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Top 10 Dubai attractions for kids this summer

Keep the little ones thrilled in Dubai, all season long
If you’re looking to keep the youngsters entertained this summer, Dubai has a wealth of activities and attractions to choose from – leaving you with plenty of time to do your own thing (or you could even join in the fun). Here are 10 of the city’s best recreation ideas for kids.

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OliOli

Children’s museum

OliOli

Children’s museum

Interactive fun for the kids

Named after the Hawaiian word for joy, OliOli encourages curious little minds to learn with play. The inspiring venue features eight galleries packed with over 40 exhibits that have been crafted by leading educators, artists and developmental psychologists. The result is an interactive museum that is a treat for both parents and children. Don’t miss the colourful Toshi’s Net exhibit by Japanese textile artist Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam. Part trampoline and part playground, this giant hand strung creation took almost a year to make and helps kids develop their motor skills.


General entry tickets at OliOli start from AED42 and can be bought online here.

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Motiongate

Bring movies to life

Motiongate

Bring movies to life

Play with much-loved characters

Transport your kids to a place where ghosts and dragons roam, song and dance is the norm, and where one of the animals from Madagascar is your companion. The Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, Motiongate, located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, boasts attractions that will appeal to a wide range of ages and levels of adventure, from a indoor zone inspired by Dreamworks to the Smurfs Village play area. If you're looking for more action, hold on tight and read our guide to the city's best rollercoasters.

One-day passes to Motiongate Dubai cost just AED245 and can be booked online here. Or experience non-stop thrills for less with our new Dubai Theme Park Pass.

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Legoland Dubai

Build memories

Legoland Dubai

Build memories

AMAZE YOUR LEGO-OBSESSED CLAN

One of Dubai’s most popular family attractions, Legoland Dubai, comes with exciting rides and interactive game and factory tours. Plus little ones also have the chance to build and race their own Lego cars and robots, and – of course – pick up souvenirs from the enormous on-site shop. The theme park sets imaginations alight and keeps little hands busy all day long. And that’s not all, head to the neighbouring Legoland Water Park for a chance to splash about.


One-day passes start from just AED245 and can be purchased online here.
4

Wild Wadi Waterpark

Splashing fun

Wild Wadi Waterpark

Splashing fun

Spend the day at Dubai’s much-loved water park

With 30 incredible rides and attractions, a day at Wild Wadi Waterpark with the family is one well spent. Kids will love the lazy river, racing slides and fun water guns, while the brave can face their fears and ride the tornado-themed Tantrum Alley or experience an epic drop from 120m at a speed of 80 km/h with the Jumeirah Sceirah. Meanwhile, budding surfers can hang ten at the Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders for an unforgettable surfing experience. Trust us, this is one aqua wonderland you’ll never want to leave.


One-day tickets start from just AED220 and can be purchased online here.

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IMG Worlds of Adventure

Theme park thrills

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Theme park thrills

An exciting spin on playtime

Dubai’s largest indoor theme park is a summer sensation. Divided into four zones, IMG Worlds of Adventure lets you meet your favourite superhero from the Marvel universe, play with much-loved Cartoon Network characters, experience thrilling rollercoasters, and even travel back in time to roam with dinosaurs. In between all the action, enjoy a bite to eat at popular on-site restaurants or catch the latest blockbuster at the park’s dedicated cinema. From big screen fantasies to dreams coming true in Dubai – it’s time to live the adventure.


Tickets to IMG Worlds of Adventure start from just AED255 and can be purchased online here.

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The Green Planet

A tropical ecosystem

The Green Planet

A tropical ecosystem

Make new friends at Dubai’s indoor rainforest

The perfect spot for animal lovers, The Green Planet is home to more than 3,000 animals, including sloths, porcupines, toucans, and monkeys. The indoor rainforest is built around a 25m-tall manmade tree, with parrots and other birds flying overhead, while a waterfall leads to the basement. Watch as stingrays and turtles swim about in the aquarium, or visit the insect exhibit and find ants and, if you're feeling brave, have a look at the Goliath tarantulas (the world’s largest spider, with a legspan the length of a child’s forearm). Dubai also boasts other wildlife encounters, so you can experience a holiday in the sunshine filled with unforgettable memories.

Tickets for The Green Planet cost AED199 but we'll let you in on a little secret – if you book online, you'll only need to pay AED99.
7

KidZania

Put them to work

KidZania

Put them to work

A world of fun for little ones

An edutainment centre in The Dubai Mall, KidZania is a replica city, complete with paved streets and a functioning economy, catering to children between the ages of four and 16. The venue offers them a safe environment where they can use their imagination to explore 'work' as a pilot, dentist, doctor, fireman or even a journalist. There's even a dedicated Space Centre zone for budding astronauts to blast off in a space shuttle, build their own rover and more. KidZania presents an exciting spin on play time, and is just one of many exciting attractions in the city – let us show you how to plan the perfect family holiday in Dubai.

Ticket prices at KidZania start from AED95 and can be purchased online here.


8

VR Park

Virtual worlds

VR Park

Virtual worlds

Get ready to challenge reality in Dubai

Think you’ve seen it all and done it all? Think again. The VR Park at The Dubai Mall is an exciting distraction, for every age. The world’s largest indoor virtual reality park has over 30 experiences for you to choose from. Whether you want to take control of the wheel as you careen over desert dunes, captain an out of control drone in a setting inspired by Dubai in the year 2050, or experience the thrill of a free-fall from the record-breaking Burj Khalifa, VR Park lets your imagination come to life.


Pick any seven of VR Park’s top experiences for just AED110. Buy your tickets online here.

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Dubai Aquarium

An underwater world

Dubai Aquarium

An underwater world

Home to 140 species of sea life

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is the world’s largest suspended aquarium, located inside the action-packed The Dubai Mall. Here, kids get the chance to get up close and personal with sharks, crocs and rays, and even join a behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about taking care of the underwater world. One of the many highlights here is a glass-bottom boat tour that lets you enjoy a unique view of the aquarium's waters, home to 33,000 aquatic animals. If you're looking for more aqua thrills in Dubai, explore our list of must-try water activities.

Experiences at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo start from AED130. Book your tickets online.

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Ski Dubai

Snow fun

Ski Dubai

Snow fun

Slides, rides and smiles at sub-zero temperatures

Who says you can’t ski in summer? Treat your family to a day at Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. With 22,500sqm of snowy terrain, complete with five slopes, a snow park and even real penguins, this place has to be experienced to be believed. Hone your skills on ice with lessons led by expert trainers, or go bobsledding with the family and play in the snow. Kids will cherish the chance to get up close to the friendly king and gentoo snow penguins too, so start planning the perfect holiday today.


Ski Dubai packages start from AED210 and can be purchased online here.