Dubai is a destination fit for travellers of all ages, but when you’re holidaying in this dreamy destination with energy-filled kids, where do you bring them to tire them out? Kids can find endless entertainment, both indoors and outdoors at these five places that’s awesome for the whole family. Here are our picks of where to go for a fun-filled day in Dubai:
IMG Worlds of Adventure
This is really a world on its own! IMG Worlds of Adventure happens one of the world’s premier theme parks and offers state-of-the-art attractions that featuring known and loved film and cartoon characters.
A sprawling space, the park is larger than 28 football fields at over 1.5 million square feet, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes when you visit. With everything from live stage shows and meet-and-greets with action heroes like Iron Man to unique experiences like Thor Thunder Spin or the Haunted Hotel, this indoor theme park in Dubai offers nonstop excitement for thrill-seekers of all ages.
The largest indoor theme park in Dubai, IMG Worlds of Adventure provides an amazing day of fun and receives over 20,000 visitors every day. Besides thrills and spills, at the IMG Boulevard, there are countless options for dining and shopping, and the on-site Novo Cinemas offers a wonderful range of blockbusters to satisfy movie buffs.
Estimated ticket prices: From AED120 to AED350 (approximately RM152 to RM442)
Parents who love depositing their kids at KidZania will be delighted to know that there’s one in Dubai too! For children aged four to 16, KidZania is an engaging educational experience that provides more than 80 role-playing activities with real-life experiences.
The kids’ experience starts as soon as they enter KidZania Dubai, and it continues as they participate in a variety of ‘jobs’ in the city-like setup. The children are awarded 50 kidZos as soon as they arrive at KidZania and pass through the gates that act as a form of currency.
They must then choose a profession — such as a doctor, beautician, police officer, or firefighter — and work in that field until they are able to switch jobs. After a long day of work, children can unwind and spend the kidZos they have earned by purchasing items for themselves and treating themselves to leisure activities like a spa visit or a movie. The more they ‘work’, the more the kids they can earn to later spend or ‘save’ at the bank.
Estimated ticket prices: KidZania e-ticket are priced from AED52.50 (approximately RM66)
Situated on Sheikh Zayed Road, children can learn about subjects like science, engineering, arts, technology, and mathematics in OilOli’s galleries. OliOli is an experiential play museum that has succeeded in winning the hearts of both parents and children in just a few short months thanks to its eight galleries displaying more than 40 exhibits and regular workshops; each of which focuses on a different talent or facet of life. This interactive museum stands out from other edutainment centres in Dubai for offering a hands-on experience that few other places can match.
Estimated ticket prices: General admission tickets start from AED126 (approximately RM159) for one child and one adult. Additional fees apply for every extra adult while reduced rates apply to toddlers
Dubai Safari Park
With a stunning 119 hectares of space, the Dubai Safari Park is home to more than 2,500 animals from around the globe. Lions, camels, camels, giraffes, elephants, moon bears, and a variety of other species can be found here. There are species unique to each of the park’s various zones, so prepare to get ‘whisked away’ to a variety of locations — including the Asian jungle, the Arabian desert, and the African rainforest.
Dubai Safari Park is a wildlife park, educational centre, and animal sanctuary all bundled into one. For anyone interested in learning more about the world’s flora and fauna, a visit to the Dubai Safari Park is a must. Additionally, it provides a variety of interactive programmes that let guests engage directly with a variety of exotic animals.
Admission will grant you access to live entertainment as well as the Asian Village, African Village, and Arabian Desert Safari.
Estimated ticket prices: The Dubai Safari Park entry fee is AED50 (approximately RM63) for adults and AED20 (approximately RM25) for children
Dubai Garden Glow
Now, this one’s really special! Head over to Dubai Garden Glow — a glow-in-the-dark theme park within Zabeel Park. A sight for sore eyes, your kids will be enthralled at the spectacular light architecture projects that draw inspiration from artwork from all around the world.
Both children and adults have been mesmerised by the imagery of a massive jellyfish drifting above Zabeel Lake in time to the music, while images of the shimmering Burj Khalifa are unquestionably impressive. The sparkling Cinderella carriage, a dinosaur park, and other installations are popular with small children and must be seen too.
Dubai Garden Glow, which follows a seasonal calendar, is currently in its fourth season and changes, providing guests with the chance to visit the park during various seasons to see new exhibits.
Estimated ticket price: AED65 (approximately RM82) per person