Beat the heat with these indoor activities which promise fun and learning for both kids and parents.
1. Mini Monsters
Aptly named to say the least, this is a place you can let your kid go wild and not be bothered to run after them. The venue caters specifically to children aged six years and below, making your time here a breeze, which you can spend relaxing at the in-house cafe. It has a soft play zone for toddlers and offers a party room for birthday parties or activities. Ballet, yoga and language lessons are some other things you can participate in with your tiny tot.
Let your children play and make new friends as you relax at the Bean Cafe
Location DNATA building, Shaikh Zayed Road Cost Regular Dh50 for two hours (Play-time) Dh100 for full day Thursdays Dh25 for two hours and Dh100 for full day Age Up to 6 years Dates Daily Timing Sunday to Wednesday 9am to 7pm; Thursday to Saturday 9am to 8pm Contact 04 259 8843 Website MiniMonstersUAE
2. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Drive with Nello, a mischievous Ferrari driver, through a 4D fantasy landscape. Be prepared for a sensory and fun journey as you dive into oceans and fly over cliffs. You could also kick start your child’s racing dreams with Junior GT at the Ferrari Driving School. Watch the experts train your little racer up before the race begins in a 430 GT Spider.
Location Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Cost Bronze Junior Dh205 Adult Dh250 Silver 2 Park Junior Dh315 Adult Dh360 Gold 2 Park Junior Dh425 Adult Dh510 Dates Daily Timing 11am to 8pm Website FerrariWorldAUH Book tickets online
If you are serious about making your child’s play time one of learning and development along with all the fun, Caboodle should be your first choice. Play time includes craft, dress-up and free play. You can also do the ‘Drop n Shop’ which means exactly that - drop your children off to play supervised by the trained staff while you run errands or shop.
You can also choose from an array of classes, which will help your child develop their mental and social skills. Meet other mothers at Mama Meets on Sundays, join the kids in a music based development class Boogie Babies on Tuesdays or join the Baby Book Club on Mondays.
Location City Walk, Dubai Mall Cost Regular Dh70 for first hour and Dh30 for every additional hour Babysitting (Drop n Shop) Dh70 per 30 minutes Age 6 months to 12 years Dates Daily Timing Weekdays 9am to 10pm Weekends 9am to 11pm Contact Caboodle City Walk 04 344 4570; Caboodle Dubai Mall 04 325 3367 Website Caboodle
Bounce yourself and your kids to the massive indoor trampoline universe here in Dubai. For your tiny tots, Bounce offers Junior Jumpers’ sessions every day for kids aged three years and above, but shorter than 110cm. Children taller than 110cm can access the venue as regular visitors.
Location Al Quoz Industrial Area 1 Cost Dh70 for one session Dh50 for second session Dates Daily Timing 10am to 1pm (Junior Jumpers) 10am to 10pm (Regular) Contact +971 4 321 1400 Website Bounce
5. Horse around
Take your kids out to the Dubai Palm Riding School for an amazing day out with beautiful steeds and their talented handlers. Your tot could even go on a ride, with a helmet and back support, on one of the gentle ponies. You can choose to ride along or simply walk with the hand-led steed.
Location Al Awir Road, near Dragon Mart Cost Dh10 onwards (depends on time of ride) Age for rides 5 years and above Dates Every day except Friday Contact for all further details +971 4 3238010