Visit Mini Monsters on Sheikh Zayed Road to take advantage of their FREE play promotion! That’s right, every Tuesday from 9am to 2pm kids can play for free! The spacious jungle gym provides toddlers and under sevens with a wide range of activities to keep them occupied while mums and dads can take a breather in the onsite coffee shop and make use of the free Wi-Fi. With zero dosh spent on play, that leaves Dhs100 for food – and kids will love the chicken nuggets and chips and tuna sandwiches! Mini Monsters, Sheikh Zayed Road (near Dubai Garden Centre), www.minimonsters.ae (04 341 4459).
Total Dhs 50
Located in IBN Battuta Mall, Kidz Venture is a reasonably sized play space offering everything from arts, crafts, board games, book activities for chilled out kids, a climbing wall to indoor sports activities for more active little monsters. At Dhs30 per hour in the play area it’s good value for money (or you can go over budget and avail of the drop and shop option – Dhs60 per hour where they will be supervised by Kidz Venture staff). There is no food and drink facility onsite so you can bring your own, or pay a visit to the IBN Battuta food court and get some snacks with your remaining budget. Kidz Venture, Egypt Court, IBN Battuta Mall, www.kidzventure.ae (04 361 9315).
Total Dhs 60
Extreme Fun is a neighbourhood play area and party centre which offers a soft play area, toddlers’ area and passes with access to all areas. If you opt for the two hour play option that allows access to all areas, it’ll set you back Dhs50 per child but will keep the kids happy with a wide range of activites to get stuck into. There’s also a great onsite café where mums and dads can relax, and although the play leaves nothing in the budget for food, there is free Wi-fi so you can check your emails, social media and generally catch up on life while the kids are kept amused. Extreme Fun, Motor City, www.extremefunuae.com (04 452 5543).
Total Dhs 100