Not all soft play areas were created equal – check out Parent Hive’s roundup of the best soft play gems in Dubai and find out what each one has to offer.

Discover the exact GoogleMaps location links, opening hours, prices and Parent Hive’s insider tips for 18 of the best soft play destinations in Dubai with our special guide, now…

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Kid’s Palooza, Al Quoz

Times Square Centre is a bit of a one-stop-shop for parents and little ones and we adore this gem up on the first floor. Lovely wooden Hape toys abound, in a sweet market set up with fruits and veg for a variety of play scenarios.

There is an area dedicated to lego, a modest (but big enough) soft play area, which also houses a dedicated spot within it for tiny tots. It has it’s own cafe* (and free wifi), there are bathrooms on site, and last but not least – there’s a salon serving haircuts for littles and nail treatments for mums and littles.

Cost: 50AED per hour and 25AED for each additional hour.

Opening hours: 9am until 10pm (open until midnight on Thursday and Friday).

Location: Times Square Centre, Al Quoz, Dubai

Insider Tips: Check out the lovely Eggs and Soldiers baby shop downstairs for eco and sustainable kid kit. Sadly the cafe isn’t really up to much and serves mediocre coffee and diner-style food. Soft play socks are required.

Parent Hive Loves: The non-toxic wooden Hape toys (which are also available to purchase in the small retail space) and the opportunity to have a play and add on pampering is a fun bonus.

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Little Explorers, Dubai Marina & Mirdif

This little gem is full of science-led play, for the curious kid. Explore space, learn about magnets and pop the hood of a replica car to see what makes it run. Plus, add a ‘workshop experience’ for 29AED,  like (real) ice cream making, pottery or painting.

There is a small baby/toddler soft play area but it is limited, the activities in the main area are suitable for three years and up, or very curious two-year-olds.

Cost: 79AED for 1 hour (one child and one adult). Or buy a day pass for 149AED.

Operating Hours: Dubai Marina is open 10am until 8pm (and closes at the later time of 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Mirdif is open from 10am until 10pm every day.

Location: Level 1, City Centre Mirdif, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai + Dubai Marina Mall (close to the cinema), Dubai

Insider Tips: There is water play here and protective aprons are provided. Pick up a loyalty card to get a stamp on each visit and accrue enough for a free visit in the near future. Soft play socks are required for the toddler/small baby area.

Parent Hive Loves: The engaging educational element is super fun and makes a nice alternative to more mainstream soft play. At Marina Mall, there are a plethora of shops and restaurants nearby, which means you can make the most of your visit (including nipping to Waitrose or the bank).

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Panda Boo, Al Safa

Location, location, location! Panda Boo is nestled between some winning concept cafes (detailed in our ‘Parent Hive Loves’ notes below) so before you’ve entered, you already know that you’re in the right place.

The play space is a generous size with all of the soft play greatest hits thoughtfully presented and laid out, including a very sweet Panda Town area where your little one can pretend to work in the hospital or salon, among others. There is a dedicated craft space for ones who like to sit and focus and create, or heaps of running, jumping and peddling space and props for the energetic kiddos.

Cost: 50AED for the first hour and 25AED each additional hour.

Opening Hours: Open daily from 10am until 10pm.

Location: Near Waitrose Al Thanya, Al Safa, Dubai

Insider Tips: Kids under 1 year go free when accompanying an older sibling. Soft play socks are required.

Parent Hive Loves: That Pando Boo is near three rather wonderful homegrown cafe concepts – Neighbors, Bagel Yard and Vanilla Sukkar. All are great for takeaway speciality coffees or for a sit-down meal.


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Mattel Playtown, Al Safa

This ‘edutainment park’ is divided into five zones, each hosted by one of Mattel’s big names – Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Barney and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Each area has theme appropriate activities to enjoy, such as climbing and building, dance and engineering – with a playful element of learning and positive messaging. For example, the Thomas The Tank Engine area has an engineering offering and a message about sharing. It’s a big space and there is a lot to move through, so this one is best for the days when you don’t need to rush somewhere else after.

Cost: 69AED for 1 hour and 99AED for 2 hours when booking online in advance

Opening Hours: Saturday until Wednesday 9am until 8pm. Thursday 9am until 9pm. Friday 10am until 9pm.

Location: City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai

Insider Tip: The five heroes of the park make appearances throughout the day, and there are scheduled appearances in the theatre area, so check out timings for those if you’re planning a trip. Parking is in the main City Walk underground parking. Mattel Play Town is suitable for children of 2-10 years of age.

Parent Hive Loves: We love the range of zones and the performance element here, and a chance for little ones to meet their favourite characters.

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Air Maniax, Al Quoz

This mind-blowing inflatable arena is just as exciting and interactive for parents as it is for the kids. The main area is full of various inflatable zones with slides, climbing and a ‘Zip Zag’ (like a zip line, bit its a zig zap and it throws you about a bit – in a fun way). There is also the ‘Warrior Assault’ – an interactive assault course that connects to a digital wrist band sending data as you progress through the course, giving you a final score when you complete it. Everything is in the safe soft squishiness of an inflatable so no need to worry about (most) injuries.

There is a toddler area upstairs for kids below 4 years (but technically between 2-4) with a mini assault course and general inflatable fun. There are a bunch of restrictions for different areas so check out the insider tips below.

Cost: TheGeneral Access Pass (1 hour) is AED80, which includes access to Inflatapark and Warrior Assault Interactive and free socks.

Opening Hours: Sunday until Tuesday 12noon to 7pm. Wednesday 12noon to 8pm. Thursday until Saturday 12noon to 9pm.

Location: No.16, Street 1, Al Quoz Industrial First, Behind Dynatrade, Dubai

Insider Tips: Sessions begin every hour on the hour (you can book for more than 1 hour) and it is advisable to arrive 15 minutes before your desired start time, to book in and prepare. The minimum height for the main arena downstairs and the Zip Zag is 94cm. The minimum height for the main Warrior Assault is 107cm.

Parent Hive Loves: The amazing dreamland of bouncy stuff and slides, perfect for adrenaline-loving little ones who like to throw themselves around.

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PlayPoint, Sustainable City

If you’re local to Arabian Ranches and the surrounding area, perhaps you have explored this little gem already, but if you’re not, we can assure you that it is worth the journey. This is a great spot for weekend or afternoon plays to avoid the busier, more central, hot spots.

The staff are wonderful and really keen to engage. The soft play space is huge and full of all of the zones you could hope for – slides, climbing frames and a ball pit. There is also a ride-on area and a huge padded boat that rocks back and forth, plus a large room dedicated to art and craft that’s set up like a little classroom.

Cost: 50AED for 2 hours.

Opening Hours: 9am until 9pm daily.

Location: The Sustainable City, Dubai

Insider Tips: Bathrooms are external as part of the Sustainable Plaza. Parking is free. Siblings only pay 50%. Soft play socks are essential.

Parent Hive Loves: The expansive space that’s packed with action. It’s ideal for Arabian Ranches and Sustainable City residents, but also anyone who wants to come and explore what the Sustainable City is all about.

Find out more here


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Kids HQ, Al Barsha

We love this pristine play space. A multilayer play structure sits centrally, surrounded by a spongy track. There is a dedicated toddler and baby area, as well as a separate ‘sandpit’ (it’s full of small pellets rather than sand, so there’s no mess). And overall there’s plenty of space to burn energy.

Kid’s HQ has an on-site cafe bit sadly there’s no speciality coffee here (but you can still get your caffeine hit and sit with a clear view of playing kiddos). Oh, and there is a crepe machine.

Cost: 52.5AED for 1 hour (+10AED for second hour). 35AED for 2 hours every Sunday.

Hours: 8.30am until 7pm. Except for Friday, when Kids HQ opens at 10am and closes at 8pm.

Location: Umm Suqeim Road, Barsha 2, Dubai

Insider Tips: There are several function rooms that run separate classes and activities, so check in and see what’s on if you’d like to join. Cash-only for any total bill that falls under 100AED.

Parent Hive Loves: We love the airy spacious vibes here and the fact that it opens at 8.30am so early risers can get a jump on play time.

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Play Dates, The Palm Jumeirah

This beautiful play space is one of Dubai’s best kept soft play secrets. A set of charming play structures inhabit the space including a ship and a series of houses. The play structure is layered and there are some really fast slides inside.

There is heaps of imaginative play to dive into, with a dedicated fancy dress area, some ride-on toys, kitchen, building and heaps more. There is also a reasonably nice cafe (with Lavazza coffee) inside.

Cost: 57.75AED for 1 hour and 31.50AED for an additional hour.

Opening Hours: 9.30am until 10pm during the week and 9am until 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Location: Building No.5، Golden Mile 1, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Insider Tips: Great for all ages. Check out the seasonal workshops and camps on offer too. Plus, if you have time and the weather permits – enjoy The Palm’s outdoor (free) playgrounds, which are a 2-minute walk away. Kid-friendly Wagamama and Burger Fuel are close by and there’s also a Spinney’s supermarket in the area.

Parent Hive Loves: The thoughtfully presented space and the surrounding area that offers more activities post play if time and energy permits.

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Kid Zone, Downtown Dubai

Kid Zone is a small but perfectly formed Downtown Dubai play space. Trampoline, slides and climbing areas have been cleverly carved out, just beyond an inviting library area. There is lots of make-believe here and also some craft activities for an extra fee, too.

Cost: 70AED for the first hour and 30AED each additional hour.

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am until 10pm.

Location: Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

Insider Tips: Additional workshop activities are not always available, check ahead if you’re banking on some crafting. Soft play socks are required. If you have time afterwards, try to catch the Baby Shark show at the nearby Dubai Fountains.

Parent Hive Loves: That it’s the perfect fun stop off for our Downtown Dubai activities.

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We Rock The Spectrum, Jumeirah

It’s soft play but not as you know it! This kids gym is spacious and bright and there are no looming structures, yet heaps to do, jump on and climb up. Formed like a well-equipped gymnasium, this is the perfect place to try daring new moves (with guaranteed squishy landings).

Imaginative play is also catered for, with delightful Melissa & Doug toys and props, including a really charming puppet theatre. There is also a (gentle) zip line for the adrenaline seekers. Toilets are inside which is really handy, and there’s a small cafe.

Cost: 63AED for 1 hour and 84AED for 2 hours.

Opening Hours: Daily 10am until 7pm (and open later until 9pm on Thursday and Friday nights).

Location: Beach Park Plaza Centre, Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai

Insider Tips: It’s best to park around the back entrance. Bring soft play socks.

Parent Hive Loves: This gem is spotlessly clean and brimming with possibility.

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Fairytales, Jumeirah

Fairytales was created by two Emirati mums who are passionate about creative play and the cognitive benefits of letting a child’s imagination run free. As such, this place is about make-believe – with a castle, a pirate ship, a story tree, props and costumes, kids will have a blast exploring the fantastical elements.

The folks at Fairytales run a great activities program in the function room and engage in some wonderful community initiatives too.

Cost: 50AED for the first hour and 35AED for each additional hour.

Opening Hours: 10am until 10pm daily.

Location: Town Center Jumeirah, Ground Floor, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

Insider Tip: You can use the ‘book a fairy’ service for an extra fee, to have your little one taken care of by a trained professional while they play you can then get some jobs done in the vicinity.

Parent Hive Loves: The research and thought put into imaginative play here is lovely. Play socks are required.

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Craft & Play, Mirdif

This adorable spot is one of the most beautiful on the list and it packs a lot in, too. As the name suggests there is an emphasis on craft activities here with a well-stocked dedicated room for making all kinds of wonderful creations (for an extra charge).

The main play area has heaps going on too, with a small two-story structure, a sand pit that is housed in a pirate ship, and lots of props and creative play.

Check out Parent Hive’s full review of Craft & Play here

Cost: 75AED for one hour and 40AED for each additional hour.

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am until 10pm.

Location: Mirdif 35, Dubai

Insider tip: Plan ahead and check out the extra actives schedule. Or book a hair appointment for the attached speciality kids salon (which gives you special rates for play access too)

Parent Hive Loves: The space is beautifully presented and whilst it has its own small cafe, it is also next to two amazing homegrown gems – the plant-based Menagerie Eatery and Qahwaty for speciality coffee. The Organic Foods & Cafe Supermarket is just next door too.

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Le Petit Palais, Downtown Dubai

Modelled on a picture postcard French village, the set up in here is pretty sweet. Ride-ons are featured heavily with a generous road track looping around the place, by way of a model petrol station. There is a mini market, and a quaint home set up to complete the village.

A craft table and some rough and tumble in the ball pit and climbing structure finish off the compact area.

Cost: 80AED per hour and 20AED per additional hour.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am until 10pm.

Location: Galaries Lafayette (inside Le Gourmet), The Dubai Mall, Dubai

Insider tip: Word of warning: It can feel a little cramped on the weekends.

Parent Hive Loves: It is beautifully presented and conveniently located inside the world’s largest mall for errands including banking and food shopping – plus a plethora of dining options at your disposal afterwards.

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Kids Connection, Wafi

This Wafi spot is brimming with activity, there is heaps of space for little ones to play on swings, slides, see-saws, springs and trampolines. We particularly love that there is even a bouncy castle, a traversing wall, climbing tower and a softball court. Plus, there is an arcade-style area with electronic games, which can be played with a card that is charged with any amount of your choice.

Despite the soft play and the arcade area, there is an outdoorsy vibe, with treehouse type structures and ‘grass’ indoors, which adds a little bit of adventure buzz. There’s also a dedicated area for babies.

Cost: Prices per hour are as follows – kids 100-150cm 50AED, kids below 100cm 40AED, baby soft play area 30AED and baby soft play area plus attractions 55AED.

Opening Hours: 10am until 10pm daily (Open until midnight on Thursday and Friday nights).

Location: Alsalam, Oud Metha Road, Wafi City, 1st floor, Dubai

Insider Tips: Watch out for Baskin Robbins inside, maybe manage expectations before you go, if you don’t want your kids to throw an “I want ice cream” fit. Soft play socks are essential.

Parent Hive Loves: Bringing the outdoors in – this gem is perfect for the hot summer months to get an outdoor feel when the real outdoors are out of reach.

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The Ark, Al Furjan

This themed play area is serving nautical antics based on the story of Noah’s Ark. The centrepiece is a huge two-storey Ark (boat) indoors, ‘floating’ on water (represented by blue and white balls across the floor). The theme is nicely presented and lends itself to a heap of fun props and activities. A big slide and lots of things to climb up. Off to the side is a trampoline area and a generous toddler area with lots for the tiny ones to play with.

We love that it is usually quiet in the mornings and it is also right next to a big Spinney’s supermarket so you can stock the larder when you’re done with diving into the ball pit (we love a convenient soft play location).

Cost: 37AED per hour and 26.5AED for an additional hour.

Opening Hours: 9am until 10pm daily.

Location: Al Furjan Pavilion, Jebel Ali, Dubai

Insider Tips: Check out the Tuesday deal when the price is only 26.5AED per hour. Tie it in with a supermarket shop, and enjoy a compliant shopping companion once they have enjoyed a good play. Soft play socks are essential.

Parent Hive Loves: The great location for Al Furjan, Jumeirah Park and Village residents. Great for little and bigger kids. There’s also a small area for babies and younger crawling kids.

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OliOli, Al Quoz

The beautiful interactive children’s museum is a Parent Hive favourite. Explorative play at its best and lots of fun for parents too. Highlights include the beautiful hand crocheted Yoshi’s Nest, and some engaging water play (no change of clothes required). There is also an area dedicated to learning about air, and some amazingly creative stuff involving a projector that will insert your child’s picture into an interactive underwater scene (very cool).

Also upstairs is a build-your-own lego style race car and put it to the test on the ramp. We also love to dedicated fort building room. Take a look at Parent Hive’s Oli Oli guide here.

Cost: 120AED for 2 hours and 30AED for each extra hour for kids aged between 2 and 18. 60AED for 2 hours and 15AED for each extra hour for kids between 1 and 23 months. Kids under 11 months go free and adults are charged a flat rate of 40AED.

Opening Hours: Sunday until Wednesday 9am until 7pm. Thursday and Friday 9am until 9pm. Saturday 9am until 7pm.

Location: 62 4 A Street, Al Quoz, Dubai

Insider tips: There’s a lovely cafe inside with some healthy treats and meals. Whilst it is mostly a shoes-on affair, socks are still required for some areas. There is a small area for babies and little littles – but overall OliOli is better suited to kids that are walking.

Parent Hive Loves: Playing here is a collaboration between kids and parents, and a lovely way to connect.

Find out more here


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Le Meridian Family Kids Club, Dubai Marina

This indoor/outdoor gem is one of Dubai’s best-kept play secrets. Primarily for hotel guests, many people don’t realise that this trove of fun is also available for outside visitors. The indoor area is spacious with lots of break out/chill out areas and big Fat Boy bean bags to flop on, a playhouse and play kitchen and plenty of toys and dolls for busy kiddos. Next door is a compact but well-appointed play structure with a trampoline and small ball pit and climbing maze.

Outside there is a trike track, an astroturf mini football pitch, and two shaded wooden climbing frames one geared to smaller kids and one geared to older kids, swings, a large shaded sandpit with heaps of diggers and buckets etc. There is occasionally a small bouncy castle (but check ahead if you’re banking on this).

There is also an actual kitchen indoors, with a long kids size dining table, so serving up a packed lunch here is super easy.

Cost: 80AED for 2 hours and 55AED for each additional hour.

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9am until 6pm.

Location: Le Meridian Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Insider tip: Bring sunscreen for the outdoors. Check out Bounty Beets before or after diving into the play area, there are gluten-free and vegan options on the extensive menu.

Parent Hive Loves: The mix of park vibes with soft play is a huge plus for parents and kiddos.

Find out more here


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Extreme Fun, Motor City, Jumeirah and The Villa

We love this spot for all ages. The under-threes section is more generous than most, with fun sensory play, a ball bit, kitchen and workbench for imaginative play. And the over-threes area offers an extensive structure with plenty of levels to explore. Weekdays are lively but calm, the weekends get very busy – brace yourself.

Cost: 50AED for 1 hour or 60AED for 2 hours.

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am until 8pm.

Location: Motor City (next to the First Avenue Mall and behind Dubai Autodrome), Dubai + Jumeirah 1, Union Coop 1st Floor, Dubai + Centro, The Villa, Dubai

Insider tip: The food options are limited (and greasy), head next door to The Cycle Bistro for the healthy paleo-friendly fare if you’re visiting the Motor City branch.

Parent Hive Loves: The diversity of play and the sheer size of it.

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