Top Things to Do in Dubai with Kids

Dubai is a city where all types of travellers can find what they are looking for. For family holidaymakers, Dubai is a treasure trove of experiences. Moreover, it offers numerous places and attractions to keep children enthralled and excited throughout their Dubai visit.  The best Dubai tours for families with kids are the ones that are tailored to match your needs to make them as relaxed as possible for you in addition to being packed with exciting attractions in Dubai. Assuming that you are planning a Dubai holiday with kids, and you are unsure what you should include in your travel itinerary, this post will guide you through a range of popular kid-friendly experiences which will make the planning process easier for you. 

Experience Dubai’s cityscape

Known for its suave and scenic city skyline, Dubai has a variety of vantage points from where one can take in the splendours of the emirate and its surroundings. Taking in the breathtaking views of Dubai in the evening is a memorable thing to do in the city and it is something that kids would really enjoy and appreciate a lot. A dose of thrill can be added with panoramic views of Dubai and beyond from the ‘At the Top’ Burj Khalifa – the highest observation deck in the world. The Dubai Frame is also an incredible attraction that allows you to view the juxtaposition of the old and the new Dubai in a panoramic manner. In addition, the biggest observatory wheel in Dubai, Ain Dubai at Bluewaters Island, offers a stunning view of the endless expanse of blue water, the serene shores, and the skyline surrounding the city. Also, The View at the Palm is a stunning observation deck that provides an unrivalled view of Palm Jumeirah’s beautiful artificial island shaped like a palm tree.

Visit a theme park

Dubai has some of the world’s most extravagant theme parks. In the city, there is a place where you can feel the winter weather and enjoy the winter sports to your heart’s content. Kids will enjoy Ski Dubai’s snow-covered arena and penguins waddling around to amuse them. With IMG Worlds Dubai Tickets, you will be able to explore an extravagant indoor theme park – IMG Worlds of Adventure – where you can blend fun and excitement with MARVEL superheroes and Cartoon Network characters, and scary, giant dinosaurs in an exciting and fun atmosphere! Among the best kid-friendly places in Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts are great for spending time with your kids for a day or even staying in a great theme park hotel within the theme park. 

Explore a rainforest

Find yourself inside a dense forest in Dubai. You can experience it at The Green Planet – a one-of-a-kind indoor attraction that has a rainforest ambience teeming with a variety of flora and fauna. You can spend time amid dense foliage and watch some amazing wildlife in this indoor rainforest attraction at City Walk Dubai. Camping is also possible at this attraction, and kids can enjoy seeing colourful birds and exotic animals roaming around or even getting up-close encounters with them. 

Take a stroll through a floral oasis

A visit to Dubai city never ceases to amaze you and you will find plenty of places that will make your jaw drop in awe. Visit Dubai Miracle Garden and watch your kids marvel in wonder at the incredible feat Dubai has accomplished. This is the largest natural floral garden in the world, which is open only in the cooler months of the year in Dubai. In a floral world teeming with giant figures,  fantasy characters, houses, windmills, tunnels of hearts, and a majestic airplane, The Dubai Miracle Garden lets kids and adults alike get lost in millions of fragrant colourful blooms. A visit to this attraction will make you feel as if you are not in a desert city anymore. With the soothing floral colours, kids are sure to be merry and proud to take home some memorable vivid memories.

Play with dolphins 

There are numerous places in Dubai where you can view wildlife and interact with marine animals. Two popular places where you can see and interact with dolphins in Dubai are Dolphin Bay at Atlantis the Palm Dubai and Dolphinarium. Atlantis the Palm’s Dolphin Bay is a great spot for swimming and playing with dolphins. Currently, when you book a ticket at Dolphin Bay, you also get free same-day access to Aquaventure, the world’s largest water park, located nearby. However, entry tickets can be a bit pricey, so if you want a more budget-friendly option, Dubai Dolphinarium is your best bet. Here you can see dolphins perform some of the best acrobatic tricks they’ve ever learned in a 45-minute show at a ticket cost that starts from AED 100 per person onwards. 

Enjoy a day at the water park

The marvellous Dubai water parks are hard to resist on a family holiday in Dubai. Dubai has a gorgeous collection of water parks that offers water thrills for everyone. With over 100 water thrills, Aquaventure water park is the biggest water park in the world with the most adrenaline-filled water slides and is the perfect location to spend a day splashing around, getting an adrenaline rush from high-speed slides, and relaxing on the beach shores. Laguna at La Mer is another water park that offers a refreshing time in Dubai for families with kids. For those with toddlers, the LEGOLAND water park in Dubai Parks and Resorts is the best spot to let tiny tots splash and have their fair share of fun in the water. 


Dubai is a holiday destination that has tweaked itself over the years to appeal to all types of travellers. It aims to make all visitors comfortable, delighted, and awestruck with its memories, regardless of their age. For kids, Dubai has a host of attractions and the above-mentioned experiences are some of the most popular. However, these attractions don’t even scratch the surface of family recreation options. You can discover Dubai’s cultural side on a Dhow Cruise on Dubai Creek, experience virtual reality, or watch hundreds of marine animals while shopping at an exquisite mall or ride camels in the desert…the list goes on. Having so much to offer to its guests, including the little ones, the emirate should be on every travel bucket list for families. 

Savita Pillay is an educationist turned writer from Pune, India. She is an avid reader, who loves to travel and experiment with various cuisines while on the go.