101 summer family activities
Cool activities to try all over town – and some cracking discounts
1 Beat the heat at Wild Wadi
It’s one of Dubai’s best loved attractions with both residents and tourists alike, so what better way to cool off than to take the plunge at Wild Wadi? There’s a few ongoing special offers to take advantage of this summer. The Sundowner rate is valid from 6pm to 8pm until the end of August, with two hours of watery fun after sunset for Dhs180 (adults) and Dhs145 (kids under 1.1m). During Ramadan, the timings are extended from 8pm to 12am. There’s also a special Summer Pass, valid until the end of Ramadan, which also lets visitors have up to four friends come along for discounted entry (passes cost Dhs975 for adult general admission, and Dhs650 for kids under 1.1m).
To find out more, visit www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).
2 Get in the Olympic spirit
Celebrate the Olympics at Dubai Festival City during Summer Surprises (until July 14) – there’s a series of kid-friendly shows and workshops, held every day at the Festival Centre.
Go to www.dubaifestivalcity.com.
3 Feel the cold at Ski Dubai
With its real snow and powdery slopes, it’s no wonder Ski Dubai is one of summer’s biggest draws. For proficient snow bunnies, a kids’ pass costs Dhs150 for two hours, which includes ski and clothing hire (but don’t forget those gloves!). Little learners aged three to six can try group lessons on the nursery slopes for Dhs160 per hour, or you can always slide around at the Snow Park (from Dhs120 per child) , with its bobsled runs, toboggans and snow cavern.
4 Get sporty
If you thought sports like beach volleyball, cricket and tennis could only be played outdoors, guess again. For a second year running, Dubai Sports World has taken over a vast space at the World Trade Centre to create a humungous indoor arena, packed with everything sport-related, including full-size pitches, a real sand beach volleyball court, skate park, gym and heaps more. Open until the end of August, it’s free to enter, with academies and private coaching priced individually.
Visit www.dubaisportsworld.ae (04 306 4000).
5 Feel the Flamenco flow!
Olé! Watch traditional Flamenco and Spanish guitar recitals at Dubai Marina Mall’s Flamenco Flow show until July 14, plus there’ll be two workshops for kids each day, too.
6 Fun and thrills at Modhesh World
This year, this indoor theme park and family edutainment centre has moved to a brand new and convenient location at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Running until August 25, it’s open until 10pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends, while during Ramadan it will be operating from 6pm until 1am! Entry costs just Dhs10 for kids and adults, and little ones under two are free (individual attractions priced separately).
Check out www.dubaicalendar.ae for more info on what’s happening.
7 Calling all gamers
It’s certainly not quiet in there, but Sega Republic at The Dubai Mall is the perfect place for stir crazy kids to burn off all that pent up energy. Open from 10am until 1am on weekends, and 11pm on weekdays, they’ve got rides and games to tempt all ages. You can purchase a ‘Pay and Play’ pass and pay-as-you-go, or if the kids are there for the long-haul, go for the ‘Power Pass’, a day pass valid on all attractions for Dhs150.
Visit www.segarepublic.com (04 448 8484).
8 Head to the movies - Ice Age: Continental Drift
All the old favourites are back, and poor old Scrat is still chasing that acorn!
9 Head to the movies - The Amazing Spider-Man 3D
This latest installment will not disappoint, although it’s for older nippers rather than little ones.
Out July 5.
10 Head to the movies - Legends of Valhalla: Thor 3D
This CGI adventure is about an over-confident teen with a magical weapon and a handful of imperfect gods, who join forces against an evil queen.
Out July 12.
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