Dubai's best play spots for teens and tweens

Older kids will stay entertained at these cool venues in the city 

Dubai's best play spots for teens and tweens

3D Blacklight Minigolf
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this teen-friendly mini golf course is a sight to behold. Put on 3D glasses and step through a dark curtain into a mind-boggling blacklight world. The walls, floor and ceiling are covered in huge hand-painted murals that glow in the dark and pop out of the walls thanks to clever use of 3D designs. Careful where you put your foot, grab your putter and see if you can better Time Out’s record of seven holes in one (that’s on the first go by the way).
Prices vary. Sun-Wed 1pm-midnight; Thu-Sat noon-midnight. JBR (04 565 7621).

You may have already noticed the huge trampoline park inside Dubai International Airport, but nothing will prepare you for the behemoth BOUNCE in Al Quoz.

On its wall-to-wall trampolines, you can play extreme versions of dodgeball, basketball and tag, or just fly off the end of one into a giant inflatable mat. There’s also a parkour course to practise ninja skills, or just channel some inner Steve Carrell energy. Just because your teens and tweens no longer watch Ben 10, doesn’t mean they have to stop bouncing off the walls.
From Dhs80 (per hours), Dhs120 (three hours). Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu 10am-midnight; Fri 9am-midnight; Sat 9am-9pm. Building #32, 4B Street, Al Quoz (04 321 1400).

VR Park Dubai
Staying in and playing video games? Mums and Dads, let’s cut those youngsters some slack. In fact, being transported into an entirely digital dimension is actively encouraged at VR Park Dubai – the world’s largest virtual reality park with more than 30 attractions. They can conquer a rollercoaster and even rob a fake bank.
Day pass from Dhs180. Sun-Wed 10am-midnight; Thu-Sat 10am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 448 8483).


Calling all ’80s kids, this arcade centre is for you. PAC-MAN, Sonic, shoot ’em ups, racing, pinball and even the claw machine find home here at the huge new addition to Atlantis The Palm. Kids can play the arcades, then collect tickets and cash them in for prizes. Then, unwind with a game of bowling at the alley or learn to surf on the wave machine.
Open daily noon-1am. The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1166).

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