Keeping our boys and girls engaged in activities outside school is at the top of most parents’ list. It is during our children’s formative years where their minds are open to new challenges, and signing them up for afterschool activities help to hone in on their passions. Luckily for our youngsters, Dubai and Abu Dhabi…Read More
The UAE is full of amazing places to take the kids to, but with so much choice, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we have picked out some of our favourite kids play areas in the UAE from soft play fun for the tiniest members of your family to thrilling adventure parks for the older kiddos. And as a cherry on top, each of these places have some great discounts for a wallet-friendly time out. We’ve got your back!
1. Cheeky Monkeys
If your own little monkeys are driving you up the wall, one of the best ways to get rid off their pent up energy is to let them loose over at Cheeky Monkeys. With branches throughout the UAE, Cheeky Monkeys will have your little ones having a blast sliding and jumping through a massive soft-play structure, enjoy role-playing in the Monkey Clubhouse with its different ‘rooms’, and unleash their creativity in the Arts and Crafts corner.
Make sure to keep an eye out on their calendar, because Cheeky Monkeys hosts fun camps and classes throughout the year to help keep your kids engaged and entertained.
Currently, only children aged 2-8 are allowed in and the Toddlers Area is closed off.
2. Orange Wheels
Calling all parents and tots in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi! Orange Wheels is your one-stop-shop for everything play and edutainment where your boys and girls can enjoy soft play, role play, arts and crafts, and even water play. What’s more is that they’ve got an organic cafe on-site where moms and dads can grab a bite or cup of coffee while the kiddos play in full-view, and under the watch of qualified and friendly caregivers.
If you’ve got slightly older kids, take them to the Al Wadha branch in Abu Dhabi where they can explore the climbing walls.
Capacity is currently at 50% and you need to book in advance.
A guaranteed day of fun for both young and old looking for some serious thrills, this family activity center is the PERFECT place to be! From arcade games, indoor theme park rides to billiards and soft play for the tinies, there’s something fun-tastic to do for every member in your family.
Right now, we’re running a fantastic offer where one child and one parent get 2 hours unlimited access to all rides, attractions and GREEN swiper games at Adventureland for just AED 99!
You can also pay just AED 157.50 and get AED 300 worth in credit plus entry to one of the following attractions; Jungle Kids, Kids Canopy, Sky High, Falcon Flight, Ninja Course or 1 Hour Pool.
4. Kids HQ
This family-favourite edutainment and activity centre is packed full of fun. Let your little ones blow off some steam as they explore the huge three-story soft play area with slides, ball pit, trampolines, and plenty of obstacles to climb on and crawl through. If you’re in the mood for a little snack, there’s a small cafe inside the venue offering light refreshments.
Did someone say LEGO? Enter a unique play zone that allows your boys and girls to get as creative as they like with endless LEGO building blocks. As well as joining in on workshops for any age, your kids can get girly in the LEGO Friends zone, and enjoy plenty of famous LEGO collections such as Disney and Star Wars.
Your kids are not going to want to leave, so take advantage of the Buy 1 Get 1 offer and pay just AED 100 instead of AED 150 for a 2 hour play session!
The Duplo area for toddlers (1.5yrs to 3yrs) is currently unavailable.
6. XPark Jr
Lucky for us, the weather is getting better which means you and your littles can enjoy more fun outdoors! Head out to this gorgeous natural playscape designed to spark the imagination and ignite the spirit of adventure in your children aged 1 to 11. The natural environment encourages free-play with beautiful water streams, wooden forts, climbing ropes, trees and many other activities. Bonus? You can even enjoy meeting some animals!
On Sundays and Wednesdays, you can enjoy the park at certain slots and pay just AED 80 for two entry tickets instead of AED 160.
One ticket allows entry for 1 child and up to 2 adults.
7. La La Land
With branches located in City Walk and Mirdif, La La Land is where your boys and girls can blow off some steam over at the playground complete with slide, trampoline, ball pool, bridge, and mats; play with toys, doll houses, and kitchens – and even get their hands busy with some colouring, play dough, kinetic sand, puzzles and more.
If your older kiddos are tagging along, there’s a PS4 area (City Walk branch only) where they can get busy with some eletronic adventures!
Super wallet-friendly, you can book an hour’s play with Kidzapp and pay just AED 35.
At Cuckoo’s, your kids get to explore, experiment and learn through play, all while developing physical coordination and having a great time. The kids play area makes use of specially designed age-related activities, arts and crafts, a kinetic sand pit, playdough, colouring, a LEGO wall and plenty of STEM toys.
Lookout for Cuckoo’s many events and camps including but not limited to storytelling, magic shows, puppet shows and many seasonal celebrations like Eid Holidays, Easter, Ramadan, Christmas, and Halloween.
9. Kidzania Dubai
Now this is where you want to go if your boys and girls want to role-play more than 40 different real-world professions and learn in a fun way. While the kiddies are having their adventure at this indoor cityscape theme park, complete with paved streets, buildings – even its own economy, moms, dads and nannies can lounge it out while enjoying free internet access, a TV lounge, and a café with yummy options.
If you’re in the capital, there’s also a KidZania branch at Yas Mall.
Something for your older kids
10. BOUNCE X
The world’s first Freestyle Terrain Park, BOUNCE-X is an adrenaline playground for both young and old, free spirits, thrill-seekers and adrenaline hunters. From exciting trampolines, parkour elements, ninja courses and freestyle features, there’s bucket loads of things to do for an action-packed day out for the entire family.
And don’t worry – if you’ve got a tiny one tagging along, there’s a dedicated Junior Jumper area for jumpers below 110cm in height. At the Junior Jumper area, your little ones can hop around on the dedicated free-jump trampoline area, get moving on the Climb and Slide Tower, enjoy soft play and more.
11. Adventure Zone
If you’ve got active boys and girls, Adventure Zone needs to go on your list of must-dos. Your little thrill-seekers will have a blast tackling the Low or High Ropes Courses with their many obstacles, testing their strength on the climbing walls and colourful Fun Walls, and honing in on their pedaling skills in the outside Bike Area.
This offer is valid at the branches in The Galleria Mall on Al Wasl, Times Square Center, The Galleria Mall Al Barsha, and Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi.
12. Air Maniax
This place is pure adrenaline-fuelled excitement for tiny little ones all the way up to adults. Have a laugh at the inflatables arena as you manoeuvre through obstacles, compete against each other in the multi-level warrior assault arena, experience what it’s like to fly as you zip-line, navigate through a maze of lasers, or have oodles of fun in the dedicated toddler area.
If you’re in Dubai, you can pop on over to the branch in Al Quoz.