As the weather heats up, finding something new and exciting to entertain your little ones with isn’t always a walk in the park; luckily we’ve got it covered 


Take the kids to meet the Dubai penguins in the chilly climes of Ski Dubai, where they’ll get an underwater viewing as well as an up-close and personal experience with the snow penguins.


Penguin Encounter at Ski Dubai, Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, from Dhs145. For more information, here


Give your children a head start in their future careers with the role play activities at KidZania. From fireman to police officer, there are over 80 roles to act out on more than 60 sets, where kids can earn kidZos (KidZania currency) and pay for goods and services – it’s a real-life mini-city for your little ones to explore.

KidZania at The Dubai Mall, from Dhs95. For more information, here 


Something for the older kids, especially the thrill-seekers, Sega Republic plays host to nine exhilarating attractions (including the Sonic Hopper and Storm-G) as well as more than 250 games, from motion simulators and virtual experiences to one of the region’s largest assortments of arcade games. There’s so much to do and play that come home time they’ll be exhausted – bonus!

Sega Republic at The Dubai Mall, from Dhs160. For more information, here


There’s something for children of all ages to get involved in at Magic Planet: whether they fancy testing their skills and reactions on the racing simulator, channelling their competitive side in a game of air hockey and bowling, or experiencing the action of 4D theatre, there are plenty of activities to keep even the most impatient of little ones entertained.


Magic Planet at Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, from Dhs50. For more information, here 


You’ve probably seen a Fun City campus at one of the UAE malls, but did you know that there are thrilling rides on offer as well as arcade amusements? There are also skill-based games like tenpin bowling or pool, as well as quieter play areas for mums and little ones.

Fun City at various locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For more information, here


It’s not just the children who need entertaining; mothers also need a break, which is why Reel Cinemas have introduced Moms CineClub at Dubai Marina Mall. Privilege Club members can enjoy family-friendly screenings (starting before 2pm, from Sunday to Wednesday), free entry for toddlers, special discounts for kids, a free popcorn for every Moms CineClub screening, and membership benefits from partnering retailers. Moviegoers can book their tickets online here