Play at Discovery Mall is an indoor soft play area that has a variety of different activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. It describes itself as a ‘safe, fun family environment’ and it has been one of our favourite places to visit with our son the past couple of years. One of the things we really love about Play is that we can be with our son whilst he is playing. A lot places ask you to wait outside or to not climb onto the equipment but as most parents with young children know, it can be worrying leaving them to fend for themselves!
The play area has two separate areas – one part being a larger climbing frame style area and one being a soft play area aimed at younger children. The different equipment inside the play areas include slides, a ball pit, balloon rooms, a water bed, and a see-saw amongst many other things. Next door to Play is an arcade which is fitted with numerous rides such as Barney, Hello Kitty and Bob the Builder and arcade games like car racing, teddy bear machines and air hockey.
Discovery Mall is aimed at children and for families with most of the shops selling children’s clothes and shoes or maternity clothing and many of the other outlets being aimed at children. At the mall you will also find Goal!, Young Chef’s Academy, Genius Brain, Fastrackids and Baroue (also with a play area). There is a food court on the 2nd floor that includes McDonalds, Chilli’s Too, Krispy Kreme and a few coffee shops.
The mall and play area are both very clean and when we have visited the mall has been really quiet and not very busy.
Tip: The earlier you go the less busy it will be and weekdays tend to be quieter than the weekends. We tend to get there for 10/11am and have often had the place to ourselves.
A little warning – we have visited Play twice in the past couple of weeks and have had to wait for it to open, even though it was past its opening time. First time was during Ramadan when nobody in the mall (even the customer service/information desk) seemed to know what time it opened and on this visit when we arrived about 10.15am and was told the place was still being cleaned as it was ‘busy yesterday’. After waiting around for 20 minutes they allowed us to enter the play area – whilst they were hoovering, blowing up balloons, cleaning windows and slides etc – not the best image or customer service we have received! It may be best calling them ahead to check they are open at the times they say they are if you don’t fancy waiting around!
Location: Discovery Mall (2nd floor), Al-Soor Street, First Ring Road (Near Ice Skating Rink). Click here for a map.
Opening Time: 10am
Price: 5KD for entrance to Play (ask for a ‘Play’ card at the arcade next door which costs 100 fils and then ask for 5KD credit to be added).