75+ Indoor Activities for Kids in Dubai – Summer 2022 Family Guide

Dubai is a city that stands head and shoulders above many others in its ability to cater to both indoor and outdoor activities, meaning there is no shortage of fun ideas to keep kids busy over the hot summer months.

Dubai Aquarium - Indoor activites with kids in Dubai

Whether you’re a resident in Dubai or just visiting, you’re bound to find something here you’re kids will enjoy with this listing of 75+ kid-friendly indoor activities in Dubai. 

We’ve broken it down into a few categories and provided you with this handy map you can save to keep track of all your favourites and discover something new:

See the map for locations or keep reading to find out more

Heading down the road to neighbouring city Abu Dhabi? Click here to be taken to our Abu Dhabi Indoor Kids Guide!!


Keeping Active Over Summer – Top Indoor Sports Activities in Dubai

Many centres are multi-purpose including sporting activities for your older kids and more edutainment/soft play for the younger ones – we have tried to fit them into their best category!

Dubai World Sports

Returning for another summer season at Za’abeel Halls 4, 5, 6, Dubai World Trade Centre there are over 20 sports to choose from in this fabulous initiative to keep Dubai residents active.

A popular choice with kids is the Ninja Warrior course in the 1500sqm Just Action Area – you can purchase a Just Action Pass for 50AED an hour which includes Rockwall Climbing and other sports such as ​Parkour and Trapeze.

These entirely indoor seasonal spectacular runs from 1 April to 22 September 2022.

Learn more at dubaisportsworld.ae

Bounce & X Park

Located in Al Quoz, not just trampolining you can also enjoy the X-Park freestyle playground, an obstacle course for adrenaline junkies. The challenges can be completed standalone or as part of a circuit and include Parkour, a boulder wall and zip line. Note the minimum height for X-Park is 125cm.

Bounce Dubai is also perfect for your junior bouncers as young as 3 to enjoy getting their bounce on, there is differential pricing over/under 110cm with some restricted areas.

Learn more at bounce.ae

Jump Boxx Indoor Trampoline Park

Defy gravity, flip, fly and jump your way through more than 120 interconnected trampolines over 25,000 feet! There are also dodge ball courts, slam-dunking hoops and a foam pit to enjoy. The trampoline area is open to over 5’s while the Jumping Jaxx soft play is for your under 5’s.

You’ll find Jump Boxx in Uptown Mirdiff.

Learn more at jump-boxx.com

Adventure Zone by Adventure HQ

An extension to their popular retail stores for outdoor adventurers, you can join in the fun and interactive indoor experiences at their Times Square and Galleria Mall branches in Dubai. Activities on offer include obstacle courses, climbing pinnacle, and cable climb course. Galleria also has a low ropes course and Fun Climb Wall.

Learn more at adventurehq.ae

Bouldering at Rock Republic

Free-range climbing without the ropes, bouldering is all about your own body strength, an entire body at the largest venue of its type in the Middle East.

Open to kids aged 8 years old and up in Dubai Business Park.

Learn more at rockrepublicdubai.com

Mountain Extreme

Experience indoor climbing in the largest facility of its kind in Dubai with 60 bouldering and 70 climbing routes. They run kids classes on weekends suitable from 4+ in Capital Golden Tower, Business Bay.

Learn more at mtnextreme.com

Ski Dubai

Not just skiing and snowboarding on the 400m slope you can also try zorbing and zip lines at one of Dubai’s classic sub-zero experiences (ok, it’s about 1c!)

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at skidxb.com

Dubai Ice Rink

A classic favourite in Dubai Mall, an Olympic-sized ice rink! Make no mistake you can build up a sweat still floating along the ice with skates available to rent. If you haven’t been on your skates for a while, try out the IceBykes a fun new edition to public and Freestyle sessions.

Learn more at dubaiicerink.com

Parkour DXB

Discover the extremely physical discipline of Parkour with classes from as young as 3 years old, through to birthday parties and camps as well as private training, located in Al Quoz 1.

Learn more at parkour.ae

Just Play

Includes a trampoline park and Ninja Warrior course and at their permanent location in Al Quoz (also part of the Dubai Worlds Sport mentioned above over summer).

Learn more at justplay.ae

Skyzone

Think warrior courses, a wipe out zone, trampoline park, and zip line all within the shopping mall Ibn Battuta. Found at the far western end of the Metro system, it’s close to JBR and Dubai Marina if you’re seeking an indoor shopping and activity outting entirely indoors.

Learn more at skyzone.ae

Dubai Bowling Centre

Found in Al Quoz, Dubai Bowling Centre is 16 lanes of action-packed fun.  The centre also includes a gaming area, trampolines and VR Zone and a Little Stars edutainment area (because nobody in Dubai wants just one sport, right!?)

Learn more at bowlingdubai.com

Switch Bowling

Another good bowling option if you’re on the west end of the city an be found in Ibn Battuta Mall. Combining bowling, billiards, karaoke and a cafe, Switch Bowling is a fun way to spend a hot day in Dubai.

Learn more at switchbowling.ae

Dubai Autodrome

Enjoy karting to laser tag at this fun multi-purpose venue in Sports City. On a Wednesday evening, you can also enjoy free entry to run, walk or cycle the outdoor track. There is indoor karting available as well as a virtual experience Race Room.

Learn more at dubaiautodrome.com

Air Maniax

A huge inflatable indoor playground, Air Maniax is designed for kids 2 years plus. It includes a Mini Warrior Assault course and an interactive warrior assault course for your older kids, as well as the inflatables arena with tones of games, ZipZag and Lazer Frenzy – arcade-style laser tag.

Located in Al Quoz, there are various packages from 1 or 2-hour park access passes to family passes and Lazer Frenzy of ZipZag only.

Learn more at airmaniax.com

Street Maniax

Bought to you by the team behind Air Maniax, this one is specifically for your older kids. Warrior courses, parkour, Jump Towers, Cable Way and much more. They will definitely work up a sweat here in one of the best new interactive kids sports centers in the Al Quoz area of Dubai.

Learn more at streetmaniax.com

Infinite Ski

Looking to perfect your ski skills in the desert? You heard right! No need to fight the crowds at Ski Dubai, when its all about learning and technique over snow, Infinite Ski is the first ever Maxxtrack indoor ski slope in the Middle East. The Al Quoz location is the perfect place to learn some skills before hitting the slopes – no need for your full winter wear its a great place to keep active in Dubai, ready for hitting the real slopes in winter.

Learn more at infiniteski.com

3D Blacklight Mini Golf

A fun little reprieve from the heat in the heart of JBR tourist area, this indoor interactive experience throws in some cool special effects to accompany your minigolf. A great fun Dubai indoor activity with kids for those hot or dusty days.

Learn more at 3d-blacklight-minigolf.com

Adventure Park

Set in the brand new Dubai Hills Mall, this entirely indoors family entertainment park has certainly been built to the size and scale you come to expect of Dubai. Rope courses to climbing walls and super slides, there are 11 different active experiences for kids to enjoy at Adventure Park.

Leran more at entertainment.emaar.com

XStrike

Indoor active entertainment in Dubai, this is where to come with your older kids for some high-adrenaline indoor action. A virtual combat experience using laser tag technology and paintball, this is perfect for beginners through to pros with incredible simulated battlefield experiences.

Learn more at XStrike.com

(There are a few more very active options that we’ve classified under soft play centres below).


Find out here how to get discounted tickets to popular Dubai attractions – often cheaper than the venue!!


Theme Parks & Interactive Games Centres

VR Park

Take a virtual reality journey with interactive rides, VR Games and arcade-style amusement. Free to enter but you need either a games card for the “Super 7” favourite rides or get credit loaded to join in. Located at the Cinema car park end of Dubai Mall.

Ticket available here | Learn more at vrparkdubai.com

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Dubai’s only entirely indoor theme park includes thrilling rides with Marvel experiences through to Powder Puff girls in the Cartoon Network zone. Enjoy the Velociraptor and Predator roller coasters in the Lost Valley.

Due to height restrictions best suited to your older school-aged kids. In Dubailand off the E311.

Tickets available here | Learn more at imgworlds.com

Dubai Parks & Resorts – Legoland, Motiongate & Bollywood Parks

Read our full review of what to expect at Dubai Parks and Resorts in the summer here

3 theme parks and a water park all in one location and connected by the Riverland entertainment district.  Here you will find Legoland Dubai (+ Water Park), Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks.

Whilst the parks are classified as outdoors, large parts are actually inside – Dreamworks at Motiongate particularly is a great indoor retreat with many thrilling rides, best suited to your 105cm+ crowd.

Legoland Dubai Miniland

You’ll find Dubai Parks & Resorts based in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai (near the Abu Dhabi border).

Grab a 2 Park Pass to Save | Learn more at dubaiparksandresorts.com

The Storm Coaster

A roller coaster in a shopping mall? Only in Dubai, of course! The newly opened Dubai Hills Mall is packed with sensational family entertainment options (more below!) but worthy of a mention alongside theme park attractions is the Storm Coaster. Combining an immersive pre-ride experience with an inverse coaster and serious vertical drop, thrill-seekers hold on! Minimum height 1.3m.

TEPfactor team adventure

A unique indoor experience. An indoor cave with 21 challenges to complete, that will test patience, fitness logic and skill. All you need is 2 to 6 players.  There are 16 basic challenges that need to be completed before you can unlock the final 4 challenges and the ultimate final chest.

Teams can take as long as needed to complete.  You are charged only for the time taken, usually between 2 to 4 hours. Suitable from 8 years plus and located in The Walk, JBR.

Learn more at tepfactor.ae

Hungarian Games

One of the coolest escape rooms in Dubai, Hungarian Games in Al Quoz offers 6 different challenging escape rooms. Escape Hunt Dubai and Studio 113 are among their most popular. There’s also a cafe here, board games and team building activities.

Learn more at hungariangames.com

Countdown Challenge

Escape room fans are in for a real treat visiting Dubai with so many great options, perfect for beating the heat. Countdown Challenge is set in the heart of the city’s tourist area JBR is no expectation offering 5 different rooms to try.

Learn more at countdowndxb.com

Brain Game

Brain Game in Jumeirah 1 offers 6 different escape room challenges varying from 1 hour to 2 hours of interactive indoor fun. There’s also a board game cafe here that you can combine with your escape room experience.

Learn more at braingame.ae

Phobia Escape Games

But wait, there’s still more! Phobia can be found in two locations in JLT, offering 6 different challenges suitable for 2 to 5 players. Some of the most popular here include Battle of the Wizards and Sherlock vs Jack the Ripper.

Learn more at phobia.ae

Tr88house

It’s hard to describe Tr88house other than an all-rounder family entertainment centre for all ages. Found on Bluewaters Island, this massive 65,000 sqft venue has all your dining and entertainment on a hot Dubai day wrapped into one place.

It has your typical soft play options, Mystic Golf, Laser Rush and several more interactive games, in addition the Hive dining hall gives several family dining options. See it to believe it, you can really make a full day out on Bluewaters.

Learn more at tr88house.com


You can see a full review of Dubai’s favourite family theme parks here


Museums and Interactive Indoor Fun in Dubai

Museum of the Future

If you’ve not had the chance to see inside the otherworldly Museum of the Future yet, get this one on your bucket list! Incredible from both outside and in, journey to Tomorrow Today to learn more about near-future technologies, what will the world look like 50 years from now? Next up, explore Future Heroes, an exhibit specifically intended for kids, “future-proofing” their skills.

Be warned as it’s still very new, tickets are booked up weeks in advance so get this one locked in early on your itinerary.

Tickets available here | Learn more at museumofthefuture.ae

Madame Tussauds

The master of waxworks has made it to Dubai with their first Middle East museum. Found on Bluewaters Island, adjacent to Ain Dubai, enjoy the interactive galleries of famous politicians to pop stars. Even a live DJ will greet you at their A-list party with the stars.

Tickets available here | Learn more at madametussauds.com/dubai

OliOli Children’s Museum

On the surface, it may seem like a soft play, but OliOli is actually an interactive children’s museum. Journey through eight highly engaging galleries with 40+ exhibits that will allow children to explore their engineering skills, splash their way through interactive displays or even build their own life-sized forts.  The highlight for many is Toshi’s Nets – a giant swinging climbing frame.

Learn more at olioli.ae

Woo-hoo!

Another children’s museum that’s designed to be completely interactive. Woo-hoo is for your curious young kids with an exciting program of summer events as well as 11 permanent galleries. From Toddler’s Treehouse to Cave Explorer, every detail has been thoughtfully put together making this one of the most pleasant indoor family days out in Dubai.

Learn more at woo-hoo.ae

Museum of Illusions Dubai

Based in the new Al Seef waterfront district, beat the heat by heading into the Museum of Illusions for some mind-bending optical illusions and plenty of instagrammable moments! 

Tickets available here | Learn more at museumofillusions.ae 

Museum of Illusions Dubai Al Seef

Infinity Des Lumieres

This incredible 2,700 square foot immersive digital art space in Dubai Mall is the most advanced digital art gallery in the GCC. Presently showing 4 different galleries, enjoy Cosmos, a journey through space, Van Goughs famous artworks brought to life, the virtual reality of Dreamed Japan, or a hypnotic journey through Verse. A sight, sound and sensory experience for the 21st century sure to engage the kids in modern art.

Advance book your tickets online here | Learn more at infinitilumieres.com

3D Selfie Museum

Maybe a dubious claim to classify this as a museum, but definitely some indoor fun to be had with the kids. If you love your fun photos this is the place to head on a hot or rainy day in Dubai. Enjoy 185 gravity-defying creative art works using the traditional art technique Trompe-l’oeil – three dimensional trick art.

Learn more at dubai3dworld.com


Animal interactions in Dubai indoors

Being stuck in the desert doesn’t mean we are short on animal action with many encounters taking place entirely indoors.  A strong focus on education but kids will be too busy having fun to realise.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Found in the heart of Dubai Mall, little ones can enjoy seeing the giant 10 million litre suspended tank for free, or head inside the aquarium and through the 48-metre-long tunnel as sand tiger sharks and rays glide overhead.

There are educational displays and presentations throughout to learn more about the marine habitats of its residents. You can also add on experiences including cage snorkelling with the sharks, or take the glass-bottomed boat.

You can read more about what to expect at the Dubai Aquarium here.

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at the thedubaiaquarium.com 

The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis

Offering a different experience to Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo, at the lost chambers you step into a sci-fi-esque underwater world. Technically the largest aquarium in the UAE (but watch out, SeaWorld in Abu Dhabi is on its way!) Best paired with a day at Aquaventure to cool off on your way out. They also offer dive experiences for your older kids.

Tickets available here | Learn more at atlantis.com

The Green Planet Dubai

Explore the great outdoors, entirely indoors! Based around the world’s largest man-made life-sustaining tree, the Green Planet biodome takes you on a journey through three distinct sections of a tropical rainforest. This entirely indoor ecosystem is home to more than 3000 different species of plants and animals, including the ultra-popular sloth!

You can read more about what to expect at The Green Planet here.

Resident Sloth at Green Planet Dubai

Tickets available here | Learn more at thegreenplanetdubai.com 

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Whilst neighbouring Dubai Miracle Garden shuts over the hot summer months, you can continue to enjoy The Butterfly Garden throughout the year. A tropical indoor environment with over 18000 fluttering creatures to keep you entertained, as well as rare fish. You’ll find it in Dubailand (near Arabian Ranches/E311).

Learn more at dubaibutterflygarden.com 

The Dubai Dolphinarium

See the Dubai Dolphin and Seal show at Dubai Creek Park. Dolphin encounter experiences are also available.

Learn more at dubaidolphinarium.ae

Peng-friend experience

Far more than just skiing and snowball fights, you can extend your experience at Ski Dubai to include a Peng-Friend encounter. A small colony of Gentoo and King Penguins have their own VIP enclosure with direct encounter experiences available.

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at skidxb.com/snow-penguins 


Getting Wet! Indoor Swim & Splash in Dubai

The paths might be scorching outdoors and the walk from the car park too much to bear for water parks; so where can we still have a good splash when the outside water temperatures are hotter than a spa?

Splash Island Water Park at Blue Wave

Entirely indoor fun, kids can enjoy all the fun of slides and splash pad activities in the temperature-controlled Splash Island. Blue Wave also offers swimming lessons that run over the summer too.

Learn more at facebook.com/bluewavedxb/ 

Deep Dive Dubai

The world’s deepest indoor swimming pool, only in Dubai, of course! Learn to dive sessions through to advance dive courses take place entirely indoors as you reach depths up to 60 metres. Recommended from age 10+ you’ll find this incredible new Dubai indoor attraction in Nad al Sheba.

Learn more at deepdivedubai.com


Edutainment and Pretend Play for Younger Ones

(This section can also be combined with crafty kids and soft plays below – it’s rare to find a centre these days that doesn’t have more than one speciality with a strong emphasis on trying to combine simple soft play with more edutainment experiences).

KidZania Dubai

A real-to-life city built just for the kids inside the Dubai Mall.  Children are issued boarding passes then embark on a journey through the real world where the Kidzos currency rules and you need to earn a living undertaking different “careers” in order to spend your Kidzos on leisure activities.

Kids are fully supervised during easy activity as they learn new skills and manage their funds for an extremely rewarding and educational day out.

Tickets available here | Learn more at dubai.kidzania.com 

Kidzania Dubai

Kids HQ

An edutainment activity centre as well as soft play, this has a huge three story soft play area with ball pit and trampolines as well as a racing track, it’s one of the best that combines activities and free play.

Based in Umm Suqeim Road, Al Barsha 2.

Learn more at kidshq.ae

Kids Zone

More than just soft play, they run playgroups, arts and crafts sessions as well as classes.

Located in the Souk al Bahar and The Market Mall.

Learn more at kidszone.ae

FiaFia

Fiafia kids play and cafe is interactive fun for little kids found in DIFC and Al Ferdous. From drop and shop services to group play dates and parties.

Learn more at fiafia.ae

Dig It!

Any budding builders will love Dig it! Located at The Springs Souk, Dig It provides an opportunity for children to dig, move, tunnel, build and create. As well as mechanical arm diggers and remote control trucks, there’s a full-size digger to try out! In addition to a large soft play area with slides, there’s a mini soft play for children under three.

Learn more at digitdubai.com

Bricobilandia

Found in Nakhell Mall, the Palm, the perfect drop in and play centre for your little Lego fans. Enjoy a fun city play and construction experience as well as a program of Lego workshops.

Learn more at bricobilandia.com



Crafty Kids in Dubai

Great places for you and the kids to indulge your creative side while keeping cool:

Cafe Céramique Dubai

Found in Town Centre Mall on Jumeirah Road, part cafe part art studio enjoy the ambience of the cafe and produce your own stunning artwork to take home.

Learn more at cafeceramique.ae 

Medaf Studio

A winner with your creative kids, this great little studio spot found in Uptown Mirdif Mall includes the “Expression Room” where even the walls and floors become part of the canvas!

Learn more at Medaf Studio.com

thejamjar Dubai

Found in Alserkal Avenue Al Quoz – Dubai’s home of art and creativity – this art community space includes a studio and workshops as well as DIY painting sessions. A family-friendly space and welcoming of newcomers there’s no age limit.

Learn more at thejamjardubai.com 

Dubai International Art Centre

There are no shortage of indoor art classes on offer in Dubai, Dubai International Art Centre is just one provider. Courses include drawing and painting for children aged 4 and over as well as Manga workshops for children over 8. In addition to visual art courses, the centre also offers students the chance to develop their creative writing skills.

Learn more at artdubai.com

Parents with arty kids should also check out a Kidz Art and Art Basis who also offer a variety of exciting classes for children of all ages.


Soft Play in Dubai

Simply need them to burn off some energy and interact with other kids? Dubai has a plethora of indoor play centres. Some of the biggest and best not already listed above include:

Cheeky Monkeys

Giant 5 level play structure with trampolines and climbers plus ball pit for the toddler. Also includes a kids salon.  You can find them dotted over the city including Arabian Ranches 2, J3 Mall, The Pointe on the Palm, Al Barsha Mall and in the JBR/Marina area.

Learn more at cheekymonkeys.com

Extreme Fun

A real combination centre it was hard to categorise! Play structures to arcade style games make it appropriate across different age groups.  Found in Union Coop, Al Wasl Road, Motor City and Centro in the Villa.

Learn more at extremefun.ae

Ready Set Go!

Enter the Wild! Mixed Jungle-themed soft play, trampoline park, pretend play town and cafe all in one site in their giant warehouse setting in Al Quoz.

Learn more at readysetgo.ae

Magic Planet

Your typical UAE fun mall with everything from soft play to arcade styles rides and games You will find branches across the city including Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdiff, City Centre Shindaga, City Centrre Me’aisem, Arabian Ranches and Burjuman.

Learn more at magicplanetmena.com

Funky Monkeys Playland

One of the cities largest indoor soft play centres with both indoor and outdoor edutainment. Explore the Lego land, craft stations, cooking class and laser games.  Found in Al Wasl Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road.

Learn more at funkmonkeysuae.com

PlayPoint Dubai

Indoor play structure with ball pit designed for 6 months to 9 years. Found in Sustainability City.

Learn more at facebook.com/playpointme

Fun Block

Get ready to jump, climb and explore whilst parents can enjoy the cafe. Climbing frames, colourful ball pools, crawl tunnels and giant slides. also includes trampolines and climbing wall. First Avenue Mall in Dubailand

Learn more at funblock.ae

La La Land

La La Land offers two Dubai locations with soft play, arts and crafts, summer camps, and storytelling sessions. You’ll find it in Mirdif Uptown Mall and Jumeirah City Walk.

Learn more at lalaland.ae

Cuckoos

Cuckoos is a good softplay and indoor edutainmnet option if you’re staying with kids in JBR. You’ll find it in popular beach front entertainment strip the Beach.

Learn more at thebeach.ae

Shaoob Recreation Halls

A fun little touch indoors for the toddler-aged kids to burn some rubber in Dubai! A city renowned for its luxury cars, your little ones can spin their own wheels at this cute little indoor play centre with electronic cars and bikes found on the Palm Jumeirah.

Learn more at @shaoob_recreation

Have we missed your favourite?  Let us know familytravelme@gmail.com and we’ll add them to our list.


Chill time in Dubai – Shows, cafes & lounges

More for your tween and teen crowd try these awesome ideas for movies and relaxation with your friends.

The Point & Reel Cinema

Newly opened The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah includes Guy Fieri’s Dine-in Cinema.  Meanwhile, your younger ones can be kept active and engaged at Cheeky Monkeys play centre.

Learn more at reelcinemas.ae

ThEATre at Vox (formerly known as ThEATre by Rhodes)

All the cinema watching luxury you could expect only in Dubai! You will not only get an exclusive private lounge and a meal to enjoy with your movie but a blanket, pillow and footrest, too. You’ll find it at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif.

Learn more at uae.voxcinemas.ae

Chillout Ice Lounge

Get coated up to experience icy mocktails or hot warming cocoa inside the Chillout Ice Lounge in Times Square.   Admire the ice sculptures while taking part in one of Dubai’s most unique sub-zero experiences. Goats, gloves, socks and boots all provided!

Learn more at chilloutindubai.com

Chillout Ice Lounge Dubai

Wavehouse at Atlantis

You don’t need to be staying at Atlantis to enjoy this fun family all-rounder venue. Think pizzas, burgers and bowling alley with an interactive kids gaming zone attached. The perfect spot to come if the adults want to cool off with some beverages whilst the kids burn through their gaming credits (Top tip – come for Happy Hour and not only are your drinks cheaper you’ll get double gaming credits too!)

It’s the perfect pairing if you’ve checked out the Aquaventure water park during the day and want some airconditioned chill time to finish your day.

Learn more at Atlantis.com

La Perle by Dragone

Prepare to be stunned at Dubai’s number one live stage show! Whilst the story line isn’t particularly easy to follow, the variety of acrobatics, aquatic and other visual effects in this show are sure to wow. Family, hotel and dinner packages are available. Thisis the perfect night out in Dubai if your looking for something to please all age groups from kids to grandparents!

Buy your La Perle tickets here | Learn more at laperle.com

Vox Kids

Brightly coloured cinemas that show family-friendly movies in an environment you can feel comfortable your children aren’t playing up. There are multiple Dubai venues hosting these brightly colours theatres including Burjuman, City Centre Deira and Mall of the Emirates

Learn more at uae.voxcinemas.com

Unwind Cafe

A cafe stocked with over 500 board games! Game Masters are on hand to help you learn something new in this socially interactive environment for both adults and kids. Found in Hessa Street, Al Barsha

Learn more at unwinddubai.com

Charade

Another cool gaming cafe to try for some chilled out time indoors in Dubai is Charade. Found in Wasl 51, grab some burgers and shakes and enjoy your board games for free alongside your meal. They offer a separate kids’ menu, only adding to the welcoming vibe of this fun community cafe.

Learn more at charadedubai.com

The Six Cafe

Another fab family choice for a chilled cafe afternoon indoors in Dubai is The Six Cafe. Offering over 1000 board games for families to choose from, you’ll find this gem in Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Boulevard.

Learn more at thesixcafe.com

Dreamscape

A little more interactive than chilled, it’s hard to place exactly where this one belongs! Best for your teens, enter an immersive VR world. Choose from MIB First Mission, The Blu Deep Rescue or Curse of the Lost Pearl. Conveniently found in Mall of the Emirates, its a great one to add for a full summer day spent indoors at MOE.

Learn more at dreamscapeimmersive.com


Pampering Kids Day Spa

Spoil your little princess (or prince!) with a day of pampering designed just for little ones.

Hello Kitty Beauty Spa

Posh pampering for all ages but an especially fun element if you’d like to take your little princess with you for some pampering. They cater to both Queens and Princesses for kids aged 11 years and below.  They can be found at Town Centre Jumeirah

Learn more at hellokittybeautyspa.com

Spa Cenvaree – Centara

A spa where you can all relax and unwind as a family? Yup, that’s what you get at Spa Cenvaree. Enjoy traditional Thai treatments in the fun and playful vibe Centara is known for. Treat your kids to something extra special with a 90-minute Kid Candy experience where masks and scrubs are scented in playful flavours including bubble gum, toffee apple and blueberry candy!

Spa Cevaree at Centara Mirage Resort in Dubai is designed especially with kdis in mind with colourful decor

You could combine this with a Centara daycation package – a great summer deal running through until 30 September where you can get weekday access to everything the hotel has to offer, including a day-use room, lunch, access to Camp Safari Kids’ Club and Ezone (indoors), outdoor adventure playground, lazy river and splash pad, in addition to the spa treatment. Sign us up! Centara Mirage Beach Resort is found in Deira Islands.

Learn more at centarahotelsresorts.com


Playing tourist in Dubai

Whether you’re a tourist in Dubai looking for fun indoor family attractions to keep kids happy on a summer stopover, or you live in the UAE and you’ve never had a chance to explore the highlights; here are our top picks for indoor attractions in Dubai to beat the heat.

At The Top Observation Decks, Burj Khalifa

Experience the world’s tallest tower on the 124th/125th-floor observation deck of Burj Khalifa. Far less crowded than during the cooler months but advance bookings still essential.

Official partner tickets available here | Learn more at AtTheTop.ae  

Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai Frame

Found in Zabeel Park, the giant gold frame that recently joined the Dubai skyline transports you between old and new Dubai.  A glass elevator raises you 150m into the sky before you take on the glass-floored walk across the frame.

You are treated to 360-degree views of old Dubai and Sharjah to the east and new Dubai and the towering skyscrapers of Downtown to the west. There are also educational displays on the ground floor from the Dubai of yesterday on your way up, and a 3D presentation on the Dubai of the future as you exit – one of Dubai’s best new indoor tourist attractions!

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at Dubaiframe.ae 

Dubai Frame

Etihad Museum

Learn more about the UAE’s modern history. Based on the site of this historic Union House, this shiny new museum steps you through the country’s journey to unification. Lots of interactive displays and an important history lesson.

Tickets available hereLearn more at visitdubai.com

Skyviews Dubai

Fancy taking a see-through slide over the skyscrapers of Downtown Dubai? Little daredevils will love this thrilling new experience. Offering birds-eye views of the Burj Khalifa from the observatory, a glass walkway or try the Edge walk, this is the latest utterly instagrammable installation in the city.

Tickets available here | Learn more at skyviewsdubai.com

The View at the Palm

A new kid on the block bringing us spectacular city views, and in the absence – for now – Ain Dubai its where you’ll get the best views of Jumeirah and the Palm. The observation deck sits 240 metres above Palm Jumeirah and offers 360-degree views that you won’t otherwise see from The Frame or Burj Khalifa.

Tickets available here | Learn more at theviewpalm.com

Ain Dubai

The largest observation wheel in the world! It would have got our top billing as the best new indoor activity to enjoy in Dubai this summer, exept no sooner did it open it closed again, oh dear! We await further news of the “enhancement works” they’re undertaking but the word on the street is it won’t open again until at least late 2022.

Learn more at aindubai.com


Further Dubai & UAE resources

Don’t forget to check out these other great posts with family information about the UAE

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This post has been compiled by our editor Keri, a travel writer and mum of three with over a decade of UAE summers under her belt.  You can see more of her UAE and overseas adventures on her personal blog Our Globetrotters and on Instagram. Updated annually in May along with our contributing writer Lynette Fortey-Burnett.

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