LET THE KIDS BOND WITH PENGUINS

Stay cool at an indoor ski resort in the middle of the desertTreat the family to snowboarding, skiing and penguin encounters Fuel the fun at a fondue dining venue overlooking the slopesDubai is a playground for everyone, parents and little ones alike. So why not do the most unlikely thing imaginable while you’re in the middle of the desert: treat the whole family to a ski trip. Ski Dubai, in the Mall of Emirates, takes care of everything. Show up in shorts and a T-shirt and they’ll give you all you need to hit the slopes, down to the socks and the snowsuits. This is the best thing going, especially when it’s 100 degrees in the shade outside and no amount of ice cream can cool you down. Don’t miss a visit with the resident king and gentoo penguins (we thought Pie was the cutest) or a fondue meal at Apres, overlooking the slopes. Once at the Mall of the Emirates station, you're just across the street from the Mall of the Emirates. Take the metro foot bridge that goes along the water and it will put you right inside the mall. Walk the perimeter of the mall to explore the shops or head straight to the indoor slopes.​​Mall of Emirates, Al Barsha 1; skidxb.com