Ah, the magical, glitzy, oh-so-amazing city of Dubai. Boasting some of the top attractions across the world, luxury shopping, awe-inspiring architecture, and a renowned, lively food scene, Dubai has become a destination on almost every traveller's bucket list. Positively teeming with activities to do and places to visit as a family, the city has also become the ideal destination for a fun and memorable family vacation. From beautiful beaches and lush green parks to mesmerizing deserts, water parks and even an indoor ski resort, and so much more, a family-trip to Dubai is sure to be unforgettable!
While you’re sure to never run out of things to do in the city, we figured we would make it a little easier on you, by helping to pick out the best places that offer family activities in Dubai. Include these spots in your itinerary, and you and the kids are in for a real fun treat!
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There's no way you can take a family trip to Dubai without spending a day at the thrilling Dubai Parks and Resorts. A combination of three out-of-this-world theme parks, a fantastic water park and even a Polynesian themed family resort, amongst other attractions, Dubai Parks and Resorts is one of the best places for some family fun in Dubai. This integrated resort destination offering entertainment for young and old is home to LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park, MOTIONGATE Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Riverland Dubai, which feature exciting indoor and outdoor themed rides for everyone, captivating shows, and a plethora of attractions sure to keep visitors of all ages wishing they could stay for ever! Time to let loose and have some fun!
The park also offers numerous great Halal restaurants with options for the entire family. So after a fun yet exhausting day exploring, what better way to relax with the family than with a delicious Halal meal?!
Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jabel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
MOTIONGATE Dubai: Daily: 11am to 10pm
Bollywood Parks Dubai: Daily: 2pm to 10pm
LEGOLAND Dubai: Saturday to Wednesday: 10am to 6pm
Thursday to Friday: 10am to 8pm
LEGOLAND Water Park: Thursday to Friday: 10am to 6pm
*Certain attractions within the park have different operating hours
*Operating hours change depending on season
Bollywood Parks Dubai 1 DAY Ticket: AED 175
MOTIONGATE Dubai 1 DAY Ticket: AED 235
LEGOLAND Dubai 1 DAY Ticket: AED 235
Contact: +971 4 820 0820
IMG Worlds of Adventure is one of Dubai's newest theme parks that's known for offering over 1.5 million square feet of unparalleled fun for the whole family. Featuring four exciting themed zones - IMG Boulevard, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley and Marvel, they are packed to the brim with thrilling rides, exciting activities and interesting attractions, from life-size dinosaurs to the world of Ben 10 and the Powerpuff Girls, to fighting with The Avengers, IMG Worlds of Adventure makes for an unforgettable family holiday.
Here’s an insider tip: with nearly 28 football fields of fun, comfy footwear is an absolute must!
Address: E311, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, City of Arabia, Dubai Land, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 11am to 9pm / Thursday to Saturday: 11am to 10pm
*Opening hours are subject to change.
Ticket Price: AED 260+
Contact: +971 4 403 8888
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We can’t think of a better place to beat Dubai’s sometimes unbearable heat than at the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm. One of the best waterparks not just in Dubai, but the world, Aquaventure Waterpark is all about thrills, spills & fun for everyone. The park is packed with hectares of thrilling attractions for the entire family, including record breaking rides and slides for all you adrenaline junkies, even one that goes through a shark lagoon! But don’t worry; there are also plenty of tamer rides in the Splashers Children's Play Area, for those visiting with little ones. After a fun-packed day, kick back and relax on the park’s pristine private beach, toss a frisbee around or just soak in a dose of vitamin D! :p
Address: Atlantis, The Palm, Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am to Sunset
*Closing hours subject to change depending on time of year
Ticket Price: Above 1.2 metres: AED 275
Below 1.2 metres: AED 225
0 - 2 years of age: Free
Contact: +971 4 426 0000
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In our honest opinion, a kid-friendly trip to Dubai is only complete after a little bounce session at the hip and cool indoor trampoline park, BOUNCE Dubai. With over 100 interconnected trampolines, BOUNCE Dubai gives families the chance to have loads of fun together, being active, jumping high and landing safe, with no rules of gravity. Play some dodge ball, dunk some hoops, bounce off The Wall, or just bounce away to your hearts content in the free jumping arena! If you’ve got little ones, the Mini Bounce area is sure to keep them occupied and get them exhausted enough for a nice, long nap afterwards!
Address: Building #32, 4B Street, Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 10am to 10pm
Thursday: 10am to 12am
Friday: 9am to 12am
Saturday: 9am to 9pm
Ticket Price: AED 85+
Contact: +971 4 321 1400
If you’re looking for more places to enjoy some family activities in Dubai, the HalalTrip Mobile app is a must-download! Not only will you be able to plan the perfect family trip to Dubai by browsing through the list of must-visit attractions on our Attractions Finder, but the app also helps find Halal restaurants and mosques near you in the city!
Hishama is a Lankan born, ex-Dubai-an who enjoys all things travel. When she's not at her day job as an Online Marketing Specialist, you will find her hanging out with friends at one of the city's newest cafés, reading a Jodi Picoult novel, Netflix-ing pretty much anything, obsessing over broadway, or just dreaming of her next big adventure abroad that she wishes she could afford.