Animal interactions, hands-on workshops, sensory play, cooking and much more…
Fun and play can be educational too! Explore a variety of family friendly places that offer your children a chance to learn and explore through play. These are some of our favourite places that will keep your little ones curious, and take them on a journey of discovery all while having an all-round great time!
1. Kids Workshops at Abu Dhabi Children's Library
Engage your children with an endless variety of workshops for young kids. They can enjoy getting crafty, dancing in music & movement classes, designing and building objects, solving puzzles, building their own Lego creations, learning about digital media and, of course, plenty of exciting story time and more!
Children’s Library Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi, Sat-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri 12pm-10pm, workshops range from FREE to AED 40, more info
2. Kidzania (Dubai and Abu Dhabi)
This indoor cityscape theme park comes complete with paved streets, buildings, and even its own economy. KidZania lets your boys and girls role-play more than 40 different real-world professions and learn in a fun way. Parents can lounge it out while waiting for their children whilst enjoying free internet access, a TV lounge, and a cafe.
The Dubai Mall, Level 2, daily from 10am, AED 85 per child (economy) more info
Yas Mall Abu Dhabi, daily from 10am, AED 85 per child (economy) more info
3. Orange Wheels (Dubai + Abu Dhabi)
This is the go-to place for a full edutainment experience. Not only is the venue suitable for toddlers to older children, it also caters to all kinds of interests. A toddler village, a salon and spa, arts and crafts section, an organic cafe and more will all keep the kids happy while celebrating a birthday or just playing with friends. Orange Wheels’ hands-on activity programs are designed to promote education, excellence and entertainment in a thoroughly safe environment.
Don’t miss the outdoor water play space at their Jumeirah branch.
4. The Green Planet
Spend the day making new friends in a tropical forest full of exotic flora and fauna. For the curious, adventurous, young, and old, The Green Planet offers a first-hand encounter with some of nature’s wonders. Don’t forget to check out the venue’s birthday packages to celebrate your little one’s day. To make your experience even more special, you can also go behind the scenes or face your biggest fears as you experience a range of close encounters with exotic birds, reptiles, bugs, sloths, or even sugar gliders.
City Walk, AED 89 for adults, AED 69 for kids, more info
5. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Bring your little ones face to face with exciting underwater life with a 270-degree glass tunnel, which lets you immerse yourself in the world of sharks, stingrays, and piranha. Exciting experiences such as cage snorkeling, behind-the-scenes training with an aquarist, and a chance to meet a mermaid are guaranteed hits with everyone big and small.
The Dubai Mall, Level 2, Daily 10am to midnight, AED 85 for basic entry tickets, more info
6. Children's City
Offering a range of exhibits and programmes on space exploration, nature, science, the human body and local and international culture, this specially designed educational city lets your little rascals investigate, explore, play and discover the world we live in.
Highlights not to miss: Planetarium, Earth Science Gallery, Al Ajyal Theatre
Gate 1, Creekside Park, Sun-Thu 9am-7pm, Fri-Sat 2pm-8pm, AED 15 for adults, AED 10 for children, free for under 2s, more info
7. Thai Tots Cooking Kit
Put on your chef’s hat and enjoy cooking a meal together with your little one – all from the comfort of your own home!
Deliveroo has launched a limited-edition home cooking kit for children in partnership with Fuchsia Urban Thai. The “Thai Tots Cooking Kit” allows you to have a cooking workshop at home while teaching your child the steps of putting together a simple and healthy meal. Each kit will consist of fresh ingredients and child-friendly step-by-step instructions.
Delivery to your home, AED 48 for Falafel Kit, AED 50 for Noodle Kit, more info
8. Classes with The Bright Minds Institute
Give your little ones the opportunity to explore, whether it be through creative play, music, sensory-based activities or direct intellectual engagement. Classes begin and end in song and are fast-paced, fun-filled and promote right and left brain stimulation.
They also offer Bright Chefs, Bright Yogis, and Bright Performers classes.
Classes can be found at Malaak, La La Land, Cheeky Monkeys, CloudNine Kids, The Little Dreamers Nursery, Tania’s Teahouse, Orange Wheels, Kinder Castle Nursery, Kids Zone, Playdates, Eggs and Soldiers
Multiple locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, timings vary depending on age and location, AED 136.50 for trial classes, more info
This exciting and unusual play space is the newest rave in Dubai’s family sphere. 8 galleries drawing inspiration from children’s museums, science centres and art studios across the world lets you and your children immerse yourselves in a colourful and whimsical environment with stimulating and interactive activities. You can also choose one of 3 party packages to celebrate a special birthday.
Must Try: ‘Toshi’s Nets’, a super colorful and wonderful swinging/climbing structure sure to keep your whole family exploring.
Al Quoz, daily from 9am, AED 42 for Adults, AED 63 for 1-2 year olds, AED 126 for 2s and above, free for under 1s, more info
10. Sharjah Discovery Centre
Teach your children through play at this museum packed with so many different things to discover. The center is divided into seven major areas featuring a variety of entertainment ideas including The Drive Town, Airport, Build Town, petroleum refinery, TV studio, Climbing Walls, Sound Zone and an area dedicated to teaching the human anatomy.
Sharjah Airport Road, Sat-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri from 4pm
AED 10 for Adults, AED 5 for kids, Free for under 2s, more info