What we did last summer

Because summer in the MidEast means it’s too HOT to play outside (may not even be safe in some cases) we’ve kept ourselves busy by visiting different play areas around our area. And because if I wrote about every place we went to, my blog would look like a catalogue on play areas about Dubai. So I’ve decided to put all our visits into one post.

Keeping my growing hyperactive boys entertained is a big task. Adrian jumps on the bed and stands on tables and the little one is more than happy to follow suit.  When it gets too much to handle, I just simply pack up the boys and take them somewhere they can expire their fully energized bodies.

These are some of the places that helped me survive the summer:

1. Fun Corner @ Spinneys Centre

Umm Suqeim / Al Wasl Road
T: 04-3940315

This is Adrian’s favorite of them all because of the BIG slide. Whenever I’d tell him that we were gonna go to a play area he’d always ask if there was a BIG SLIDE (referring to this place). This is a nice place for a party, the equipment does look a bit old but I imagine to a child it doesn’t matter. Best part about this place for me is the Starbucks just beside the play area where I can get a cup of  coffee while watching the kids play!

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2. Småland @Ikea Festival City:

This is free to any shoppers of IKEA but during the weekend there can be a line so make sure you be there early. There is not much to see or do in this area, my son was so bored he asked them to call me to pick him up after 15 mins! But I think he was just used to other play areas where he has a lot of things to do, here because it’s just a small area there are limited things he can do. #spoiledmuch

3. Peek a Boo @Mall of The Emirates

2nd Floor Magic Planet
Tel/Fax: 04 3470622
Open 10am-9pm 7 days a week

I used to bring Adrian here all the time when he was younger. Mainly because they have a different activities for the child every 30 mins, they have nursery rhymes (which was my favorite), cooking, baking, arts and crafts and so on. This time around with Aden I felt like the quality has somewhat reduced a little. The singing of the nursery rhymes felt like it was rushed and the staff was not as in to it as they were 2-3 years ago. Which was a shame because the main reason I kept bringing Adrian to their place was because the staff seemed to enjoy their jobs and it reflected to their singing. Now not so much, I wonder what happened?

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4. FUN CITY @ Ibn Battuta

Tunisia Court, Jebel Ali Village
Tel: +971 4 3669819
Email: Ibnbattuta@funcity.ae

During the start of the Holy month of Ramdan, I wasn’t sure if play areas were open so to be sure I brought the boys to Ibn Battuta, which was a mall very near our place if it was close it would be easy to go home. I’ve been here on a weekend and I must say it was nice and relaxing being here on a weekday, I wasn’t nervous watching both boys play because there were only a handful of kids in the play area. And because there weren’t that many kids they each had a place of their own without them fighting over one spot.

*on Mondays rides are only 1DHS

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5. Fun Square

Times Square Center
Sheikh Zayed Road, At 3/4th Interchange
Tel: +971 4 341 8020
Fax: +971 4 341 8086

I like this place a lot, it’s big , spacious and has lots of light. I would imagine it would look nice for a party. They did say you can hire the entire place if you wanted to have a party exclusively for your guests (Mental note for next birthday planning venues).  Plus Times Square Center is not a very busy mall so it’s easy to go with the kids. Plus, plus there’s always parking available.

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Sharjah Desert Park

What I originally wanted to write about on 18 February 2013 was our trip to the Farm last weekend but got side tracked when I did some research about my #sigelang slogan. (I must have undiagnosed ADD or some form of it…)

anyway, here is what it was suppose to be about

We brought the boys to a Farm in Sharjah inside the Sharjah Desert Park last weekend. For those of you afraid to drive to Sharjah (like we were) there is an alternative route to get to the farm without passing through the city. If anybody is from Sharjah I’m truly sorry but traffic in your area tends to be THE topic of conversation whenever the Emirate comes up. Anyway, it was about a 45 minute straight drive from where we lived passing through the E611(Dubai by-pass road) and then E88 (Al Daid road).

We came early, just as it has opened so it wasn’t crowded. A nice change from all the mall in Dubai.

The area itself is divided into 3 the Children’s Farm, Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, and Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden. The Wildlife Centre and the National Museum are both indoors so after walking around and seeing all the animals you don’t end up sticky and sweaty like when you go to the actual zoo. Arnie and I agree that this place is great to visit even in the summer when it’s really hot outside and we’re craving for some kind of outdoor activity.

The Children’s farm was great! Adrian loved every minute of it! He said “Hi!” to all the animals and fed them hay which was provided for and free! We think that the animals are so used to humans that when you approach their enclosure they even go up to where you are…so close that you can touch them and of course feed them. This alone got my vote as one of the top places to take your child in the UAE.

Hi Horse!

Hi scary Donkey!

feeding the goats


The Wildlife Centre did not allow any cameras inside so this is the only picture we have of it…but imagine seeing the animals in their natural habitat behind glass and you are in a AC building now isn’t that just great?

The Botanical Gardens were also ineresting since they mixed it up with science projects that you can play with and learn something. So, I think bringing the kids back here again when they’re a bit older will be great because they will be able to pick up something else.

All in all I think it’s a gem! In this country where malls are abound there are places like this that enables you to go outdoors (my definition) and bond with your family…

2 thumbs up from this happy mommy!

Check out the website to learn more http://www.sharjahtourism.ae/en/heritage/museums/sharjah-desert-park