60+ Dubai Indoor Summer Activities – indoor family fun in Dubai

Dubai is a city that stands head and shoulders above many others in its ability to cater to both indoor and outdoor action, meaning there is no shortage of fun activities 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 60+ 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:

(Click here to be taken to our Abu Dhabi Indoor Kids Guide!!)

See the map or keep reading to find out more

Keeping active – 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 to their best category!

Dubai World Sports

Returning for another summer season at Sheikh Saeed Halls, 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 5th April to 22nd September 2021.

Learn more at dubaisportsworld.ae


With a claim to fame as the largest trampoline park in Dubai, it is far more than just trampolines. You’ll find the double-decker kids arena & foam pits, trampoline football, basketball and volleyball, parkour, archery tag, 3D wall running, Bubble Soccer and more.

Located in Al Quoz, differential pricing over/under 110cm.

Learn more at flipout.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. Minimum height for X-Park is from 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, 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 – though make no mistake you can build up a sweat still floating along the ice!  If you haven’t been for a while, try out the IceBykes a fun new edition to public and Freestyle sessions.

Discounted tickets available here | 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


Defy gravity while flying through an air-conditioned tunnel 4 metres in the air in this simulated free fall.  Instructors will guide you through your “fall”, similar to the feeling of skydiving or bungee jumping, all indoors.

Found in City Centre Mirdif.

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at the playmania.com/ifly

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

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

We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym (Temporarily Closed – New Location coming soon)

Open to the 1 to 10-year-old crowd “play with purpose” is designed for kids physical, cognitive and social development.  As well as the normal kids’ gym equipment you’d expect, there’s also a zip line, trampoline and arts and crafts area.

Learn more at werockthespectrumdubai.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 at 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

(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 – cheaper than the venue!!

Theme Parks & 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.

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more

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.

Discounted 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

Legoland Dubai Miniland

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.

Based in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai (near the Abu Dhabi border).

Discounted Motiongate Tickets  | Discounted Legoland Tickets | Discounted Bollywood Tickets | Learn more at dubaiparksandresorts.com

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

Jumble Dubai (Temporarily closed due to relocation)

An urban maze, this is another physical and mental team experience.  Suitable for your older kids 12 years+ get a group together to develop confidence and problem-solving skillls.

Learn more at jumble.ae

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

Museums and interactive fun

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

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! 

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at museumofillusions.ae 

Museum of Illusions Dubai Al Seef

Animal interactions

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-if-esque underwater world. Technically the largest aquarium in the UAE, the lost chambers are home to

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!

Don’t forget to head to the basement at the end for the Ausitralian Walkabout experience.

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

Resident Sloth at Green Planet Dubai

Discounted 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.

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.

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at dubaidolphinarium.ae 

Getting wet!

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/ 

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.

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at dubai.kidzania.com 

Kidzania Dubai

Mattel Play! Town (Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Part of the City Walk complex, this is the place to come for the imaginative play includes toddler & preschooler favourite characters Barney, Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder.

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at playtowndubai.com 

Fun N Learn

Fun N Learn learning through play centres are idea for your little ones who enjoy imaginative play, dress up and arts & crafts – inside your nearest Fun City – multiple locations in Ibn Battuta, Mercato Mall, Century Mall, Oasis Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, Arabian Centre and Mirdif City Centre.

Learn more at funcity.ae/fun-n-learn

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

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

Crafty Kids in Dubai

Places 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. You can find out more here.

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

Kidz Palooza (Temporarily Closed)

Seven play zones including the Market, the Art Gallery and Toddler Town includes saloon and spa services for mum and dad,  you will find it in Times Square Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road.

Learn more at kidzpalooza.ae

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

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

Pixies and Ponies (Temporarily Closed)

Large activity centre and soft play for younger children, as well as arts and crafts and a dance studio for your slightly older ones. Found in Wasl Vita Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1.

Learn more at pixiesandponies.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

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

Chill time in Dubai

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

La Perle

Prepare to be stunned at Dubai’s number one show! Whilst the story line isn’t particularly easy to follow the variety of acrobatics, aquatic and other visual effects in this show are osure to wow. Family, hotel and dinner packages are available.

Learn more at laperle.com

Souk Madinat Jumeirah Theatre

Dubai’s first theatre venue is part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex.  The theatre has played host to everything from ballets to musicals and many fun rotating children’s acts.  Keep an eye out for upcoming performances over the summer months.

Learn more here at jumeirah.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

Pampering Kids Day Spa

Spoil your little princess 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

Play home town tourist

There are plenty of touristy activities you can enjoy still over the hot summer months, with the advantage of avoiding the usual queues and crowds!

Sheikh Zayed Road

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.

Discounted tickets available here | Learn more at AtTheTop.ae  

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.

Discounted tickets available hereLearn more at visitdubai.com 

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 

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This post has been compiled by our editor Keri, a travel writer and mum of three with nine 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 in May 2021 by our contributing writer Lynette Fortey-Burnett.


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