Dubai is one of the most fun places to visit with kids. Yes, we are talking about the same bustling, hugely cosmopolitan city of gold and skyscrapers. It’s the place to take your kids, for there’s not one, not two, but probably hundreds of fun things you can do as a family in Dubai. The city’s incredible fun theme parks, activity corners, adventure worlds, aquariums, underwater zoos, and waterparks, to name a few, attract children from all over the world. Here’s the beauty of it, though – you, the grownup, can have fun at these places too!
- Visit IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure is huge – it takes up as much space as 28 football fields would. It’s an indoor amusement park that contains five “epic zones.” Each zone has magnificent live displays, animatronics, and shows. There’s the Cartoon Network zone, the Marvel zone, IMG Boulevard zone, Lost Valley and Dinosaur Adventure zone, and Novo Cinema.
This amazing temperature-controlled indoor park offers high-octane roller coaster thrill rides, various games, animatronic dinosaurs, and so much more!
- Wild Wadi Waterpark
Wild Wadi waterpark is a sure-fire hit with kids of all ages, with over 30 attractions. Located right in front of the astounding Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi is a colorful waterpark based on Juha, an Arabian folklore character. The Flood River, with its meter-high waves and Juha’s lazy river journey, is enjoyed by kids and adults. There are many racing slides with water guns for little ones, while teens will love the Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj. Adults and older teens will adore the Wipeout surfing experience, one of four of its kind, and Riptide Flowriders. Wipeout shoots out about seven tons of water to produce realistic waves. These waves are so good; you can go bodyboarding and kneeboarding here.
- VR Park
VR Park (Virtual Reality Park) is located at Dubai Mall. This theme park combines both virtual and augmented reality to amazing effect. If you dare to, challenge yourself to try the Burj Drop experience, where you’ll virtually be thrown over the side of the tallest building in the world. It feels so real, that only healthy individuals are allowed to enjoy these games. Next, your kids can enjoy leading a zombie brigade to take over the world, or travel to unseen lands, virtually, or fight each other’s avatars – there’s no end to it.
- Dubai Dancing Fountains
There’s nothing more exciting than a huge, colorful dancing fountain, especially one that shoots water up to 50 stories high. The Dubai dancing fountains are situated on the 30-acre large Burj Lake. Watch the fountain from the Burj Khalifa boardwalk. The Dubai Fountain is a choreographed medley of dancing water, laser lights, and more set to the most popular tunes of world music. Your kids will jump with joy, enjoying the crowds, the colors, the music, and the water. It’s definitely a not-to-miss event. On your trip to Dubai with kids, don’t forget to include a visit to this wonder.
- Hop on Hop off Big Bus Tour
Which kid doesn’t love to ride on a bus, checking out cool stuff in town? The hop-on-hop-off big bus tour is just perfect for curious kids. You can choose among several bus tour routes based on your time constraints and what you want to see. The bus tour allows you to get up close to landmarks such as Burj al Arab, Atlantis Hotel, Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountains, and many more. What’s great about this tour is that you can hop off the bus at any stop to spend time browsing around. Hold on to your tickets, and you can grab the next bus on that route (there’s one every 15 minutes) and continue your tour.
- Desert Safari and Thrill Sports!
Kids and the Dubai desert – don’t get us started! Whether it’s camel riding or petting baby camels, or sand boarding and dune bashing, kids have myriad fun outlets in the desert. Just make sure you book your desert safari from a responsible, wholesome tour and travel company, such as Rayna Tours, for example.
In itself, the desert is nothing more than undulating dark red sand dunes, a major playground with no rules. Kids can slide down dunes on boards and bury each other in the sand until the neck, just like on the beach. The sunsets and sunrises are mesmerizing. Evening desert safaris include a fantastic Emirati feast in a real-to-goodness Bedouin camp, with amazing Tanoura and belly dance performances. A desert safari is one of the most exciting things to do in Dubai.
- Dolphin Bay
Kids love to play with dolphins, and at Dolphin Bay in Atlantis, The Palm, they’ll find many dolphins splashing away, playing with their trainers. These dolphins come out to the edge of the pool to kiss their trainers, and bounce balls with them. If your kids can swim well, they can get into the water, and connect with these friendly, adorable mammals. Dolphin Bay has several programs to educate visitors about dolphins, their habitats, intelligence, and interaction with humans. Kids are taught to love and respect marine and animal wildlife as well.
- Top of the Burj Khalifa
At 828 meters high, the Burj Khalifa is simply the world’s tallest building, and no question about it. The At The Top experience involves a grand view of the city, the desert that surrounds it – all the way to the sea, from the observatory deck on the 124th and 125th floors. State-of-the-art telescopes are provided for amazing views. Your kids will love the express elevator, which climbs up 124 floors in less than 60 seconds. It’s an amazing experience, especially if you opt for the sunrise or sunset viewing slots. Simply magical.
There are several other places and sights to consider when you take your kids to Dubai. How about a lovely, serene ride on the Dubai Canal on a wooden vessel called the Abra? A dhow cruise along the Dubai Marina is another option too. KidZania, CityWalk, Dubai Marina, Dubai Mall – just do your homework and list all the things your kids will enjoy.