I do love researching places to visit one day and now that no one is travelling, what better way to escape than to dream through online spaces. Holidays in Dubai look incredible, luxurious and not always the first place you think of when travelling with children. However, I have found some great things to do in Dubai with children.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Sprawling over 25 million square feet and with over 100 rides, shows and attractions, Dubai Parks and Resorts is the largest integrated theme park destination in the middle east and home to Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park!
Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park are the ultimate destination in the Middle East for families with children from 2-12. Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park are hands-on experiences allowing families to take part in Lego themed adventures through interactive rides, water slides, models and building experiences.
Movie lovers all over the globe, Motiongate Dubai welcomes you to a cinematic journey into the fantasy world of films. Dive into an alternative universe of captivating stories and adventures with your favourite animated characters from Hollywood.
Enjoy unique, high-value entertainment with the latest-in-technology attractions and new-generation rides that recreate the thrill only motion pictures can deliver.
Bollywood Parks Dubai
The first theme park in the world dedicated to all things Bollywood!
Action, adventure, romance, comedy, music, dance, flavour and emotion, Bollywood style.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure is Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination promising visitors from around the world the excitement of four epic adventure zones in one location.
Two of the four zones represent renowned global brands Cartoon Network and MARVEL, while IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zones are original concepts created by the IMG Group.
IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest temperature-controlled indoor themed entertainment destination in the world, covering an area in excess of 1.5 million square feet. With the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests a day, the destination is featuring a unique array of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, thrill rides, and spine-tingling attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic MARVEL Super Heroes and hair-raising dinosaurs.
Additionally, the destination is the home to a number of world-firsts, a variety of themed retail stores, exclusive dining venues, and a 12-screen state-of-the-art cinema.
Dubai’s favourite beach spot for friends, families and fitness fanatics. Kite Beach is the ultimate outdoor location. Open stretches of soft white sand and the uplifting sights, sounds and scents of the sea invite you to let loose and have fun.
There is a family outdoor trampoline park offers an open-jump arena, Trampolines, Bunjee Jumping, Gyroscope and much more! It is guaranteed to be the most playful workout you’ve ever experienced!
You can also play volleyball with sessions for children, beginners to advanced. You can go kite surfing which looks incredible, although I don’t think I would stay on the board for long! If you don’t fancy kite surfing, you could try jet skiing instead.
Last but definitely not least, there is the Splash N Party waterpark. The park is designed to cater to the entire family. Whilst the little ones have a blast on their splash pads and water slides, the parents can sit back and relax.
OliOli was made with love for families to come together, play and bond. Discover a spacious indoor sanctuary where hands-on activities inspire positive play. Children are free to wander, wonder and discover in spaces designed to foster their creativity, curiosity and imagination. Every visit is unique and all ages are welcome. It’s a relaxed space for good wholesome fun. There’s no right or wrong, just never-ending possibilities and exploration.
Each gallery offers an immersive sensory experience and has been carefully designed with art and modern equipment, inspired by ideas from leading global educators, development psychologists, artists and fabricators. In total, the galleries include over 40 interactive things for children to experience.
Young scientists can learn to dig for dinosaurs. Budding palaeontologists will flock to the Dino Discovery activity to collect the tools and equipment for unearthing glow-in-the-dark fossils and bones. OliOli is designed to unlock your child’s imagination and encourage positive play.
From child-friendly eateries to entertainment spaces, children’s hair salons to high-end retailers, they’ve got something fun for the entire family.
La La Land
La La Land is an exciting indoor play area haven for children and their families where the focus is providing entertainment and education, through various activities and creative plays to help the emotional, intellectual, social and physical stimulation of the little ones.
La La Land provides a soft play area for children along with art and craft setting, play station play area, and a proper painting area, after-school activities, weekend activities and camps for all seasons.
To watch the latest films, from blockbusters and art-house movies to documentaries, check out what’s showing at the cinema at City Walk.
The Green Planet
Discover the wonders of a tropical forest at The Green Planet, a bio-dome that invites visitors to explore our planet’s fascinating flora and fauna through an immersive expedition into the tropics. Designed as an enclosed ecosystem, The Green Planet recreates the enchanting world of a tropical forest with over 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest man-made and life-sustaining indoor tree. The educational and recreational facility is set to raise awareness about nature’s delicate balance and the preciousness of one of our world’s oldest living ecosystems.
Mattel Play Town
Angelina Ballerina and her friends demonstrate that discipline, strength, teamwork and dedication are the building blocks of success. Dress up, make-up, dancing and crafts provide the perfect experience for aspiring ballerinas at Camembert Academy. Dance and performance are centre stage inside their interactive dance studio. A magic mirror and interactive dance wall will bring out your child’s inner Angelina and ensure they always put their best toe forward.
Children of all ages love spending time in Barney‘s yard where they can enjoy making music on their piano, see some fishes in the koi pond and jump around their themed playground. Just picture all the things that can be done while using your imagination and the super-dee-duper adventures to be shared when watching a new story come to life during their puppet shows.
Parents and little Engineers enjoy a unique connection on every journey, whether exploring the Island of Sodor through their themed play structure or enjoying magical movies in their Thomas & Friends 4D cinema. Adventure seekers are welcomed aboard at Knapford Station where Percy and Harold will take them on an exciting journey to new heights. Then on to the 4D cinema where Thomas & Friends stories are brought to life as children see their favourite characters in action.
Are you ready to take on a real-life emergency with Fireman Sam? Then put on your safety helmet and jacket and get ready for some action! Jump and slide your way through the park and become a hero. Get dressed for action, navigate the adventure maze and learn about fire health and safety. Children joining Fireman Sam will be ready to save the day! Their aerial adventure maze will test even the most fearless firefighters! Do you have what it takes to complete the course and save the day?
Grab your tool belt and hardhat! Join Bob the Builder and his team as they construct projects using a foundation of determination and teamwork. With his business partner Wendy, apprentice builder Leo, and a team of machines, Bob is ready to fix the town of Fixham along with Spring City. This team digs into any project, hammering out solutions to problems, all while building confidence along the way. No project is too big or too small, from fixing a leaky roof to repairing a skyscraper.
Learning is better when it’s fun. KidZania is a 7,000m2 scaled replica of a real city that combines entertainment and education, with over 70 real-life activities for children aged 4-16. They’ll discover all about different jobs through exciting role-play, and develop decision-making, teamwork, creativity and social skills in ways that can’t be taught in a classroom.
Aquarium and underwater zoo
Dubai Aquarium has thousands of aquatic animals, representing several hundred marine species within our impressive 10 million litre tank.
The Underwater Zoo takes visitors through various aquatic environments including the rainforest, touch pools and UAE Night creatures. Also featured is their behind the scenes guided tour where you can learn about their care and conservation programs, how they feed the fish and have the chance to feed their lively school of giant trevally yourself!
Visit the desert
Whether it’s sandboarding, camel riding, or going on a desert safari, this is one adventure the kids will love. Book a dining experience with one of the many tour operators and enjoy tasty dishes and a wide range of entertainment from archery to quad biking. If you want your desert excursion to last all night, camp beneath the stars for a truly memorable experience.
The VR Park combines augmented and virtual reality to stunning effect. Try the fantastic Burj Drop experience, where you’ll propel down the side of the record-breaking Burj Khalifa. If that’s too tame for teens, try and survive a zombie attack at The Walking Dead Outbreak VR game, or navigate a spaceship to safety. Younger children and families also have plenty to enjoy.
Energetic tots will fall in love with Air Maniax, a huge indoor inflatable adventure park. With over 15 activities that the whole family can get involved in, you’ll never be bored. The park features a dedicated inflatable arena, a ‘Warrior Assault’ obstacle course, zip line and even laser tag. Toddlers have their own dedicated play zone. Serious about fun and games? The park uses high-tech wristbands so scores are recorded automatically, and pictures and videos can be instantly uploaded to social media for bragging rights.
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