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 like a city, with paved streets for transport and building faces.
Details: 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.
2) Café Ceramique
At Café Ceramique, choose from a variety of items to paint and personalise, including plates, coin keepers, cartoon character statues, flower vases, candle holders and much more.
Details: Prices range depending on the ceramic you select, but they start at Dh69. Opening hours are 9 am to 10 pm all week.
3) Mattel Play Town
Themed with characters that young kids are obsessed with (Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Barney), the activations at Mattel Play Town are true ‘edutainment’, developing little ones’ cognitive and motor skills while keeping them busy and amused.
Details: 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.
4) Cheeky Monkeys
Your cheeky monkeys can have a thrill at this old-favourite soft play park with a big jungle gym, merrygo round and ball pit.
Details: 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.
Kids can express and build their creative side at thejamjar 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.
Details: Prices differ depending on the selected activity.
Caboodle is a creative soft play and amusement centre that 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 while your child spends their time playing at the Caboodle day care.
Details: Based in Dubai mall, 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.
7) Little Explorers
Little Explorers is an interactive play area, with three zones to explore, including a space themed zone where toddlers and small children can explore a rocket ship and get dressed up as an astronaut. Various locations.
Details: From Dh149 for an All-Day Pass or Dh145 for 90-minutes of supervised play.
8) Kids HQ
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.
Details: The HQ is open Sunday to Wednesday from 8:30 am to 7 pm, timings differ during the weekend.