Fun and games at Bowling City
Take the little monsters to Bowling City in Dubai Festival City for a great day indoors. There’s a 12-lane bowling alley that allows kids as young as four to have a go.
Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City. www.dubaifestivalcity.com (04 232 8600).
Learn to climb
Little thrill-seekers can get their kicks through learning to climb the professional indoor climbing wall at Wafi. The 13-metre-high wall has a number of different faces on which kids learn the basics of proper climbing. Suitable for kids aged four and above.
From Dhs40 per person. Pharaohs’ Club, Wafi, Oud Metha, (04 324 0000).
Zebra Crossing ‘edutainment’ centre has an extensive jungle gym and a games room for older kids, plus a multitude of classes that can be booked to keep them occupied.
Dhs40 per child per hour. Zebra Crossing, Sheikh Zayed Road, (050 559 4903).
Fun City’s Lou Lou Al Dugongs
A cheap and cheerful option for a playdate with younger kids. The Dhs40 entry fee means the children can get to stay for the full day, and, not only that – there’s all manner of fun activities for them to try, including soft play, a mini supermarket, dressing up, face painting, a library and puppet show and kid-friendly rides as well.
Lamcy Plaza. www.funcity.ae (04 335 2700).
Little nippers activity classes
Moms and Tots are running activity classes at Mini Monsters and Extreme Fun, which involves activities and free play.
Dhs100 per class including one hour of free play. Suitable for tots, 12-20 months and toddlers, 20 months to three and a half years. 9am at Extreme Fun Sun, Tues, Weds and Thurs, 9am at Funky Monkeys, Mon and Thurs (055 718 9260).
Help your kids brush up on their creative skills and channel their inner Picasso with a fun drawing and painting class at the Dubai International Art Centre.
Dhs100. Every Saturday until Aug 3. 12pm-2pm. www.artdubai.com (04 344 4398).
Fitness camp for kids
Get the kids active with Dubai Kids Camp. Combining fun and fitness, activities include mini Olympics, kid’s martial arts, ball games, strategy games and team sports. Healthy snacks and drinks are supplied.
Kids aged four to 12. Running until August 1. Dhs300 per child. 10am-12pm. Dubai World Trade Centre Sports World and playing fields. Call Kelvin (050 946 7298) or Nigel (050 105 2100).
Wild West Monday
Drop the kids off at Caboodle Pamper and Play where they can saddle up for an exciting adventure through the Wild West. They can meet the sheriffs, bandits, horses, get dressed up and much more.
Dhs50 for one hour including one hour of free play in the soft play area. www.caboodle.ae (04 325 3367).
Make a playdate
Le Petit Palais is a French Village built to little-tyke scale, housed inside Galleries Lafayette. The kids can play in a real-life supermarket, beauty salon, petrol station and French Chateau.
Dhs80 for one hour. Sun-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10.30pm. (04 382 7333 ext. 2754).