Extreme Fun can be found upstairs at Union Co-op behind Shangri-La on SZR.

Take it to extremes

Perfectly timed for the hottest month of the year, there’s another new indoor play centre. The latest branch of Extreme Fun can be found upstairs at Union Co-op behind Shangri-La on SZR, complete with a sizeable soft play area, arts and crafts and plenty of seats for adults. The café serves a great variety of meals, snacks and treats, too. www.extremefunuae.com

Time for monsters

Popular soft-play centre Mini Monsters has opened a new branch in the Dnata building on SZR. Particularly suitable for the just-toddling, the new branch features slides, climbing frames and the essential ball pit, as well as super-friendly staff who remember children’s names and are more than happy to take part in endless games of hide-and-seek or chase. There’s also an arts and crafts room, sensory room, and a lovely café. Dh50 first hour, Dh80 for two, or Dh100 unlimited full-day pass. www.minimonsters.ae

Crèche out

Hidden in the Pyramid complex of Wafi Mall, this sparkling gem of a play area is perfect for babies from six months up. There’s a lovely, clean soft play area that’s suitable for younger kiddies, an arts and crafts area and toys galore, as well as a shaded outdoor splash pool, climbing frame and slide. As the only UAE outpost of established UK childcare company Crèche Out, switched-on staff are on hand to care for kids for up to three hours while you shop or go to the lovely spa next door. www.crecheout.com/pyramids-wafi/