15 Ways To Entertain Your Kids This Summer

As temperatures near 50 degrees Celsius, even the beach and pool are sometimes too hot during Dubai’s summer months. If you are not planning to travel throughout the summer holidays, Fairytales have prepared a list of fun things you can do with your family to keep them active and happy. Luckily there are plenty of indoor activities in Dubai!

  1. Play with penguins: If your children are three years or older, they will love cooling down at Ski Dubai. The snow park is lots of fun and you can meet real penguins and have your picture taken as a souvenir. There are several penguin encounter packages to choose from, including swimming with them!
  2. Dubai’s newest indoor play areas are all about imagination: Are you up to date with the newest play areas in town? Check out the huge Mattel Play! Town inside the new City Walk. It promises hours of entertainment with popular characters like Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina. You can also pop down and see us at Fairytales play area in Town Centre Jumeirah where parents can grab a coffee while watching the little ones dress up, explore and get creative the old fashioned way, with no electronics involved.
  3. Watch movies at VOX KIDS: Enjoy watching movies suitable for the entire family without worrying about whether or not your kids’ many questions bother other cinema-goers.  A big plus is that the seats inside VOX KIDS are covered with a wipe clean material!
  4. Learn about Dubai’s history: The Dubai Museum building was a fort built more than 200 years ago and was renovated in 1971 by the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai at that time, to be a building that preserves and exhibits Dubai’s history. You will see how life in Dubai used to be; households, schools, souks and even how people lived in the desert or by the sea.
  5. Visit Dubai Aquarium: Even if you’ve visited before, children do not get bored of fish and animals, and especially the thrill if the shark feedings. The aquarium tunnel experience can be followed by a visit to the underwater zoo, home of King Croc, a gigantic crocodile (don’t miss his 4pm feed!) and UAE’s night creatures. You can also ride a glass bottom boat across the aquarium or enrol your children in an Aquarist program where they can experience life behind the scenes, assist in feedings and even get into the water. The Aquarist adventures require previous bookings by calling the Dubai Aquarium on 04 448 5200.
  6. Summer shows: Keep checking the Dubai Calendar for family theatre shows. A great family show coming up is The Tiger who Came to Tea from May 17 to May 18, in Madinat Jumeirah.
  7. Experience Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr: Enjoy an Iftar buffet with your family as an early dinner at one of the many hotels and venues offering the feast around town. End your evening with a visit to a night time exhibition such as the Ramadan night market in Dubai World Trade Center, from 23 June to 2 July, or the locally popular Eventra Ramadan Fair, 15 to 19 June in Sunset Mall.  The latter is all about local designers and funky fashion brands. Eid Al Fitr festival will take place in the first week of July, follow Dubai Calendar for more information that will be announced soon. 
  8. Summer life in Dubai happens inside air conditioned malls: From 9 July to 20 August, Dubai celebrates the Dubai Summer Surprises. All the popular malls in Dubai will have an events calendar full of fun and shows. Spend your days in the mall and sneak in some shopping for yourself between all the family entertainment.
  9. Get artistic: If you have an emerging artist in your house, have a family day out at the Jam Jar or check out workshops and young artists program in Tashkeel.
  10. Adventure Zone, Kids HQ for little daredevils: Build confidence and strength by letting your children climb walls, ropes and cables. They can also get active in the trampoline park, skate park and ride a BMX on the pump track. 
  11. Ripe Summer Market: It is too hot for parks, but this does not mean it’s the end of the fun Ripe markets. During summer, the Ripe Market will take place on Saturday mornings, from 9am to 3pm in Times Square Center.
  12. At the Top, Burj Khalifa Tour: Have your children ever asked about what is inside the world’s tallest building? Take them to the At the Top tour to find out, free for children under 4 years old.
  13. Dubai Dolphinarium: In case you haven’t been to see the dolphin and seal show, the Dubai dolphinarium is both indoor and air conditioned. 
  14. Take them ice skating: Once they learn to skate they will have fun for hours, and it is a great activity to do with parents. Dubai Ice Rink also offers sessions for toddlers (below 100 cm heights) to get them comfortable on the slippery ice.
  15. Summer Camps: There are hundreds of summer camps in Dubai to choose from. If you are looking for something new that encourages the love of literature, then contact us here at Fairytales to find out about our Summer Camp in Town Centre Jumeirah. This camp will have daily themes that are all based around popular classic fairy tales. Children will explore games, art and adventures in the worlds of stories like Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter Pan, Aladdin and more. The camp will be ongoing from 10 July to 25 August. For info call Fairytales on 04 344 5030.

e hope their are enough ideas to keep the small humans happy, until next time.


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