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New family experiences to try in Dubai

Fri, May 26, 2023

Keep the whole family entertained with these fresh and exciting children's activities in Dubai.

Keep the whole family entertained with these fresh and exciting children's activities in Dubai.

Pirouette towards this beautiful ballet for the entire family

Dubai Opera Sleeping beauty

Step into the magical world of fairytales with Sleeping Beauty at Dubai Opera on 2 and 3 June. Your little ones will be mesmerised during this immersive production – by The Moscow Ballet La Classique – where world-class dancers pointe and plie to perfection on Tchaikovsky's acclaimed score. Book now to be dazzled by the story of princess Aurora, the evil Fairy Carabosse and the good Fairy Lilac.

Sleeping Beauty at Dubai Opera
Live shows
  • 2 Jun 2023 - 3 Jun 2023
  • Dubai Opera

Camp in the rainforest at The Green Planet

Camping at The Green Planet Dubai

Cancel that trip to the Amazon – you can now go camping in the rainforest right here in Dubai, thanks to The Green Planet. From 2 June to 29 September, the city’s very own indoor rainforest is offering overnight visits on Fridays and Saturdays. Before bedding down in The Green Planet’s comfortable tents, campers can enjoy a feast in the forest, play games, watch documentaries – and even take tours to observe the nocturnal animals.

After a night surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest, morning brings breakfast, an interactive animal feeding session and a behind-the-scenes tour of The Green Planet. Places are limited to 25 people per night, and prices start from AED750 for a two-person tent, with junior campers an additional AED200 each.

Experience fairytale magic at Dubai Opera

The Story Of Princess Aurora Dubai Opera

If you missed the earlier ballet, here's a chance to experience a completely different interpretation of the legend of Sleeping Beauty and the evil Malificent. You’ll be whisked away to an enchanted land, as the talented Turning Pointe Youth Ballet brings The Story of Princess Aurora to life at Dubai Opera on 10 June. This one-night-only dramatic production will enthral guests of all ages, so book seats for the entire family.

The Story of Princess Aurora
Live shows
  • 10 Jun 2023
  • Dubai Opera

Beat the heat at this family-friendly fiesta

Quick Query Dubai
From skill games by Game Nation from 10am to 10pm daily to character meet and greets, roaming entertainment and cirque shows every weekend, there are plenty of surprises in store for your kids at Gate Avenue’s Summer Carnival from 26 May to 11 June. Cap your day off with a delicious feast at South Market while enjoying the festive vibe.
Summer Carnival at Gate Avenue
  • 26 May 2023 - 11 Jun 2023
  • Zone D, Gate Avenue, DIFC

Shop the best from local artisans

Ripe Market

Take the family to the Ripe Retail Pop-Up at Festival Plaza, Jebel Ali, the latest iteration of the popular local market, which runs every Saturday until 30 September. There's plenty to browse and lots for little ones to enjoy, with homegrown brands selling a diverse range of products, including fashion, art, homeware, jewellery, food, organic goods and more.

Ripe Retail Pop-up
  • 27 May 2023 - 30 Sep 2023
  • Festival Plaza

Enjoy fantastic 'kids go free' offers this summer

Save on entry to some of Dubai’s best attractions with these special 'kids go free' offers – the best way to see Dubai this summer. From attractions including Dubai Parks and Resorts, At The Top, Burj Khalifa, the thrilling Sky Views Observatory and the world-famous Madame Tussauds waxwork museum, young ones can get in for free when accompanied by adults. And there are plenty of great 'kids go free' hotel offers too, with properties such as Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Atlantis, The Palm, Legoland Hotel and JA Hatta Fort all letting kids stay, and often eat, for free.

Find cracking new packages at The Smash Room


If you've ever had an uncontrollable urge to hulk out and smash things, The Smash Room is for you - go in there, put on protective gear, and smash printers, computers, glassware and more. The best thing is, it all gets recycled. The Smash Room's new packages include Whoopee for kids aged five to 13, where they can smash glassware and a DVD. Families with kids aged 14 and over can enjoy The Smash Room's full range, including its Ecstasy and Euphoria packages - along with X, where you can bring your own smashables for just AED69.

Get your thrills at the new DxBike Pump Track

DxBike in Dubai

If your family is into adrenaline-pumping sports such as BMX or skateboarding, head to DxBike for its new 1,350sqm Pump Track. Curated by XDubai, the country’s largest extreme sports and adventure hub, the Pump Track offers two options: one for younger enthusiasts and beginners, and another for more advanced riders. Rent everything you need at DxBike, then enjoy their delicious F&B options afterwards.

Step into the otherworldly AYA

Family visiting AYA Universe in Dubai
It's ideal for Instagrammers looking to light up their social media feed, but AYA, situated in the atrium of WAFI City Mall, offers much more than just an opportunity for photography. From the moment you step into this sprawling 40,000 square foot space, you're surrounded by high-tech sound, lights and graphics with 12 distinct zones, each telling a different story in this family-friendly space.

Cool off at the Just Splash Splash Pad

The whole clan will find aquatic joy at JA The Resort's new 550sqm splash park, situated next to the Pirates and Mermaids kids club. There's plenty of water-based excitement to be had with slides, tubes, soaker buckets and more. Parents can relax with refreshments on the Sandbar beachside terrace and take in the views, while organised activities add an extra element of fun for little ones. Entrance includes pool, beach and Just Splash access and starts at AED350 per adult, with AED100 redeemable on food and beverage.

Unleash your artistic side at Wild Paint House

Let your imagination run amok at Wild Paint House, which allows you to splat, spin and spray paint to your heart's content! From neon paints that glow in the dark to acrylic pours, using pendulums or trapezes, aspiring artists of all ages can let their creativity loose, adding their own touches to white walls or perfecting canvases to take home at this popular Al Quoz location. 

Experience the best of Expo City Dubai

Expo City Dubai

Expo City Dubai has plenty to delight the whole family. Keep yourself fuelled with food options dotted throughout, while you marvel at the architecture and explore reimagined country pavilions as well as the three thematic pavilions remaining from the World Expo. Take in the grandeur of Al Wasl Plaza and let kids run around two interactive playgrounds before taking in the stunning Surreal water feature. Make sure you head to Terra - The Sustainability Pavilion, which is hosting storytelling sessions, a tinkering table and more this month.

Become an aquarist at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo


Children aged five and over can get a special opportunity to experience what it's like to be an aquarist and take care of marine life. The educational behind-the-scenes programme, which runs daily from 1pm till 5pm, introduces kids to the marvels of these aquatic creatures.

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