It was love at first sight from the moment your friends at the Parent Hive set foot in this boutique-style play space, nestled in the luxuriously paired back Mirdif 35 complex. Just through the double glass door entry, lies a sweet majlis-style seating area, a perfect vantage point for parents of independent players. The open layout feels light and airy and is the perfect setting for imaginative, creative play – Craft and Play Dubai’s particular area of genius.

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Heaps of role-play props are smartly arranged to ignite the imagination (lots are by beautiful U.S. brand, Melissa & Doug). With a shop set up, a kitchen, bakery, dining table, huge toolset and some water play with critters. 

For the energy-filled little ones, there is a ball pit to launch into, as well as an entire two-storey structure for climbing and sliding and swinging. Plus a hidden, wooden pirate ship, that doubles as a sand pit. And once those dimensions have been explored, there is the vertical climbing wall to tackle.

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For top-notch art supplies and untold potential for creating, add on the arts bundle to your play and enjoy the dedicated art room for sculpting, painting, where you can max out and get crafty. There’s also a hair salon with kid-friendly seats and iPad stations plus a dedicated cafe serving kids meals and snacks, as well as coffee for parents and carers.

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Craft and Play also runs a curated extracurricular activities schedule, with a tots Montessori workshop twice a week, as well as various crafting and drawing workshops. Check out the facebook page for more details.

The 411

One hour play costs 75dhs. For one hour play plus the climbing wall, it’s 96dhs. For a haircut and 30 minutes play it’s only 65dhs. You can enjoy access to all areas for 2 hours for 160dhs.

Call: +971 (0)4 224 7463

Location: Mirdif 35, Mirdif, Dubai, UAE