We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve had many a day where we haven’t had a clue how to keep our kids entertained on a holiday. The amazing thing about Dubai however is that it’s positively teeming with things to do as a family!
From Kayaking to Tobogganing, crabbing to biking and a seeing a whole lot of snow on one side, desert on the other, here is why you must pack your bags with the kids and head to Dubai this summer.
Watch an interesting video on things to do in Dubai here
Get adventurous at Legoland
Everybody loves LEGO! The ultimate destination for an action packed family outing with themed adventures, interactive rides, water park and more. Get adventurous and try becoming a giant at Miniland, or getting your LEGO driving license in LEGO city and get to ride the exhilarating Dragon Coaster attraction. It has lots of things to do for kids between 2 to 12 years.
Go surfing at Sunset beach
The sunshine, warm water and the essentially tame waves in Dubai are just irresistible factors to want to try out surfing. While there are a bunch of places where you could go surfing, we love this one because the waves here are less than half a metre high on the average, which are suitable for kids.
Hit the slopes at Ski Dubai
For all things frozen, head to Ski Dubai! Who thought you could be throwing snowballs at 40C. From snowboarding, tobogganing, and meeting the super cool snow penguins – there’s unlimited fun for the kids and even you here.
Gaming at Sega Republic
An indoor amusement park with cutting-edge simulators, virtual experience and one of the largest assortment of skill and redemption games, Sega Republic is sure to keep older children happy for many an hour while you are busy filling up the shopping bags!
Become a doctor at KIDZANIA
In the world’s biggest mall, Dubai Mall, you’ll find a city built to kiddie scale where children choose from more than 80 activities and careers is a unique role-play mini world where kids choose from more than 80 activities and careers as they earn KidZos to spend at the shops, restaurants and theatres
Say hello to the Dino Dinosaur
Take a break from your the shopping bags and say hello to ‘DubaiDino’ at Dubai Mall, a real Diplodocus longus. This 24m long beast from the Jurassic period was shipping to Dubai from its original home in Wyoming, USA and is a must-visit for any budding paleontologists in the family.
Take a dip at Aquaventure Waterpark
Spread across 17ha the waterpark is a maze of speed slides, rivers, rapids, heart-pumping rides packed into the 40m high tower Power of Poseidon and the world’s first known zip line circuit to be integrated into a waterpark tower.
Paint like Picasso at The Jam Jar
Grab your budding artists and head to Al Quoz where The Jam Jar art space offers a blank canvas – literally – for kids and adults alike to get creative with paint. With stocked up paint bottles,brushes, appropriate aprons and lots of place to get messy, this is the perfect place to unwind incase you don’t want to go to the theme parks and malls.
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin Bay in Atlantis is one of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world. Here you have the opportunity to swim with dolphins or seals – choose from a range of dolphin experiences suitable for all ages and swimming abilities. Interactions range from standing in shallow water to swimming or scuba diving alongside these charismatic creatures.
Play houses in Mushrif Park
Looking to get away from it all without going too far? Then a 30 min drive from Dubai (beyond Mirdif) will take you to Mushrif Park, which is the biggest park in Dubai. The main attraction, and it is a good one, is the International Village consisting of 13 kiddie-sized traditional houses from around the world, perfect for curious toddlers with active imaginations.
Say hello to friendly water creatures at The Dubai Mall Aquarium and underwater zoo
The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo features thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walk-through tunnel.Does your little one fancy themselves as the next crocodile Dundee? Well mamas, The Dubai Mall Aquarium is now home to the King Croc who, at 750 kg weighs as much as 14 very big men and measures the length of 6 fully sized supermarket shopping carts. Visit this royal resident for an experience not to forget!
Pack up the kids and let’s go, mama!
But most importantly, don’t forget to carry the hats, sunscreens, beach balls and lots of energy!