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Family fun in Dubai

The ultimate family experiences to be had in Dubai
Dubai is an ideal holiday destination for families, with theme parks, beaches, brunches and more to keep everyone happy. Here are some exciting activities to keep the kids busy on school break.
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Theme park central

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Theme park central

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Best for: non-stop action

An entertainment wonderland for both the young and young at heart, Dubai Parks and Resorts is home to not one, not two, but three incredible theme parks and a waterpark. Spend the day dancing with the lovable Smurfs at Motiongate Dubai, building unforgettable memories with little ones at Legoland Dubai, splashing about at Legoland Water Park, or experiencing blockbuster-themed rides at Bollywood Parks Dubai. There's plenty to explore with over 100 rides, shows and attractions.
Contact Details
  Dubai Parks and Resorts, opposite Palm Jebel Ali
  +971 4 820 0000
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Animal encounters

The Green Planet

Animal encounters

The Green Planet

Best for: Curious minds

Take a walk through a tropical rainforest right here in Dubai. Head down to The Green Planet in the chic open-air shopping district of City Walk to be transported into a natural ecosystem filled with flora, fauna and fun. Here you’ll encounter 3,000 plants and animals from brightly coloured toucans and elusive geckos to butterflies and even a porcupine (don’t miss the resident sloth!). The immersive vertical bio-dome is a treat for any budding environmentalist.
Contact Details
  City Walk, Al Safa
  +971 4 317 3999
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Play on

OliOli

Play on

OliOli

Best for: Delighting youngsters

Since launching in 2017, this interactive children’s museum has redefined the playtime rulebook. Deriving its name from the Hawaiian for “joy”, OliOli comprises eight interactive galleries for youngsters aged two to 11. There are dozens of activities for kids to engage in and learn from – from launching rockets to creating 3D artwork models and building forts. There’s also a gallery dedicated to toddlers, designed to stimulate their curiosity and sense of wonder.
Contact Details
   4th Street, Al Quoz (next to Oasis Mall)
   +971 4 702 7300

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Beachside fun

Kite Beach

Beachside fun

Kite Beach

Best for: Beach babies

Visit one of Dubai's favourite spots for a beach day and a great view of the Burj Al Arab. Named after the numerous kite surfers that enjoy the perfect wind and waves at this destination, Kite Beach is also perfect for a family beach day. You can indulge in a quick bite or beverage at the many outlets - grab a slider and a lotus milkshake at the the famous food truck, Salt. Or, simply sit back and enjoy the kite surf show while your children enjoy the many play areas like the adventure course at Wire World.
Contact Details
  Kite Beach, Jumeirah 1
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Indoor thrills

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Indoor thrills

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Best for: Thrill-seekers

IMG Worlds of Adventure is home to thrills for everyone. Give your youngest children a multi-sensory adventure at this indoor theme park with Ben 10, Gumball, The Powerpuff Girls and LazyTown, while the whole family can enter Marvel's universe with characters like Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers. Don't miss Jurassic thrills in the Lost Valley, where you can interact with life-size dinosaurs.
Contact Details
  Dubailand, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  600 500 962
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Skiing in a mall

Ski Dubai

Skiing in a mall

Ski Dubai

Best for: Budding skiers

Indulge in a shopping spree with a side of skiing at Malls of the Emirates’ Ski Dubai. Brave the slopes with skis, toboggans or snowboards or build a snowman in the snowpark. You can also roll down the hills in a giant ball, make friends with penguins and sip on a creamy hot chocolate, all year round. A truly unforgettable experience.
Contact Details
  Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates
  800 386
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Indoor skydiving

iFLY Dubai

Indoor skydiving

iFLY Dubai

Best for: Little adventurers

While few would argue that skydiving isn’t one of the most exhilarating activities in the world, it’s not an activity one would deem ideal for children. However, at iFLY Dubai at Mirdif City Centre, children and adults get the chance to experience the thrill of skydiving in safety without ever going any more than three metres from the ground, with the facility’s technologically advanced vertical wind tunnel. Absolutely anyone can try it, which makes iFLY a fun experience that the whole family can enjoy.
Contact Details
  Magic Planet, Mirdif City Centre, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  +971 4 231 6292
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A day at the beach

The Beach at JBR

A day at the beach

The Beach at JBR

Best for: The whole family

Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) is well established as Dubai’s most popular beachfront, and its close proximity to a whole host of restaurants, cafes and shops make it more than worthy of its status. The entrance to the soon-to-launch Bluewaters island project, JBR is a buzzing beachside hot spot.

Opposite JBR is The Beach, which features an excellent dining and shopping options, plus a cinema, play areas and even a mini children's splash park. Splash in to the Aqua Park, an inflatable floating obstacle course that drifts just off-shore for those wanting to test their balance and skills in water.
Contact Details
  The Beach, opposite Jumeirah Beach Residences
  +971 4 431 0190


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Magical moments

Dubai Miracle Garden

Magical moments

Dubai Miracle Garden

BEST FOR: BUDDING HORTICULTURALISTS

Amid the arid Dubai desert is a sprawling garden filled with greenery and flowers – a real-life oasis in the otherwise harsh desert environment. Sitting just a few minutes’ drive out of the main city, Dubai Miracle Garden already features more than 45 million blooming flowers, and has aims to become the world’s biggest flower garden. For those who thrive on nature’s bounty, this is very much the place to be.
Contact Details
  Dubailand, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road
  +971 4 422 8902
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Test your toughness

Aventura Adventure Park

Test your toughness

Aventura Adventure Park

BEST FOR: HIGH-ENERGY FUN

Step into nature with Aventura Parks, Dubai’s one-of-a-kind high ropes adventure at Mushrif Park in Mirdif. Made up of over 35,000 square metres, Aventura Parks offers experiences like zip-lining, ropes climbing and even a Tarzan swing. The parks offer five different levels of fun for individuals ranging from new explorers to thrill seekers.

The lowest height option caters to children between the ages of four and seven years old at 30cms off the ground, while the Thriller experience is for adult adrenaline seekers wanting to fly high from eight metres up.
Contact Details
  Mushrif Park
  +971 52 178 7616


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Calling all adventurers

Hatta

Calling all adventurers

Hatta

BEST FOR: A CLOSE-TO-NATURE EXPERIENCE

Hatta is the city’s go-to destination for adventure enthusiasts, located about 130kms from the Dubai’s city centre. Take in views of the Hajar mountains while following dedicated hiking trails that wind along the rugged landscape – there’s something for visitors of all abilities, including children. For more fun, check-in to the Hatta Wadi Hub, home to thrills both big and small. Spend the day mountain biking, kayaking or even zorbing down a hill. This is also where you’ll find Asia’s first water jump park – Hatta Drop-In.

Finding it difficult to leave after a long day of action and adventure? Just book a stay at one of the chic Hatta Damani Lodges or Hatta Sedr trailers, and do it all again tomorrow.
Contact Details
  Hatta
  +971 800 637227