Indoor Birthday Parties For Kids
September doesn’t just mean back to school, mamas, it’s also the start of birthday party season and your little (or big) ones are going to expect a cool celebration, even when the weather’s still hot. Check out some of these awesome venues – it’s time to get the party started (indoors!).
Would your birthday person like to share his/her celebrations with an otter? We thought so! And hanging out with this cute creature is simply one of the super cool activities on offer with the birthday package at Dubai Aquarium. Home to over 140 species of aquatic animals, little party goers will get the chance to have a guided tour and visit the Aquarium Tunnel experience, complete with sharks and rays plus take a trip in a glass-bottom boat and feed the fish at the Underwater Observation Deck. But it’s the otter who wins our hearts – after helping to make toys for this cute creature, kids will learn about the species and assist trainers with animal training behaviours – AMAZING! And to top it all off, little guests will be treated to games themed around the rainforest and animal care. Sounds wild.
2-hour party packages are offered every day except Wednesdays at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm and include an otter encounter session, activities and guided tour for a maximum of 20 guests (including adults) at a cost of AED 2,800.
Outside decorations and food will not be considered for health and safety reasons but a special rate of AED 40 per kids meal is available at Rainforest Café and themed goody bags can be organised at an additional cost.
To book: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+971) (0) 4 448 5200
Dubai Ice Rink
Is there anything cooler than putting your party on ice?! No, thought not. It’s time for your birthday kid to get his/her skates on and glide their way through their party at the awesome Dubai Ice Rink! This Olympic-size rink comes with all sorts of exciting activities with birthday packages featuring options including snowfall (imagine that, skating under falling snow #magical) and disco and DJ skating sessions. Each party option offers a 30 minute skating sesh accompanied by a specialized Dubai Ice Rink instructor (who’s on hand to help make sure everyone is safe and to deal with any tumbles) plus skate hire, free helmet rental (we’re all about safety, mamas), delicious meals for party guests and commemorative photos of the special day – yippee!
And if you want to add even more fun to the mix, additional entertainment options such as mascot appearances, snowmen or penguin pals (no, not real ones but super cute skate aids) and longer supervised sessions are also available. Available everyday, birthday party packages are tailor-made according to your (or rather your kiddo’s) needs. Time to break the ice and get those invites out, mamas!
To book: email email@example.com or call (+971) (0) 4 448 5111
When a garden bouncy castle just isn’t possible, raise the bar mamas and get the kids jumping about indoors! Flip Out, in Al Quoz, is the largest trampoline park in the Middle East, with more than 200 interconnecting trampolines plus obstacles, mini-foam pits, volleyball, dodge ball, football, double-decker trampoline areas and the Middle East’s first every archery tag facility – phew!
Birthday parties at Flip Out promise plenty of flippin’ fun! First up, the Flip Out hosts are on hand to make sure that you, mama, can actually sit back and relax while your party-goers are having the time of their lives flipping, jumping and rolling in a totally safe and uber fun environment. And when all the action-packed stuff is over? The birthday gang will have earned a delicious party spread served up in an exclusive party room (which is yours for the duration of your party session by the way). Whatever your requirements, the Flip Out team will tailor make you a birthday celebration that your kiddo will love – and all in a safe, fun environment. Flipping fantastic.
To book: call a member of the party team on 600 567 568
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The Football Center
If your kiddos would love to bend it like Beckham in an air-conditioned environment then the Football Center in Al Quoz is a fab indoor space complete with astro-turfed pitches and a a team who’ll make sure that their party goals are met! Party packages include 2 hours of fun-packed activities including football games and a footie match plus extras such a soapy football (that’s slipping and sliding on a special foam-filled pitch), bouncy castles and more. The crew here are amazing with kids, whether they’re budding football stars or not – encouraging every little player to have the best possible time. Parties also include exclusive access to a children’s party room where scrummy food including burgers, sandwiches or pizza can be provided (at an extra cost) and other options from signage to balloons. Time to move the goal posts and book your kiddo a birthday party to remember? We think so.
Get this, mamas, there’s an indoor tropical rainforest right here in the desert, and your kids can party in it! An incredible eco project that aims to educate kids (and big people!) about the delicate balance of nature and ecosystems within an enchanting environment, this is one of the best places to connect with nature and let your kids explore the ‘wild’, which is exactly what they can do as part of a birthday package here. The ‘turtle’, ‘toucan’ or ‘sloth’ packages all include access to the tropical forest as well as other birthday party essentials depending on which you go for – from party bags to decorations and a cake ceremony. It’s one thing sharing your special day with some of your closest friends – but with over 3,000 plants and animals including insects, birds and sloths (yes, SLOTHS!) too?! That’s just awesome.
There are soft play areas and then there are really fun indoor spaces where kids can run and play and be cared for by genuinely attentive and smiley staff. Kids HQ is exactly one of these spaces and the perfect indoor party place for younger children. With a huge soft play area (including slides, trampolines, ball pit etc), not only will your party people have access to roam but will also be treated to all kinds of games by the super enthusiastic Kids HQ team. Dancing and activities are put together according to the age group and in a special area before the kids are taken to the surprise room which, until this point, is out-of-bounds and fully set up in whatever theme they’re into – ready for the big reveal! Whether you have a petite princess or wannabe superhero at home, each party is fully customised to include decorations and activities to suit! Magic shows, face painting, balloon bending, karaoke, cool-science and much more –it’s all possible here – music to any party-planning mama’s ears, right?!
The Kids HQ party packages start at just AED 85 per child.
PERK: Receive a discount of 10% on kids parties during September and October
To book: visit www.kidshq.ae
A new community art space in Mirdif, Medaf Studio is all about allowing kids (and adults!) to unleash their creativity and get arty! With gorgeous sun-soaked studios plus an expression room where you can paint/draw/scribble on everything from the walls to the floor, here’s a place for getting messy and having fun. Oh and they offer birthday packages too, all depending on your little celebrant’s requirements and all guaranteed to ensure that every guest is having the best fun ever.
How about a party where the kids are in charge (even more than usual!?). KidZania is an award-winning children’s ‘edutainment’ concept which allows your children to be whatever they want, literally! Built for little people to enjoy role-play activities in a real life replica, kid-sized city they can have a go at being anything from doting doctors to brave firemen or creative chefs – there are over 80 role-playing professions to try. Each party package includes educational play at a range of KidZania establishments and plenty of celebratory decorations plus private party room use, an entertaining party host and DJ, selection of beverages, celebratory cake (because what’s a party without one of those?!), invitation cards and free entry for 2 adults (who can sit back and relax as the kids go to work! Oh and the celebrant gets a bonus of KidZos (that’s KidZania money) to spend too. If you want to add extras (from party bags to character appearances and photo coverage), that’s all possible too as there are 3 different packages to choose from. Introducing our kids to the world of work, disguised as a really fun party? We’re all for it, mamas!
To book: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +971 (0) 4 448 5222
We’ve raved about Parkour for ages (if you still don’t know what we’re talking about then read our full review) – a safe, contained way for your kids to expel energy and climb the walls (literally) superhero style. The team at Parkour.ae teach children (and adults) how to use the environment around them to have fun. Think stunt men type stuff only without the danger – leaping from object to object, balancing and navigating a space. They can tailor a session to any group and age at their fab Al Serkal space – the sky’s the limit! Our contributor Ash recently held her very cool little boy’s birthday party here so read all about their experience – and then book your slot!
Pizza makes a party (in our humble opinion), so how about getting the birthday girl or boy and their gang to make their own?! PizzaExpress know a thing or two about creating the best pizzas, having pioneered pizza making on the high street for years – and they’re on hand to offer kiddie birthday party that’s all about making a mess, having fun and then eating a feast, perfect! Guests will be decked out in a chef’s hat and apron before getting creative, playing with ingredients and toppings (anything goes, from pepperoni to cheese – there is no such thing as a bad pizza when you’ve made it yourself, mamas) and receiving a Pizzaiolo Certificate (and a scrummy pizza to enjoy) at the end. Sounds delicious.
Prices start at AED 65 per child, group discounts available
To book: email email@example.com
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