8 Fun Indoor Activities In Dubai To Do With Kids When The Summer Heat Becomes Unbearable

The city offers a variety of indoor attractions

by Priyanka Fernandes
8 Fun Indoor Activities In Dubai To Do With Kids When The Summer Heat Becomes Unbearable

Dubai’s summer heat can make outdoor activities challenging, especially for families with kids. Fortunately, the city offers a variety of indoor attractions that are not just for kids but for the whole family to enjoy. There’s something for everyone, from exciting amusement parks and interactive museums to creative workshops and aquatic adventures. Here are eight fun indoor activities in Dubai that promise to make your summer days memorable, no matter the temperature outside.

1. Museum Of The Future

Beat the summer heat by visiting Dubai’s Museum of the Future, an iconic landmark offering a vision of the next 50 years. Spread over 30,000 square meters, it features seven levels of technological marvels, including robotics and 3D printing. Don’t miss the calming meditation centre on the Al Waha level. The museum’s torus-shaped exterior, adorned with Arabic calligraphy, makes it a must-visit for a blend of innovation and creativity.

Where: 67CP+H4Q – Sheikh Zayed Rd – Trade Centre
When: 9 am to 7 pm daily
Cost: AED 145 per person

2. Ski Dubai


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Incredible as it may seem, Dubai offers the unique experience of icy indoor activities. Ski Dubai is a captivating attraction in the Mall of the Emirates, covering an impressive 22,500 square meters. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, tobogganing, and adorable penguin encounters. Take ski lessons, then warm up with hot chocolate at Avalanche Café. Your ticket includes winter gear, so you can fully enjoy this magical winter escape in the desert.

Where:  Sheikh Zayed Rd – Al Barsha
When: Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 11 pm, Friday from 10 am to 12 am and Saturday to Sunday from 9 am to 12 am
Cost: From AED 220 to AED 450

Also Read: 8 Hotels In Dubai Under AED 500 For Budget-Friendly Stays

3. Aya


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Aya Universe at Wafi City Mall is a 40,000-square-foot immersive entertainment park with 12 high-tech zones featuring sound, lights, and graphics. Highlights include an Avatar-style “Flora” with a light-up tree and “The Falls,” where you can dance under simulated water. It offers a kaleidoscopic, air-conditioned adventure through vibrant, mysterious worlds.

Where: Wafi City, Oud Metha
When: Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, Friday to Saturday from 10 am to 12 am
Cost: AED 135 per person

4. 3d World Selfie Museum

Step into the enchanting world of Dubai’s expansive 3D trick art museum, where you’ll be surrounded by skillfully hand-painted ‘Trick-Art’ murals and mind-bending optical illusions that will transport you into mesmerizing 3D realms. Unleash your creativity as you compose captivating photos that dazzle your social media feed. Don’t forget to fully charge your phone, as this experience promises to be a delight.

Where: Behind Mashreq Bank – Sheikh Zayed Rd – Al Quoz
When: Sunday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm
Cost: AED 65 per child and AED 89 per adult

5. Dubai Aquarium And Underwater Zoo

Kids should visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo for an exciting and educational encounter with diverse marine life. The aquarium houses over 140 species, including over 400 sharks and rays, in a ten-million-litre tank. Visitors can interact with aquatic life like Sand Tiger Sharks and Giant Groupers through carefully designed experiences, creating memorable moments with friends and family.

Where: Dubai Mall- Downtown Dubai
When: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 10.15 pm and Saturday to Sunday from 10 am to 11.15 pm
Cost: Starts from AED 199

6. Etihad Museum


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Explore UAE history at the Etihad Museum in Jumeirah. Inspired by the constitution, this stunning building features interactive pavilions highlighting the country’s development from 1968 to 1974. Visit the historic Union House, where the 1971 constitution was signed, and enjoy exhibits on the UAE’s heritage and growth. The museum includes a library, education centre, exhibition hall, and restaurant.

Where: 1 Jumeirah St – Al Mina
When: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm
Cost: AED 25 for adults, AED 10 per student from 5 years to 24 years and children under four go free

7. The Jamjar


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Thejamjar is Dubai’s first DIY painting studio and community space. It offers a painting studio and project space and hosts various arts-related events. The space is a hub for artists, schools, universities, and corporations. Additionally, the jamjar promotes regional arts through initiatives like the ArtBus and the UAE’s ArtMap publication.

Where: Unit H74, Alserkal Avenue – Al Quoz 1
When: Saturday to Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm and Friday from 10 am to 8 pm

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8. BattleKart


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Immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of BattleKart, where you can enjoy the perfect combination of electric karting, video games, and augmented reality. Get behind the wheel of electric karts and race on dynamic circuits featuring interactive projections, allowing you to interact with the surroundings and compete against other players. The first game is available for AED 200, and subsequent games can be enjoyed for AED 170 each. This one-of-a-kind adventure is a must-do for thrill-seekers and speed enthusiasts.

Where: BattleKart – 74 Street – Dubai
When: Monday to Wednesday from 2 pm to 10 pm, Thursday to Friday from 2 pm to 12 am, Saturday from 1 pm to 2 am and Sunday from 1 pm to 10 pm
Cost: First Game For AED 200

Dubai’s indoor attractions ensure family fun despite the summer heat. There’s something for everyone, from futuristic museums and icy escapes to immersive art and thrilling adventures. These eight activities offer enriching experiences that blend education, creativity, and excitement, making Dubai the perfect place for memorable summer days indoors.

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