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Eight great ways to keep cool with kids

Sizzling away in the summer heat? Chill out and have a splash around with one of these water-based activities

By Varsha Balasubramanian
26 Jul 2015 | 02:00 pm
  • Splash around!


Splash pad a at The Beach, JBR

This refreshing splash park for kids aged one to 12 is our top pick for cooling off this summer. Featuring fountains, tipper buckets and water guns, it’s all under shade to keep little ones out of the hot UAE sun.

Open 2pm-12am daily, call 800 637227. Summer promo valid until September 7: buy one day pass (Dh100), get one day pass free.

Watercooled Dubai

Providing a five-star watersports experience in luxurious surroundings, Watercooled Dubai offers a host of family-friendly activities, including kayaking, sailing and powerboating, all with the help of trained instructors.

Jebel Ali 04 887 6771; Abu Dhabi 02 639 5997; Jumeirah Beach 04 374 9119.


There’s no better way to escape the heat than splashing around in one of Dubai’s awesome waterparks. Make the most of the summer promotions while they’re on.

Wild Wadi

Family mornings: Every Saturday until August 22 Wild Wadi will open its doors two hours early just for families. 04 348 4444


Summer Discovery Package: Get a free meal plus admission to Aquaventure and the Lost Chambers Aquarium all for Dh300. 04 426 2000

Diving at The Dive Centre

Let little ones from the age of eight go on shallow-water-based Aquamissions as they become Padi Seal Team divers, while those aged 10 and above can get their Junior Advance Open Water certificate, all under the care of the trained instructors at The Dive Centre. The centre is holding summer camps throughout the school holidays.

Email; call 055 9985806; see

Ultimate snorkel

Have the ultimate snorkelling adventure in Atlantis The Palm’s vast Ambassador Lagoon, which is home to 65,000 marine creatures, including rays and even sharks (any family members who aren’t up for it can see a slice of the action from the glass viewing pane inside the Atlantis hotel!).

Book online to get up to 33 per cent off.
 From Dh225. See or call 04 426 1040.

Wadi adventure

Escape the heat and humidity of Dubai and take a road trip to Al Ain to experience this watersport hub. With a host of child-friendly activities on offer, pick up an adventure package ticket for Dh195, which includes rafting activities, as well as all-day access to the family pool and splash area. 

Child entry Dh25, standard entry Dh50. Family pass for two adults and two children under 1.2m, Dh100. The park will be closed until July 11. Advance booking required. 03 781 8422.

Frantic ride

Looking for a bit of a thrill? There’s a huge array of inflatable fun skidding across the water down at JBR Beach, but the Frantic Ride is one of our favourites. Available from Nautica 1992 at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, lie down on your front and hold on for dear life as a speedboat propels you across the sea, launching you into the air and bouncing you all around. 

Suitable for children over 10 – there are plenty of gentler water-based rides on offer for younger adventurers. Dh300 per 20-minute ride, call 050 436 2415.

Sky & sea adventures

This hive of watersporting activity at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort has a treasure trove of family fun on offer, from banana boat rides to donut rides and parasailing. Get an adrenaline rush while keeping cool with the kids!

Prices vary depending on your chosen activity. Call 04 399 9005/050 724 6184 or visit

By Varsha Balasubramanian

By Varsha Balasubramanian