Colourful waterfall, mesmerising light shows and more…
HURRAH! The weather is finally starting to cool down. That means more of us are slowly but surely ready to explore things to do outdoors – well, at least after the sun sets.
1. Experience a spectacular 3D light show
Head to DFC for an immersive show combining 30 fountains, lights and surround sound. The IMAGINE show is absolutely a feast for all your senses and is sure to amaze your littles.
Dubai Festival City Mall, Sun-Thu from 8pm, Fri-Sat from 7:30pm, free entry, more info
2. Explore an urban lake
A great show deserves a great seat and with the fountain’s lake ride, that’s exactly what you get. Take the family to see the fountain show up-close and experience it in a magical way.
Dubai Fountain, Downtown, daily from 17:45, AED 68.25 per person, free for under 3s, more info
3. Dine in the post-apocalyptic
4. Journey through incredible light art
A seasonal, must-try family activity, Dubai Garden Glow brings you four theme parks all in one place: Glow Park – The largest glow-in-dark garden made of millions of energy-saving bulbs and yards of recycled luminous fabric. Dinosaur Park – The biggest Dinosaur park displaying more than 120 animatronic dinosaurs. Ice Park – Experience polar climate in the middle of the desert with all-new, marvellous ice sculptures. And finally, Art Park – A new eco-friendly art park made up of thousands of recyclable small bottles, ceramic dishes and CDs.
Zabeel Park Gate 6 & 7, reopens October 5th, more info
5. Stroll along the canal
You and your family are in for a gorgeous stroll along this 3.2km waterway. Winding its way from Business Bay to the Creek in Old Dubai, the canal offers stunning vistas, running and cycling tracks – plus, you can stop by any of the waterway stations where you and the little ones can hop on a ferry.
Dubai Water Canal, open 24/7, more info
6. Take a walk through an urban beach hub
Tucked along the north of Jumeirah Public Beach, La Mer is a charming and laid-back beach-life hub where you and the kids can eat, play and relax. With its gorgeous boulevards sprinkled with stunning graffiti murals and magical lights, a stroll up and down La Mer is sure to keep even the little ones engaged.
La Mer, Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat until midnight, more info
7. Hop on a ferry
Give your family a new perspective of the city’s iconic skyline by hopping on a Dubai Ferry tour and exploring gorgeous routes on board a comfortable and fully air-conditioned vessel.
Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Canal and other stations, Sun-Sat various timings, more info
8. Make it a family movie night
Spend a beautiful evening on the stunning grounds of Umm Al Emarat Park, watching all your favorite family movies. Make sure to check out the schedule for which movies are playing when, so you don’t miss your little one’s favorite characters up on the big screen.
Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, Thu-Sat 6:30pm & 8:30pm, AED 10 park entry, more info
9. Splash about
Dress your little ones in their swim wear and let them splash about in the musical water fountain. As the fountain dances to Arabic and Western music, you can enjoy a meal at one of 7 dining options nearby. When lit up at night, the fountain becomes a stunning attraction for both you and your littles to enjoy.
Yas Marina, Yas Island, daily from 6pm, free entry, more info
10. Watch a fountain show
Sending jets of water soaring 100 meters high in the air, you can guarantee to wow your kids with the water show at this 1970s fountain which is one of the biggest in the Gulf.
Al Majaz Waterfront Fountain, Sharjah, Mon-Sat from 6:30pm, free entry, more info