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Your Ultimate Family Guide To Expo 2020 Dubai

The mega event we have all been waiting for is finally here, and Expo 2020 promises you and your kids an experience like never before! Not only can you and your family visit incredible international pavilions with out-of-this world experiences and interactive exhibits and workshops, but a long list of unique family entertainment such as stage shows, street festivals, performances from A-list acts and so much more is ready to thrill you and your little ones all the way till the end of March 2022!

With so much going on, however, it can feel a little overwhelming to know where to even begin. That’s why we have rounded up some of our picks of family friendly activities to do at Expo 2020.

(This list may get updated from time to time, so be sure to check in every once in a while). 

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At 2020 Plaza, Earth Plaza, Sea Plaza and Sun Plaza

Mascot Welcome
Start off your Expo 2020 journey by getting a warm welcome from Rashid, Latifa, and one of the robot guardians Alif, Opti and Terra at each of the entrance gates.

Roaming Entertainment
Prepare to be absolutely wowed at unique and enchanting roaming entertainment. 

At Ghaf Avenue

Daily Parade
Every day, you can watch the "Colours of the World" Parade and revel in a colourful and vibrant celebration featuring some amazing international performers and musicians.

At Al Wasl Plaza

Stars In The Wild 
Explore beautiful creatures bathed in light in this magical immersive show at Al Wasl Plaza’s garden.

Awakening of Al Wasl
Pop by after sunset to experience an illuminated canvas against the night sky as stories unfold from the Arab region, the cosmos, our natural world and more.

Music In The Garden
Watch international bespoke acts as they perform live in Al Wasl Plaza’s garden and surrounding areas.

Ousha & The Moon
A fantastic 10-minute projection show telling the world of a 12-year old girl’s dream.

At Al Wasl Dome

360-Degree Mascot Show
Catch a mesmerizing show as you help Expo 2020's mascots, Rashid and Latifa, restore the beauty of our planet as they battle Mr. Scrap and find Salama’s stolen secrets.

At Earth Stage, Sea Stage and Sun Stage

Children & Family Entertainment
Enjoy a myriad of family friendly activities such as singing along with the Expo 2020 mascots, incredible unique performances, and awesome interactive shows.

At Jubilee Park and Jubilee Stage

Rashid’s Playground
Go on an ocean-themed adventure as you find your way through an interactive 3D maze, coast down on whale slides, hop on sharks on springs and more.

Expo Beats
Take a trip around the world through music, dance, and culture. These music festivals are going to expose you and your family to a fusion of both traditional and contemporary sounds in new and exciting ways.

World Beats: October 7-9
Jubilee Beats: November 18-20
Tribal Beats: December 16-18
City Beats: January 20-22, 2022
Desert Beats: February 17-19, 2022
Island Beats: March 10-12, 2022

At Luxembourg Pavilion 

Jump On The Slide
Brave a 21-metre-long slide that journeys down into a green space in honor of Luxembourg's beautiful forests.

At Al Forsan Park

Latifa’s Adventures
Climb your way to Mars over nets and learn all about planets and the universe. You can even bounce on trampolines and jump aboard a replica of the UAE’s Hope Probe.

At Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre

Special Events
Watch out for a lively calendar of amazing events for special days such as Halloween, Arabic Language Day, Valentine’s Day, World Poetry Day and Mother’s Day.

Top Things To Know Before You Go

- Visitors 18 years and above must present proof of any Covid-19 vaccine recognized by their national government or a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours.

- Queues tend to get pretty long as the late afternoon comes around.

- Prepare to spend a good amount of time outdoors where it can get pretty hot and humid. So bring along plenty of water for your whole family. 

- The Expo site is huge, so prepare to walk very long distances. We recommend that you have a stroller with you for smaller children. You can also rent strollers, wheelchairs and golf buggies at each of the four main entrance gates. There is even a FREE and unticketed bus system that runs around the perimeter of the Expo site and is fully accessible for families with baby strollers.

- Download the Expo 2020 app to stay updated on daily activities and plan your visit accordingly. Volunteers on-site can also provide you with a QR code that will show you the day's schedule of activities.

- If you plan to visit Expo 2020 more than 3 or 4 times, get yourself the Season Pass that is valid until end of March 2022.

- Entry is free of charge for housekeepers and nannies. They just need to present a copy of their residency visa (showing their title) at the Expo ticketing booth.

How To Get To There

Whether you are heading to Expo 2020 by metro, bus, taxi or car, you can easily plan your trip by clicking right here.

Where To Eat

Enjoy a huge selection of cuisines and gastronomic experiences all in one place. Whether you want to picnic bench it at one of the food truck parks or indulge in a three-course meal at a fancy restaurant, there are an incredible amount of dining options for you and your family to explore. Find out more about Eat@Expo.

Family Friendly Facilities

At Expo, you will find dedicated family toilets, breastfeeding rooms equipped with bottle-warming facilities, and changing and shower facilities in all male and female restrooms.

There are even Quiet Rooms for you and your family, plus 7 First Aid points where the staff is ready to help if you need any medical assistance.

Should any of your children get separated from you, they will be escorted to the nearest Information Point. Just ask the staff at any of the Information Points to check if your child has been located.

Expo 2020, until March 31st, 2022, open daily from 10am, tickets from AED95, entry free for kids under 18 years, more info

Images: Expo 2020 Dubai / Shutterstock