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Fun-filled kids’ activity centre off the Sheikh Zayed Road, with everything from soft play, to a laser zone, arts and crafts and dressing up, not to mention huge party facilities and a fab cafe for mum and dad to relax

Located in Al Ain, it's the Middle East’s first man made whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing facility. Activities include three world class whitewater rafting and kayaking runs with a combined length of 1,133m, a surf pool capable of making 3.3 metre waves every 90 seconds, a rope course, climbing wall and zip line, plus an adult and toddlers swimming pool. Dhs100 (standard entrance, adults), Dhs50 (kids), free for infants. Activities are priced separately

Fun and safe gym aimed at kids aged four months to 12 years. Specially developed, age-appropriate programmes include gymnastics, sports skills and karate. Dhs95 (introductory trial class), Dhs2,200 per semester (20 weeks with one session per week)

Fun-filled craft and activity centre for kids in Dubai Marina. Activities include scrap-booking, dressing up, general arts and crafts, ceramic painting, and drama and dance. There’s also a mini salon, slot cars, and classes and activities for mums

A unique and super fun play centre with an indoor mini putting golf course, soft play area and crafts studio.. Ideal for toddlers and primary school kids and perfect for parties

From indoor sky diving to the Sky Trail obstacle course, bowling lanes and climbing walls, plus branches of Magic Planet and Johnny Rockets, Playnation caters to every possible desire. Prices vary

The only play centre in the UAE to go ‘green’. A great play centre for little ’uns up to seven, with cooking, karaoke, crafts and dress-up. Dhs 50 (ages 1-7), Dhs30 (ages 6-11 months) for the first hour, Dhs20 for each additional hour. Membership available

Fitness facility for kids aged six weeks through to 13 years of age. Classes include Little Bundles, Waddlers, Terrific Tots and Mighty Mites. Kids below 3 1/4 years of age, require adult participation. Dhs40 freeplay (members only), Dhs250 Lifetime membership, Dhs1,250 per season (includes one lesson per week, plus freeplay)

Dubbed the largest indoor soft-play area in the UAE, this multi-storey jungle gym is a great place to lose active, energetic kids. There are party rooms and entertainment for rent and a reasonable café too. Dhs50 for one hour, Dhs30 subsequent hours, Dhs100 full day

Whizzing, buzzing and whirring, Magic Planet is possibly the noisiest of play areas. With its arcade games, fairground rides and bowling, you'll find it hard to tear kids and tweens away. Free entrance, attractions require you to put money on a swipe card

For children aged from two to ten years, this fantastic interactive learning centre (formerly known as Cité des Enfants) houses 97 exhibits in five learning zones. Perfect for curious little monsters. There are also daily workshops with constantly changing topics. Dhs130 per child, an accompanying adult free; Dhs90 for workshops.

Great new play space in Ibn Battuta Mall. Features indoor sports activities, arts and crafts, educational toys and much more. They’re also offering a programme of workshops for youngsters, a book club, plus a supervised drop and shop facility, too. From Dhs30 per hour for play space (Dhs60 for drop and shop with supervision by qualified carers)

A one-stop-shop for all sorts of activities for babies and kids up to six years. Classes include music, dance, art and enrichment courses booked by the semester. The soft play gymnasium and party packages are available for kids up to nine years

Replacing the dated Cool Times, this play centre has a bike track, a boating ride and soft play area for under-twos and lots of arts, crafts and energetic activities for kids aged 11 and under. Dhs50 per hour, Dhs25 extension per hour

New venue in JBR with a sandy play area, kids’ salon, toddler area, party accessories and balloon shop. They’ll also organise parties at your home

An amusement park with family rollercoasters and gentle rides for little ones, plus an amphitheatre, 3D action cinema and a range of attractions for teenagers. Dhs200 (annual pass per person) Dhs1,000 (annual family pass for six people) Dhs100 (lady’s annual pass – valid on Wednesdays only). Daily rates, Dhs50 (Wed-Sat) Dhs45 (Mon-Tues) and Wednesday is ladies only day

Ideal for young ’uns, this clean jungle gym is perfect for expelling energy. Dhs30 for kids aged three and under, Dhs40 for ages three plus

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