In addition to being known as a playground for the rich, Dubai has tons of options for families, as most activities are indoors due to the desert climate. It offers a series of exciting theme parks, magnificent landmarks and the mystical desert dunes that can capture your family’s imagination.The hot desert climate means most things are indoors, but there’s plenty of room for all kinds of running and even little ones will find plenty to learn from at kid friendly places.

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Try something active and different instead of playing video games at home! Here are our recommendations for some kid friendly places in the UAE.

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1. Dubai Parks and Resorts

Delight your children and the young at heart at Dubai Parks and Resorts With its amazing array of attractions and activities.

Dubai Parks & Resorts offers children and adults of all ages the chance to experience the thrill of roller coasters and waterslides in Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, and Legoland.

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2. IMG

The thrill of IMG Worlds of Adventure, one of Dubai’s most exciting theme parks, is sure to make the kids happy. Rides that bring the characters you know and love to life include The Powerpuff Girls and Marvel heroes, making it a must-visit.And lets not forget, It contains 28 football fields worth of attractions for the whole family to enjoy!

You’ll find four interactive lands including Marvel, Lost Valley (a dinosaur-themed area with animatronic animals), IMG Boulevard, and Cartoon Network (perfect for the little ones), along with a 12-screen IMAX cinema.

3. KidZania

Situated inside The Dubai Mall, Kidzania is an award-winning concept which is a miniature version of the ‘adult experience’. This edutainment complex is complete with paved streets and buildings as well as a functioning economy. 

You can even watch the kids play grown-up as they take on jobs like radio jockeys, chefs, and doctors, as well as pilots with Emirates or even perfumers creating powerful scents. With their chosen jobs,they also learn the value of money and expenditure.

Another highlight of KidZania is the Space Centre. Children can use virtual reality and simulated attractions to learn everything they need to know about astronauts and the universe as if they were in a real space centre.

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4. Aquariums

An aquarium is a great place to bring your children to spark their imagination and show them the world around them. There is nothing more exciting than seeing aquatic creatures in person, experiencing their size and proportions, and watching their behavior. Although they can watch videos of aquatic creatures and their habitats, nothing compares to seeing them in person. For infants, they will be exposed to a great deal of visual stimulation, which is great for their cognitive development.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall and The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis, the Palm are some of our personal favourites.

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5. VR Park

The VR Park in The Dubai Mall aims to ‘Challenge Reality’ through fully immersive rides, interactive games, and educational experiences designed to blur the line between perception and reality.

The park features more than 30 rides that will thrill all ages while educating them at the same time. At VR Park, you can choose from a variety of individual and multiplayer activities.

This one-of-a-kind attraction is packed with themes ranging from horror, sports, adventure,  educational, and more. Come together as a group to share your adrenaline rush with your friends and family. Besides the merry-go-rounds, there is a soft play area and arcade games that appeal to younger children as well, making this a one-stop-shop for children of all ages.

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6. Water Parks

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, waterparks make everyone happy. You can get soaked, scream and race down the slides all at once.

 Parents become more connected to their kids by playing with them, which creates lifelong memories. 

An afternoon at the waterpark can be all you need to realize that your problems are not so significant. You feel completely refreshed the next day after a fun day at the park, despite being tired and hungry. As a result, you can be more effective the next morning if you spend your evening at a waterpark.

Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park, Wild Wadi Water Park, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Laguna Water Park &  Legoland Water Park are some must visit waterparks in UAE.

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7. Ski Dubai

Snow provides so many possibilities for problem-solving and creativity, and Ski Dubai located in Mall of Emirates provides just that as it is truly one of Dubai’s top indoor activities! Snow and cold temperatures can be enjoyed inside a shopping center all year round. You can build snow forts, make snow angels, explore animal tracks in the snow, play with penguins, build a snowman, or explore a snow cavern. 

In addition you can experience a frozen zip-line ride or ride the traditional chairlift to the top of a hill to ski all the way to the bottom.

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8. Museum of Illusions

Have you and your family experienced your fair share of amusement and water parks? Why not challenge your senses at the Museum of Illusions, which is more relaxing but still entertaining?

The Museum of Illusions located at Al Seef Dubai is a great place for curious minds with a vivid imagination be it children or adults! Take a spin inside the antigravity room, the vortex tunnel, or the clone table, because it is never too late to see the world with the wonder and awe you once possessed!

Also, it’s a fantastic photo opportunity for your Instagram account!

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9. Dolphinarium

There is no better place for a family outing than Dubai Dolphinarium.

The air conditioning ensures a comfortable atmosphere, even when the sun is high in the sky. With limited seating capacity and weekends being the busiest time, it is advised to purchase tickets early. If you are planning a trip to Dubai, a visit to the Dolphinarium is a must. 

The Dolphinarium comprises various attractions like Dolphin and Seal Show where you get to witness them dance, dive, play and juggle , Exotic Bird Show – where you can watch birds fly over your head and perform tricks, Swimming with Dolphins and Mirror Maze where you go through a confusing labyrinth of mirror glasses and find your way out making use of their sense of touch.

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10. Green Planet

Dubai doesn’t immediately spring to mind as being home to an exotic rainforest. Nonetheless, right in the centre of Dubai, you can visit a biodome which is The Green Planet. There are approximately 3000 species of plants and animals in the tropical rainforest. Among them are iguanas, monkeys and hornbills. They are enclosed within a glass dome surrounding an 82ft-high artificial tree.

For slightly older kids interested in wildlife, the biodome is a great idea. However, The Green Planet’s suspended walkways and rope bridges will delight even younger children. With highly-trained guides, even adults can have an incredible educational experience at The Green Planet, and children will probably have so much fun they won’t even realize how much they’re learning.

As you walk through the dome, you are immersed in a rainforest. During your trip, you are likely to see birds overhead and animals nearby. You can purchase tickets online, and general admission gives you access to the main areas of the dome. Additionally, you can go bird watching, scuba diving or even camping as optional extras.

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11. Candylicious

Think of your favorite sweet shop and then multiply it by ten – this is what Candylicious is all about and is easily one of the world’s largest candy stores! At more than 11,500 square feet and offering more than 5,500 different types of sweets, it’s the biggest candy shop in the Middle East, located in the heart of the Dubai Mall.

Fantasy, joy, and irreplaceable childhood memories are embodied in Candylicious, combining candy and imagination into a trendy and fashion-forward store. They even have candy making masterclasses in the form of a fun team building exercise where you can personalize your candy with flavours, colours and taste combinations, whilst you watch it being made.

Forget the children, this even makes us super ecstatic!

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12. Ice Skating

You were wrong if you thought ice and Dubai could not be used together! While you’re in one of the hottest cities on Earth, you can also learn how to ice skate! You can teach your children how to ice skate all year long in an Olympic-sized ice rink, a great break from the outside temperatures!

Dubai Ice rink in the Dubai Mall is one such place for you to visit among various other places like The Galleria Ice Rink in Hyatt Regency Dubai, Nasr Ice Rink in AlNasr Leisureland and many more.

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13. Dubai Butterfly Garden

Visiting the Dubai Butterfly Garden will give you a feeling of being in a true paradise as you watch a myriad of butterflies flutter in the air. Visitors can discover almost 50 species inside an indoor setting, within various domes, with each providing a unique color, shape, and feature. Located within the venue, the Butterfly Museum and Education Area gives visitors the opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of butterflies as they develop, making it an ideal place to take kids.

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14. Fountain Show

The Dubai Fountain can be found in front of the mall where you can witness the water dance to the rhythm of light and music, definitely an experience that will leave you and your kids speechless! This is an excellent thing for your family to do in the Dubai Mall without breaking the bank!

There are many more activities and places which open up every now and then in the UAE. Hopefully this list helps you narrow down your next best memorable vacation for your kids. For more such guides, do check our other blogs and activities on our page. Till then, Happy Planning!