As a newish mum, I’m always looking for places/activities to get my little one out of the house and do something a little different from going to the Westin every Friday (thanks Privilee!). Three places we came across last weekend were:
- Green Planet – City Walk: located in the fairly new City walk, green planet is a giant bio-dome, with the world’s largest indoor man-made tree, they have over 3,000 plants and animals within the dome including two super adorable Sloths. Green planet is spread across four platforms, the canopy, the midstory, forest floor and flooded rain forest, they have everything from Sloths, monkeys, parrots, insects, fish and turtles. It’s the only place where you can experience so many different species in one place, however Green Planet is very much a one time visit, it takes roughly an hour or just over to experience the whole dome, if you’re thinking of venturing out to City Walk I would defiantly recommend a visit, children under 3 are completely free, 3 – 12 years are AED 70 and Adults are AED 95 bonus it’s also on the entertainer so it’s great value for money!
2. Butterfly Garden – near Arabian Ranches: I absolutely loved this place, it’s located next to Dubai’s Miracle garden. The butterfly garden is made up of 3 different domes/gardens which have a stunning selection of gorgeous butterflies, plants and interior. The first room you enter before the dome is butterfly art, now I have read a few reviews regarding the use of ‘dead’ butterflies used for images, however I really don’t know enough information to comment…anyway, as you enter the first dome it’s so peaceful, honestly I felt so calm as we walked in, they’re a butterflies everywhere, flying around, resting on plants and on the floor (mind you step), Isabella absolutely loved looking at all the nature elements and following the butterflies, I was a little nerve when butterflies were landing on the push-chair (haha). Each dome has a slightly different layout a feel, however the whole experience doesn’t take very long so I would defiantly recommend tying it in with a visit to the Miracle Garden to make a day of it. After the garden domes, there is cute little cafe, playroom and a small cinema area. I would defiently reccomend a visit to the Butterfly Garden, it is open daily from 9am – 6pm, and tickets only cost AED50.
Contact: 04 422 8902
3. Cheeky Monkeys – Dubai Marina: I’ve never been a huge fan of softplay centres, too many children, germs and just an hour of complete stress. However, last Friday we ventured out Cheeky Monkeys, and to my dismay it was great fun (well Bella enjoyed it), firstly it was empty apart from one other child, Isabella and her friend had the whole centre to play freely, they had fantastic interactions lights, water slide, merry-go-round, ball pit, trampoline, supermarket and climbing frames. I believe cheeky monkeys can be pretty hectic during the week but Friday mornings is a breeze. Cheeky monkeys is suitable for children aged 10 months – 8 years. Entry is just 50AED and there is also a cafe to grab a drink and snack while the little ones burn of some energy!
Contact: 04 385075
If you have any recommendations on places to take the little ones, drop us a comment! x