15 Things To Do With Kids In Dubai

Dubai has something for everyone. Being one of Asia’s premier tourist destinations, there are plenty of truly awesome options to choose from when it comes to family-friendly activities. Here are our top picks.

 

Ski Dubai

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Take a break from Dubai’s soaring temperatures with a visit to Ski Dubai for an experience that your kids will love. It has ski slopes where experienced skiers can strut their stuff, and a Snow Park with tons of rides like bobsleds, climbing walls, an Ice Cave and a Penguin Show! The equipment they provide is excellent and the staff is friendly and qualified.

 

Air Maniax

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Escape the sun with this fun-filled indoor recreational facility that’s sure to keep your kids occupied for the entire day. Air Maniax is divided into zones – the Inflatables Arena is an inflatable bouncing castle multiplied by 10, the Warrior Assault Course is a fancy obstacle course, and the Zip Zag is a zipline with a twist. They have also recently introduced a laser tag arena that’s now a huge hit. The experienced staff ensures that safety is of utmost concern while not compromising on the fun factor.

 

Museum of Illusions

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Photo opportunities don’t present themselves as often as they do in the Museum of Illusions. This indoor facility is whacky and fun and sure to induce a whole lot of giggles for you and the kids. There are several exhibits that are all equally amazing. Enjoy the optical illusions by taking a picture with your kids in the Ames Room (where you look small and they look tall) or in the Rotated Room for that truly weird upside down picture moment. You will later learn how on earth they manage to pull off these illusions – which is really cool.

 

Dubai Miracle Garden 

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This place cannot be missed, especially if you have a daughter. With 50 million flowers spread across a 70,000 square metre area, this is not your regular garden. Miracle Garden has entire structures made of flowers – Heart Shape Gateways, Houses, Minnie Mouse, an Airplane – it is all quite awe-inspiring. Add to this nine domes housing over 15,000 butterflies, and you have a sure shot fun day out with the family. Time your visit properly, though – they install and renovate exhibits in the summer and the garden is usually shut during that period.

 

Desert Palm Riding School 

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If your kids are into horses, look no further than the Desert Palm Riding School. There are ponies for the little ones all the way through to thoroughbreds for discerning riders. They are open seven days a week all year round – open-air in the winter months and closed air-conditioned experiences in the summer. The programmes aren’t particularly expensive, either, especially taking into consideration the state-of-the-art infrastructure, the quality of the horses and the excellent trainers.

 

Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary 

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If your kid is a nature buff, Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is where you should be heading. This wetland on Dubai Creek attracts over 20,000 birds of various species (mostly flamingos) who stop by on their migration route. There are three strategically placed observation decks from where you can take in the gorgeous sights of the birds, the lagoon, and the mangroves.

 

MOTIONGATE™ Dubai  

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If your kids are movie buffs, they’ll love a visit to this theme park. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai offers an unparalleled experience, with entertainment from three of the largest motion picture studios – DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate – in the world. There are rides, studio tours, play parks, learning academies, restaurants and shops – enough entertainment to keep the fussiest of kids occupied.

 

Bollywood Parks™ Dubai

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Take your kids to experience the glitzy world of Bollywood at this popular theme park. With five separate zones inspired by the greatest Bollywood blockbusters, this park is sure to fascinate your child. Similar to MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, this park has attractions named after popular films such as Lagaan, Sholay, Krrish etc.. You can go behind the scenes and see how the movies were produced and shot, play a spy game, learn some feisty, Bollywood-style dancing, or go on one of the many rides.

 

LEGOLAND® Dubai

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Home to all things LEGO®, this theme park has over 40 interactive rides, a separate water park, shows, and LEGO® building experiences. Especially suitable for kids between the ages of two and 12, it is the perfect spot for a fun family day out. Separate zones include the Factory, where you can see how LEGO® bricks are made; LEGO® City, where you can do everything from driving a car to flying a plane; Imagination, where you can build and race LEGO® cars; Kingdoms, which has a castle and a Dragon Coaster; Adventure, which has a number of rides; and Miniland, an interactive area made from a whopping 20 million LEGO® bricks. 

 

Dubai Garden Glow 

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With its clever installations, live shows and performances, this theme park is bound to enthral. The park is divided into four sections, but they generally get updated every year. Last year had Glow Park (cool installations using luminous fabric and lighting), Dinosaur Park (with animated dinosaurs), Ice Park (recreating a polar environment), and Magic Park (illusions through visual arts). There’s also a dedicated zone for kids, where they can partake in fun interactive activities, while you can indulge in some food therapy at the impressive food pavilion.

 

Kite Beach 

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A day at the beach with the kids is the quintessential idea of family fun – and at Kite Beach they have thought of literally everything to make your beach day perfect. You can rent towels and umbrellas and lounge with a view of the Burj Al Arab, while the kids try their hand at kite surfing or jet skiing. Once they have built up an appetite, you can gorge on the extensive food options with everything on offer – from sushi to pizza to burgers.

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride 

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Balloon Adventures Dubai offers an amazing package that is truly one of a kind. Imagine soaring high above the desert and witnessing the sun rise over the horizon. Not fun enough? Well, they also have in-flight falcon shows where these beautiful birds demonstrate their speed and agility. Once you land, you are whisked away to the camp in vintage Land Rovers where a scrumptious breakfast (including caviar!) is laid out for you.

 

Jump Boxx 

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Dubai does everything bigger – and that especially holds true for this trampoline park. Jump Boxx has 120 interconnected trampolines that will have your kids bouncing away to glory. There is food, they have music with a live DJ on Thursdays, and games like dodgeball. It is safe and fun for the kids, and worth spending some time at if you are looking for a break from the blistering heat outside.

 

OliOli Children’s Museum

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This indoor play facility is ideal for younger kids. They do treasure hunts, innovative painting games, glow-in-the-dark rooms, science demos, and so much more. There’s something to learn, there’s silly fun – and your kids will love it all. Tip: Do remember to carry a towel and a change of clothes, as the kids could get wet when playing with water or walking over the oobleck (gooey substance) track.

 

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

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With a 48-metre walk-through tunnel known as the Dubai Aquarium Tunnel, where you can see the aquatic animals swimming around you, this aquarium is bound to leave both kids and adults mesmerised. There are sharks, stingrays, fish, crocodiles, and even penguins here. Older kids can take part in one of many aquatic experiences, including shark dives, cage snorkelling, and shark walker. 

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