Dubai Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Dubai Family-friendly activities

Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

1. Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

Enjoy thrills and spills at Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark, the largest waterpark in the Middle East, on dozens of rides and waterslides. With your day ticket, prepare to do battle with the King of the Sea at the Tower of Poseidon. Ride through the dark and twisting Aquaconda water tunnel. Grab an inner tube and take a trip on the rapids of a tidal river. Test your nerves on the exhilarating Ziggurat, and plunge more than 27 meters down the Leap of Faith, a near vertical freefall waterslide, through shark-filled waters. Unwind on a private beach, and enjoy light snacks and refreshments from on-site restaurants. Take the little ones to Splashers, a water playground especially for kids.

Dubai: Day Ticket to Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

2. Dubai: Day Ticket to Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Pre-purchase your entry ticket and visit the famous Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Discover an awe-inspiring underwater world located in the ground level of the Dubai Mall. Marvel at the giant 10 million-litre aquarium tunnel, which contains more than 33,000 aquatic animals and the largest collection of sand tiger sharks anywhere. Continue your visit to the Underwater Zoo located at level 2 to see an incredible collection of exotic species housed in three ecological zone exhibits: Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean. The Underwater Zoo provides an interactive approach to educating visitors on the ecology and sustainability of marine life. Meet playful and lively otters along with joyous penguins and don’t miss your chance to see one of the largest crocodiles in the world, King Croc and his loyal queen.

Dubai: Skip-The-Line Ticket to Dubai Miracle Garden

3. Dubai: Skip-The-Line Ticket to Dubai Miracle Garden

Explore Dubai Miracle Garden, the world's largest natural flower garden, with this half-day skip-the-line ticket. Discover a world made of 50 million flowers, a verdant treasure trove of experiences that capture the imagination. Be blown away by sculptures that have won 3 Guinness World Records. Witness 45 million blooming flowers in stunning designs, awesome shapes, and eye-catching colors in Miracle Garden. See a larger-than-life double-decker design of the Emirates A380 airbus, covered in more than 500,000 fresh flowers and living plants.  See familiar faces like Mikey Mouse, Mini Mouse, and their friends. Stroll around the Sunflower Field, Lake Park, Smurfs Village, and Umbrella Tunnel. Listen to live music, admire the street dancers in floats, and enjoy an unforgettable experience with your family and friends.

Dubai: Museum of the Future Admission Ticket

4. Dubai: Museum of the Future Admission Ticket

Experience a museum that tries to transform the world rather than tell a story of the past with this ticket to the Museum of the Future in Dubai. Visit this iconic building that is one of the world's most complex architectural structures.  Pass through this unique space which accommodates several immersive future environments that aim to position visitors in an empowering version of the future. Explore the future of space travel, climate change, health, wellness, and spirituality.  Learn about the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. Discover the possibilities of concepts like human augmentation. See how education, smart cities, energy and transportation may be transformed in the future. 

Dubai: Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Aquarium Ticket

5. Dubai: Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Aquarium Ticket

Experience the rides and slides of the Aquaventure Waterpark and then discover more than 65,000 marine animals up close at the Lost Chambers Aquarium at the Atlantis the Palm Hotel on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Skip the long lines to Aquaventure Waterpark and then brave the world’s first dual waterslide within a waterslide. Set your pulse racing on 30 slides and attractions, laugh your way down Dubai’s longest Lazy River, and relax on 500 meters of private beach. Prepare to do battle with the King of the Sea at the Tower of Poseidon or ride through the dark and twisting Aquaconda water tunnel. Grab an innertube and face the rapids of a tidal river or experience the dramatic wave surges of The Torrent. Get up close to more than 65,000 marine animals at the Lost Chambers Aquarium. Walk amongst the ruins of a lost city and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to be a marine animal expert. Encounter sharks and rays at close proximity and feel some of the world’s most exotic invertebrates in the touch tank.

Dubai: Wild Wadi Waterpark Full-Day Entrance Ticket

6. Dubai: Wild Wadi Waterpark Full-Day Entrance Ticket

Enjoy a day of guaranteed fun for all the family with a full-day entry ticket to the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Located just in front of the iconic Burj Al Arab, the park is a delight for the young and young at heart.  Have fun on more than 30 rides and attractions, including a lazy river, tandem watersides and wipeout waves designed to thrill every surf fanatic. Relax and enjoy the metre high waves of Flood River and the long, lazy river of Juha's Journey through 13 interconnecting rides for a non-stop journey. For the thrill seekers, check out the adrenaline fuelled rides, the incredible Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj. Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders offer the ultimate surfing experience. One of only four such rides in the world, the Wipeout Flowrider shoots out more than seven tonnes of water per second in a thin sheet across a moulded foam structure, producing a realistic wave effect ideal for body-boarding and knee-boarding. Not for the faint-hearted, the Jumeirah Sceirah is the ultimate test bringing a rush of excitement down the 70 degree drop. Anticipation looms as you climb to the top, before the floor beneath suddenly opens for you to slide down 120 metres at an astonishing speed of 80 km/h.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Trip with Louvre & Mosque

7. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Trip with Louvre & Mosque

Enjoy a two-in-one day trip to two UAE essentials. Marvel at architectural and artistic wonders new and old on this inclusive excursion from Dubai. After pickup, sit back and enjoy the journey to the Mosque. On arrival, admire its shining exterior surface of white Greek and Macedonian tiles. Step inside and see the world’s largest hand-woven carpet, large crystal chandeliers, and glass panels studded with thousands of Swarovski crystals on a guided tour. Next, visit the Louvre Museum on Saadiyat Island. Take a self-guided or audio-guided tour of the largest museum in the Gulf region, which displays both classic and modern works of cultural and sociological significance from all over the world. Admire pieces from French museums such as the Louvre, Pompidou Center, and Musee d’Orsay. Linger at the Children’s Museum, relax for a bite to eat in the cafe, or browse in the boutique. After the tour, enjoy the drive back to your hotel in Dubai.

The Green Planet - Dubai's Unique Indoor Rainforest

8. The Green Planet - Dubai's Unique Indoor Rainforest

The Green Planet is a bio-dome inviting visitors to explore Earth's fascinating flora and fauna through an immersive expedition into the tropics. Designed as an enclosed ecosystem, The Green Planet recreates the enchanting world of a tropical forest with over 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree. Step inside The Bat Cave to meet some of nature's most thrilling and wondrous denizens. Touch an Emerald Tree Boa snake if you dare. Hear the distinctive calls of the wonderful variety of birds flying around Green Planet. Say hello to one of the two sloths living here who sleep between 15 and 20 hours everyday. Watch the squirrel monkeys jump and climb using their very long tail to balance as they move from one tree to another. The educational and recreational facility raises awareness for the delicate balance of nature and the preciousness of one of our world’s oldest living ecosystems making it the ideal educational destination for the entire family. The Green Planet is set to inspire people of all ages and nationalities to learn about and care more for every single plant and animal that inhabits the earth. 

Dubai: Evening Red Dunes Desert Safari with Buffet Dinner

9. Dubai: Evening Red Dunes Desert Safari with Buffet Dinner

Explore the beauty of the sand dunes in the Lehbab desert on this desert safari tour from Dubai in a 4x4 Land Cruiser. Watch exciting live entertainment with dancing and a fire show. Take part in family-friendly activities like henna painting and falcon photos.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Dubai and sit back and take in the desert scenery on the drive. Transfer to a 4x4 Land Cruiser and experience the adrenaline rush of riding through sand dunes and seeing remnants of Bedouin empires. Travel back in time as you ride a camel over wind-swept dunes. At the camp, be greeted with a traditional welcome of Arabic tea and coffee. Have some Arabic sweets and fresh fruits. Try sandboarding and get a unique henna painting done.  Take a picture to share of you with a fierce-looking falcon. Sit down to a international buffet dinner with barbeque. Have a delicious range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.  View live entertainment with belly dancing to traditional Arabic music, Tanura dancing, a fire show, and a full light and sound display. Return to your accommodation in Dubai at the end of your tour. 

Dubai: Motiongate Dubai Entry Ticket

10. Dubai: Motiongate Dubai Entry Ticket

Motiongate™ Dubai unites 3 legendary Hollywood film studios: Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, and Lionsgate. Experience a world of cinematic adventure with your day ticket. The theme park features 27 action-packed rides and attractions plus a full program of 15 entertainment experiences and live dance performances. Restaurant meals and fast foods are available throughout the park. Choose from 5 roller coasters, multi-media dark rides, a drop tower, interactive play labs, a water rapids ride and media-based theater shows Take in the high-energy Step Up Dubai, All In! show at the 1,000-seat, multi-purpose Hollywood Theater. Dubai Parks and Resorts is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, approximately 25 minutes away from Dubai Marina.

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Family-friendly activities: Things to do in Dubai with kids

Discover incredible things to do in Dubai with kids. Help them create their own real-life Arabian tale. Treat the family to a desert adventure, complete with camel rides and sandboarding. Or take to the skies over the golden sands with a hot air balloon or a falconry show. There are marvels modern and ancient to enchant young minds. Visit the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, or the vast souks, and markets, filled with spices, fabrics, and gold. Or just go for exhilarating fun at Ferrari World’s tracks and Bounce’s trampolines.

Ski Dubai: Frolic in the snow in the middle of the desert

Escape to a wintry wonderland during any season. Everyone can enjoy the snow at Ski Dubai. Little ones can build a snowman or sled down a hill. Older kids and adults can take to the slopes for skiing and snowboarding. And it’s okay if they’ve never hit the slopes before – there are lessons available for all ages. Then, hang out with the penguins or check out the ice caverns. Or sip hot chocolate at a chalet and marvel that all of this is inside a mall, surrounded by desert. See the shoppers walking by outside the windows!

Children aged two and older are welcome, although you should check age and height limits for the various rides. Entry fee includes all the snow gear everyone needs. There are lockers for rent, and strollers are welcome and also available for rent. There are restaurants onsite (and in the mall), and baby changing facilities available.

Atlantis Aquaventure: Explore life under the sea 

Atlantis is no longer a mysterious lost continent: it is an epic waterpark. Anyone can buy a ticket for the splashing fun at the Atlantis Palm Hotel. Your adrenaline lovers can test themselves on rides like the Leap of Faith – a water slide almost 100-feet high that includes a long tube through the aquarium. Or the whole family can take a raft down Lazy River and enjoy a ride together.

The park welcomes the entire family, but you should check the age and height limits for the various activities. Strollers are allowed and recommended, and there are locker facilities. You can only bring baby food and water inside, but there are plenty of restaurants throughout the park.

OliOli: Everyone in the family can join the fun

Release the children for playful learning. Designed for kids, OliOli lets everyone join in. Toddlers can play with bubbles and puzzles with parents. Older kids can climb through Toshi’s Net and play up above, safely. They can learn about the forces of air and water with balloons and cannons. Watch their eyes light up as they see a hurricane in action or race little cars, they made themselves! Check the schedule for special activities, like constructing a musical bench or hunting for dinosaur fossils.

This is geared towards toddlers to pre-teens, although older children may also enjoy the activities. If you are traveling with babies, you’ll be relieved to know that there are baby changing and breast-feeding stations available. Strollers are welcome, although there is a storage area if needed. Considering the water activities, you may want to bring a change of clothing. You can bring food and drink or buy some at the café.

City Walk: Enjoy some of the city’s best shopping

Take shopping to the streets with the family. City Walk is an open-air shopping complex with more than just designer fashions. Check the calendar for events like artist performances and cooking competitions in the main area. However, the stores themselves offer kid-tastic entertainments. Geek Nations sells comic and pop culture merchandise and they also have a state-of-the-art gaming area to watch and play. Mattel Play! Town brings Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Barney, and friends to life for imaginative play with little ones.

Strollers are welcome and available for rent, and baby changing facilities are widely available. There’s also free Wi-Fi throughout the site and a first aid station.

Kite Beach: Enjoy a day of sand and surf

Dubai’s sands are more than desert. There are miles of shoreline to check out. Kite Beach brings family fun to the shores of the Persian Gulf. Active kids can try their hand at kite surfing, wakeboarding, and stand-up paddleboarding. There are playgrounds for the younger kids to build sandcastles, as well as amusement areas with kid-friendly ziplines and obstacle courses. And there are shops along the beach if you forget sunscreen or beachwear.

Strollers are welcome, and there are rentals for towels, beach chairs, and umbrellas. There are plenty of restaurants along the beach, in addition to restroom and shower facilities.



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What people are saying about Dubai

Had an amazing full day out with Our guide Alam. From start to finish Alam was an amazing guide who looked after us amazingly well and my word what a driver during our dune bashing experience. Loved everything about the trip from start to finish. Quad biking was great fun, fab camel ride, amazing dune bashing followed by sand boarding watching the sun set and finally finishing off with food and entertainment. If in Dubai this tour is a must . You won’t regret it especially if you get Alam as a guide. Alam was such a lovely man. Thank you Alam. We will be back. Xx

All the experience was excellent!!! We had a great time in the dessert and in the camp!!! Ahsan was the best, very kind and helpful, he took care of us and always with smile. He made our trip the best memory!!! This experience worths every penny..!!

Not enough time in the day to get around everything. It was so good and we can’t wait to return!

Our guid was absolutely amazing and went the extra mile for us

All good apart from huge waiting for have 40’’ of fun