Dubai is known as every adult’s favourite playground. From opulent shopping malls to vibrant nightlife, from record-breaking architectural marvels to vast deserts, there is a treasure trove of activities that the city offers. But this fantastic city not only has several things for adults but also for kids. The best part about some of these attractions is that it combines history, entertainment, and learning to provide kids an all-round experience. Let’s find out what are the fun things in store for you and the kids.
KidZania provides a different experience for kids as it integrates elements of fun, learning, and entertainment. It replicates a tiny city where the streets are lined with fire stations, a bank, police station, restaurants, and hospitals. Children get a chance to role-play various adult professions such as chefs, bankers, journalists, doctors, teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Children also get to understand what their dream careers would be like. There are more than 80 activities to choose from and they are also paid in KidZania currency. They can redeem these currencies at the stores inside. Another highpoint in this place is the KidZania Space Center where kids can learn about the life of astronauts with the help of simulated attractions.
Need a break from the scorching heat of Dubai? Visit Ski Dubai which is one of the largest indoor ski slopes built in the middle of the desert. The ski resort consists of an 85-meter-high mountain, an ice cave, and a snow park filled with exciting activities like zorb ball, chairlift, and mountain thriller. The best highlight of this place is the ‘March of the Penguins’ show where you can meet Gentoo penguins from Antarctica and enjoy the antics they display.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
The concept of Wild Wadi waterpark is based on the popular character ‘Juha’ from Arabian folklore. It has over 30 thrilling rides for both children and adults like Jumeirah Sceirah, Master Blasters, Burj Surj, and Tantrum Alley among others. Kids can have a great time at the pool area that has climbing frames, small slides, and dumping buckets. The adults can enjoy experience gravity-defying slides, water roller coaster, and float on the lazy river. You can witness a remarkable view of the majestic hotel Burj Al Arab from this waterpark. This is one of the most amazing things to do with kids in Dubai.
A Dubai desert safari is the perfect place to experience authentic Emirati culture and lifestyle. You can take part in a wide range of exciting activities including dune bashing, camel riding, shisha smoking, quad biking, and falconry. Enjoy entertaining cultural performances such as Belly Dancing, Fire Show, and Tanura Dance Show. The women folk can get their hands painted with intricate henna designs or you can click pictures in traditional Arabian costumes. Relish a mouthwatering lavish buffet dinner with plenty of international and local food.
Dubai Dolphinarium is a fun place where you can encounter 6 bottle-nose dolphins, seals, and many different species of parrots. The dolphins and seals shows are wonderful to witness where these adorable and intelligent creatures display their skills. You can see them play, juggle, dance, and dive. Your kids can also swim, interact, and click pictures with the dolphins. Another must-visit is the Creek Park Exotic Bird Show, where you can see Eclectic Parrots, Sulfur-Crested Cockatoos, African Greys, Macaws, Red-billed Hornbills, and other birds.
Situated outside Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain is one of the tallest fountains in the world. It shoots around 22,000 gallons of water to a height of more than 500 feet. You can witness an enchanting spectacle of music, water, and lights that takes place in the evenings every 30 minutes from 6 pm. You can enjoy this show from many different locations such as the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk and Waterfront Promenade outside Dubai Mall. The background music changes from Arabian, to classical and international. One of the best places to enjoy the Dubai Fountain is from onboard an ‘Abra’ on the Burj lake.
Dubai has many beautiful beaches where you can enjoy an entire day with your loved ones. Kite Beach is among the most popular beaches and has an array of watersports including kite surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. It has a dedicated kids’ play area too. Your kids can swim on the beach, build sandcastles, play in the sands, or collect shells. There is a Skating rink and a trampoline park for the children too. It is one of the best outdoor places in Dubai where you can indulge in fun family time and also enjoy nature.
Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden is a vibrant flower garden and a must-visit when in Dubai. Spanning an area of more than 72000 square meters, it is one of the largest natural flower gardens in the world. You will be tongue-tied with the sheer beauty and magnificence of this place. There are several displays of various landmarks and characters made completely with flowers and plants. This garden is brimming with over 50 million flowers in various colors and hues and resembles a fairytale land. There is a butterfly garden, a trampoline park, a photo booth, and a souvenir shop from where you can buy interesting Disney merchandise.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds Dubai offers you a fun encounter with all your favorite characters from Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network. Spend a day with your most loved superheroes such as Superman, Thor, Spiderman, Iron Man, and Hulk at the Marvel Zone and enjoy the different rides based on them. A visit to the Lost Valley zone takes you to the prehistoric era where you can experience rides based on mammoth dinosaurs that once ruled the earth. Some of the popular rides here are The Velociraptor, Dino Carousel, and the Forbidden Territory. The Cartoon Network Zone transport you to your childhood days, and you can meet Ben 10 and Powerpuff Girls.
Legoland Dubai offers kids and adults over 40 entertaining rides and unique and interesting play areas for the kids. Based on the extremely famous LEGO building blocks, this place is located in Dubai Parks and Resorts. It is divided into two areas – Legoland theme park and Legoland waterpark. It is also divided into six different lands or areas based on themes such as Lego City, Adventure, Imagination, Factory, Kingdoms, and Miniland. You can see miniature models of famous landmarks and structures around the world created with colorful Lego bricks. A perfect place for your kids to hang out and build things out of scratch.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is one of the most marvelous places to visit with kids. A trip here will transport you to the underwater world and you get to experience the fascinating marine life. You can walk through the glass tunnel and surround yourself with many beautiful animals such as manta rays, sharks, giant crocodiles, stingrays, piranhas, seahorses, and jellyfishes. Your kids can also feed the crocodiles, sharks, and rays if interested. Your kids can also take part in an internship program where they get to learn about the life of marine animals.
Dubai is the ideal destination for an enjoyable family holiday. There are many other attractions that you can enjoy as a family such as Burj Khalifa, Dhow Cruise, Motiongate, Dubai ice rink, Green Planet, and Aquaventure Waterpark. If you have the time, you can also plan a day trip to Abu Dhabi and enjoy Warner Brothers Studio and Ferrari World. So, pack your bags and venture on a trip to Dubai for an unforgettable experience.