Holidaying, traveling, backpacking, taking tours, it all changes when children come along. As soon as the vacation period nears, you are left scrambling for ways to keep your kiddies entertained during their weeks away from the classroom. A careful itinerary with enough—but not too much—to see is essential, as kids tend to get bored easily. Dubai is one such destination that offers a wealth of kid-friendly and family-centric fun that will keep everyone entertained. The city boasts of fun things to do in Dubai with kids and there’s no need to wait until the kids are grown to visit Dubai, the country is safe, fun, and immensely educational.
Dubai is in fact the perfect location for tiny adventurers and you’ll love the variety of things it offers for children of all ages. The city is home to theme parks galore, including LegoLand, Aquaventure Waterpark, Wild Wadi Waterpark, and Global Village, to name a few. Children will surely love climbing through the exhibits at the Oli-Oli Children’s Museum, playing in the water at Atlantis and Dolphin Bay, or taking in the views atop the towering Burj Khalifa.
We’ve put together a fun-filled list of activities and venues to visit in Dubai throughout the holiday, ranging from a fun-filled waterpark to arcades for all ages and bright, soft play areas for the littlest ones.
1. Aquaventure Waterpark
The Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai, the largest waterpark, is home to some of the most iconic attractions and rides. Spread across 42 thrilling acres, it is located at the Atlantis hotel. This gigantic Aquaventure waterpark also has a number of aquatic activities including safe swim with dolphins, hand-feed friendly Cownose stingrays, get shot through the shark tank in a tube slide or ride the longest zip-line circuit in the Middle East; offering an adrenaline rush for the adventure junkies. You can also relax on 700 meters of pristine private beach or in the new exclusive reserved seating areas. Aquaventure waterpark is open every day of the year, including all holidays from 10:00 AM – 05:30 PM.
2. Wild Wadi Water Park
The Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai overlooks the Burj Al Arab, making it one of the most colorful and beautiful waterparks in the world. Located between Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Wild Wadi Water Park is designed to offer hours of fun and pleasure to families and children alike. In total, the water park has 30 different water attractions, including the 32 meters high Jumeirah Sceirah slide, the artificial surf ride Wipeout and Riptide and the 18 meters high waterfall. The concept of the park is based around the tales of Juha; an Arabian folklore character, who loved travel and adventure, and travelled to distant lands with Sinbad the Sailor.The park is open 365 days of the year.
3. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai, located in the Mall of the Emirates is one of the most attractive spots for kids. It is the first ski resort in the Middle East! Throughout the year, Ski Dubai is covered in snow and kids can enjoy activities like skiing, tobogganing, snow games and also penguin shows- something very exciting for every age group! Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers skiing for every level. There are five ski runs of varying difficulty, height and steepness and a quad chair-lift. The longest run is 400 meters with a fall of 60 meters. The slope itself is 85 meters high and 80 meters wide. There are gentler slopes for beginners and indoor black runs for more seasoned, experienced skiers. It has the third largest skiing area in the world.
4. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the most captivating attractions at The Dubai Mall, offering a memorable journey into ocean life. The tank holds around 10-million liter of water making it one of the largest suspended aquarium in the world. The Aquarium is home to aquatic animals, 300 sharks, sting-rays and over 140 species and is a fascinating experience for children of all ages. It is split over three floors with an underwater zoo, fish tanks and the Dubai Aquarium Tunnel, a 48-meter walk-through tunnel with a stunning array of sea life. Walking through the aquarium surrounded by tanks full of stingrays, sharks, penguins and thousands of fish is a charismatic experience and your kids will be enthralled with the colorful fish and action-filled tanks.
5. At The Top, Burj Khalifa
A trip to Dubai would not be complete without a visit to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY experience takes you to level 148, a colossal 555 metres (1,820 feet) above ground for a stunning 360-degree view of the city. On the way you’ll be entertained by fun facts, multimedia presentations and special effects. Once your feet are back on the ground, don’t miss the Dubai Fountain show at the Burj Khalifa Lake, where music-synchronised water jets soar 150 metres (492 feet) into the sky.
6. Magic Planet Arcade
Incredible adventures await you at Magic Planet UAE, a fun-filled day out for the entire family – from toddlers to adults, thrill-seekers to chill-seekers, there are family activities for everyone at Magic Planet. It is the largest indoor family entertainment centre in Dubai, featuring several international award-winning rides and games that have never before been found indoors! Spread over two levels, this centre will appeal to the young and young at heart. Kids can look forward to Magic Planet’s incredible range of rides, and enjoy a fantastic selection of adrenaline-pumping games and other attractions. Thrill-seekers can take their pick from the infamous Sky Trail and climbing wall as well as the exciting XD Theatre Dark Ride and simulator. For younger kids, there’s a Ferrari wheel, trampolines, a merry-go-round and a large soft-adventure play-ground. The whole family can also enjoy bumper cars, pool tables and a ten-pin bowling alley.
7. Desert Safari
If you’re looking for sand dunes and magic carpets, a desert safari adventure is a kid-pleasing favourite. A short drive from the city centre is the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, where families enjoy everything from 4×4 dune-bashing, camel rides, sand-board surfing, wildlife-watching, falconry and traditional desert meals in a Bedouin camp.
8. KidZania Dubai
KidZania is a massive assortment of educational activities for kids. It is an indoor educational centre with a hospital, fire station, beauty salon, bank, radio station, supermarket, television station, pizzeria, theatre, and much more. The zone permits kids between the ages of four to sixteen to perform tasks that comes naturally to them; role-playing by representing activities done by adults in real life. Kids work to earn kidZos, KidZania’s own currency, so they are able to pay for goods and services in the KidZania city. KidZos can be spent on goods and services within the mini-city, or deposited in the Kidzania bank for future visits. Children as pilots navigate airplanes, television anchors read the news, police officers accomplish detective work and chefs prepare tasty dishes. The 80,000 square foot city is scaled down two-thirds in height and therefore all facilities are designed to be ‘just right’ for children. KidZania also makes available an isolated area for toddlers to play in a safe and appealing environment. It is located at Dubai Mall and is open all seven days of the week.
9. LEGOLAND® Dubai
Legoland is one such destination where kids will have a blast. As the name suggests, the Dubai Legoland is a Lego-themed entertainment park designed especially for children aged 2-12 years. Built with families in mind, LEGOLAND® Dubai has something for everyone. It promises a world of fun-filled education and imagination in its three-million-square-feet facility, featuring six amazing zones and over 40 immersive rides and attractions based on the popular LEGO® toy building bricks. The zones at LEGO® CITY are KINGDOMS, IMAGINATION, ADVENTURE, MINILAND, and FACTORY. It is split into two parks – LEGOLAND Theme Park and LEGOLAND Waterpark. Within the main LEGOLAND complex, there’s also a thrilling Waterpark with rides that both you and your kids can enjoy. Clearly, there’s no better way to beat the scorching Dubai heat than LEGOLAND.
10. IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure is Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination featuring a unique array of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, thrill rides, and spine-tingling attractions based on iconic MARVEL Super Heroes and hair-raising dinosaurs. This theme park features cartoon characters from the Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network like Spider Man, the Avengers, Power puff girls, Hulk, etc. The park is divided into five zones, namely- Marvel, Lost Valley, Cartoon Network, IMG Boulevard and NOVO Cinemas, and also presents special attractions like a Bollywood-theme zone, the Legoland along with a refreshing water park. Venture in ‘Marvel’ where the superheroes reside, or visit ‘Cartoon Network’ for a trip down memory lane. At ‘IMG Boulevard’ you’re bound to be amazed by the visual spectacle. Walk among Dinosaurs at ‘Lost Valley’. But that’s not all! The park has 17 themed rides each carefully designed to provide you with thrill, excitement, fun or to help you relax and be in a wondrous state.
Dubai – A Fun-Filled Family Vacation
Truly, Dubai is packed full of activities, events and places to go to with your kids. Traveling to Dubai with kids will literally be the trip of their lifetimes, introducing them to impressive sights, new cultures, heaps of history, delicious cuisines, indoor skiing and of course seeing the tallest building on the planet
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