Since we spend over half of the year baking under an unforgiving desert sun, we are taking advantage and making the best use of our fantastic winter weather here in the UAE and getting the kids outside as much as possible. From hidden gems that don’t get as much love as they should to exciting…Read More
From sensory play to theme park fun, your littles are spoilt for choice…
Whether you’re looking to join an activity to grow your child’s development or just want some plain ‘ole fun, these are our top 10 picks of some fun-tastic things to do with the tiniest members of your family.
1. Learn about science
Keep your littles engaged with interesting science facts. Your boys and girls will enjoy interactive activities in a learning style making science easy to understand for all.
Mini Professors, Smart Start Centre at The Mall, starting from AED 115 per class, more info
2. Get creative with food
Engage your littles in interesting, hands-on workshops at the world’s first-ever restaurant designed just for children.
White and The Bear, Jumeirah 2, Daily 8am-9pm, mains starting from AED 35, more info
3. Run around and play
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 play structures with slides, trampolines & climbers, ball pits for toddlers, arts & crafts and more.
Cheeky Monkeys, branches across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, more info
4. Get their hands busy
Sit back and relax while your toddler engages all of his or her senses in sensory play at Beitfann. Sensory play supports language development, motor skills as well as problem solving skills.
Beitfann Sensory Play, The Sustainable City, Sun/Tue 9am-11am, trial session for AED 75, more info
5. Dig up some fun
Your kiddies are in for some digging fun at this edutainment play space based around a real working building site. Boys and girls will learn how to work together as they dig, move, build and create using various means that stimulate their imagination and provide an active, enriching play experience.
Your children can look forward to activities such as ‘climb aboard’ – a real-life digger, operating remote control cars, driving lessons, workshops as well as sand play.
Dig It, The Springs Souk, Daily 10am-10pm, starting from AED 75 per hour, more info
6. Learn through play
Teach your kids through play at Kids Zone where educational and sensory toys are spread throughout the play area. Early learning books can also be found in their little library, along with an Arts & Crafts area that’s fully stocked with paints, crayons, colouring books, recycled boxes, and glitter galore.
Kids Zone, Souk Al Bahar, Daily from 9am, starting from AED 70 an hour per child, more info
7. Enter the world of LEGO
Explore a world where the LEGO brick comes to life. Set your imagination racing with over 40 LEGO-themed rides, shows and interactive building experiences; together with over 15,000 LEGO models, all set across six themed lands.
Legoland Dubai, Daily from 10am, AED 275 per person, FREE for kids under 3yrs, more info
8. Get splashin' with mama
Make a splash on Monday mornings with your little aqua babies at Laguna Waterpark. You and your little ones can enjoy the thrills of Laguna Waterpark, including the fun splash pools, squirting water, fun waterslides and the giant “soaker” bucket at the AquaPlay.
You will be treated to a buffet breakfast, featuring a selection of fresh juices, tea and coffee, omelettes, croissants and fresh fruits, while your kids are entertained and getting plenty of splash time.
Laguna Mamas, Laguna Waterpark, Mon 9am-1pm, AED 95 for mom and child, AED 45 for nanny, more info
And down in Abu Dhabi, your littles will surely love to try these out…
9. Join workshops for the littles
Engage your babies and toddlers with a wide variety of workshops that focus on their overall development. During these sessions, they’ll sing, dance, build with blocks, and make new friends as they play and explore.
Baby & Toddler Workshops, Abu Dhabi Children’s Library, Daily from 10am, free entry but booking required, more info
10. Make it a messy morning
Get your little tots all messy in a fun 45 minute session that is perfect for their sensory development. They’ll explore all sorts of textures, materials and have a blast while they’re at it. In addition to the classes, fees include 30 minutes of FREE play at Orange Wheels!
Messy Play at Orange Wheels, Al Wahda Mall, Thu 10:30am-11:15am, AED 85 per class, more info