50 things to do in Dubai for Dhs50
How to have a great family day out for Dhs50 or less in Dubai
Dubai is known for its sky-high price tags and entry charges, but kids can have a great time for less than Dhs50! Here’s our pick of wallet-friendly things to do with your brood.
1 Marina Play Areas
Take them to the new play areas that have sprung up under the shade of the bridges in Dubai Marina.
Free. Various locations in Dubai Marina.
2 The Change Initiative
This one-stop shop for environmentally friendly products and groceries has a free play area with toys, books, tents, and playhouses.
Open Sun-Thurs 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. The Change Initiative Café, Al Barsha 1, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.thechangeinitiative.com (800 824).
3 Shakespeare And Co
For the price of a coffee, kids can enjoy the play areas at Shakespeare And Co. restaurants in Al Safa and Village Mall.
Open daily 7am-10pm. Shakespeare’s, The Village Mall, Jumeirah 1 and Al Safa Centre. www.shakespeareandco.ae (04 344 6228 / 394 1121).
4 Extreme Fun
With locations in Motorcity and Jumeirah, Extreme Fun is one of the cheapest soft play areas that the city has to offer.
Dhs35 (for one hour play). Open daily 10am-10pm. Motorcity, opposite Spinneys supermarket, and J3 Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah. www.extremefunuae.com (04 452 5543/ 56 1704740).
5 Baby Shop, Oasis Centre
Steer the kids past the rows of toys at the back of Baby Shop and you will discover a large free of charge play area.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-midnight. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.oasiscentremall.com.
6 Aqua Play
Let them splash around at this play zone of water-based rides and activities – and at just Dhs10 per ride, you can keep the trip under budget.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat (10am-midnight), Mirdif City Centre. www.theplaymania.com/aquaplay (04 231 6311)
7 Chuck E Cheese
Located at Dubai Outlet Mall, Chuck E Cheese is packed with over 200 games.
Entry is free, with attractions costing between Dhs4 and Dhs20 each. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-12.00 midnight. Dubai Outlet Mall. www.chuckecheesesdubai.com (04 425 3030)
8 Hamleys Toy Store
The play area at Hamleys in Dubai Mall has soft flooring, slides, swings, playhouses, and a small bouncy castle.
Free. Open Mon-Fri 10am-1am, Sat-Sun 10am-11pm. Second Floor, Dubai Mall. (04 339 8889)
Drop off the kids at IKEA’s supervised play area while you shop.
Free. Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-midnight. Dubai Festival City, Al Rebat Road. www.ikea.com/ae (04 203 7555).
10 Play a Round
This Marina spot runs ‘Mum’s Time’ on weekdays between 9.30am and 2pm, with supervised play costing just Dhs25 per hour.
Jewels Tower 2, Basement 1, Opps JBR Shams. www.playaround.ae (04 457 0455)
11 Marina Walk
The dancing fountains at Marina Walk are perfect for little ones to cool down on a warm day.
Next to Starbucks, Marina Walk.
12 Toys R Us
Head to the flagship Festival Centre store to enjoy free playtime in the big, colourful play area.
Free. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. 1st floor, Festival Centre, Dubai www.toysrusuae.com (04 206 6568).
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