1. Go on a virtual reality safari

Where: Orbi Dubai, Magic Planet, Level 1, City Centre Mirdif

Parking: Free underground parking

Age suitability: 3 years and above

Why visit? This attraction combines SEGA technology with footage from BBC Earth. From feeling the vibration of an elephant’s stamping feet, to meeting mountain gorillas, to feeling the wind in their hair as they cruise along a rocky coastline, Orbi Dubai is suitable for braver 3-year-olds and older (leave toddlers at home).

Price: Dh65 for 3-10 year olds; Dh80 for 10 years and above (plus VAT). Supervised ‘Drop & Play’ service for two hours (Dh100, plus VAT).

2.  Climb giant nets

Where: OliOli, 4th Street, Al Quoz Parking: Free parking outside.

Age suitability: All ages

Why visit? OliOli is best described as a giant, interactive museum for children. They can climb giant nets, shoot cars down ramps, design their own robots, splash around in water, build forts and dens, and much more. There’s a toddler zone for the smallest visitors too.

Price: Free for babies 0-12 months; Dh60 for 1-2 year olds for 2 hours (Dh15 for extra hours); Dh120 for 2-18 year olds for 2 hours (Dh30 for extra hours); Dh40 for adults, plus VAT.

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3. Splash around at a brand new waterpark

Where: Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Jumeirah 1

Parking: Free underground parking or valet for Dh50  (plus VAT).

Age suitability: All ages

Why visit? Toddlers can have fun in the Splash Pad, while those more confident in the water can enjoy the Aqua Play zone, complete with mini waterslides and a giant soaker bucket to dodge. There’s on-site eateries to stop tummies rumbling and plenty of shade.

Price: Dh99 for Dubai residents or Dh159 for visitors (plus VAT). 

4. Drink a hot chocolate in the snow

Where: Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates

Parking: Free underground parking

Age suitability: From 2 years old

Why visit? Cool down with a trip to the slopes! Ski Dubai’s Polar Pass includes unlimited access to the chair lift, giant ball, mountain thriller, and snow play park. And before you leave, why not take a trip to the cafe to enjoy a hot chocolate?

Price: Dh255 (adults and children) (plus VAT).

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5. Paint your own mugs

Where: Café Ceramique, Town Centre Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road

Parking: Free underground parking

Age suitability:  All ages

Why visit? Crafty kids can pick a piece of ceramic from the shelves (from mugs, to figurines, to large platters) and then choose the colours they’d like to paint with. The rest is up to them! Parents can relax with a cup of coffee or even a meal while their little Picassos paint – or grab a paintbrush and join in!

Price: Priced per piece, starting at Dh40.

6. Eat rainbow toast for breakfast

Where: Tania’s Teahouse, Villa 779a, Jumeirah Beach Road, Between Al Thanya Street and Al Manara Street

Parking: Parking outside

Age suitability: All ages

Why visit? Who wants to eat breakfast at home, when you can head to this newly opened café in Umm Suqeim and tuck into rainbow toast instead? And when the kids have gobbled it up, there’s a selection of board games to keep them busy. Mums will love the smoothie bowls and coffee too!

Price: Priced per menu item, starting at Dh10.

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7. Build your own raft

Where: LEGOLAND Waterpark, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali

Parking: Public parking is Dh20 and will involve a five-minute walk (aim for Arrival Station or Peninsula Station to be closest). Covered parking is Dh100 and valet parking is Dh150.

Age suitability: 2-12 years old

Why visit? Even the littlest visitors will enjoy the small slides, shallow lagoon, and splash pad at this child-friendly waterpark. Older kids can get busy building a raft with giant LEGO bricks, racing side-by-side on giant slides, and much more! There’s lots of shade and plenty of food and drink options.

Price: Dh165 per Dubai residents; Dh235 for visitors (inc VAT).

8. Join a Ninja Academy

Where: Dubai Sports World, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road

Parking: Parking at connected carpark at Dh5 per hour.

Age suitability: 6 years and above.

Why visit? Learn how to conquer the most extreme obstacle course in Dubai at this Ninja Academy, which will help to improve agility, speed, strength and focus. And if you feel inspired to have a go, adults can take part in sessions too. The Academy will run throughout summer, and there are also lots of other sports academies running that will take younger children.

Price: Dh115 per person (inc VAT)

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9. Make your own candles

Where: Cloud 7, Level Kids, City Walk

Parking: Free underground parking

Age suitability: 3 to 10 years

Why visit? You would be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled into a sweet shop when you first arrive at Cloud 7, but the multi-coloured wall is in fact full of various colours, shapes and sizes of soap, icing, ceramic paint, and candle wax. Kids can delve into the selection and then create their own candles, soaps, ceramic figurines, and decorated cakes to take home.

Price: Dh100 for standard package (with one activity); Dh130 for Superior Package (with two activities), plus VAT. Children aged 4–10 years can be left in the care of the staff, so why not head downstairs to Aubaine for a coffee or have a browse in City Walk?   

10. Head to space

Where: Little Explorers, Dubai Marina Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road

Parking: Free underground parking

Age suitability: All ages

Why visit? 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. And when they’ve finished in orbit, they can experiment with water and test their balance and reaction times.

Price: From Dh149 for an All-Day Pass or Dh145 for 90-minutes of supervised play (incl VAT) 

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