The weather’s great, we’re tired of spending time indoors, so there’re only one thing left to do: go out, take a walk, and bask in nature. Abu Dhabi has got its fair share of gorgeous waterfronts, nature preserves, and parks -and what do all of these destinations have in common? Promenades and paths for you…Read More
It sure has been a topsy turvy time for parents all around, trying to navigate through uncertain times while keeping up with our daily lives as much as possible. But one thing we have learned is that spending quality time with our littles ones is definitely on top of the list! So if you want to treat your kiddies with a fun day out with mama, here are our picks of fantastic places where you can play, splash, explore the animal world and much more!
1. XPark Jr
The only natural playscape of its kind in the UAE, XPark Jr is designed to spark the imagination and ignite the spirit of adventure in children aged 1 to 11. Its natural environment encourages free-play with water streams, wooden forts, climbing ropes, trees and many other activities.
Activities currently available at XPark Jr are Water Play, Climbing Structures and Wooden Forts, Arts & Crafts Pack (to be used at home), Animal Encounter plus Free Play and lots of exploration
The offer is valid on Sundays 10:30am slot and Wednesdays 3pm slot ONLY
Each ticket allows 1 kid and 2 adults for 2 hours
2. Kids HQ
This edutainment and activity centre is packed full of fun. Let your little ones blow off some steam exploring the huge three-story soft-play area with slides, ball pit, trampolines and take a spin on the racing track.
3. 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.
4. Family Fun Day at BOUNCE X
This September, head out with your mini me to the perfect fun day out over at BOUNCE X – the world’s first Freestyle Terrain Park where you and your kiddies can get your thrill on as you bounce on trampolines, leap into parkour action, brave ninja courses and more!
Your ticket gives you entry to the whole park and super fun activities and entertainment including BOUNCE Fit, an Adrenalin Show by BOUNCE Freestyle Academy Coaches, Magicians, Bubble Bending, Face Painting, and Roaming ICEE and BINC mascots!
Plus, you and your kids will also be treated to giveaways including a AED 50 voucher from Babyshop, a free Jordan dental kit, lollies from Barakat and a free ICEE.
Pre-booking tickets for this fun day is mandatory due to limited slots. Enhanced health and hygiene measures along with social distancing rules will apply at all times!
5. 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.
6. White and the Bear
Head over to the world’s first-ever restaurant designed for children, focusing on nutritious, fun and balanced dishes.
Not only is the menu child-friendly, but so is the space, the staff, and everything in between. Staff members have been meticulously trained to interact with children, and the restaurant boasts a reading nook, a concept store, and even a workshop area to engage children in hands-on interesting workshops.
7. Splash N Party Dubai
Get wet and splash around as you ride the aquatic waterslides and swim in the pools – or even fly down the thrilling zip line. This intimate, gated compound has something for everyone with splash pads for the little ones and a restaurant and juice bar for you.
Every Sunday & Wednesday is LADIES DAY from 3pm to 9pm. Boys 10yrs and below are welcome.
Book your next visit to Splash N Party with Kidzapp and get access to some great deals:
8. Play With Dogs at PETME
Need a little cuddle with man’s best friend? Join the “meet our PETME members” sessions where you can meet and play with awesome dogs. This is the perfect place to go if you or your kids would love to spend some fun time with a furry friend.
Booking in advance is required
Enter a unique play zone that allows your kiddies to get as creative as they like with endless LEGO building blocks. Join in on workshops for any age, get girly in the LEGO Friends zone, and enjoy plenty of famous LEGO collections such as Disney and Star Wars.
Need to run some errands or just want a little me-time? Your kids (from 3yrs+) can stay and play with Bricobilandia’s experienced staff.
The Duplo area for toddlers (1.5yrs to 3yrs) is currently unavailable.
10. 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!
Your kids can have a blast as they learn through play at this venue dedicated to endless fun. The award-winning soft-play area is home to up to a 5-level play structure with slides, trampolines & climbers, and ball pits for toddlers.
Enjoy bonding with your little ones as you create endless artistic projects in their fully stocked arts and crafts garden, or watch them explore the life-size Monkey Clubhouse, and get pampered at the Kids Salon.
The venue is operating at limited capacity – CALL AHEAD BEFORE BOOKING to confirm availability on your preferred date.
Kids under 2 are currently not allowed entry.
Reopened branches in Al Barsha, Downtown Dubai, J3 Mall, The Pointe, JBR and Arabian Ranches.
12. La La Land
Your littles are in for a ton of fun over at La La Land where they can get busy with a host of activities. Blow off some steam over at the Playground that comes complete with slide, trampoline, ball pool, bridge, and mats. Your kiddies can also play with a range of toys, doll houses, kitchen and cars.
If you want to get your hands busy, there’s an Activity Area with play dough, kinetic sand, puzzles, LEGO, thinking games – plus each week, there are Arts & Crafts projects to take part in.
Your older kids will enjoy plopping down on a bean bag and getting lost in an electronic adventure in the PS4 room.
Their branch over in Mirdif is also open!
13. Cafe Ceramique
Get creative at this restaurant and activity venue where you and your little ones can enjoy painting your own ceramics, and indulging in casual dining options. With comfortable seating areas, art-lined walls and a relaxed, laid-back ambience, the café is not exclusive to seasoned artists – in fact you need never have picked up a paintbrush before in order to produce stunning, unique ceramics you would be proud to display or gift to loved ones.
Allow your kids to explore, experiment and learn through play, all while developing physical coordination and having a great time. The kids play area relies on the use of specially designed age-related activities, arts and crafts, a kinetic sand pit, playdough, coloring, a lego wall and many STEM toys.
Lookout for Cuckoo’s many events and camps including but not limited to storytelling, magic shows, puppet shows and many seasonal celebrations.
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15. Emirates Park Zoo
Housing hippos, flamingos, reptiles, and over 1,400 wild animals and pets, this Zoo and resort is a perfect way to spend the day as a family. Get up close and personal with the animals and discover all the different species.
You and your littles can even join the feeding of various animals including giraffes, elephants, goats, monkeys and hippos.
Give your kids an unforgettable zoo experience by checking out the exciting animal shows and presentations, including a Sea Lion presentation, Elephant Encounter, and Tropical Birds Show.
Your kids will enjoy the sea lions’ tricks of diving, climbing, and dancing, and will get a better understanding of the ecology of sea, the roles humans play in conserving sea lions and learn about their methods of adaptation. You can also opt for the exciting elephant feeding session and an educational program about the largest land mammal in the world.
As a third option, your family can also enjoy a fun-filled presentation of the lovely tropical birds featuring blue, golden macaws, parrots, and rose-breasted cockatoos. What’s more, you will also get a chance to learn about the types of birds and see them do amusing tricks.
16. Walk-In Activities at FoodStop by Kidz Factory
The Kidz Factory Cafe is now open where you can sip on coffee while your little ones get busy with super fun walk-in activities such as Make Your Own FreakShake, Decorate Your Own Cookie or Cupcake, Bake a Pizza and much more!
17. Arabia's Wildlife Centre
Discover the amazing diversity of indigenous wildlife found on the Arabian Peninsula at Sharjah Arabia’s Wildlife Centre. The whole family will be amazed at the sight of wildcats, gazelles, Nubian ibex, flamingos, baboons, Arabian Leopards, and much more.
18. Island Self-Guided Tour on Al Noor Island
Explore the island and its surroundings; take in sights like the Gleaming Meadows or spot some feathered friends along the beach line! Spend a tranquil day outdoors with your loved ones in this mini-escape from the city.