1) Oli Oli
At this vast, interactive children’s museum in Al Quoz, kids can climb giant nets, shoot cars down ramps, design their own robots, build forts and dens, and much more. But the most popular areas are always the air and water zones – step into the hurricane booth to experience hair-raising 110kmph gusts of wind, experiment with air tunnels and wind pressure, and then pop along to the water gallery, where little ones can dance in the indoor rain showers, play with a water vortex and wash a real car.
Details: Free for babies 0-12 months; Dh60 for 1-2 year olds for 2 hours (Dh15 for extra hours); Dh120 for 2-18 year olds for 2 hours (Dh30 for extra hours); Dh40 for adults, plus VAT. www.Olioli.ae
2) Ice café
Located at Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road, Chillout Lounge is a winter wonderland in the heat. With various ice sculptures to look at and a warm cup of hot cocoa to enjoy upon arrival, your kids will enjoy the novelty of icy walls and wrapping up warm (the lounge provide you with a warm fuzzy coat, gloves and socks). Chillout is open Saturday to Wednesday from 10 am to 10 pm, and till midnight on weekends.
Details: Admission fee is Dh75 for adults and 35 for children between 5 and 12. Children under 4 enter for free. The lounge advises parents not to bring infants under one year old. www.chilloutindubai.com
3) Rain Room Sharjah
Kids can sing in the rain without getting wet at this immersive art installation in Sharjah, which sees you walking through an atmospherically lit, continuous indoor downpour that switches off as you walk so you don’t get drenched.
Details: Free for five years and under, Dh25 per adult, Dh15 for students under 22. www.Sharjahart.org
4) Ski Dubai
Cool down with a trip to the slopes! Based in Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai’s Snow Park pass includes unlimited access to the snow park rides, including the Bobsled, Tubing Run, Snow Bumpers, Climbing Wall, Snow Plough Playground, Ice cave and one Zorb Ball (Giant Ball) Ride.
Price: Dh170 per child and Dh190 per adult, www.Skidxb.com
5) Ice Park at Dubai Garden Glow
This frosty safari is made up of 5,000 tonnes of ice, chiseled into magnificent wild-animal sculptures that are sure to give kids a simultaneous thrill and chill! Located within Dubai Garden Glow near Zabeel Park, a visit to this eerie ice world can be combined with an trip to the outdoor Dinosaur Park, as well as a wander through the surreal, psychedelic world of Dubai Garden Glow.
Details: Dh65 per person (or free for up to three-year-olds) for entry to the Dinosaur Park and Glow Park, which opens at 4pm. www.Dubaigardenglow.com
6) Dubai Ice Rink
While little ones from the age of three are welcome to try their hand at learning to ice skate, booking into a Snowfall session at this Dubai Mall-based ice rink offers an even more magical experience.
Details: Dh40 per child under 100cm; Dh95 per adult. www.Dubaiicerink.com