Be it the Olympic-sized skating rink or the adrenaline-rushing waterparks, Dubai has been kid-approved long back. Whether you are here on a family holiday, or a UAE resident looking to add flavor to your weekend, Dubai has got you covered. From fun to fantastic, here is a range of kids activities in the city
1. Splash joy at Aquaventure Waterpark
Touted as the best water park in Dubai, Aquaventure Waterpark has rides for brave vacationers as well as calm waterways for the meanderers. Get ready to feel your heart pounding and pulse racing as you hop on any of the 30 rides and attractions. Master the art of surfing, roll your way down the Lazy River and catch your breath at the private 500m beach. To have a slice of more than a waterpark, grab the combo passes and combine other interesting activities like visiting the Lost Chambers Aquarium, Shark Feeding Show and amazing Aquaventure Restaurants.
2. Ascend the Burj Khalifa
Amongst the several things to do in Dubai with kids, hiking the Burj Khalifa is one of the unique and exciting tours. Take your kids on top of the world — literally. Won’t your children be the most enthralled if they get to see the entire city, its gigantic monuments from the bird-eye view or through a telescope? Then, flock to the planet’s tallest freestanding structure and escalate to the world’s highest observation deck. The sweeping panoramic view during the sunset will take your breath away. Also, the tea in the lounge or the virtual presentations on various floors keep up the enthusiasm.
3. Explore the Dubai Mall and its kid-inspired zones
In the neck of the woods lie the Dubai Mall. This is the real family-destination which homes some of the eye-opening attractions and jaw-dropping brands, along with the delicious spread of food. Shoppers will have a great time scrolling through the dignified labels of attire and other products. On the other side, the kids can go on an adventure spree — enjoy professional and playful role-plays like doctors and painters at Kidzania, cool off and zip around the ice in the exceptional Dubai Ice Rink, get chills down your spine at Hysteria, challenge reality with horror, sports and more at VR Park, experience the go-karting sessions at Ekart Zabeel, watch movies in the most comfortable seats at Reel Cinemas and dine at one of the exquisite cafes and restaurants.
4. Get lost in fishes and sharks in the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Even though it is nestled in the Dubai Mall, this attraction deserves individual attention. Famous as the largest aquarium that holds a 10-million liter suspended tank, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo promises the most thrilling adventure in Dubai ever. The 48-meter tunnel overlaps the head and gives you a 270-degree view of the magnificent marine life. This unbelievable sight will then take you to the gigantic aquarium tanks which have 140 marine species, including 33,000 animals. For the kids who love to dare, they can experience the fascinating world from inside, dive with the guide and see the nature up-close.
5. Kick back at Kite Beach
The perfect place to relax and rejuvenate in Dubai with kids is Kite Beach, featuring white sands and clear water. Overlooking Burj Al Arab, this public beach has a lot to offer besides the usual beach stuff. Test your watersports skills, such as kitesurfing, wakeboarding, and stand-up paddleboarding. Do swimming with your family. And have your feet sunk into the sand as you play a game of volleyball. It exudes calmness as much it does adrenaline. Have a walk on its 14km track, jog along the coastline, and devour in an array of juice bars, burger joints, and gelato counters.
6. Go for Desert Safari in Dubai
Sun, surf, and sand- desert safari in Dubai is a hair-raising excursion. Within an hour, the 4*4 vehicle whisks you away to the golden desert, which is perhaps the only thing that has never changed in Dubai. This natural beauty of the terrain is coupled with a rich saga of history; camels roaming around is the evidence of this. Ride the camels, bash the dunes, rev up for quad biking, and go sandboarding. There’s a couple of stops to marvel at the picturesque sunset. Navigating the sandy landscape, reach the cultural camp where live shows, activities, and buffet takes place.
7. Feel the winter vibe at Ski Dubai
An all-time favorite place for the kids activities Dubai, Ski Dubai has roped in the best snow entertainment. It is located in the Mall of the Emirates, covered with snow all year round, spanning across 3,000 square meter area, and temperature maintained at -2° C. The itinerary include skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, ziplining, snow events, and the friendly snow penguin. Move around, sharpen skiing skills, have fun and drink hot chocolate- all under one roof. Also, it is a great excuse to dust off the winter woolies.
8. Boost your adrenaline at IMG Worlds of Adventure
Spend a day at the world’s largest indoor theme and amusement park. Put comfortable shoes and head towards the IMG Worlds of Adventure, stretched over a whopping size of 28 football fields. Divided into 5 epic zones, it brings Marvel and Cartoon Network characters to life with the state-of-the-art rides. The action-packed tour extends to The Lost Valley which has life-size dinosaurs and The Haunted Hotel which tests your courage. Let your little ones play and explore uncontrollably. Don’t miss the dining, shopping, and movie which makes it into one immersive experience.
9. Play at Bounce Dubai
You are never too old to jump on a trampoline. The award-winning Bounce Dubai has over 100 interconnected trampolines, which is great to let your hair down or do a hard-core exercise. A giant indoor playground welcomes you to defy gravity and experience somersaults in the air. Slam dunk like your ideal basketball player, do a flip, pass the dodgeballs as you show off your aerobic skills, tumble over the giant inflatable bag — there is so much from the not-for-the-faint-hearted to the safe zones.
10. Discover the history of city at Dubai Museum
Dubai is not a place with a lot of museums or galleries. However, in Old Dubai, there is the oldest existential building inside the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Built-in 1787, this fort was a monarch base that has now transformed into a petite museum. Here you with your kids can learn the origins of Arabia and the lifestyle before the discovery of oil. Accompanied by ruins and artifacts, walk through the exhibits which is an impressive journey.
So, you know from hanging out at the pristine beaches to trotting through the swankiest malls, diving into the enthralling waterparks to having shark feeding encounters, Dubai never ceases to impress your kids. Bookmark these destinations and have a sprightly kid-friendly outing.