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A Summer’s Day in Abu Dhabi


50 degrees outside, the kids are at home, bored, thinking there’s nothing to do. Think again. Here is Yalla’s list of places to beat the heat and keep you entertained all summer long.

You’re all inside and your kids are already climbing the walls! What’s a parent to do? Yalla knows. Here are the top eight indoor activities for kids in the capital this summer that parents may even enjoy too!

 

Al Saadah Art Gallery

While away an afternoon being crafty when you drop into Al Saadah Art Gallery to paint a tile. Al Saadah Art Gallery is the physical embodiment of a dream—the dream of Ohan Balian to celebrate and continue the creative tiling artistry for which his family, particularly his late mother, are so well known. He dreams of sharing his love of this ancient artwork with the population of Abu Dhabi and visitors.

The Al Saadah Art Gallery features ceramic artwork fired in an onsite kiln and created by Ohan following techniques passed down to him that his family has employed for generations. As well as a chance to learn about this fascinating art form, visitors will also enjoy the opportunity to try their hand at tile painting and take home their very own colorful artwork under the instruction of expert teachers, including Ohan, and the gallery’s highly capable and creative staff. Make a creative tile to mark a memorable spent in Abu Dhabi. Al Saadah Art Gallery, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, 050-411 2030

 

Louvre Abu Dhabi

There are so many ways to enjoy the Louvre Abu Dhabi all summer long as a family. Peruse the permanent collections and the museum’s world-renowned architecture. The Children’s Museum offers a variety of ways for children to explore the museum. There are drop in sketching classes where kids can explore art more thoroughly whilst sketching it. There’s also a summer camp where your young cosmopolitan can explore the arts and then, of course, leave with the bragging rights of having been a camper in a world-class art institution. Finally, active families will relish discovering the museum from the stillness of the Arabian Sea throughout the summer when they take a kayaking tour to learn all about the exquisite architecture from a most unique perspective.  Louvre Abu Dhabi. 600 56 55 66

 

Manarat Al Saadiyat

The Art Studio at Manarat Al Saadiyat is quite possibly the best place for a creative kid to while away a few hours a day in the summertime. Parents who seek just a little artistic stimulation from time-to-time can drop into the Studio to create for an hour or two. Alternatively, parents who require a bit more time in a day, might enroll their kids in the Art Studio’s super fun summer camp. There, campers can create to their heart’s delight with both structured art lessons and unstructured creative time where they may pursue pastimes as delightful as they are colourful in a supervised setting. The very best part of this camp is that a delectable lunch is provided everyday by LARTE, because what sort of a red-blooded creative kid doesn’t prefer to refuel with pizza and pasta? Art Studio, Manarat Al Saadiyat 02 6575 800

 

Let’s Bounce

Bounce away your indoor blues when you spend an afternoon springing up and down at the Middle East’s largest indoor trampoline park. Bounce in Marina Mall is one of the largest trampoline park in the Middle East and includes slides, swings, and X-Park an indoor obstacle course. Split over two levels, Bounce is geared towards slightly older kids with certain height restrictions, but it’s certainly something teens and parents will enjoy having a go at too. The best part is bouncing is surprisingly a great workout.

Throughout the summer, AED120 buys two guests two hours of bouncing and two slushies. Bounce.ae

 

Kidzania

Abu Dhabi parents have waited patiently and finally the indoor gods have answered their play prayers! No more wearying daytrips to Dubai—Kidzania has finally opened in Yas Mall! Designed for children aged 4 to 16, the indoor play centre is an enormous temple to fun with so many activities for children to tackle, they will never get bored, and they will get tired. Inside, children will immerse themselves in real-life scenarios, role-play different jobs and even earn special ‘kidzania’ money. Kidzania.ae

 

Orange is for Adrenaline

Orange Hub offers capital families a futuristic take on indoor play. The outlet conveniently located in Al Wahda Mall provides play experiences powered by cutting-edge technology. Enjoy an F1 Experience, bowl a few mini rounds, zap the rents in laser tag, or simply cool off in the arcade. Orange-spin.com

 

Make A Splash

Recently crowned as the leading water park in the Middle East in the 2018 World Travel Awards, it’s clear to see why Yas Waterworld is such a crowd favourite. This mega park is situated on Yas Island in the heart of the capital’s entertainment district. Families will love bobbing about in the lazy river, while olders will relish the adrenaline-pumping slides. Enjoy UAE resident rates throughout the summer.

This summer, families can cool off at the waterpark and revel in a whole new adventure on Neon Nights, happening every Friday with extended play hours until 10pm. To read Yalla’s insider tips on how to better enjoy Yas Waterworld’s Neon Nights, click here.

Yaswaterworld.com

 

Catch A Cool Flick

Ever been to the cinema and worried your child is making too much noise? If you have trouble keeping your toddlers silent, VOX have built a cinema just for your loud family where your kids can make as much noise as they want as you watch the latest animation, adventure or action movies guilt free. Voxcinemas.com

 

Hooray for play!

Orange Wheels was designed with fun in mind with its playgrounds, climbing walls, toddler village, arts & crafts studio, salon & spa, organic cafe, gym, and small shop to explore. This fun-filled, one-stop indoor edutainment venue for kids is a revolutionary concept that contributes to the overall development of kids through series of activities like physical play, music, dance, arts & craft. This spot is also a sought-after venue for birthday parties and field trips for the little ones. Orangewheels.com

 

Cool Off with Characters

Warner Bros WorldTM Abu Dhabi is great for kids of all ages, from dads to teens to toddlers upwards. With its six immersive lands inspired by legendary Warner Bros. characters, there are rides, shows, and thrilling attractions for everyone. Kids will enjoy child friendly rides like Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure, whilst adventurous dads and teens will love the Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey or The Riddler Revolution. Wbworldabudhabi.com

 

Move Those Feet

A day at Zayed Sports City boasts many different fun activities fit for the whole family! From tennis to paintballing, there’s something to satisfy everyone. If you’re looking for something to do with a group of friends, why not head over to the bowling alley and knock down a few pins? While you’re there, you can check out the Lucky Strike restaurant and Summer Breeze desert range! Or if you want to try something with a little more movement, take a short walk down to the ice rink and get your skates on! Zsc.ae

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