Recreation is important, even for kids; or maybe I should say, especially for kids; and even more so for kids that have moved to a new country. They need wholesome activities that will occupy their time and help them through the adjustment process. In addition, studies have shown that children who participate in recreational activities usually outperform their peers academically; and generally display improved work habits and behavior. Here are some more really awesome activities that families can engage in with their children.
The Burj Khalifa
The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa is considered a ‘Vertical City’ and a ‘Living Wonder’ It is located at 1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard Downtown Dubai, Dubai 9440 United Arab Emirates. You definitely cannot miss Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building because it towers over the city and resides in the prestigious Downtown development. Downtown Dubai is the ideal place to mix with Dubai residents and locals and watch real cosmopolitan life unfold in front of your eyes. Admission rates start at $23.50 per person and its opening hours are from 12:00a.m to 11:59p.m.
The Dubai Fountain
The best feature of this awesome attraction is that it is choreographed to music. The Dubai Fountain shoots water as high as 500 feet, the equivalent to a 50-story building. It is an amazingly breathtaking show your children will definitely enjoy. The admission It is also located Downtown Dubai and its opening hours are as follows:
- Sunday and Monday – 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
- Tuesday – Saturday – 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark
Admission tickets for this fun-filled waterpark start at $81.42 each. Here’s what you get – Thirty slides and attractions, including Dubai’s longest lazy river, a 500m private beach; and animal lovers can get up close and personal with dolphins, sea lions, sharks and stingrays. Opening hours are 9:45a.m to 5:45p.m.
Enter this unique land of legos suited for families with children between the ages of two and twelve. It features over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions and 15,000 LEGO® model structures made from over 60 million LEGO® bricks. LEGOLAND® Dubai also boasts six themed lands – LEGO® City, Adventure, Kingdoms, Imagination, Factory and Miniland. Admission tickets cost $61.40 and opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Sunday 11:00a.m to 6:00pm and up to 7:00p.m on other days. Legoland Dubai is closed on Tuesdays. It is located on Sheikh Zayed Road between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort
This museum uses life-size dioramas or three-dimensional figures to depict everyday Dubai life in the days before the discovery of oil. Scenes are recreated from the creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms as well as desert and marine life. The museum opens every day(except Friday) from 8:30a.m to 8:30p.m; and 2:00p.m to 8:30p.m on Friday. Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort is located, as the name suggests, in the Al Fahidi Fort at the south of Dubai Creek. It costs a very affordable fee of $0.80 to get in.
Jumeirah Public Beach
This is one of Dubai’s rare public beaches. It is located in the updated area of Jumeirah and includes a boardwalk, running and walking track, with changing facilities and cafes along the way. There is no admission to access the beach itself, however, families can enjoy added activities featured at the beach Some of these activities include parasailing ($86.32); traditional city tour ($19.00); Dubai City half-day city tour ($31.30) and old and modern Dubai City tour ($65.00). Jumeirah Public Beach is open everyday from 12;00a.m to 11:59p.m.
Located in the Palm Jumeirah, here you have the opportunity to swim with dolphins with a variety of experiences suitable for all ages and swimming abilities. The interactions at Dolphin Bay range from standing in shallow water to swimming or scuba diving alongside these friendly creatures. One of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world, you only need $…. to get in Sunday to Saturday 9:30a.m to 6:00p.m. It costs $16.33 to enter.
Dubai Garden Glow
With a cover charge of $20.52, Dubai Garden Glow is a world of imagination. Located in Zabeel, it features a skillful blend of the world’s unique art and themes which come together to create an amazing concept. It is the largest glow-in-dark garden made of millions of energy saving LED lights and yards of recycled luminous fabric. It is open from 5:30p.m to 10:30p.m and up to 11:00p.m on Friday.
Located in Al Quoz, halfway between Old and New Dubai, this world-class children’s museum carries 8 galleries with over 45 interactive exhibits. Designed and inspired by ideas of educators, artists, development psychologists and museum experts from several countries, OliOli® (the Hawaiian word for “joy”) offers children the ability to engage in open-ended and non-judgmental play, learn to take risks in low-stakes environments, use their hands to make things and solve problems; and most importantly, play and bond with their families. The fee to get in is $34.30 and opening hours are as follows:
Monday to Wednesday and Sunday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Thursday and Saturday 9:00a.m to 7:00p.m; and Friday 9:00a.m to 8:00p.m.
There are so many more activities that parents and their children can participate in while in Dubai. Feel free to choose those best suited to your family.