We all love a family holiday! Even better if we know that the kids are going to have an awesome time and remember it forever!
Dubai truly is a destination your children will never forget … with the focus firmly on families, Dubai offers a host of activities to keep the kids (big and small) busy every day of their stay. Importantly too, they don’t need to cost the earth; this list has something for every budget.
Witness a Miracle at THE MIRACLE GARDEN.
This record-breaking attraction, The Miracle Garden, is open each year from December to May, displays more than 45 million flowers all artistically landscaped into a variety of shapes, from cars and hearts to archways and clocks. Kids will love exploring the mini town made out of flowers – complete with a scaled-down Burj Khalifa.
And, when you’ve finished there, venture into the Dubai Butterfly Garden which is right next door to immerse yourself in a land where hundreds of colourful butterflies flutter within nine domes.
Be part of the movie with VOX CINEMA’S 4DX SCREENS.
Watching the action on screen is just part of the picture at Vox cinemas’ 4DX screens. Feel the wind and rain, see the smoke and smell the action unfold as you hold onto your (moving seat) and immerse yourself in the plot.
Perfect for adventure movies, this is cinema, but not as you know it. Available at the Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre and Deira City Centre with discounts available for families.
Tour the MEYDAN STABLES.
Horse-mad youngsters will love the tours behind the scenes at Meydan racecourse. Watch the star-studded horses train on the racetrack, see them being groomed, watch them take a dip in their own equine swimming pool then go behind the scenes and sneak a peek at the jockey’s room, saddle paddock and parade ring. Tours take place from September to April.
Find out all you need to know about a Stable Tour at Meydan here.
Go skiing even when it’s 50 degrees at the SKI DUBAI SNOWPARK.
Discover Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! An amazing mountain-themed wintery set-ting where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, take part in many snow events and meet and play with Ski Dubai’s newest residents; the Snow Penguins!
Ski Dubai is located in the Mall of the Emirates. Yes inside so it’s always the perfect temperature for snow! Experience rolling down the Giant Ball run, jumping a 10ft. ramp, spiralling down the tube slides, sightseeing in the chairlift or just relaxing over a hot chocolate at minus 4 degrees … Your kids can even help out with the penguins and become a Peng-Friend for the day.
So enjoy real snow, all year round in a winter world of exciting events. themes and sports for the whole family!
Go crazy with REALLY CRAZY GOLF.
There’s crazy golf and then there’s really crazy golf. The Mini 18-hole indoor Tee & Putt course in Wafi Mall will see you teeing off in the dark.
But there’s more – the Glow in the Dark golf adopts a sci-fi theme which means you’ll encounter aliens and astronauts on the way round.
Visit King Croc at the DUBAI AQUARIUM AND UNDERWATER ZOO.
Weighing in at 500kg and measuring over five metres long, King Croc is just one of the mighty highlights of Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at The Dubai Mall. Home to over 33,000 aquatic animals, including 400 sharks and rays and the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world, step aboard a glass-bottomed boat to see ‘what lies beneath’, then tour the Zoo to see giant squid, bats, otters and the whole menagerie of ocean and rainforest creatures.
If this isn’t enough action, then you could always dive in with the sharks themselves!
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, ranked number 24 in the world’s best aquariums.
Find yourself in the Lost Chambers
Based on The Lost City of Atlantis, the Underwater Tunnels that weave beneath the Atlantis The Palm resort are alive with creatures from the deep. Within this aquarium the whole family will encounter the whole gamut of marine creatures; tickle a sea cucumber; see rare albino alligators; feed the fish; go behind the scenes to learn more about the operation and watch the ‘comedic’ scuba divers come face to face with the sharks inside the tank.
Dance with dolphins at The Dubai Dolphinarium
The Dubai Dolphinarium puts on a show that is fun for every member of the family. Playful dolphins and seals are the stars of the show. Watch them perform acrobatics, juggle, dance, jump through hoops and even paint.
These daily, enthralling shows take place in the dolphinarium within Creek Park and will leave the whole family feeling exhilarated – and possibly a little wet too.
The fun doesn’t stop with the dolphins either – check out the Dubai Dolphinarium Exotic Bird Show while you’re there …
FEED THE TURTLES for Free.
Visit the enclosure near Tortuga restaurant at the Mina A’Salaam hotel on Wednesdays at 11am and Fridays at 1pm to feed the resident turtles (for free).
As part of the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, these sick or rescued turtles are being nurtured by the hotel before being released back into the wild. While feeding the turtles their lunch, it’s a great way for children to learn about marine life and conservation.
Take a break and CHECK OUT A PARK.
Think that Dubai is all about skyscrapers and highways? Think again and check out the vast green parks of Creek Park, Zabeel Park, Mushrif Park and Al Mamzar Beach Park. Let the children run wild, walk within the landscaped gardens and picnic on the lawns.
So that’s just 10 ideas to entertain the kids during your stay in Dubai. SO many things to do! Don’t forget though, there’s always the option of just a stroll along the beach or hanging by the pool!
ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!
Dubai is a destination brimming with excitement for every member of the family! Find out everything there is to know about Dubai from the Dubai Tourism Website – packed with hints, tips, links to tickets, accomodation and more.