You may think that visiting Dubai with kids will be quite challenging, as it is a super luxurious and vertical city.
In reality, there are many things to do in Dubai with kids to ensure a happy and successful visit.
This visit may be a great opportunity to have some digital detox and wean away the kids from their ipads and phones. Let them see some aquatic and land animals up close.
Here are some of the top things to do with kids in Dubai
Visit Motiongate Dubai
Children of all ages love movies starring their favorite characters. They will find them at Motiongate Dubai.
For the younger children, the Smurfs Village will be a magical experience, where they can interact with the friendly blue Smurfs.
The family rides, interactive play zones, and a theatre all add to the enjoyment.
For older children, the world of Columbia Pictures or Dreamworks Animation would provide encounters with their favorite characters like Ghostbusters, vampire warrior Selene, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, etc.
The other attractions like the thrilling rides, interactive zones, and shows provide absolute fun and entertainment.
For the still older kids, there is Lionsgate that has the Hunger Games and the Step-up worlds providing more thrills and action.
Wander around Dubai Miracle Garden
A garden in Dubai with 150million flowers and plants is in itself a miracle and the aptly named garden has it all.
Different patterns, structures, statues, etc. made with flowers and plants inspire awe and joy in the kids.
They identify their favorite Disney Characters, visit the houses and huts made of flowers and enjoy the familiar structures made with flowers.
The heart and butterfly passages as well as the floral castle will steal their hearts.
The Butterfly Garden inside the Miracle Garden educates and entertains them about the various species of butterflies and their life cycle.
Spend the Day at Water Parks
There are some unique water parks in Dubai. Kids of all ages and adults too consider water parks as their all-time favorite.
Atlantis Aquaventure is the largest waterpark in Dubai and offers some extremely thrilling slides, rides, and experiences.
The Legoland Waterpark designed in the Lego style is another waterpark with 20 different water rides.
The Wild Wadi Waterpark is another popular waterpark in Dubai.
The IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest indoor waterpark and its four zones feature different attractions based on Cartoon Network and Marvel characters and of course the favorite of most children – dinosaurs.
Other waterparks in Dubai are Dreamland Aqua Park, Laguna Waterpark, etc.
Experience a Desert Safari
A desert safari is a unique experience. Children of all ages enjoy riding on camels. Visiting a camel farm will be a special occasion for them.
Sandboarding and dune bashing are some other activities that the kids can enjoy while on a desert safari.
The safari can be tailored to meet your kids’ requirements like avoiding extreme rides or arranging a quad bike ride for the older kids.
The morning or the evening safari into the desert will be a unique experience as the desert is very different from Dubai city.
Some other enjoyable activities here are belly dancing, henna painting, fire shows, and Tanura dance. There is also delicious BBQ food to look forward to.
Go to the Observation Deck of the Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is a very popular destination among adults and kids.
The kids are generally more aware of the unique features of the Burj Khalifa.
They eagerly await the fast elevator ride to the 124th or 125th floor and the 360o view from the observation towers.
They will enjoy looking through the telescopes at the close-up view of Dubai’s skyline and of the desert beyond it.
Visiting Burj Khalifa means it is easy to explore the gardens, the Dubai Fountain, and parks around it. It is also close to Dubai Mall.
Explore the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
You can expect close encounters of the fun kind when you take your kids to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, as they get to see more than 140 species of aquatic life.
The aquarium has the largest number of sand tigers. A series of carefully designed experiences let the visitors come face to face with the aquatic animals in their habitat.
See the Gentoo penguins or go diving to see the sharks in their tank. You can also see the sharks and the crocodiles being fed.
Age-appropriate snorkeling and diving activities are available for the more adventurous.
Sail in a glass-bottom boat to see the teeming aquatic life in the water or explore other available attractions.
Indulge in the Best Theme Parks
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Dubai has some of the best indoor and outdoor theme parks.
There is the SKI Dubai in the Mall of Emirates, where the kids can play in the snow, learn skiing, meet a penguin family or go tobogganing.
The Kidzania at the Dubai Mall with its educational environment is a wonderful place for the kids to learn real-world skills.
The kids can indulge in role-play activities that are designed to develop their cognitive and social skills.
The Dubai Garden Glow has three main attractions – the Ice Park, Art Park, and the Dinosaur Park. There is no need to guess what the kids would prefer the most here.
Dubai is also home to IMG Worlds of Adventures, which is the biggest indoor theme park in the world.
There is also Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park, which is a LEGO-based theme park, apt for kids between the ages of 2 and 12 years.