Top 10 things to do in Dubai with family!

lead image

From pulsating amusement parks and charming historical sites to cosy accommodation, retail and dining options, here are 10 things to do in dubai with family!

With plenty to see and do, there’s always something new to discover – and rediscover – in Dubai. The city promises families a memorable vacation at any time of the year. From pulsating amusement parks and charming historical sites to cosy accommodation, retail and dining options, Dubai offers a cornucopia of fun yet family-friendly options that suit every taste and budget. Here are some ideas of things to do in Dubai with family!

Top 10 Things to do in Dubai With Family!

Splash Into a World of Excitement at Aquaventure Waterpark

things to do in Dubai with family

Home to record-breaking rides and attractions, Aquaventure Waterpark, the largest of several waterparks in Dubai is also one of the world’s top waterparks.

With rides like the 27.5-meter ‘Leap of Faith’ plunge and the region’s longest zipline, the waterpark promises visitors an adrenaline-pumping experience. Visitors can also swim with sharks, hand-feed Cownose stingrays, play with dolphins, splash around in the lazy river or relax at the spa.

If your birthday falls during the week you are planning to visit the park, register online to receive a free Aquaventure Waterpark day pass.

Also, purchase your ticket in advance (at least 24 hours prior) online and save up to AED 60 or buy a combo ticket like the Discovery Package (AED 310) that includes a meal deal and a visit to rare Albino Alligators at The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Ticketing Info: AED 275 / SGD 97 (Guests Above 1.2 meters)

AED 225 / SGD 79 (Guests Below 1.2 meters)

Free (Children between 0 and 2 years)

Spend an exhilarating day at Dubai Parks and Resorts

things to do in Dubai with family

The first integrated resort in the region, Dubai Parks and Resorts’ offers families endless hours of exhilarating fun.

Featuring over 100 incredible indoor and outdoor rides and attractions across three theme parks, MOTIONGATETM Dubai, Bollywood ParksTM Dubai, Legoland® Dubai and Leogland® Waterpark, promises visitors an adrenaline-pumping experience.

Must-do rides for the family include the Madagascar Mad Pursuit, Hotel Transylvania, Hunger Games, Dragon Glider, Krrish: Hero’s Flight and Smurfs Village Express.

Ticketing Info: AED 495 / SGD 174 (2 Days, Full Access for Visitors of all Ages)

AED 235 / SGD 83 (Day Pass, Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai and   

                                  Legoland Waterpark)

AED 175 / SGD 61 (Day Pass, Bollywood Parks)

AED 285 / SGD 100 (Day Pass, Access to 2 Parks)

See Your Favourite Animated Characters at IMG Worlds of Adventure

Bringing imagination to life 365 days every year, IMG Worlds of Adventure lets visitors live and re-live their favourite animations.

Designed for families with children to spend quality time, the city’s (and world’s largest!) indoor theme park promises an exciting day out.

Built around four exciting zones, Cartoon Network, MARVEL, IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley – Dinosaurs Adventure, the theme park takes visitors through an animated adventure.

Ticketing Info: AED 268 / SGD 94 (Adults)

AED 248 / SGD 87 (Children under 1.2 meters)

and AED 168 / SGD 59 (Senior Citizens, 60 years and above)

AED 520/ SGD 183 (Annual Pass)

Experience Full Bloom In A Desert City at Dubai’s Miracle Garden

things to do in Dubai with family

A tasteful medley of colours, flowers and designs, the Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest garden complex that’s home to over 50 million blooming flowers.

Located in Al Barsha South, the stunning 72,000-square-meter garden is maintained through the use of waste water, making it an environmentally-friendly attraction. Check out the gorgeous one-of-a-kind identifiable structures decked out in flowers!

Ticketing Info: AED 40 / SGD 14

Enjoy an Animal Encounter at Dubai Safari Park

Just a short drive from Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Safari Park spans over 119 hectares of land.

The park is divided into three sections, Asian Village, African Village and Open Safari Village, and recreates the different habitats suitable for its varied and unique wildlife, including 2,500 animals from over 250 different species from around the world.

Of particular interest are the Arabian oryx, Gordon’s wildcat and gazelle – wildlife species you won’t find anywhere else!

Ticketing Info: AED 50 /85 (Full Access, Adults)  

20 /30 (Full Access, Children)

Free (Children under 3 years)

Ski at The Mall of the Emirates   

Families looking for fun things to-do can indulge in hours of fun at Ski Dubai, a purpose-built facility for skiing and a host of winter activities in the Arabian Peninsula!

Offering a variety of winter time activities, including skiing, snowboarding, toboggang, chairlift rides, zip lining and penguin encounters (yes – that’s right!), enjoy a fun and memorable time with the family.

Who says you cannot see snow in Dubai?!

Ticketing Info: AED 169 / SGD 59 (Polar Pass)

Catch A Stunning Performance Of Artistry at La Perle   

things to do in Dubai with family

Situated in the heart of Al Habtoor City, La Perle brings to life a breath-taking fusion of artistic performance, creative imagery and ground-breaking technology.

Directed by one of the world’s renowned artistic directors, Franco Dragone, the 90-minute live performance features 65 world-class artists from 23 different countries, each bringing their own unique set of skills to the show – from dance and acrobatics, to aquatic and aerial stunts.

Ticketing Info: AED 169 / SGD 59

Stargaze at a desert campfire at a Bedouin camp

For the adventurous family looking for off-the-beaten-track experiences, Dubai’s desert is the place to be.

Experience what life in Dubai was like before its meteoric rise from sand to skyscraper city during an overnight stay at a desert Bedouin camp. Pull up an Arabian carpet, sit and gaze into the starry night sky.

On summer nights, you’ll see a mélange of milky colours. Plus, you’ll get to learn all about the different ways of surviving in the desert, types of entertainment and cuisine served against a stunning backdrop of gold coloured sand dunes.

Ticketing Info: AED 167 – 300+ (Depending on operator)

Splash around at Wild Wadi Waterpark

Themed around the classic Arabian folk character, Juha, Wild Wadi Waterpark is home to pulsating water rides, slides and activities, perfect for a family outing.

With 30 rides and attractions, including the ever-popular Jumeirah Sceirah, Burj Surj, Tantrum Alley, and Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders, families are guaranteed a wet and wild time under the sun!

Ticketing Info: AED 242 / SGD 85

The Green Planet

Transport yourself into the enchanting rainforest when you set foot in The Green Planet. Filled with flora, fauna, animals and reptiles, this bio-dome takes visitors through four storeys of immersive discovery, starting with the flooded forest tunnel.

At the Canopy or Tree House level, revel in the rainforest’s resplendent beauty. Interesting wildlife species like the sugar glider, sloth, toucan and the rainbow boa are waiting for you to meet and greet them.

Ticketing Info: AED 80 / SGD 28 (Adults)

AED 58 / SGD 20 (Kids)

Free (For kids below 2 years)

Bonus Tip: Search, Compare and Book Flights and Accommodations with the Visit Dubai app!

It’s no secret that the earlier you plan your trip, the more affordable your holiday tends to be. With the Visit Dubai mobile phone app, search, compare and book affordable airfares and accommodations from the city’s airlines, travel agents and hotels.

Available on both Apple and Android, make the most of your Dubai trip with this app.

Also available for download is Dubai Calendar app, a free resource that lets residents and visitors dive straight into the heart of the city and discover upcoming events and offerings!

With an average of 150 events listed at any one time, and 35 new events added each week, Dubai Calendar is an all access pass to events in the city. Tickets can be bought quickly and securely through the app’s purchasing platform.

Also READ: Travel Taiwan with kids: where to go and what to do

Got a parenting concern? Read articles or ask away and get instant answers on our app. Download theAsianparent Community on iOS or Android, now!

Written by

Dubai Tourism