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Cool new family experiences in Dubai

Sun, October 24, 2021

Keep the whole family busy with this must-do list of fresh and exciting children's activities in Dubai.

Keep the whole family busy with this must-do list of fresh and exciting children's activities in Dubai.


Sky-high fun at The View at The Palm

Enjoy incomparable views of one of Dubai’s most talked about landmarks at The View at The Palm. Located 240m high, the observation deck presents never seen before 360-degree panoramas of Palm Jumeirah alongside the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline in the distance. The View at The Palm is located on level 52 of The Palm Tower, which also houses a café, a creative exhibition that showcases the development of the island, interactive aquarium-themed tunnels and a gift shop. 

Swing from the trees at Aventura

This one’s for the adventurers. Treetop obstacle course Aventura Parks has unveiled a new Discovery Area in association with the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Aimed at toddlers and kids until the age of seven, this new zone aims to stimulate sensory and social skills. Everyone will want to splash around in the fountains, take a trip down the mini zipline and aim to get to the top of the rock climb. There's plenty for older children and adults too. Swing from tree to tree along 24 ziplines and 80 challenging obstacles, this is sure to be a fun yet exciting way to get the whole family active. And that's not all. For the more curious nature lovers Aventura has launched guided tours so everyone can learn more about the flora and fauna.

Head back for retro-fun at Roll DXB


It’s time to get your skates on at Dubai’s brand-new, first-ever permanent roller disco. Rolldxb has opened its doors in Port Rashid, with disco nights, roller derby, musical skate jams and roller hockey making us reach for the leg-warmers. Skating pros keen to show off their moves can hit the floor during 90-minute open sessions, while beginners can take individual or group lessons. The whole family can join in the sliding action as the skate park is open to all ages until 7pm, after which it’s for over 14s only.


Slide into the jungle

Whether you are looking for truly thrilling water-based fun or something a little gentler, the new Jungle Bay Waterpark at Club Mina will tick all the boxes for aqua-based fun. This new addition to the Westin Dubai Mina-Siyahi complex, which already offers up a kids club, sandy beach, multiple swimming pool and green spaces, not to mention multiple restaurants, is done up in Mediterranean blue and white hues and is an additional draw for those hunting for kids activities. Splash pads, slides, and a six-metre pneumatic wave pool are part of the mix and there's a casual eatery appropriately called The Beach serving snacks all day. It just opened its doors so now is the perfect time to check out the latest member of the Dubai waterparks scene.

Make a splash at Aquaventure

Dubai’s biggest waterpark just got even bigger with the opening of two new areas - Splashers Lagoon and Splashers Cove. These two adventure-packed towers have been specially designed for younger thrill-seekers, making it the largest children's only waterpark experience in the Middle East, with over 16 new attractions for them to try out. Let them race each other on the world’s first kid’s rally-racer, or take the plunge and try out the tornado slide.

Get in touch with nature

You don’t need a green thumb to get back in touch with nature. There are plenty of farms around Dubai to visit, which provide opportunities to teach the whole family about organic fruits and vegetables, and much more. My Farm Dubai is a self-sustaining eco-farm in the middle of the desert where visitors can harvest herbs, spices, and honey – and it offers indoor workshops for both kids and adults alike on how to tend to plants. If you're looking for a high-tech scene, then make your way to UNS Farms in Al Quoz which uses state-of-the-art technology to grow their greens, and teaches little ones everything they need to know about sustainability.

Learn about the bearcat necessities

The Green Planet

He's the first bearcat ever to have visited the region, which is why the aptly named Fluffy is creating such a stir at City Walk's The Green Planet. The adorable creature, also known as a Binturong, has a cat-like head and bear-like body, and visitors at the indoor rainforest can spot him wandering around the foliage. Children looking for an even more immersive, educational experience can become 'zookeepers' thanks to a new three-hour programme that lets them participate behind the scenes in the laboratories and bio-dome.


Explore an underwater world

Explore Deep Dive Dubai's underwater habitats

It's already broken the Guinness World Record for the world's deepest swimming pool at 60.02m, but Deep Dive Dubai offers aquatic fans so much more to see and do. Don your suit and float your way through an underwater sunken city, reminiscent of Atlantis. There are also a host of courses to sign up for, if you're keen on free diving and scuba diving. Make your way here, whether you are an expert wanting to plunge to new depths or a beginner keen to explore new habitats.


Get close to famous faces at this lifelike waxwork museum

Madame Tussauds

Want to pose with the stars on the red carpet? Madame Tussauds let's you do just that. Visit the internationally famous waxwork museum, known for crafting lifelike replicas of high-profile figures and celebrities, at Bluewaters Dubai. You'll not only be able to mingle with 60 international stars but see figures of 16 brand new regional heavy-hitters too. Record-breaking singer Balqees Fathi is the centre of attention at the A-List Party Room. And, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan shares the spotlight with Nancy Ajram and Maya Diab. Football fans can see their hero Cristiano Ronaldo, while social media queens can take a selfie with Kylie Jenner or Cara Delevingne.


Meet the Smurfs at Dubai Miracle Garden

Fans of the diminutive blue-hued cartoon characters will be thrilled to see the Smurfs -– admittedly larger than life and decked out in blooms – as the Dubai Miracle Gardens reopens its doors for its tenth winter edition. Walk among the well-loved mushroom houses made famous by the Belgian comics as you enter Smurf Village, then try to spot Smurfette in the topiary before making your way to the activity area. You'll also get to explore the gardens' many iconic figures, like the giant teddy bear and floating lady. Don't forget to stop by the adjacent Butterfly Garden too.

Get on your marks for Ready, Set, Go

Explore this sprawling, jungle-themed playground that comes complete with soft play area, trampoline park, a mini-town and a zone specially for toddlers. From foam cannons to balance beams, tunnels and rope bridges plus lots of slides, children from the ages of one to 12 have lots of different routes to check out at Ready, Set, Go. The Al Quoz-based indoor space even has five role play rooms ranging from a princess theme to a disco based one, so it's the ideal place to keep them entertained.

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