Dubai is a fantastic holiday destination for families with young kids, as Arab culture adores children and there are many exciting attractions to enjoy. There are several great theme parks, picnic areas and playgrounds for your little ones to explore and older kids will enjoy activities such as camel riding, sand-boarding and desert safaris. There’s so much to do in Dubai for the entire family, so why not plan a trip to this enormous desert metropolis with your kids?
Top Things to Do With Kids in Dubai
When you are planning your trip to Dubai with the family, you’ll discover that there are more things to do than you could possibly fit into one trip. Here are some of the best family-friendly attractions that you can enjoy while visiting Dubai:
Cool Down at Ski Dubai
If you need a break from the sweltering heat, you can escape to an indoor winter wonderland at Ski Dubai. It is the largest indoor snow park in the world and you can ski down the slope as well as try tobogganing or snowboarding. There is a play area for the little ones and even a chance to see penguins!
Go Shopping at the Blue Souk in Sharjah
The main shopping market in Sharjah offers everything that you could think of, including clothing, jewellery, housewares, gifts and much more. Your little ones will be dazzled as you wander through the beautiful buildings with their blue tiles and marvel at ornate carpets and shimmering jewellery.
Watch the Flamingos at Ras Al Khor
At the Flamingo roost in Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai there are more than 500 Greater Flamingos, so take the opportunity to catch a glimpse of these strange and fascinating pink birds. There are also many other amazing bird species that you can see here, including the Grey heron, Sanderling, Asian pied myna, Black-winged stilt, Citrine wagtail and others.
See a Camel Race
Camel racing is a traditional sport in the United Arab Emirates, so while you are in Dubai why not check it out? The races are scheduled during the winter months and they take place at the Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack. Admission is free to attend this noisy and exciting event.
Go Wild at Bounce
At Bounce your energetic youngsters can bounce off the walls - literally! It is an indoor play area that is filled with more than 100 interconnected trampolines within huge colourful spaces. All of the surfaces are covered in sponge, giant air bags and springs – so your kids can bounce safely as much as they want.
Splash Down at Aquaventure Waterpark
This enormous water park at Atlantis the Palm Resort features a “river” that stretches for 1.6km with wave surges, waterfalls and rapids. The enormous Tower of Neptune launches three thrilling slides, including the Leap of Faith. The Tower of Poseidon also features four more thrilling slides, including the longest waterslide in the world. The little ones can relax in the more peaceful and quiet wave pool and water playground. Tickets to the waterpark will also include same-day access to a private beach.
Explore the Jungle at Dubai Garden Centre
At the Dubai Garden Centre you will find plants of every kind, as well as a crocodile pond and monkeys swinging in the trees. You and the kids will also spot sea creatures and tropical fish in the aquariums. After checking out the wildlife, you can head to the Rose Leaf cafe and enjoy a drink and a slice of homebaked cake.
Paint a Plate at Cafe Ceramique in Jumeirah Town Centre Mall
At this creative pottery shop little ones can paint their own pottery while you sit back and enjoy the food. Everything is supplied, including the brushes, paint and plain white ceramics. Artists who wish to paint must be at least four years of age. There is a place where the little ones can play and have their hands and feet stamped onto mugs and other keepsakes.
These are just a few of the fantastic attractions that Dubai has to offer for families with young kids, so start planning your trip now so that you can get there and enjoy!