Must-do Kid-friendly Activities in Dubai
Dubai has garnered the attention of family holidaymakers for many years. The city has always strived to make itself a destination that caters to all types of travelers. With its incredible assortment of theme parks, water parks, and recreational areas, the emirate offers kids and adults countless possibilities to enjoy their time together. For families traveling to Dubai with children, there are a plethora of activities in Dubai that will keep their young ones intrigued and occupied with exciting adventure. Here is a list of attractions and kid-friendly activities in Dubai.
DUBAI AQUARIUM AND UNDERWATER ZOO
BURJ KHALIFA AND DUBAI FOUNTAINS
IMG WORLDS OF ADVENTURES
DUBAI GARDEN GLOW
VR PARK DUBAI
Winter in Dubai is no myth. Ski Dubai is such an extraordinary attraction where you can enjoy a snow-covered mountainous terrain amid the stifling Arabian desert heat. It is the first indoor ski resort in the middle east. At Ski Dubai, grown-ups and kids can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and chairlifts. They can even watch penguins marching around inside a wintry indoor wonderland maintained at -4 degrees celsius temperature.
Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sunday to Wednesday – 10.00 am to 11.00 pm, Thursday – 10.00 am to 12.00 am, Friday – 9.00 am to 12.00 am, Saturday – 9.00 am to 11.00 pm
Visitors spend 1 to 2 hours at this attraction.
The ticket cost starts at approx. AED 190 per person. Ticket price varies according to activities and duration spent at Ski Dubai.
The first of its kind in the Middle East, LEGOLAND Dubai is a family amusement park by the LEGO franchise. The theme park offers around 60 thrilling rides and activities for adults and children, along with dedicated areas and rides specially designed for kids under the age of 12. This attraction has some of the best variety of kids’ activities in all of Dubai.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Exit No 5, opposite Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Visitors can spend 4 to 5 hours at this attraction.
Tickets start from approx. AED 175 per person.
Give your kid a day where he or she can become what they want to be when they grow up. KidZania is an exciting concept where children get a glimpse of the grown-up’s world for a few hours. They can spend a day being a fireman, pilot, bank cashier, or store manager, to name a few. KidZania Dubai is an ideal place for kids to have fun while learning.
Level 2, The Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Sunday to Wednesday – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Thursday to Saturday – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Visitors spend 3 to 4 hours at this attraction.
General Admission: Economy: Children 4 – 16 years of age: Approx. AED 185
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
One of the most popular attractions to visit in Dubai is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. It is also the largest suspended aquarium in the world. Home to over 1,000 colorful marine species, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is an ideal spot to take a break from shopping in the Dubai Mall.
Dubai Mall, Financial Center Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 am
Visitors usually spend 1 to 2 hours at this attraction.
Tickets start from AED 175 onwards
These gentle and playful creatures of the ocean will make you fall in love at the Dubai Dolphinarium. This indoor amusement arena is an ideal spot for kids to interact with dolphins and watch them showcase their skills during one of the astonishing performances.
Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Monday to Saturday -10:00 am to 7:30 pm.
Visitors usually spend 2 to 3 hours at this attraction.
Prices start from AED 100 per person approx.
Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains
Watch your kids’ jaws drop in awe as he or she marvels at the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa’s sheer grandeur dominates its surrounding ambiance. Add to it the graceful water jets of Dubai Fountain, and you get an attraction which leaves visitors speechless. Kids will love the city view from the top of Burj Khalifa. Take the evening tour so that you can also enjoy the spectacular aerial view of Dubai Fountains.
1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Daily from 8.30 am till 10.00 pm
Visitors spend 3 to 4 hours at this attraction.
Burj Khalifa ticket prices start from 149 AED per person.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Welcome to the world’s largest indoor theme park! IMG Worlds of Adventure is the ultimate destination to meet your Marvel superheroes. Grown-ups, too, can go back to their childhood memories and mingle with favorite Cartoon Network characters. The theme park is so big that you can fit 28 football fields inside of it! So just imagine the variety of rides, shows, and recreational activities that this attraction has to offer.
E311, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Saturday to Wednesday: 11.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Thursday and Friday: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm
Visitors spend a whole day at this attraction
Admission Ticket starts from AED 299 per person approx.
Dubai Garden Glow
Spend an evening witnessing an illuminated spectacle of neon lights and laser shows. This year, Dubai Garden Glow welcomes visitors for its 5th season and showcases the talents of creative designers and artists from all over the world. It is the largest glow-in-the- park in the Middle East and also has an ICE Park which displays giant and intricately carved ice sculptures. Kids will love to gaze at these impressive pieces of art installations shining brightly against the Dubai night. They’ll enjoy indulging in culinary delights from around the world at the food pavilion.
Zabeel Park, Gate No – 6 & 7, Area – B, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Saturday to Thursday – 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Friday – 4:00 pm to 12:00 am
Visitors spend 3 to 4 hours here.
Admission Ticket price is approx. AED 65 per person
VR Park Dubai
Want to witness something offbeat and have an out of the box experience? At VR Park Dubai, you can leave reality behind and step into the virtual world. The park is equipped with the latest simulation technology. The first of its kind in the Middle East, VR Park is the ultimate experience for gamers and those looking for a thrill-packed adventure.
The Dubai Mall, Financial Center Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Saturday to Thursday – 10.00 am to 12.00 am
Friday – 9.00 am to 1.00 am
Visitors spend 4 to 5 hours at this attraction
Entry is free but there are different prices for gaming and simulation activity tickets.
Tips for Visitors
- All theme parks have a strict dress policy. You have to dress modestly. Apparels with political slogans are not allowed.
- Outside food, beverages, and pets are not allowed in theme parks.
- Make sure you book your tickets in advance!
- Most theme park rides have height restrictions.
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