The past year has changed our family lives so much, especially the way our kids are going to school and how they’re learning. Quarantine and other protective measures have increased our children’s presence indoors and shifted a good chunk of schooling hours to the home. This has meant screen-time battles, kiddo’s wandering attention during online-classes,…Read More
We are only a week out from school start which means we’ve got just 7 days left to pack in some summer adventure with our boys and girls. So whether you want to soak in some fun under the sun, join engaging storytelling sessions, or even explore mind-bending mazes and 3D art, these are our picks of fun things to do before summer ends.
1. A-MAZE-ING Summer at BurJuman
Stay cool this summer as BurJuman brings the outdoors indoor with an “A-MAZE-ING” Dubai Summer Surprises extravaganza for the whole family (with strict social distancing and safety protocols in place).
Navigate through a life-size, 18-metre-long MAZE filled with picture-perfect opportunities; explore the Insta-worthy photo-op stations spread across the mall or treat yourself with the diverse F&B offerings.
2. IMG Worlds of Adventure
Explore four Adventure Zones offering over 20 rollercoasters and attractions at this huge indoor theme park. Head to Marvel for a chance to experience the thrill of your favourite superheroes such as Spiderman and Hulk, brave it into the Lost Valley to encounter prehistoric dinosaurs, and take a stroll down IMG Boulevard if you’re in the mood for fun arcade games or a bite to eat.
For your younger kiddies, Cartoon Network is where it’s at. Here you can go on a ride with Finn & Jake, have an adventure with Gumball and even play around in Lazy Town!
3. Storytime Magic with Magic Phil
Celebrate summer for little ones with lots of laughs and join UAE’s favourite entertainment and radio star, Magic Phil, for a live story time show. Your kiddies will get a chance to meet all of his magical characters, enjoy songs, magic and non-stop interaction.
4. LEGO Brick Safari
Get up close and personal for a roaring time with 12 animals, made with more than 500,000 LEGO bricks and weighing up to a ton each. The menagerie’s largest exhibit is a four metre long, three metre tall woolly mammoth, which took 672 hours to build. Weighing in at one ton, the mammoth stands alongside a tiger, camel, turtle, elephant, sabre tooth tiger, baby elephant, ape, monkey, crocodile and snake.
Share a selfie with your favourite LEGO BRICK SAFARI Animal at Ibn Battuta Mall and tag @IbnBattutaMall & @LEGOLANDDUBAI for a chance to win Day Passes to LEGOLAND Dubai, which reopens to the public on September 23rd.
5. Dunkin' Chef Kit
Unleash your creativity with the kiddies at home while designing your own donuts with the Dunkin’ Chef Kit that comes complete with 4 glazed donuts and 5 toppings and cream!
Available via Dunkin’ Donuts’ delivery partners and across all stores
6. Mum's Club at Hilton Dubai The Walk
All mums can enjoy pool and beach access priced at only AED 50 (fully redeemable on food and beverages) whilst the little ones (below the age of 12 years) can enter the facilities free of charge.
Relax and enjoy a dip in the temperature-controlled pool from 8am, spend the day lounging by the beach, and redeem AED 50 at any of the hotel’s signature dining venues. You can enjoy some scenic meals at Wavebreaker’s open dining patio offering delicious menu of supersized burgers and heathy salads or grab a casual lunch at the vibrant Mango Tree Thai Bistro.
7. La Perle
La Perle is one-of-kind theatrical experience created and produced by the famous artistic director Franco Dragone. The theatre itself is an enormous playground, and one can expect to see a cast of 65 artists acting, dancing and indulging in gravity-defying stunts, both on the ground and in water. With La Perle being a permanent fixture in Al Habtoor City, this is one show not to be missed.
As part of DSS, you can watch daily shows of La Perle, at 6pm and 9pm, with tickets starting from just Dhs169 per person, including a free popcorn and soft drink. All seating will be allocated by La Perle to ensure social distancing requirements are adhered to.
8. Kids Eat FREE at PizzaExpress
If you’re planning to eat out with the family this week, then head over to Pizza Express where your kiddies eat free throughout August, when accompanied by an adult purchasing a main course.
Offer available throughout all UAE branches
9. The Green Planet
Take your family to 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.
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. You can also go for the Meet & Greet experiences, which allows small groups (of very brave people) the chance to hold and take pictures with The Green Planet’s slithery snakes or scaly lizards.
10. Mirror Maze - The Dubai Mall
Grab your boys and girls’ hands and get ready to find your way through a mind-bending maze that will not only challenge your sense of sight but definitely get a few giggles in you and your kiddies too!
Children below 130cm must be accompanied by adult
11. Dubai Canvas at City Walk
This summer, City Walk transforms into a giant canvas for all to enjoy. For an entire month on Fridays and Saturdays, you and your kiddies can experience a journey across contemporary art featuring international 3D artist, Juandrés Vera, and other local artists, as part of an immersive art exhibition.
Spanish 3D artist and Guinness World Record holder, Juandrés Vera, will bring to City Walk a blend of street art, with his trademark style of creating wonderfully immersive aesthetics and realism. He is set to showcase his amazing anamorphic (3D) murals that thrill the senses and make visitors feel they can actually walk into the image.
Immerse yourselves in more art as you watch local artists create live art experiences as part of a mesmerising pendulum painting performance. Combining elements of both science and art, the Spirograph inspired project exchanges a paint brush for a swinging pendulum and is guaranteed to make for an enjoyable artistic spectacle.
What’s more, families can tap their feet to live music performances and enjoy typical street-side mime performances.
12. Play Sports at Dubai Sports World
From football pitches to tennis courts and cricket nets, this is where all your favourite sporting action is brought to life under one roof. Connect with friends and colleagues over a game of your choice. Ready, set, play!
13. Laguna Waterpark
Laguna waterpark is packed with thrilling attractions for everyone in your family; from your toddlers all the way to the mommies and daddies. Aimed at the younger crowd, there’s a splash pad, a lazy river with surprises along the way, and an infinity pool overlooking the stunning La Mer view. For the lovers of extreme sports, try out the WaveOz 180 FlowRider – it’s the first 180° wave in the region.
If you simply want to spend the day relaxing, you can unwind in the cozy cabanas overlooking the ocean and enjoy a meal at one of the many F&B outlets available at the park.
The Day Pass gives you unlimited F&B, a free towel and access to all rides, play areas and the beach.
14. Once Upon A Time Storytelling Session with Miss Emma
Explore the works of popular authors such as Adam and Charlotte Guillain, Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl through fun storytelling sessions. These workshops are designed to encourage and develop listening and concentration skills, widen the range of your children’s emotional, cultural and moral responses as well as enrich the spoken and written language; all whilst having fun!
During the 45 minute interactive workshop, your kids will explore a range of different themes, characters, language and communication skills based around a well-known children’s book.
15. The Lost Chambers Aquarium
An otherworldly experience for your whole family, this underwater aquarium has 10 chambers of wildlife and over 20 exhibits to explore. Sharks, stingray, piranhas, and seahorses are just some of the creatures you’ll come face-to-face within this underwater world designed around the Lost City of Atlantis.
16. 3D World Selfie Museum Dubai
Let your imaginations soar as you make your way through nine themed zones filled with over 185 reality-defying artworks. Take photos in a shark’s mouth, under a rainbow shower, on a dinner plate, inside a fishbowl and so much more!
17. Kite Beach Center
Dip your toes in the sand and spend a relaxing day out with your family at Kite Beach Center. You can simply lounge by the beach, enjoy many water sports on offer, including surfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, hydrofoil and even scuba diving. If you’re an avid camper, this spot is perfect for your family! You can bring your own tent, rent one, or spend the night in one of their cozy bungalows. The place is stunning and there’s so much on offer for your entire family!
In Abu Dhabi
18. Warner Bros World
Get your adrenaline pumping at this indoor theme park with its six immersive lands, catering to all ages.
Your tinies and tots (up to 6 years old) will feel right at home at Cartoon Junction, which combines rides and soft-play areas for when the kids are bored of queueing or just need to run around. Put on your 3D glasses with your 4-15 year old’s, and dive into the interactive video game, Ani-Mayhem.
Don’t miss the flagship ride, Scooby-Doo! The Museum of Mysteries, for a little bit of spine-chilling fear. Or, if you’re after the bigger rides, head to Dynamite Gulch and Bedrock where you’ll find roller coasters and endless other attractions
You’ll find food options throughout the park, and your little ones will love getting huge hugs from the different Looney-Tunes characters roaming around.
The theme park will operate at 30% capacity and some attractions/features may be temporarily unavailable
It is mandatory to book your visiting date before arriving at the theme park.
19. Day Pass at Al Maya Island & Resort
Go on a fun-filled family adventure to the secluded Maya Island & Resort. Spend the day in the water on Saturdays, and make use of all of the hotel’s facilities. Day passes are inclusive of shuttle boat transportation.
On Fri-Sun, opt for the Family Pass which gives you access for 2 adults and up to 3 children (under 13yrs). The pass is AED 495 and you’ll get back AED 350 in food and beverage credit.