Looking forward to a summer with the family but fearing the amount of money you’re going to have to part with?
Fret not, there are loads of bargain ways to entertain the kids this summer – from reduced entry at waterparks to family-friendly staycations.
And if you have a kid-free afternoon, parents, why not check out our top spa days and pool day deals?
Get out and explore.
Days out and activities
Dhs1 Laguna Waterpark entry for kids
Throughout May, kids can enter Laguna Waterpark for just Dhs1 on weekdays. The family-friendly park turns one and is marking its birthday with the special offer (tickets usually cost Dhs99). There’s loads of slides, a lazy river, surf machine and more.
Dhs1 (kids), Dhs99 (UAE residents), Dhs159 (visitors). Offer available Sun-Thu 10am-6pm. Available throughout May. La Mer,
Jumeirah 1, lagunawaterpark.com.
Edutainment at KidZania
During summer, little ones can access the activity-packed indoor city for Dhs99 only instead of Dhs185. The offer is valid weekdays from 4pm onwards, when kids can enjoy an array of educational yet entertaining activities at KidZania Dubai.
Dhs99. Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu 4pm-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.dubai.kidzania.com.
Family package at Reel Cinemas
Gather the brood and head to Reel Cinemas on the weekend for massive summer savings. Get there before 1pm with three of your nearest and dearest and you’ll get tickets for all four of you for Dhs120 for either Standard of Dolby screenings.
Dhs120 (for four). Until Tue Jun 4, Fri-Sat, until 1pm. Locations include The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, The Springs Souk & The Pointe, www.reelcinemas.ae.
Free aquarium and cinema access for kids
This summer, kids under the age of five will have free access to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Reel Cinemas- The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall from Sunday to Thursday. Get out of the sun and enjoy a free day under mall’s glorious air-con.
Free (kids under five with a paying adult). Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu, before 1pm. The Dubai Mall & Dubai Marina Mall, www.emaar.com.
Free entry to The Green Planet
If you're looking for ways to entertain the kids this month, you can take them straight from school to do something that’s both fun and educational. Students in uniform will enter The Green Planet for free this month and explore all what the bio-dome has to offer.
The offer is valid Sundays to Thursdays from 1pm until closing time for every little one dressed in school gear who's accompanied by a paying adult. This also means that the kids get to experience a favourite, the 4pm red-bellied piranha feeding time at the Flooded Rainforest.
Free (kids in uniform), From Dhs89, free (kids under three). Open Sat-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu-Fri 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street, thegreenplanetdubai.com (04 317 3999).
New two-day pass at Aquaventure
Atlantis The Palm has just introduced a brand-new ticket that lets guests visit the Aquaventure waterpark over two days, and there are plenty of extras thrown in.
The package starts at Dhs290 for kids and Dhs350 for adults, giving access to the attraction's 20 waterslides. Guests also get unlimited rides on the Wave Rider surf machine, access to the Lost Chambers Aquarium and a visit to a shark feeding show as part of the ticket.
In even better news, the two-day ticket doesn't have to be redeemed on consecutive days – it can be spread out over the space of three days.
Dhs290 (kids), Dhs350 (adults). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah aquaventurewaterpark.com (04 426 2000).
Two-for-one at - Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dig It or VR Theme Park
Experience the thrill of two attractions for the price of one this summer. Pick two attractions from Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dig It or VR Theme Park – for the price of one ticket from Sunday to Thursday at The Dubai Mall and The Springs Souk.
Prices vary. Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu 1pm-8pm. The Dubai Mall and The Springs Souk, www.emaar.com.
Two Hours of Stay & Dig at Dig It
This summer the kids can enjoy two hours of Stay & Dig fun instead of one at Dig It, The Springs Souk. For the same ticket price of Dhs75, kids can enjoy an extra hour of fun at the incredible kids play environment based on a real-life construction site.
Dhs75. Until Fri May 31, 10am-10pm. The Springs Souk, The Springs, www.digitdubai.com.
Sport and wellbeing
Ice skate for Dhs49
Get your skates on and get down to Dubai Ice Rink where you’ll be able to hit the ice for just Dhs49 (instead of the usual Dhs95). Little ones under 100cm will have their tickets reduced further, to a thrifty Dhs40. It’s the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.
Dhs40 (guests under 100cm), Dhs49 (adults & kids). Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu noon-5pm & after midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiicerink.com.
Summer pass at BOUNCE Inc.
Spend your summer on the trampoline and bounce away the season’s heatings with a one-month pass available through May for Dhs250.
Not only is it an absolutely brilliant trampoline park, there are also dodgeball courts, basketball trampoline courts for some massive slam dunks and a big bag so you can practise your flips safely.
Dhs250. Open daily, noon-midnight. Until May 31. Bounce Dubai, Al Quoz, bounce.ae (04 3211 400).
Free family fun at Address Hotels
A dose of virtual reality or a massive aquarium and underwater zoo filled with creatures from the deep blue sea? Both are activities that make for a fun family staycation, especially when you can go to them completely free. Those looking to experience some of the Downtown Dubai’s best features can book a stay at Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall or Address Boulevard and get free access for two people to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall, as well as two Super 7 passes to the VR Park. All three hotels are five-star resorts and placed right in the heart of Dubai, so you won’t be far from the two attractions.
From Dhs1,500 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. Various locations including Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall and Address Boulevard, www.addresshotels.com.
Family getaway at Amwaj Rotana
Fancy spending some quality time with your family? Amwaj Rotana’s family getaway package includes connecting rooms or suites and a breakfast buffet at Horizon.
From Dhs730. Ongoing, Thu-Fri bookings only. The Walk, JBR (04 428 2000).
Family fun package at Habtoor Palace
A family staycation where the whole gang gets a morning breakfast? That’s something to get onboard with, especially when Habtoor Palace’s “family fun package” also offers late check outs on the weekend.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 435 5555).