Indoor marvels for kids

Dubai is not just a thriving business and financial center, it is also an ideal haven for a family on vacation or in residence, especially for young children. No need to worry about your hyperactive munchkins getting bored too soon. Your little ones are guaranteed to have a jolly good time with endless indoor activities in Dubai. Check out these various fun-filled kiddie getaways under the roof:

KIDZANIA is an educational attraction that mimics real life living at the Dubai Mall. Kids aged four to 16 can experience a slice of adult life by immersing themselves in over 80 interactive role-playing activities. The whole place is designed as a full mini city where children can perform “jobs” as firemen, police officers, doctors, pilots, journalists, and many others.

SEGA REPUBLIC is an exhilarating indoor theme park for the entire family. A huge high-tech entertainment paradise at the Dubai Mall, it has 14 thrilling rides and more than 170 games that include motion simulators and virtual experiences that every kid will love to immerse in.

DUBAI AQUARIUM AND UNDERWATER ZOO is one of the largest suspended aquarium in the world. Also located at the Dubai Mall, the tank houses over 140 species of aquatic animals including sharks and rays. At the underwater zoo, kids can meet fascinating creatures like otters, piranhas, penguins and more. It is home to a Giant Pacific Octopus and the largest reptiles in captivity, King Croc and his queen.


iFLY DUBAI at City Centre Mirdiff has everyone skydiving indoors by simulating the experience through blasting strong air up a vertical tunnel. A short training session will be given as well as complete gear of jumpsuits, goggles, helmets, and shoes. The whole skydiving experience lasts from 10 to 15 minutes.

SKI DUBAI is the ultimate indoor ski resort. Nestled in the Mall of the Emirates, it is the first of its kind in the region. Everybody can go snowboarding, tobogganing, skiing or simply play in the snow in this massive ice mountain themed setting. It is practically a winter wonderland with cafes, parks, and retail shops amidst snow all year round.

MAGIC PLANET at the Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, and City Centre Mirdif is one of the largest indoor parks in the region. It has everything in one place from state-of-the-art fun rides to arcade games to simulators to 4D theater. Magic Planet is a superb weekend getaway for everyone.

CHILDREN'S CITY, while not exactly located inside a mall, is definitely the place to be for young inquisitive minds aged 2 to 15. Located at Creekside Park in Bur Dubai, this education center has an International Culture Center, Nature Center, Planetarium, a theater as well as areas for space exploration, computer and communication, workshops, toddlers, and so much more.


These are only a few of the numerous places I can think of where kids can have endless fun indoors here in Dubai. What other kiddie hangouts do you know?