The school bells have fallen silent for the end of another semester. Great news for the little ones, but it means that the pressure is on parents to fill those hours with fun and educational distractions.
Dubai is a veritable wonderland of kids entertainment, but sometimes the amount of choice can be as much of a hinderance as it is a help. Meraas have kindly put together a quick round-up of fun facilities that might help you get in some quick parenting wins over the holidays.
Hawa Hawa, La Mer
What’s not to like about an inflatable playground at an amazing beachfront location?! Hawa Hawa at La Mer is an outdoor trampoline park which offers two unique dunes and seven peaks for some low-impact, high-intensity fun. The park has been designed to allow different age groups to safely play alongside each other. Jump around, and then head to the beach for a cooling dip in the deep blue sea.
Dh25 (for a 15 minute session), make sure you bring socks. Sun-Thur: 2pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 8am-10pm. 04317 3999
The Green Planet, City Walk
If you’ve not already been, a trip to The Green Planet is one of those genuinely breathtaking Dubai moments. The bio dome located in City Walk is home to over 3,000 plants and animals in an enclosed ecosystem which recreates the tropical rainforest thanks to the world’s largest indoor man made life sustaining tree. Spectacular stuff, a trip here is informative and entertaining thanks in large part to the expert staff who help raise awareness about the delicate balance of nature and the ecosystem.
Adults AED 99, kids (3-12) AED 74 (Pro tip: it’s on the entertainer). From 10am-6pm Saturday to Wednesday and 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday. City Walk. 04 317 3999
Flying Cup, The Beach
Fly like a bird, 40m above the ground, and enjoy some sensational views with your lunch at Flying Cup, a thrilling new concept at The Beach. The innovative food and entertainment concept is an exciting and completely safe, family-friendly journey that gives incredible views and offers a completely different perspective of the city. From 10am every day.
From AED 80 for adults, AED 60 for kids. The Beach, JBR. 050 414 0655
Wire World Adventure Park, Kite Beach
Kite Beach is perfect at this time of year. A session at Wire World takes things to another level, quite literally. The elevated wire obstacle course on the beach is a thrill a minute. Hook up to the automatic high wire rope belay, and zip, scale and zoom your way around. Or blast off with the Bungee Ejection, an extreme and unforgettable experience which will get the adrenaline pumping. Little ones can try Accrobranche Junior, a safe and controlled environment which allows kids to explore low ropes and giant caterpillar nets, bridges and barrels. Great fun.
Packages from AED 40. Sun-Tue: 12pm-8pm. Wed-Sat: 9.30pm-9pm. Kite Beach. 04 559 4889.
For the smaller ones, check out XPark Jr (also at kite beach):
It’s only just opened up (next to the XDubai skate park), but it’s a fantastic little adventure playground for ages 1 and up. Full of streams and water features, an arts & crafts centre, mini climbing walls and obstacle courses. It also has a petting zoo, a sand play area, and a mud kitchen. Our only question is, why don’t they have one for us adults?
AED45 per child for 2 hours, AED25 for every extra hour. Sat-Weds: 8am-6pm
Thurs-Fri: 8am-8pm. 35a Mizmelah Street, Kite Beach. 04 328 4175.
Mattel Play! Town/Hub Zero, City Walk
Mattel Play! Town offers the little ones a great chance to spend some time and play with Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and other popular TV characters. The indoor educational play area in City Walk offers five themed zones which focus on different social skills and educational elements through imaginative play. Perfect for the 2 to 10 years age group. Just around the corner, Hub Zero is a futuristic and immersive park that caters for the older kids, featuring a variety of interactive rides and action zones as well as the largest LAN gaming zone in the UAE. The older kids will love to hang out here. citywalk.ae
Mattel Play Town: Kids AED 90, Adults AED 55 (‘Drop and Go’ packages also available from AED175 for two hours). Sat-Wed: 9am-8pm, Thu: 9am-10pm, Fri: 10am-10pm. City Walk. 800 637227
Hub Zero: Passes from AED 99. Sat-Wed: 2pm-10pm, Thu-Fri: 2pm-12am. City Walk. 800 637227.
Combo packages for the two activities start at AED 175 for kids, AED 149 for adults.