There’s only one thing that can make having a great time even more enjoyable – that is, saving a few dinars along the way! We’ve picked five awesome things to do indoors that won’t break the bank…


Ice Skating


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An indoor sport that was made for the hot summer months, ice skating is one of those pastimes that will never get old! get down to
the ice rink at Funland Centre, with entertaining music and neon lights to get you in the lively mood. session timings vary and prices are BD3 on weekdays including shoe rental, and BD5 from Thurs to sat. It might be blistering hot outside, but don’t forget to take a warm hoodie and dress appropriately for your time on the ice!

Visit www.funlandbahrain.com for more information.


Gallery Hop


Bahrain is full of fantastic arts and culture to check out and one of the best ways to get in on the action is to plan a ‘gallery crawl’ for the day. Head to Arabesque Art gallery, one of the oldest in the kingdom, that specialises in antique art from the gulf region. stop by Albareh Art gallery in Adliya, which plays host to plenty of great exhibitions and promotes contemporary Middle Eastern art. staying in the area, pop into Al Riwaq

Art gallery in Block 338 where local artistic talent is showcased. Here, you can browse the pretty gift shop and cool off at the café. learn more about the country’s past through images at the Bahrain House of photography, before ending the day at the charming la Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art.

Visit www.theculturetrip.com for a list of galleries in Bahrain.


Go-Karting


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Ok, so we’re cheating a little with this one because it isn’t technically indoors. HoWEVER, once you’re suited and revved up to go, the fly-by breeze should keep the heat at bay. go-karting can be tons of fun and bring out the competitive side in you so, go with a group of friends and enjoy it to the max. go to gulf speed one in seef, which has a great karting track with excellent safety measures. Here, 20 minutes in a single engine kart will cost BD9. prices vary according to rider’s age and the amount of time you want to rent the kart for.

Visit www.gulfspeedone.com or call 1759 3737 for more information.


Beit Al-Quran


This is a fascinating place to visit. Beit Al- Quran houses a striking collection of Quranic manuscripts, ancient documents and calligraphy works, in a complex that includes a museum made up of 10 exhibition halls, an impressive library, a mosque, an auditorium and a school. There are artefacts, ornaments and other Islamic- related pieces on display. Don’t leave without a wander in the bookshop which sells crafts and memorabilia.

Call 1729 0101 for more information.


Spring Clean


Or shall we say summer clean? This is the perfect season to give the house a thorough sweep and empty out all those drawers to unload yourself of unwanted items. Everything in good condition can be put into bags or boxes and given to various organistaions in Bahrain. Everything from clothes, shoes, furniture, electrical goods, books and more can be given to groups like Helping Hands Bahrain or the Migrant Workers protection society. All items will be donated to a labour camp or person in need. A good spring clean also means that you’ll be left feeling a little lighter at the end of the day!

Visit www.charitytree.me for more information.