These are so much more than a disco and a caterpillar cake…

Planning a children’s party can be stressful, but luckily there are plenty of places in Dubai to help you out. With no shortage of fabulously inventive children’s activities, you’re spoilt for choice whether you’re throwing a small bash or an over-the-top extravaganza for the whole school.

Here, we’ve rounded up out top picks of children’s party ideas that are sure to impress all your little guests.

1. Interactive kids museum

Don’t be put off by the word ‘museum’, Oli Oli is an amazing space full of eight fun-filled galleries including Water, Air, Cars & Ramps, Toshi’s Nets, Creative Lab, Future Park, Toddlers and Forts & Dens, in which kids will have a fun, interactive and educational experience. During May, they’re offering their “Awesome Party Experience’ package for less, where you can choose one of the galleries to throw it in, which includes organic party food and a dedicated party facilitator. Let them get creative by adding a workshop too.

Oli Oli Building, Al Quoz, Dubai, ‘Awesome Party Experience’ from Dhs126 per child Sun to Thurs, Dhs147 Fri to Sat, adults and birthday child free. Tel: (04) 702 7300. olioli.ae/birthdays

2. Slime Parties

Making your own ‘slime’ has become a really popular kids activity in the last couple of years and, lets face it, most kids love to get their hands dirty. Conducted by 8-year-old ‘Slime Princess’, Rafa, The Slime Squad throw slime birthday parties at your home, or head to one of their slime-making workshops at Mercato Mall, Time Square Center and Wafi Mall.

The Slime Squad Dubai, various locations, Dhs50 per child to make 2 types of slime. Tel: (050) 983 1815. facebook.com/theslimesquaddubai

3. Pizza-making

Pizza is a bit of a universal favourite, so this pizza-making party offered by Pizza Express is a great way for little ones to have fun and learn cooking skills as they make their own creations. They’ll get a choice of ingredients, a glass of apple or orange juice and a chef’s hat and apron. Of course, once cooked, they’ll be able to tuck into their delicious pizzas.

Jazz@PizzaExpress, JLT, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lake Towers, JLT, Dubai, Dhs68 per child, 2hrs. Tel: (04) 441 6342. pizzaexpress.ae

4. Soft play

Kids Zone is well-known amongst parents in Dubai for its endless activities and boundless fun. Designed to stimulate children in fun, educational and creative ways, there is an indoor play area, a range of classes, arts and crafts and playgroup activities. They do special kids’ birthday parties which include invitations, decorations, balloons, catering, music and a choice of activities in the package. There’s one at Dubai Investment Park, Souk al Bahar and The Market Mall.

Kids Zone, Souk Al Bahar, Level 2, Downtown Dubai. Weekdays Dhs85 per child, Thurs to Sat Dhs90 per child, 2hrs. Tel: (04) 429 0973. kidszone.ae

5. Pamper parties

Belle Enfance is perfect for letting children be little prince and princesses for the day. The salon is set in the style of a normal adults one, but all made in miniature – with a boys and girls section. Great for kids haircuts, they also offer a range of salon treatments for under 12s including mini-manicures and makeup along with face painting and hair styling for boys and girls.

Belle Femme Beauty Salon, Opposite Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Road, Dubai, daily 10am to 9pm, prices vary. Tel: (04) 395 3334. facebook.com/BelleEnfanceDubai

6. Disco fever

DS2dio Kids take the stress out of party planning for you. They take care of everything, with with their ‘Disco Party’ which includes fun choreographed dance routines, arts and crafts, entertainer and party host, meal, drink, balloons, games, face painting and more. All you have to do is provide the cake. Parties last 2hrs, you’ll just need a minimum of 15 kids for the party.

Ds2dio Kids, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, from Dhs109.(055) 8496 193. ds2diokids.com

7. TEPfactor

TEPfactor challenges groups to work together to solve a number of challenges around the ‘cave’.  They offer a number of party packages for those who crave a little extra adventure, with kids aged 8 to 12 playing from Dhs79 and 13+ from Dhs99.

TEPfactor Dubai, Bahar Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, Sun to Wed 12pm to 12am, Thurs to Sat 12pm to 1am, from Dhs79 per hour. Tel: (056) 404 0802. tepfactor.ae

8. Go-karting

Dubai Autodrome offers an exciting day out for all ages, offering the chance for people to discover their racing driver dreams. Their indoor space Kartdrome is perfect for when the weather gets too hot, and the younger ones can enjoy it too with carefully monitored karting sessions designed for kids aged 7 to 12.

Dubai Autodrome, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 9am to 9pm, daily Kartdrome from Dhs105. Tel: (04) 367 8700. dubaiautodrome.com

9. Solve clues and challenges

This one will suit is better suited for young adults, as Jumble welcomes children aged 12 and over. Groups will work together taking on a series of physical and mental challenges to make it through the maze. ‘Jumble Parties’ offer two hours of challenges along with food from their French bakery. Minimum booking requirement is 10 people.

Jumble, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, daily 12pm to 12am, ‘Premium Package, Dhs129 per person. Tel: 800 586 253. jumble.ae

10. A gamer’s heaven

The UAE’s first immersive entertainment park, Hub Zero is a huge indoor facility with 18 awesome rides and attractions including climbing zones, virtual reality, arcade games and other games areas with adrenaline-filled activities like laser quest.

Hub Zero, City Walk, Phase 2, Dubai, Saturday to Wednesday 12pm to 11pm, Thursday & Friday 12pm to 12am, from Dhs165. Tel: 800 637227. hubzerodubai.com

11. Defy gravity

For a totally exhilarating experience that a little different from the usual birthday party ideas, iFLY Dubai is a definite must-try. Little ones will be taken up 4-meters in the air and held against gravity so it feels like they’re flying.

Ifly Dubai, Third Floor, Play Nation Area, City Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Sunday to Thursday 12pm to 10pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 11pm, Dhs220. Tel: (04) 231 6292. theplaymania.com

12. Mini Golf

Mini-golf is great fun for kids to get involved with, and the Tee & Putt at WAFI Mall that’s lit up in neon lights provides a great atmosphere for a children’s get-together. This is a great one for family days out or birthday parties, with a number of ready made parties like ‘Let the Party Roarrrrrrr’ or ‘One and Only Glowing Party’ available.

Tee & Putt Mini Golf, WAFI Mall, Level 1, Oud Metha Rd, Dubai, Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, Dhs80, Thursday & Friday 10am to 12am, from Dhs95. Tel (04) 357 3290. teeandputt.com

13. Get inside Dreamworks’ films

Motiongate Dubai, the Dreamworks Studio Park is a fantastic place to be a kid in the city. There are four unique lands to explore based on blockbuster favourites such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, The Flintstones and The Smurfs. Parties will enjoy a fun-filled day of rides, 4D screenings and interactive shows. We recommend a few chaperones for this one!

Motiongate Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Park and Resorts, Weekdays 12pm to 9pm, Weekends 12pm to 10pm, Dhs245. Tel: (800) 2629464. motiongatedubai.com

14. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is perfect for when the weather gets too hot. This ski park inside Mall of the Emirates has loads of entertainment for a seriously ‘cool’ birthday party. They have a number of packages available, with a popular one being the ‘Snow Park’ package, which includes snow gear rental, kids meal, invitation cards, goodie bags and amazing snow park activities like Slide Hill, Tubing Run, Tobogganing, Bobsled, Snow Plough and Snow Bumpers. Bookings require a minimum on 10 and a maximum of 25 children.

Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, (Snow Package) weekdays Dhs185 per child, weekends Dhs195 per child. skidxb.com

15. Bounce around

Bounce is awesome fun and something that all boys and girls will love (and it will definitely tire them out by the time they get home). The Birthday Party package lasts two hours and includes a meet and greet with the party host, hour of freestyle fun, games and a range of food options to fuel up on afterwards. Packages can be individually tailored so best to head to their website to do it.

BOUNCE Trampoline Park, Building 32, Al Quoz, Dubai, 12pm to 12am, Bounce Bites from Dhs135 per child. Tel: (04) 321 1400. bounce.ae

16. Get your skates on

The Dubai Ice rink is perfect for a more active birthday party. Preferably for smaller groups, prices start from Dhs130 per child for 30 minutes and Dhs150 for one hour. Kids can glide along the ice with glee, supervised by a coach followed by a birthday announcement and song played for the special birthday boy or girl. Party bookings should be a minimum booking of ten.

Dubai Ice Rink, Ground Level, Dubai Mall, Dubai, daily 12am to 12pm. Tel: 800 382246255. dubaiicerink.com

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