July 15, 2022

5 indoor things to do in Dubai as a family with kids during summers

Spending summer holidays in Dubai with kids can be pretty challenging for us mums. I personally can’t bear the heat. And if my daughter ever insists on going to the park for cycling or for some scooty time, I just let her do that inside our home (and then spend the rest of the day cleaning up the floors and walls and cursing under my breath haha!). Luckily Dubai has so many indoor entertainment options that we are spoiled for choice. Here are five places you can take your little ones this summer:

Mohammed bin Rashid Library

This library is a beautiful place to spend a few hours at. The architecture is amazing and you’ll find yourself taking photographs of the interior and the exterior for memories. The building itself is split up into different sections including a children’s room (with an indoor play area), a young adult’s room, a map room, a periodicals room, a media and art room, and more.

Do make sure to book a time slot in advance here before visiting. And check the rules on their website. Kids under 5 years old are not allowed in and as it is a government building, a modest dress code is required. Meaning the shoulders should be covered and the dress shouldn’t be above the knees. Oh and no shorts for men.

Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Even if you’ve already been, your kids will still enjoy visiting this place. You can opt for a different encounter or an experience every time you go. Book your tickets in advance here.

Dubai Garden Center

Buying plants is one of my favorite things to do and kids generally love being involved in this. Roam around the Dubai Garden Center on Sheikh Zayd Road. Let your little ones choose a little flower pot or a plant seedling that they can take back home and take care of as it grows bigger over the months. Make sure to ask one of the many knowledgeable staff members there about how to take care of the plant over time. Oh, and they also have a beautiful little cafe perfect for when the little ones eventually get hungry!

Escape Hunt

Book a mystery adventure at Escape Hunt. Strap your baby in a carrier and bring them along too! I took my kid along when she was about a year old and then again when she was 6 and we all had fun both times.

Infinity des Lumières

Spend time at the Infinity des Lumières at Dubai Mall and let the kids explore the immersive experience on their own. It is quite dark inside so you might want to keep an eye on them in case they wander off.

Do you know of any good indoor places to visit with kids during the summer? Let me know here and don’t forget to subscribe here to get all the latest news about my photoshoots and offers.

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Hey, I'm Scheherazade Shahid and I am a licensed family, maternity and newborn photographer based in Dubai. I love adventure, scary rides and taking photos of little humans. My lifelong wish is to jump out of an airplane with a parachute on my back but alas I still need to loose a couple of pounds to be able to qualify for that ride 😭

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