Best Things to do in Dubai with Kids
But, if you are confused or not aware how to amuse your children during your Arabian break, here is a list of top things to do in Dubai with kids. They are so diverse and exciting that your little nippers can look forward to a fun-filled holiday in Dubai.
Things To Do In Dubai With Kids
Visit Madame Tussauds Museum
Let your kids give an awesome start to their vacation as they get up close and personal with their favorite music or sports personalities at Madame Tussauds Dubai. Located at Bluewaters Island, it is packed with the superbly crafted real-like wax figures of celebrities from all walks of stardom. With no ropes or barriers to separate you from these wax models, your family and kids can have utmost fun while imitating some cool poses with them.
Experience a Refreshing Spin on Ain Dubai
This is another attraction on Bluewaters Island that you should not miss on your Dubai holiday with kids. It is the world’s tallest and highest observation wheel means it takes you to a height of over 250 meters during its 40-minute. It is safe for all age groups; so be sure to add it on your Dubai program. It treats you with the most exquisite views over the cityscape that encompasses Dubai Marina, JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) etc, as you sit back and relax in one of its 48 fully enclosed and air-conditioned capsules.
Sky Views Dubai – See Dubai from a Brand-New Standpoint
‘At The Top’ observatory inside the tallest-of-its-kind Burj Khalifa is the city’s ultimate vantage point. Now if you have already visited here or looking for an alternative over it, there is the latest Sky Views Dubai at Address Sky View Hotel. It not only offers a refreshing standpoint to absorb the stylish city skyline, but also allows you to be part of some thrilling experiences. Yes, it gives you the chance to enjoy the first of its kind glass slide (from 53rd to 52nd level) in Middle East and also try the exhilarating ever Edge Walk – the hands-free walk experience along the external perimeter of the building.
Let Your Kids Spend a Day at KidZania Dubai
For an outing incorporated with amusement, entertainment and adventure, make sure that your kids to KidZania Dubai. A full day at KidZania is something that your little ones from two to 16 years will cherish in the days to come. It is a miniature-sized city that is set completely indoors inside the Dubai Mall. What makes it interesting is that it allows your children to live their favorite adult job while getting paid. So be proud of your tiny tots as they pilot the plane, bake cookies/ cakes, or walk down the ramp in a safe setting with access to the services of expert staff (known as Zupervisors.)
Take to the Ice
From VR Park and Hysteria to Ekart Zabeel and Infinity Des Lumières, the Dubai Mall has tonnes of amusement and entertainment options for kids. While it is not practical to include all of them in this list, make sure that you hit its must-experiences for kids, especially Dubai Ice Rink. For those who don’t know, it is an Olympic-sized ice rink where you can enjoy ice skating during any part of the year, being completely set indoors. Now if you are cynical about bringing your kids here, don’t leave them behind; with colorful skating aids made available, it is perfect for adults and kids alike.
Embark on a Desert Safari
This is one surefire Dubai activity that would excite all age groups. No matter you are joined by tots, teens or impulsive ones, this off-road tour loaded with a variety of exhilarating activities and cultural experiences are definite to astound your kids. This ranges from the adventurous ever dune bash, quad biking and camel ride sessions to Shisha smoking, henna tattooing, and falconry. Subject to your desert package (morning, evening or overnight safari), you get to top off your desert tour with traditional shows (Belly Dance and Tanura) plus camping under the desert stars.
See Dubai from Water
If ordinary sightseeing tour doesn’t entice your kids, take them to appreciate Dubai’s sights with a twist from water. Luckily, Dubai offers a variety of options to make it possible. Go on a thrilling RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) tour along Dubai Marina or hire a classy yacht or consider signing up for a laid-back dhow cruise along the region’s water at Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek. Apart from these, there is Wonder Bus Tour – an amazing amphibious city tour which allows your kids to see the cityscape of Dubai from land and water.
Enjoy the Finest in Theme Park Rides
Each of the theme parks in Dubai is so extraordinary and world-class that it would be unfair to include just one or two of them here. Dependent on your or kids’ distinct preferences, you can add the snow-themed Ski Dubai, IMG Worlds of Adventure (one of the world’s largest indoor parks) or the video game inspired Hub Zero in your Dubai program. For your LEGO fanatic younger one, there are LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park. You will find both LEGO attractions at Dubai Parks and Resorts which is also home to other two parks like Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai.
Admire Wondrous Displays at Museum of the Future
Museum visits are mostly not kids’ cup of tea. But, this newly opened museum that shines in the heart of the city like a sparkling silver sing is an exception. It is certain to blow your curious ones, particularly those who are enthusiastic about high-tech science and innovations. Featuring the most high-end in ecology, nature, space and wellness, the myriad of futuristic displays across its seven floors will walk you and your kids straight into 2071.
Finally, how about spending a day with dolphins!
With attractions such as Dubai Safari Park and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai is also a favorite of wildlife enthusiasts. But, if you wish to have an amusing day out in company of adorable marine creatures, nothing would probably come closer to a trip to Dolphin Bay inside Atlantis, The Palm resort. It doesn’t matter your little ones are swimmers or not; there are exclusive packages that will get your kids closer to the friendly and brilliant dolphins without getting wet. If this is not enough, you can head to Dubai Dolphinarium (at Dubai Creek Park) where you can watch stunning amazing dolphin and seal show.
Top Tips For Dubai Travel With Kids
- Pre plan and book all aspects of your family holiday in advance, such as accommodation, sightseeing, airport transfers, entry tickets etc.
- Choose to stay in a hotel or resort that is close to the attractions or activities covered in your travel program.
- Consider opting for combo tickets or an all-inclusive package bundled with two or more activities for maximum savings on your Dubai holiday with family and kids.
- Make sure that you adhere to all COVID-19 protocols as required by Dubai government before and after your arrival here.
- Sightsee or visit your favorite attractions on week days as they will be packed on holidays and weekends.
As we have managed to cover almost all of the top kids’ favorite places in the city, we assume that this above list will serve as a valuable source of inspiration to plan your upcoming Dubai vacation with kids. And the best thing is that majority of the attractions in this list are ideal for all age groups, making them a great place to tour whether you are joined by your kids or not.
About the Author: Neha Singh
A postgraduate in Mass Communications, Neha loves everything about life and shares her travel experiences on the Dubai Wikia blog. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering, she loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in the Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.