On the hunt for fun activities for kids? From the popular KidZania Dubai to SEGA Republic, here’s a list of exciting activities for your little ones.
1. KidZania Dubai
KidZania Dubai is an ‘edutainment’ park of epic proportions where kids learn about adulthood through play. An imaginative facility that encourages young minds to think big, little guests can take part in a vast range of role-playing activities in this makeshift city of make-believe. With over 80 “occupations” to choose from – including a doctor, pilot, fashion stylist, fast food worker and TV anchor – children even get to earn KidZania cash that can be used on cool merchandise and attractions.
Price: Around AED 140 (ages 4 to 16) and around AED 95 (ages 2 to 3)
Location: The Dubai Mall
insydo tip: If you’re planning on hosting a birthday party here, be prepared for expenses to add up; there’s a AED 795 party fee that doesn’t include food or entry for guests.
2. Fun City Dubai
Treat your kids to a day of unlimited fun at Fun City Dubai. Filled with entertaining arcade games and play areas for kids aged one to 12 years, this amusement centre is divided into two zones: The spongy ‘Fun n’ Learn’ area which caters to toddlers, and the action-packed ‘Play Zone’ for the older ones. Decorated with colourful, playful paintings, Fun City offers a thrilling combo of activities from crawl tunnels to ball pits.
Price: For the ‘Play Zone’, it’s around AED 40 for a day pass
Location: Multiple locations but we’re loving Ibn Battuta Mall (it’s cheaper than some of the other branches)
insydo tip: Birthday packages are available, as well as an in-house hairdressers called ‘Kiddy Kutz‘.
3. Mattel Play! Town
Is your little one ready to get active with Barney and Fireman Sam? A three-storey fun house in City Walk 2, Mattel Play! Town is an indoor edutainment centre jam-packed with enjoyable activities for kids aged two to ten. With five themed zones waiting to be explored, kids can scamper across an aerial assault course with Fireman Sam; sculpt kinetic sand with Bob the Builder; get their groove on with Angelina Ballerina; and get crafty at Barney’s playhouse.
Price: Children over the age of 2 pay around AED 95 and adults pay around AED 55
Location: City Walk Dubai
insydo tip: Unlike other play areas, you’ll need to pay for the adult to enter. However, on the bright side, once you’ve paid you get unlimited access for the entire day.
4. Magic Planet
Swap the sun for simulators, and get in on the action at one of the Magic Planet adventure parks dotted around Dubai. From bumper cars and 4D cinemas to pendulum ships and arcade games, this indoor amusement park is perfect for the whole family. You can swing by for some stimulating fairground-style fun from morning right through to night.
Price: For access to rides and games, prices start from around AED 55
Location: Multiple locations but we’re fans of Mall of the Emirates
insydo tip: The balance on your recharge card will expire after six months, so don’t put too much money on it if it’s a one-off outing.
5. SEGA Republic
Straddled across two levels of The Dubai Mall, SEGA Republic is an indoor theme park catering to both the young and young-at-heart. The 76,000-square-foot house of fun is brimming with cutting-edge simulators, virtual experiences, a ‘Jumpoline’ trampoline park and the latest video, amusement and arcades games. It also houses 14 rides aimed at those looking for an adrenaline-fuelled experience.
Price: Around AED 175 for a Standard Power Pass
Location: The Dubai Mall
insydo tip: Entertainer vouchers can be used to purchase two tickets for the price of one.
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