Dubai is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the City” and indeed lives up to its reputation. Millions of visitors’ flock to this fantastic destination every year to enjoy the bevy of outstanding experiences this city has to offer. Dubai has a plethora of attractions for not only adults but also provides an excellent playground for kids. Whether it is skiing in the snow, seeing fascinating marine animals or meeting their favorite superheroes, this beautiful city indeed spoils them for choice. Here is a guide to the most exciting indoor activities that your little ones can enjoy this summer.
Dubai Mall is the world’s biggest shopping center with over 1200 stores. But the best part is it is not just a mall but also a full-fledged entertainment destination. Though your kids will love some goodies from The Toy Store and the Hamleys, the mall also has an ice rink, a theme park, a kids edutainment center, an aquarium, and the Dubai Fountain, where they can spend a lot of time. You can also watch a movie together at one of the multiplexes and dine and shop to your heart’s content.
Trust Dubai to create a lush tropical forest right in the middle of the desert. The Green Planet consists of more than 3000 plants and animals, such as iguanas, snakes, sloths, monkeys, turtles, piranhas, toucans, and hornbills. It has an 82 ft-tall human-made fig tree around which you can find these displays and enclosures. If you and your kids love wildlife and nature, you must definitely visit the biodome. You can also stroll through the suspended walkways and rope bridges that will give you and your little ones a sense of adventure. The highly knowledgeable and trained guides give you in-depth information about all the animals making it an incredible educational experience.
A first-of-its-kind theme park in the Middle East, VR Park effortlessly combines augmented reality with virtual reality, offering 18 immersive and unique rides. Your kids will have a thrilling time in this place that is centered around the concept of shared escapism. It offers attractions for all ages with multiple experiences in genres such as adrenaline, adventure, horror, action, and tranquility. Set off on an unforgettable journey of interactive rides and games, where the line between reality and perception is blurred.
Visit the most fabulous playground for kids in Dubai – BOUNCE. Your kids can bounce throughout the day at this indoor trampoline park. It offers many entry packages, from unrestricted access to dedicated passes for many kid’s events and much more. Work on your slam-dunks, scale-up The Wall to the Big Bag, participate in an X-Park Ninja Warrior obstacle or zip-line; there is plenty for you to choose from. It also has a fully supervised summer Tramp Camp with many activities like freestyle jumping, volleyball, dodgeball, and shooting hoops.
Your kids get an extraordinary chance to explore the underwater world and see the beautiful marine life. Head to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai Mall, one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It holds the Guinness World record for the most extensive Acrylic Panel globally. As you pass through the 48-meter-long tunnel, witness the exotic marine creatures such as sharks, piranhas, manta rays, stingrays, colorful fish, etc., swimming around you. This aquarium also houses a King croc that is supposed to be the most terrifying.
KidZania Dubai is an indoor activity center that replicates a mini city. It incorporates education and entertainment where your children can role-play jobs performed by adults in real life. They can choose from over 80 activities or professions such as firemen, teachers, doctors, police officers, chefs, radio jockeys, journalists, and so on. They also get their salary in KidZania money that they can redeem in stores. Another main attraction here is the KidZania Space Center that allows children to understand our mysterious universe and astronauts through simulated attractions and virtual reality.
Whether it is Marvel superheroes, Cartoon Network characters, or dinosaurs from the prehistoric era, you can come face-to-face with all of them in the world’s largest indoor theme park. IMG Worlds of Adventure is Dubai’s largest indoor amusement park which offers numerous rides based on all these characters that will give you an adrenaline rush. The park is divided into various zones based on these characters and promises an entire day of fun and adventure.
Ski Dubai maintains a temperature of -4 degrees throughout the year and is the largest indoor ski resort in the Middle East. You can enjoy myriad snow activities such as skiing, tobogganing, zorbing, tube slides, and snowboarding. It also consists of an ice cave for kids, an 85-meter-high mountain containing five slopes with varying degrees of steepness, and numerous activities to keep your little ones engaged. The March of the Penguins will put a small to your kid’s face. Once they are exhausted from all the activities, take them to Avalanche Cafe for a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
Mattel PlayTown takes your kids on a journey to the world of their beloved TV characters. It is centered around the concept of eduplay, a play-based education theory that highlights the necessity of stimulating kids’ imagination and fantasy. It gives a chance to develop important skills through several stimulating and engaging experiences for children between two and ten. They can have many unique encounters with famous TV characters such as Barney, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Thomas & Friends, and Angelina Ballerina and learn something meaningful.
Legoland Dubai transports you to your childhood days when you created beautiful things with Lego bricks. This incredible theme park provides interactive experiences, including Splash Safari, Twin Chasers, Lego Wave Pool, and Joker Soaker. A big highlight of the place is the build your raft activity, where children can build their boats and sail them from the top of the water stream. Most rides here are ideal for kids aged 2-12 years. Do visit Miniland, an air-conditioned area where you can see Lego models of iconic structures like Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Ski Dubai, Dubai Creek, and Dubai International Airport, to name a few.
Dubai has some or other indoor attractions for your little ones at every turn. Summers in the city are harsh, and it is difficult for children to be cooped at home. Take them to these wonderful places and let them make memories that they will treasure forever.