There's an abundance of activities – indoor as well as outdoor, especially during the blazing heat of summer. Shopping halls in particular provide a huge range of entertainment activities. From catching a movie to hitting the ski slopes, you'll be spoiled for choice.
Here is our pick of places in Dubai that provide great entertainment to beat the heat with your kids.
1. Wild Wadi
It is thrills galore at Wild Wadi, where you can ride a water roller coaster, plunge down death-defying slides and body surf huge waves. Designed like an Arabian oasis, the park has an Arabian folklore theme and features some of the highest and fastest water rides. The Jumeirah Sceirah free-fall, the high waves at Breakers Bay and various other thrills are sure to give you a jolt of adrenalin.
2. Magic Planet
Magic Planet is a one-stop hub for kids' entertainment, with huge play areas, innumerable games and fun activities that appeal to children of all ages. Located in major malls like the Mall of the Emirates, City Center Deira and City Center Mirdif, it is a popular evening hangout destination for families.
3. iFLY Dubai
Children and adults can experience the thrill of skydiving without going more than three meters away from the ground, with iFLY's state-of-art vertical wind tunnel. Experience the thrill of a skydiving session in absolute safety at iFLY Dubai in Mirdif City Center. It's a guaranteed stress buster and a favorite with kids and adults alike.
4. Dubai Dolphinarium
The Dubai Dolphinarium offers guests the chance to interact with these playful creatures and watch them perform tricks with their trainers. The Dolphinarium is home to four Black Sea bottlenose dolphins as well as four Northern Fur seals. Swimming with the dolphins and hearing those dolphin whistles can be a fun way to beat the heat.
5. Ski Dubai
When the heat starts to get to your little people, cool them off at the world's largest indoor snow park. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai boasts a massive 22,500 sq.m indoor skiing area. It offers a range of snow activities for kids like bobsledding, tobogganing, chairlifts and snowboarding in addition to skiing.
6. VOX Cinemas
There's no better way to chill out than watching a movie with your kids. VOX Cinemas' surreal 4DX technology will pull you right into the action with multi-sensorial effects like motion, rain, wind and scent. No more boredom – it's the ultimate movie experience!
7. Dubai Fountain
Set over a sizeable, crystal clear, man-made lake against the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain is a captivating spectacle of water and light. The jet propelled fountains shoot water up to a height of 500 feet and fall in a mesmerizing dance of patterns that kids will especially love.
8. Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden is a breath of fresh air if you need a break from city life and sandy terrain. Stepping into the Garden is like walking into a painting – it features over 109 million flowers, making it the world's largest natural flower garden. Soak up the colors at Dubai Miracle Garden and enjoy watching your kids chase the butterflies.
It can be a herculean task to keep children entertained. Luckily, this is not the case if you're in Dubai, the entertainment capital of the region. Go with your kids on a trip to explore the all the amazing action taking place, and return with the memories of a lifetime.