Family camping has certainly come a long way since the days of flimsy tents and canned foods – at least in the UAE. So if you and the family are looking to take advantage of the cooler weather and hit the road for an outdoor getaway, here are our picks of some of the best… Read More
One of the great things about the UAE is that there are endless options of things to do with the family. When we come around to summer time, however, those options tend to narrow down (especially outdoor activities) and it can be tricky to keep the kids busy without breaking the bank. So to help you save a bit this holiday, we have gathered some fun things to do in the UAE for just AED 50 or less.
Do keep in mind that some venues have limited capacity, age restrictions or temporarily unavailable activities. Make sure to call ahead to check for availability to avoid disappointment.
1. IMG Worlds of Adventure
Explore four Adventure Zones offering over 20 rollercoasters and attractions at this huge indoor theme park. Head to Marvel for a chance to experience the thrill of your favourite superheroes such as Spiderman and Hulk, brave it into the Lost Valley to encounter prehistoric dinosaurs, and take a stroll down IMG Boulevard if you’re in the mood for fun arcade games or a bite to eat.
For your younger kiddies, Cartoon Network is where it’s at. Here you can go on a ride with Finn & Jake, have an adventure with Gumball and even play around in Lazy Town!
For a limited time, IMG Worlds of Adventure is running a Pay As You Go deal where you pay just AED 20 to enter and then AED 25 per ride.
2. Mommy & Me Playdate @ Xpark Jr
Enjoy XPark Jr’s natural playscape at a special price with your little ones. Gain access to all of the park’s beautiful spaces where your kids can play and explore the outdoor forest like playscape with plenty of shade, meet lots of friendly animals, and get a free arts & crafts pack (to be done at home). Meanwhile, mommies enjoy a coffee or tea and a pastry by Park House Café for AED 15.
Now you can choose your preferred timing of visit as per the following schedule:
Sunday & Monday | 8:00am to 10:00am
Tuesday | 3:00pm to 5:pm
Wednesday | 10:30am to 12:30pm
3. Arabia's Wildlife Centre
Discover the amazing diversity of indigenous wildlife found on the Arabian Peninsula at Sharjah Arabia’s Wildlife Centre. The whole family will be amazed at the sight of wildcats, gazelles, Nubian ibex, flamingos, baboons, Arabian Leopards, and much more.
(Timings may differ during summer, Ramadan and public holidays. Make sure to call ahead before visiting)
4. Town Square Dubai Park
Your boys and girls are sure to have a fun-packed day out at this multi-activity community park which comes complete with its own carousel, splash park, kids’ fountain, family train track, playground, outdoor stage and expansive green areas for a cosy family picnic.
The Splash Park is only accessible from 3pm but the park opens at 11am
Note that some activities/features may be temporarily unavailabl
5. Children's City
Offering a range of exhibits and programmes on space exploration, nature, science, the human body and local and international culture, this specially designed educational city lets your little rascals investigate, explore, play and discover the world we live in.
– Earth Science Gallery
– Al Ajyal Theatre
An entry fee to the park itself is required before you can enter Children’s City.
6. Sharjah Aquarium
Explore the fascinating hidden world of the deep sea with all of its amazing creatures at the Sharjah Aquarium. Your whole family can enjoy an up-close look at the local fish and learn about Sharjah’s historic coasts and ports.
7. Splash N Party at Kite Beach
8. Umm Al Emarat Park
Get some fresh air and enjoy an early morning or late afternoon out at this park that aims to promote education through recreation. Explore the exotic botanic garden or let your kiddos run around in the wide open spaces.
The following areas are closed until further notice: The Animal Barn, water features plus common play and exercise areas.
The park will operate at 40% capacity
Make sure to adhere to the safety guidelines including keeping a safe distance from others and wearing masks at all times.
9. Mum's Club at Hilton Dubai The Walk
All mums can enjoy pool and beach access priced at only AED 50 (fully redeemable on food and beverages) whilst the little ones (below the age of 12 years) can enter the facilities free of charge.
Relax and enjoy a dip in the temperature-controlled pool from 8am, spend the day lounging by the beach, and redeem AED 50 at any of the hotel’s signature dining venues. You can enjoy some scenic meals at Wavebreaker’s open dining patio offering delicious menu of supersized burgers and heathy salads or grab a casual lunch at the vibrant Mango Tree Thai Bistro.
10. XDubai Skatepark
Dubai’s hotspot for skaters. It’s all about ‘ollies’, ‘kickflips’ and ‘ramps at the largest skate park in the GCC. Beginners can ride the low profile skate plaza with unique street elements and transition flow areas while more advanced skaters have the central space of the plaza which has obstacles including ledges, banks, steps, vert wall, rails and a pole jam. There’s also a mini bowl and a pro bowl.
The park will be open during 3 different sessions:
Session 1 — 08:00-11:30
Session 2 — 15:00-18:30
Session 3 — 19:00-21:00
11. Island Self-Guided Tour at Al Noor Island
Explore the island and its surroundings; take in sights like the Gleaming Meadows or spot some feathered friends along the beach line! Spend a tranquil day outdoors with your loved ones in this mini-escape from the city.
12. Bricks 4 Fun
Bricks4Fun is a kids’ club concept based on LEGO bricks. Your little ones can enjoy a built-up city of LEGO sets, PS4 games, face painting, toddler’s area, unsorted bricks for creativity, group games, toy store and much more.
13. Corniche Beach
Spend a relaxing day out in the sun with your little ones and enjoy a beachfront that extends along Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Road from the Hilton Hotel to beyond Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. The beach spots at Gate 2 and 3 are great for families, and if you want a bit of a quieter zone, head to Gate 2.
Some facilities such as changing rooms, restrooms, sun loungers and beach umbrellas may not be available.
The beach will operate at 40% capacity
14. Dubai Frame
Go on a journey through time and experience old, present and future Dubai all under one roof. Get ready for a wonderful mix of special audio and visual effects, projections, mist effects, smells, and motion that creates an immersive mood setting of space plus gorgeous 360-degree views of our wonderful city.
15. Extreme Fun
Extreme Fun is the first award-winning best soft play venue and party destination in Dubai. The venue is a multi-tiered indoor soft play center, providing a safe, secure and stimulating play environment, catering for children from 6 months up to 12 years, with dedicated play zones for toddlers and juniors to stretch their creativity in a healthy and safe way.
16. Splash N Party in Jumeirah
Get wet and splash around as you ride the aquatic waterslides and swim in the pools – or even fly down the thrilling zip line. This intimate, gated compound has something for everyone with splash pads for the little ones and a restaurant and juice bar for you.
Every Sunday & Wednesday is LADIES DAY from 3pm to 9pm. Boys 10yrs and below are welcome.
17. Kids Zone - Carrefour Market
Have your kids blow off some steam as they climb, slide and tumble about at this multi-tiered indoor soft play area. They can also get creative at the arts & crafts zone or even enjoy some pretend-play at the various Role Play Stations.
18. Qasr Al Hosn
Visit the historical landmark of Qasr Al Hosn and learn about Abu Dhabi’s oldest watchtower. You’ll love hearing about the development that the rich building has undergone over the years in addition to also enjoying the sight of displays and artifacts that this monument holds.