here can be quite overwhelming; especially for kids. These few months of burning heat and menacing humidity make getting outside a challenge, and most often leads to children having to stay cooped up at home. But staying at home for the whole summer is bound to make the kids develop a bad case of cabin fever. If you are looking to find a place to spend some fun and meaningful time for your kids that does not include getting out in the sun, then keep reading, because Dubai has a plethora of options to cater to your young ones’ wanderlust. Today, Bayut brings you a collection of wonderful places that provide a range of indoor activities for kids in Dubai for the summer.
1. The JamJar
The Jamjar Dubai is a community arts space that offers a range of programs and workshops for both kids and adults. They are offering some awesome summer camps for children in July, August and the first week of September. In a fun and creative environment, your children are given a chance to explore their underlying curiosity and express their inner self. The camps are also designed to help them with new techniques by experimenting with different materials and encouraging independent learning.
Location: Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1
Age Groups: 5-9 & 10-14
Price: AED 180 for a day, AED 972 for 6 days, AED 1749.6 for 12 days (2 weeks).
All prices are inclusive of VAT.
A place just to have fun, Caboodle brings in their own words some “physically challenging, artistically enriching, and intellectually stimulating programs” that help children express their uniqueness by building confidence. Offering a range of play and learn indoor activities for kids in Dubai, Caboodle features daily themes and packages such as Stay & Play where you can choose from a range of different activities from dress-up and arts and crafts to free play. There is also Drop & Shop which, as the name suggests, lets you drop your kids in the care of Caboodle while you go about with your day-to-day errands.
Location: Dubai Mall and City Walk
Age Group: 18 months to 12 years
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday; 10am-11pm,
Thursday to Saturday; 10am-12am
Price: (Prices are dependent upon the type of package). AED 70 per hour with AED 30/50 for additional hours and AED 200 for a daily pass.
Membership; AED 790 for the first child and AED 550 for second child onwards.
If your kids are tired of sitting around all day, why not get them to ‘bounce’? You can also join along with them for a fun filled time in the biggest indoor trampoline park in the Middle East. Bounce offers various packages for entry from general access to dedicated passes for children’s events and more. The summer Tramp Camp for kids is fully supervised with a range of activities from volleyball and dodgeball to shooting hoops and freestyle jumping. Get down to this trampoline covered space for a bouncing experience of indoor activities for kids in Dubai for the summer. Booking online now also gets you a special summer promotion.
Location: Building #32, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1
Opening Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 10am–10pm
Price: For general access:- online booking; AED75
At the venue – first session; AED85, second session AED70
4. Oli Oli
OliOli means joy in Hawaiian, which pretty much sums up this next spot for indoor activities for kids in Dubai for the summer. Designed to bring out the delightful sense of wonder in children when learning or discovering new things, OliOli is primarily an interactive museum for kids activities in Dubai to enjoy along with their parents or caregivers. Take your children to OliOli for a purposeful and fun-filled day that stimulates their body and mind.
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday; 9am-7pm,
Thursday to Friday; 9am-9pm,
Price (Excluding VAT): For 0-11 months; Free
For 12-23 months; AED 60 for 2 hours with AED 15 for each extra hour
For 2-18 years; AED 120 for 2 hours with AED 30 for each extra hour
Adults: AED 40
5. Le Petit Palais
Translating to ‘the Palace for Children’ in French, Le Petit Palais mimics a bustling small town filled with laughter and happiness. Located inside Galeries Lafayette in Dubai Mall, Le Petit Palais recreates a French style children’s town right here in Dubai, bringing indoor kids activities quite literally to a whole new world. The town contains features such as a boutique, beauty salon, art studio, mini-mart, gas station and more. While the parents enjoy shopping, the kids don’t need a better distraction than Le Petit Palais, a play area that ensures a fun and entertaining time.
Age Group: 0-10, with adult supervision for kids under 4.
Opening Hours: Sunday to Saturday; 10am-10pm
Price: General entrance fee is AED 80 for the first hour with AED 20 for each additional hour and daily rate of AED 140.
Le Petit Palais has gold and platinum memberships that give some exclusive offers.
6. The Green Planet
How about a visit to a tropical rainforest to escape the heat of the summer? If you did not know about it yet, its time you did. Right in the midst of the desert of Dubai is the Green Planet, an indoor tropical rainforest. Discover the unique wonder of the world’s oldest living ecosystem. The Green Planet is an amazing place for adventurous indoor activities for kids in Dubai for the summer. With over 3000 plants and animals, you actually feel like you are in the middle of a tropical rainforest and not a desert!
Location: City Walk, Al Wasl
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday; 10am-7pm
Thursday to Saturday; 10am-8pm
Price: Child (3-12 years); AED 74
Adult; AED 99
7. Chillout Lounge
Ever wanted to feel Christmasy in the summer? Then Chillout Lounge is the perfect place for you. It is the first ice lounge in the Middle East. A uniquely fun place with indoor activities for kids in Dubai, Chillout Lounge is a spell-binding place with its splendidly illuminated interiors in sub-zero temperatures. With ice sculptures, ice seating and tables, Chillout Lounge also offers hot food and drinks from soups and sandwiches to coffee and hot chocolate. A perfect contrast to the outside, this ice cafe is a wonderful place to spend a summer day.
Location: Times Square Center – Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai
Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 10am-10pm – Thursday and Friday: 10am-12am
Price: Adult; AED 80, Child; AED 40
8. Tee and Putt
For the golfers among your kids, look no further. Tee and Putt offers an exciting adventure with a splendid 18-hole mini golf course with a glow in the dark interior. Crammed with some thrilling obstacles and amusing details, Tee and Putt is a unique place for indoor fun activities for kids in Dubai for the summer.
Location: Wafi Mall
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday; 10am-10pm
Thursday to Friday; 10am-12am
Price: AED50 per person
KidzVenture is a great place to consider for some fun indoor activities for kids in Dubai. It is a pleasantly designed play area with plenty of natural materials, thoughtful toys, puzzles and many more. What makes Kidzventure unique is its bonus facility that offers meditation sessions for the parents. So the next time you are stressed out and want some relaxation without making your kids unhappy, you know where to go.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton JBR, and Egypt Court in Ibn Battuta Mall
Age Group: Up to 5 years
Price: Starts from AED45 and can go up to AED100 depending upon the type of packages
10. Ski Dubai
When you talk about indoor activities in Dubai, you can’t really miss out on Ski Dubai. A spectacular indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai is an exceptional place to spend a day with your whole family. Take your kids and get down to this winter wonderland to get a feel of an exciting family vacation that’s indoors! You and your kids can have a thrilling adventure with a range of rides, slides, penguins and a lot of snow. In the summer!
Location: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday; 10am-11pm
Price: Starts at AED225
11. Indoor Ice Skating
If not a full-fledged ski resort, ice skating is a great alternative to consider among the indoor activities for kids in Dubai for the summer. There are a handful of places that offer indoor ice skating rinks in Dubai. Two popular areas are in the Dubai Mall and in the Hyatt Regency Dubai.
Opening Hours: Dubai Mall – Sunday to Wednesday; 10am-12am, Thursday to Saturday; 10am-1am
Price: Dubai Mall – AED55 for a session, AED25 for children under 100cm
How do you like these awesome places for indoor activities in Dubai? Let us know in the comments below which spot sparked your interest the most. You might also like these wonderful kids activities in Abu Dhabi or these kid-friendly attractions in Sharjah to plan a perfect family day. Stay tuned to MyBayut for information about more such attractions across the UAE.