Where to go with Children? Best Things to Do in Dubai with Kids

Dubai has become a very popular tourist destination and while when you think of Dubai you probably only think about the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, or the most expensive hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab, you should know that it is also a great destination for families.

The more often I visit Dubai, the more often I realize how great it is for kids and how much there is to do – the options seem endless, so I will focus on the best things for kids – from babies to teenagers.

So, if you are planning to visit Dubai as a family, you have definitely come to the right place to find out about the best things to do in Dubai with kids.

Before I tell you about the most fun things to do in Dubai with kids, here are some pre-travel tips.

Dubai is a great place to visit between October and April. You can also visit in September or May, but for children especially it might become a little too hot and a few activities may not be available.

In general, people in Dubai or in the Middle East in general are very child-friendly so I’m sure your kids will love it. Read on to find out what to do in Dubai with kids!

20 Things to Do in Dubai for the Whole Family

Visit the Desert with Kids

Kids activities in Dubai don’t just have to be fun for them, they can be fun for you too.

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I visited the desert several times, each time accompanied by kids, and they have always enjoyed whatever we decided to do, whether it was taking advantage of the variety of desert safaris, trying sand boarding, camel riding or dune bashing.

The dune bashing would probably even make my top ten things to do in Dubai with kids and though it is probably best not to take very small children, there are so many other things to enjoy there that they are sure to love anything they do.

Spend a Day and the Evening at La Mer

La Mer is a new area that was just created a while ago and just opened a few months ago.

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It has something for everyone and so it does not surprise it has become a hot spot for locals and tourists alike.

Spend the day at the free beach (cabanas and umbrellas for a fee) and enjoy the pristine water while enjoying great views of Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) and the Dubai skyline. The kids will love it there, and there are plenty activities to do for kids of all ages.

Watersports, restaurants, street art, and so on – this is the best place to visit with kids and it is easy to spend a full day there without getting bored at all.

Visit Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden is a spectacular paradise made of huge floral sculptures.

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It’s pretty magical for both adults and children so it’s one of the best Dubai attractions for families. Miracle garden will definitely fascinate your children and give them lots of lovely memories to take home.

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the giant teddy bear and the adorable mushroom houses!

Do a Boat Tour

Another of the best family activities in Dubai is a boat tour.

A boat tour will definitely be fun for the kids as well as the adults (unless they get seasick). So, if you take a dhow cruise along the creek they will have a great time and if anything, kids normally enjoy it the most! For the older kids you can book a speedboat tour so they can enjoy some thrilling activities and those children who like it calmer you can book a dhow cruise or just a Marina or Palm Cruise.

Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain is located at Dubai Mall and several times a day (after 6 pm, on Fridays also at 1pm and 2 pm) there is a water dance which includes music so kids normally love it as much as adults do.

It’s best to either visit in the morning or after six o’clock so you can enjoy a spectacular water show.

Family Go-Kart Bicycles in Dubai

One of the great things to do in Dubai with family is to hop on a family go-kart bicycle and explore it by these fun bikes. They can be rented at many places, but especially at Dubai Marina you will see kids driving them (you do not have to get a family go-kart, you can also get single ones).

If you stroll along the Marina you will notice some little go-kart/bicycle hybrids where kids and adults can just hop on and race through on the little karts together.

Visit Global Village

One of the best places to visit in Dubai for kids, this huge theme park is open in the winter months for a very small entry fee.

It tries to bring lots of different cultures together and there are also lots of different roller coasters which your kids can ride for an additional fee.

Burj Khalifa

Personally, this is not my top recommendation for a visit to Dubai with very small kids – though it will definitely be something that the older ones (six and over) will enjoy.

If you get a ticket for level 124 and 125 but don’t get it fast access then you will have to stand in line. With kids, normally, you can skip the line and have the fast track option to get up there.

I’m sure the kids will be amazed by the view from the tallest building in the world!

Discover JBR Walk

JBR Walk / The Beach is another awesome place your kids of all age will love.

There is the beach many playgrounds, and even ta new attraction which is called Flying Cub where you can see JBR from above. People under 105 cm are not allowed to get on it, but those who are not afraid of heights will enjoy this activity which is the most fun to be done with a few people.

Kids will love the funny and cute street art that you can find along JBR walk and since it is located directly by the beach it is another fun thing to do there so you can combine a day at the beach with checking out street art.

Visit the Souk

Another one of the fun things for kids to do in Dubai is to take a trip around the souks.

The souks either in Bur Dubai or Deira are little markets with lots of little shops and the owners are very nice so if your kids like to dress up and try out Arabian clothes they can do it for free.

Very small kids might be overwhelmed but not enjoy it as much, but especially teenage girls will find some affordable fun clothes and souvenirs to buy.

While it might be too busy for the little ones, older kids will enjoy experiencing the different flavors, or enjoy sampling Arabic snacks.

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Go Skiing in Dubai

Of all of the things to do with children in Dubai, I bet you weren’t expecting this one!

You may not know it but Dubai is also home to a ski hall so if the heat is getting the better of you or if you want to do something really crazy, you could hit the slopes and spend a day at the ski hall.

It is located in the Mall of Emirates and if your kids do not need supervision you can leave them there and just enjoy some time in the air-conditioned mall.

IMG World of Adventure

IMG World of Adventure has recently opened and it is perfect for kids. It is one of the newest theme parks and they have loads of different thrill rides to enjoy. For a price of xxx you can spend a whole day there and it’s especially great for younger kids.

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City Walk

Yes, kids often don’t like shopping malls, but there is one shopping district called City Walk which is extremely kid-friendly and has areas where they can play and have a great time.

Younger kids will love the little sightseeing bus and stuffed animals which they can “drive” and there is a fun laser show in the evening that is loved by the kids (and adults like me, probably less popular amongst the teenagers but some might also like it as it includes some water elements, too).

If your kids are older they will love the illuminated walk ways in the evening (evenings start early in Dubai, so depending on the season it can start between 5-7 pm). 

Water Parks

Dubai has some amazing water parks.

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I have visited the Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis and even as an adult, I had a great time there and I am sure that if your kids like water, fun, and adventure then they will love a water park. 

If you ar staying at one of the Jumeirah hotels, then you will have complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark next to Burj al Arab (updated: I have just visited it and think both are fun, though I probably enjoyed the Aquaventure in Atlantis a bit more).

If you are a guest of one of the Jumeirah hotels you will have free access to th Wild Wadi Park, and asa guest of the Atlantis you will have free access to the Aqzuaventure.

I definitely recommend visiting the Aquaventure water Park and would plan in a whole day for it.

KidZania

A great idea for places for kids in Dubai is KidZania.

This is a place that I haven’t checked out myself, but it is one of the kid’s attractions in Dubai Mall where there is a mini town where kids can play grown up, playing doctors and firemen or pilots. They get to run their own little town there which is very cute and lots of fun for them.

Dubai Ice Rink

Apart from skiing, people can also actually ice skate in Dubai and this is always a thing that my students and all kinds of kids love and enjoy so I’m sure your kids will as well.

It is located in Dubai Mall, so if you do not have to supervise your kids and prefer not skating yourself  you can head to the shops or numerous cafe/restaurants there.

Visit an Aquarium

If you’re looking for more family things to do in Dubai why not try one of its famous aquariums, the Lost Chambers Aquarium in Atlantis (The Palm) and Dubai Aquarium which is located inside Dubai Mall.

You can see some of the Dubai Aquarium for free but if you are with kids they will probably want to go inside and have an amazing time at the Dubai Aquarium. There is also an underwater zoo which is included in the basic ticket, so if your kids want to see some underwater animals this is the place to go.

The Lost Chambers ticket is also included in the Big Bus Ticket.

Bounce Dubai

My little nephew is the biggest fan of jumping and if it was up to him he would love to spend all day at a place where he has trampolines as he can never get enough!

There is one place called Bounce Dubai with hundreds of interconnected trampolines which is another great place to visit in Dubai with kids.

Visit Legoland

Of all of the Dubai children’s attractions, this one is always a hit!

Kids love theme parks and Legoland is probably one of the most popular children activities in Dubai so you should definitely plan a visit!

Ride the Metro

Ok, this is probably not as popular with older kids but for smaller ones like my nephew, it can be one of the most fun things for kids in Dubai. He just loves to ride the tram or metro in Germany and would definitely love the metro in Dubai.

In Dubai the metro is over-ground so they get to see a lot – if you take the red metro line your kids can admire the Burj Khalifa and many other builds from the train – the only downside is that it is busy and the metro get crowded often. So, avoid busy times to make sure your kids have a great view and get a seat.

It is also fast, modern and clean so it really is a great thing to do with kids in Dubai and the stations look like little space shuttles-

Hit the Beach

Dubai has some very nice beaches and when it’s hot it’s one of the best things to do in Dubai with kids.

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Some of the beaches are free to the public so anyone can visit, even if your hotel doesn’t have a beach. As mentioned, JBR and La Mer have some nice beaches, but if you prefer a place where the kids are not distracted by activities that cost money head to the Kite Beach (Jumeirah beach) where it is really only about the beach. The view of the stunning Burj al Arab might be less popular by the kids (though older ones will love the interest architecture) but this view is popular with the parents.

This includes Kite Beach so why not head there and spend a day in the water.

If you are at one of the luxury hotels at Jumeirah Beach or The Palm you will normally have hotel beaches which are most likely even quieter and stunningly beautiful. But believe me, even the public beaches, JBR Walk and Jumeirah Beach are lovely places to visit in Dubai with family

Read about 50 fun things to do in Dubai (if you need some more travel inspiration).

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Safe Travels, Arzo
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