8 indoor activities to enjoy in Riyadh this summer

From trampoline parks to edu-tainment spots for the little ones…

When the summer heat kicks in, it’s goodbye outdoor attractions, hello indoor activities. Luckily, Riyadh is well equipped for the rising temperatures outside, and there’s plenty of things to do indoors in the capital.

Here are 8 indoor activities to enjoy in Riyadh this summer.

Test your skills at an escape room

Escape The Room has three locations across KSA, including two in Riyadh. The concept is simple, you choose a room, enter and then you’ve got 60 minutes to try and figure out the way out. Designed for small groups, this is the ultimate test of your logical and creative thinking, with themed rooms available to book including ‘mafia kingdom,’ ‘the prison,’ and ‘saw 2.’ Everyone can play, but it’s recommended for players aged 12 and above. Games for two start from SAR400.

Escape The Room, Al Ghadir, Exit 5 – King Abdulaziz Road, Riyadh, 10.30am to 2.30am daily, and Prince Muhammad Ibn Saad Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13511, 1pm to 1.30am daily. Tel: (0)50 809 9911, escapetheroomsa.com

Enjoy some family-friendly fun at Magic Planet


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Magic Planet is an emporium of family-friendly fun, complete with retro arcade games, soft play for little ones and even a trampoline park where guests of all ages can bounce around. There’s even a selection of rides, including the Chrystal Mine Train, bumper cars and a drop ‘n twist. Find it at Riyadh Front and Riyadh Park. You’ll need to buy a Magic Planet Card to use all the rides and games.

Magic Planet Riyadh Park, First Level, intersection of Northern Ring Road and Al-Khair Road, Al Akeek, 10am to midnight Sat to Thurs, 10am to 1am Fri; and Magic Planet Riyadh Front, Riyadh, daily 9am to 5am. Tel: (920) 006 883, magicplanetmena.com

Get creative at an art studio


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Lift is self-described as a ‘social art club where art lovers and creative minds can experiment, relax and belong to a community.’ There are plenty of ways to unleash your creative side at Lift, with a regular program of classes that includes fashion illustration, painting, oil portraiture and sketching. If you want to go it alone, you can simply book an easel and canvas and just get painting. Prices start from SAR126.50 for solo sessions, or SAR400 for one-off classes.

Lift, Al Mathar Ash Shamali, Riyadh 12332, 4pm to 11pm Fri, 9am to 11pm Sat to Thurs. Tel: (055) 285 8800, liftksa.com

Be immersed in the wonderful world of Hello Park

The world’s largest multimedia park chain, Hello Park is located inside Panorama Mall. An interactive digital park for the whole family, this is an indoor attraction where little ones can let their imaginations run wild. Inside Hello Park, you’ll find multimedia games, physical installations and colorful projections, all created around themed narratives. For an hour, children cost SAR80 on weekdays and SAR100 on weekends, while up to four hours will set you back SAR150 on weekdays and SAR175 on weekends. Accompanying adult tickets are SAR25 on weekdays and SAR30 on weekends.

Hello Park, Panorama Mall, Tahasusi Street, Riyadh 12332, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (966) 53114 5423, hello-park.com

B-, b-, bounce around


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Bounce Riyadh is not only insane fun but a serious workout too. The super-sized trampoline park is filled with obstacle courses, dodgeball, climbing walls, speed slide, slam dunk area and, of course, trampolines galore. It’s open for all, but it’s ladies only on Wednesday and Thursday, with boys under 10 years old permitted. Prices start from SAR90 for adults and SAR80 for children.

Bounce Trampoline Park, 4466 Khurais Branch Rd, AR Rawdah, 2pm to 10pm Sun to Fri, 12pm to 10pm Sat. Tel: (055) 198 8993. bounce.sa

Score a strike at Go Bowling


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With bowling, laser tag, arcade games, a full menu and more, you’ll want to plan an entire day here. This family-friendly spot is home to a six-lane bowling alley and is priced at Sar60 per person per game. We reckon your kids will love this place so much that you may end up planning your next birthday soiree here.

Go Bowling, Makan Mall, Prince Muhammad Ibn Saad Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Al Malqa, Riyadh 11564, Sun to Wed 3pm to 11pm, Thurs 3pm to 1am, Fri 4pm to 1am & Sat 4pm to 11pm. Sar60 per person per game of bowling. Tel: 053 355 0212. Go4fun.net

Race around at Doos Karting

Keen to give go-karting a go? Then head to Doos Karting. At the Hitten location, you race 27HP electric karts around a 350metre track, navigating multi-level spiral ramps. Single race packages are SAR140 while for two races you’ll pay SAR180.

Doos Karting, 8521 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13513, daily 4pm to 12am. Tel: (966) 9200 08311, dooskarting.com

Challenge your mates to a game of paintballing

The biggest paintball experience not just in the Kingdom, but in the Middle East region, Firstaiment is set over a sprawling 25,000 square metres. As well as the outdoor paintballing setup, there’s also the indoor target shooting range, which will test marksmanship, strategy, and critical thinking. Packages start from SAR110.

Firstaiment, Alrimal 7315, Al Najah St, Riyadh 13256, 8am to 1am Sat to Thurs, 4pm to 1am Fri. Tel: (920) 003 318, firstaiment.com