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51 Dubai family activities this July

Banish boredom with our ideas for a fun-packed summer with kids

Feel trapped by the heat? Banish boredom with our ideas for a fun-packed summer with the kids…

Chill out

1. Grand Hyatt Dubai
Missing days by the pool? Grand Hyatt is ideal for summer, with an indoor pool, chilled outdoor pool, and toddler pool with specially designed shaded area.
Dhs300/400 (for adults on weekdays/weekends), Dhs150/200 (for kids on weekdays/weekends). Al Garhoud. www.dubai.grand.hyatt.com (04 317 1235).

2. Wild Wadi
Let the kids stay up past their bedtime, as fun-filled waterpark Wild Wadi is staying open until 10pm every Friday night.
Dhs225 (for adults), Dhs175 (for kids under 1.1 meters). Between Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab. www.wildwadi.com (04 348 4444).

3. Ski Dubai
Older kids can hit the slopes, whilst little ones can explore the Snow Park with its Snow Cavern and Tobogganing hills.
Dhs880 (for adults) Dhs640 (for kids 3-6), Dhs760 (for kids 760). Sun-Wed 10am-11pm, Thurs 10am-midnight, Fri 9am-midnight, Sat 9am-11pm. Mall of the Emirates. www.skidxb.com (800-FUN).

4. Marina Walk
Take the kids (and a spare set of clothes) to Marina Walk to splash in the dancing fountains for a fun, cooling treat.
Next to Starbucks, Marina Walk.

5. Iceland Water Park
Kids will love the slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and the largest rain dance pool in the world at this Ras Al Khaimah park.
Dhs150 (above 1.2 metres), Dhs100 (below 1.2 metres). Open Sun-Wed 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-6pm (ladies night 8pm-midnight), Thurs and Sat (10am-8pm). Ras Al Khaimah. www.icelandwaterpark.com (07 2067 888).

6. Chillout Dubai
At a temperature of -6’C, it’s easy to forget about summer temperatures in this fun ice lounge.
Dhs50 (for adults and kids over 12), Dhs30 (for kids 5-12), Free (for kids 2-4). Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-midnight. Time Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, 3/4th Interchange. www.chilloutatdubai.com (800-CHILLOUT).

7. Water Play
Whether it’s a paddling pool outside or a washing up bowl inside, playing with water is fun, educational, and free. Cut up sponges into shapes, throw in plastic balls, and use pots to pour and scoop.

8. Dubai Ice Rink
Cool down with an hour on the rink – and with Penguin Pals skating aids, even tots can get involved.
Dhs55. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thurs 11.15-midnight, Fri 11am-midight. Dubai Mall. www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).

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