Activities for kids: Don’t miss these kid-approved activities
Dubai’s offerings and big-name attractions can be as enjoyable for children as they are for parents. Explore the ultimate playground as a family with our top kid-friendly activities in Dubai
- Dubai Parks & Resorts
- IMG World of Adventure
- Kite Beach Dubai
- City Walk
- Aquaventure Waterpark
- Dolphin Bay
- Dubai Ice Rink
- Bounce Dubai
Dubai Parks and Resorts offers children and the young at heart an amazing array of mega theme parks like Motiongate, Bollywood Parks and Legoland. You can even take a rest in Riverland entertainment and dining boulevard, which offers all the latest in dynamic family fun. Make this your most fun-filled family holiday yet by staying among the action at Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed luxury hotel situated right in the parks.
A day at IMG, one of Dubai’s newest and most exciting theme parks, will make the kids smile. Be sure to put on comfy footwear because there are nearly 28 football fields of space filled with attractions for the whole family to try. Thrill rides at IMG bring your favorite characters to life, from familiar friends like The Power puff Girls to the heroes of Marvel. A day at IMG Worlds will make for a memorable family vacation
It’s all about the kids at Kite Beach, now complete with a Skate Park, outdoor trampolines, an adventure gym and a play area for the little ones. It’s the perfect place to have a swim with the kids, collect shells and then enjoy breakfast or lunch at the famous food truck, Salt, or one of the many beach canteens along the running track. Parents can sit back and enjoy the kite surf show and stunning views of Burj Al Arab while the kids play in the sand.
Promising to “engage and inspire kids”, OliOli is a fresh concept boasting a range of inventive and interactive activities for children. Aimed at two to 11-year-olds, the sprawling venue in Al Quoz is split into eight themed galleries. One of the highlights here is Toshi’s Net – a colourful hanging play area, handcrafted by a Japanese artist, while other fun activities include launching cannonballs in the Water Gallery and tinkering in the Creative Lab. Birthday party packages are also available.
City Walk is one of our most kid-friendly shopping districts with areas like Hub Zero — a virtual gaming experience with different zones for all ages and The Green Planet — an enclosed ecosystem recreating a tropical rainforest with more than 3,000 plants and animals. Don’t miss this amazing district that fuses entertainment, shopping, dining and more into one impressive experience.
Kids and adults alike are guaranteed an adrenaline rush at Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm. Brave vacationers should check out the park’s thrill rides, one of which plummets you into a tube that rides through a shark lagoon. The little ones can keep cool at the tamer rides and Splashers Children’s Play Area. And when it’s time for a break from all the action, meander along the Palm’s calm waterways or catch a spot of sun on the private beach.
Situated inside of the Dubai Mall, this award-winning concept has been designed as an ‘adult experience’ scaled down in size. Kidzania is an ‘edutainment’ complex complete with paved streets, buildings and a functioning economy. Watch the kids play grown-up, taking on jobs that range from firemen, chefs and doctors to radio-show hosts, Emirates pilots or even perfumers creating their very own scents. The KidZania Space Centre is another highlight here. Designed to resemble a real-life space centre, children can learn more about astronauts and the universe with the help of virtual reality and simulated attractions.
Splash alongside one of nature’s friendliest mammals at Dolphin Bay in Atlantis, The Palm. Swimmers of all ages and capabilities are encouraged to connect with the sociable sea dwellers. Dolphin Bay is one of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world, aimed at educating visitors about the wild population and the importance of preserving their natural habitat. At the end of the day, don’t be surprised if the kids claim they’ve made a new best friend
Ice skating in the middle of the desert? This is Dubai, after all. The Olympic-size Dubai Ice Rink, in the Dubai Mall is open to skaters of all ages and abilities with instructors on hand to help get you into the groove and around every curved corner. Older kids will enjoy the disco session where lights and chart-topping tunes give them opportunity to show off their triple Salchows in the emirate’s coolest dance party.
Kids (and adults) are in store for some challenging fun on over 100 interconnected trampolines at Bounce Dubai. Little ones can somersault their heart out at Mini Bounce while older kids practice their dunk in the basketball hoops and bounce off The Wall. As an added bonus, everyone is guaranteed to sleep well afterwards.