«It’s soooo hot», »I’m bored», «Can I go on the iPad?». Sound familiar?
With the school holidays in full swing and your kids energy levels at fever pitch you’re probably wondering how on earth you’re going to keep them entertained. Combine that with the fact that the weather has heated up to near unbearable conditions and you’re faced with quite the dilemma.
But fear not! There’s no reason to spend the next 8 weeks strolling aimlessly around the mall with your grumpy brood as Dubai has some great indoor summer activities to keep you and your kiddos happy. Here’s my pick of the best activities for serious fun and adventure!
What child wouldn’t want to soar to new heights and free fall from the air? No, I’m not suggesting you throw them out of a plane anytime soon (even if they have been particularly naughty), but how about taking them along to iFly Dubai where they can play at being Peter Pan for the day. An unforgettable experience which will leave them buzzing for days.
Where: Playnation City Centre Mirdif: Level
Contact: +971 4 231 6292
Explore the city of Atlantis lost for thousands of years deep beneath the sea. A whole underwater world full of sharks, seahorses, jellyfish, piranhas, and lots of other marine life. You could even show your future biologists exactly how The Lost Chambers Aquarium is run day-to-day with the behind the scenes tour. They’ll see exactly what it takes to care for over 65,000 marine animals in Atlantis, visit the state of the art Fish Hospital and learn how they prepare over 400 kilos of food per day.
Where: Atlantis The Palm
Contact: +971 4 426 1040
If your kids are bouncing off the walls during these summer months I may have found the perfect place for them to get rid of that abundance of energy. At Adventure HQ your little or big cherubs can literally climb, jump, run, leap, bounce, and hang from all sorts of surfaces. Offering daredevils the chance to experience outdoor sports but in the comfort of the air conditioning. Activities include scaling walls designed as dinosaur skeletons, a castle façade, a big skate park, caves with countless twists and turns, a huge trampoline park, and much more.
Where: Times Square Centre
Contact: +971 4 3466909
This epic indoor skate park with one of the best atmospheres around will have your kids thinking you’re totally rad. Zoo Skate Park which has the highest quality ramps in the region welcomes skate borders, scooter riders, professionals and beginners who can carve, noseslide and kickflip to their heart’s content.
Where: Warehouse No.1, Al Manara Street & 8th street, Al Quoz
Contact: +971 4 456 248
Get all of the family together and attempt to break free from the world’s biggest escape game. Find clues as you race against the clock in order to solve the challenge and free yourself. A true mind puzzling experience which will have you and your kids away from those iPads and PlayStations.
Where: The Galleria Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Contact:+971 4 334 4473
The only laser arena around, Thrill Zone is sure to provide the perfect place to let your children’s feet and imagination run wild. With UV lights, techno music, fog, Volcanic Rock, and Jurassic jungle theme their adrenaline will be running full speed.
Where: 3rd Floor, Oasis Centre Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 388 3551
Don’t be a hermit…
Remember you can use the ENTERTAINER 2 for 1 offers on all of these activities! So there’s no excuse to stay in and be bored this summer! Or how about leaving the kids with a babysitter one day and taking some time just the two of you? Make sure to take a look at the best date activities in Dubai for you and your other half this summer.