Mattel Play! Town
This is one of our favourite spots for tots in the city - it's clean, themed with characters that our kids are obsessed with (Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Barney), and the activations are true 'edutainment', developing little ones' cognitive and motor skills while keeping them busy and amused. The café also serves really quite good, healthy food - we love the salmon kebabs with mash and vegetables (OK our kids don't love the veggies but you can't win them all!).  Located at City Walk Dubai, it's open from Saturday to Wednesday from 10 am to 10 pm and until midnight on weekends; all day access is at Dh95 per child between 2 and 16. Children under 2 enter for free. (Psst - it's also a two-for-one in The Entertainer, and you can get cut-price access over the summer. Check out www.playtowndubai.com
 

Angelina Ballerina show at Mattel Play town

Children’s City
A planetarium, nature centre and a discovery trip about the human body await your little ones at one of Dubai’s oldest entertainment centres, Children City. This kid destinations acts as a learning hub to implement information learned at school. Various interactive stations aim to enhance learning while having fun at the same time. Children aged 2 and above are welcome. Tickets at dh10 for kids from 2-15 and dh15 for 16 and over. Childrencity.dm.gov.ae  

Kidzania
At this well-known edutainment venue children can play at being adults for a day. Whether they work as a fireman, policeman or journalist, they will be 'paid' and allowed to use the money to buy things at Kidzania city’s shops. The interior is designed to look just like a city, with paved streets for transport and residential buildings. An atmosphere that blends education and fun creatively. Kidzania is located on the 2nd floor of Dubai Mall. It’s open Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to 10 pm and until 11 pm during the weekend. An all-day pass costs Dh150 for children 3 and above, and Dh95 for toddlers 2 to 3. www.kidzania.ae
 

Kidzania

 

Chillout Lounge (Ice café)
 Located at Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road, Chillout Lounge is a winter wonderland in the heat. With various ice sculptures to look at and a warm cup of hot coco to enjoy upon arrival, your kids will enjoy the novelty of icy walls and wrapping up warm (the lounge provide you with a warm fuzzy coat, gloves and socks). Chillout is open Saturday to Wednesday from 10 am to 10 pm, and till midnight on weekends. Admission fee is Dh75 for adults and 35 for children between 5 and 12. Children under 4 enter for free. The lounge advises parents not to bring infants under one year old. www.chilloutindubai.com

Chill Out Lounge

 

VOX Kids Theatre
Your kids are sure to sit through the entire move this time in their very own Kids Theatre. A brightly coloured interior with very comfortable seats and VOX cinema animation favourite will keep them happy and entertained this summer. You can find this exclusive VOX cinema at Mall of the Emirates and City Center Deira. uae.voxcinemas.com

Bounce for kids
Your kids can burn off their energy at Bounce Dubai. The adrenaline thrilling trampoline hub created a Mini Bounce program specifically tailored for children, allowing them to play and have fun in the safest way possible. The program teaches them to build stability, balance and agility. The program is for kids aged 3 to 5, at dh70 per session. Mini Bounce is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 12 pm. www.bounce.ae/minibounce

Bounce for kids

Cheeky Monkeys
Your cheeky monkeys can have a thrill at this old-favourite soft play park. With a big jungle gym, merry go round and colourful ball pit, kids can laugh, play and interact with other kids at this fun filled centre. Cheeky Monkeys has various locations in the UAE including, Dubai (Mirdiff, Marina/JBR, Barsha, Umm Suqqaim), Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi. The fun hub is open Saturday to Wednesday from 9 am to 9 pm and until 11pm on weekends. They welcome children between 10 months old to 8 years old. Admissions starts at dh50 for the one hour, dh80 for 2 hours and 100dh for 3 hours or more. www.cheekymonkeys.com

Caboodle Pamper and Play
Caboodle offers two different packages for kids. The first, Play Rates, allows you to select from a variety of activities you child can participate in during the day including dress up and arts and crafts. The second, Drop N Shop, gives you the luxury to shop with a peaceful mind while your child spends their time playing at the Caboodle day care. The centre welcomes children from 18 months 8 years old. Admissions starts at Dh70 per hour and Dh30 for every additional hour. Note the prices may differ depending on the package they select. Caboodle is open Sunday to Wednesday from 9 am to 10 pm, and until 11 pm during the weekend. caboodle.ae

Caboodle

Tee and Putt
Located at Wafi Mall, a fun glow in the dark mini golf park may pique your little one’s interest this summer. With several colourful, challenging and thought provoking courses to go through, Tee and Putt also offer other activities including Golf Ball painting, Glow in the dark t-shirt painting and Sand Art at Dh25, Dh50 and Dh15 respectively. Mini golf for children below 44 inches is Dh45. The course is open Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to 10 pm, and until midnight during the weekend. www.wafi.com

Tee and Putt

Dubai Dolphinarium
Synchronized dances and fun splashes may be a fun stop this summer at Dubai Dolphinarium. Your child can enjoy a dolphin and seal show consisting of thrilling performances and funny skits. They can even take a picture with the friendly and clever sea animals. The Dolphin and Seal shows are Monday to Saturday. The 11am show is at Dh100 for adults and Dh50 for kids from 2 to 11, and the 3pm and 6pm shows are at Dh120 for adults and Dh70 for kids. Tuesday show times and prices may differ. www.dubaidolphinarium.ae

Dubai Dolphinarium

Jam jar
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ids can express and build their creative side at Jam Jar in uber-trendy Al Serkal Avenue. They hold various activities for kids from the age of four, including water colour art, Dh150, and acting classes, Dh350. Prices differ depending on the selected activity. thejamjardubai.com

Café Ceramique
A day of colour and fun with your little ones can be an exciting summer activity at Café Ceramique. Your kids can choose from a variety of designs to personalize however their little hearts' desire. These include plates, coin keepers, cartoon character statues, flower vases, candle holders and much more. We took our two-year-old along and he had a (messy) whale of a time, but it's probably best-suited for children aged three or four upwards. Prices range depending on the ceramic you select, but they start at Dh69. Opening hours are 9 am to 10 pm all week. cafeceramique.ae

Cafe Ceramique

Kids HQ
Located in Dubai near Umm Suqqeim road Barsha 2, Kids HQ is a colourful and fun soft play area for your kids play around in away from the summer’s heat. With their new ballet school in place, a fun filled adventure maze, pottery and decoupage activities on offer, your kids are sure to have a splendid day. The HQ is open Sunday to Wednesday from 8:30 am to 7 pm, timings differ during the weekend. www.kidshq.ae