Best Things to Do in Dubai with a Toddler

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Dubai is a perfect destination to travel with your family and little ones. So no matter you’re planning to visit Dubai with a toddler or teen, there are plenty of kid-centric attractions which interestingly are a hit among adults and little ones alike. In this exclusive guide, we’ve managed to include some of the best things to do in Dubai with kids; simply scroll down the list. 

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Visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo 

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This is another of the Dubai Mall’s top attractions which you can visit with your kids. With two segments, including an aquarium and an underwater zoo, its centerpiece is a sizeable 10-million-liter water tank, which makes it the world’s biggest suspended aquarium. It shelters over 33,000 marine creative from about 150 species. There is also a 48-meter-long underwater tunnel, offering the 270-degree views of the aquarium. 

Location: Inside Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
Operating Hours: 10:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on all days

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Be in awe at the Dubai Fountain Show 

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Both adults and kids will be spellbound with this attraction wherein the spouts of water move in tune to the astonishing music and lights. It takes place on the Burj Lake, which is placed between Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. And the best thing is that this can be viewed for free. 

Location: Burj Lake, Downtown Dubai
Operating hours: 18:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs

Catch up with Dinos at the Dinosaur Park Dubai 

A part of Dubai Garden Glow, Dinosaur Park is an excellent place for your little ones to interact with the giant, life-like dinos and learn about its three intriguing eras plus diverse dino species. There are also dino-themed rides and attractions to add to the fun and entertainment. 

Location: Zabeel Park (Area B)
Opening Hours: 
Saturday to Thursday: 16:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs
Friday: 16:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs

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Take a Ride in Dubai Metro 

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The Dubai metro is beyond an integral part of the city’s public transport system. Launched over a decade ago, it’s still one of Dubai’s main attractions. If your family and little ones are traveling to Dubai for the first time, be sure to take them on a metro ride that is entirely automated and driverless. They would definitely enjoy this super-swift journey, which also promises a distinct vantage point to take in Dubai’s top landmarks. 

Lines: The Dubai Metro runs on two lines: Red and Green. With close to 30 stations, the Red Line operates between Rashidiya and UAE Exchange stops. The Green Line includes 20 stations and covers the route from Etisalat station to Creek station. 

Enjoy an action-packed day at Atlantis Aquaventure 

Atlantis Aquaventure is home to some of the top-rated Dubai activities and attractions such as Aquaventure Water Park, Lost Chamber Aquarium (which shed light on the mythical city of Atlantis), and Dolphin Bay (with exclusive sessions with boisterous dolphins). This all-inclusive amusement destination is an absolute delight to your little ones too. For children under 1.2m tall there is a custom-built park called ‘Splashers”.

Location: Inside Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, on the crescent of the human-made Palm Jumeirah
Opening Hours:
Aquaventure Waterpark: 10:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs
The Lost Chamber Aquarium: 10:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs on all days
Dolphin Bay: 9:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs on all days 

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Try Indoor Sky Diving 

Gift your little ones a flight experience of a lifetime at iFly Dubai! It’s adventurous, exciting, and of course, absolutely safe. Ideal for both adults and kids (over three years), iFly Dubai allows you to experience the thrill of freefall and flying without ever jumping out from heights. Thanks to its two high-end vertical wind tunnels, which are the first of its kind in the world. 

Location: Inside Mirdif City Centre, at Playnation Level 1
Operating Hours: 10:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs on all days

Get Up Close and Personal with Dolphins at Dubai Dolphinarium 

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Located inside one of the city’s most popular parks, Dubai Creek Park, Dubai Dolphinarium is a great attraction for a memorable family outing. The main attraction here is the Dolphin and Seal Show, which lets you see the stunning performances by playful bottlenose dolphins and intelligent fur seals. You can further combine your Dubai Dolphinarium trip with the park’s other top highlights like Trampoline Park, Creek Park Exotic Bird Show, and Mirror Maze. 

Location: Inside Dubai Creek Park, Gate 1
Opening Hours: 10:00 hrs to 19:30 hrs on all days

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Get the best city skyline views from Burj Khalifa 

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Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest human-made structure) is one of the unmissable Dubai sights. A trip up to its observation deck on the 124th or 148th level with a swift elevator ride is something that your little ones would thoroughly enjoy. And not to mention about the unrivaled city skyline views that await them here. If you can spend only one day in Dubai, don’t miss visiting Burj Khalifa!

Location: Downtown Dubai
Opening Hours: 9:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs 

Go on a Desert Safari 

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It is a must for those looking for an unforgettable family adventure in Dubai and traveling to Dubai with a toddler. A desert safari not only assures you of endless amusement and thrill with activities like dune bash, quad biking, etc., but also introduces your kids to the age-old Bedouin culture and traditions. It is also a good opportunity to find some unique souvenirs from Dubai.

Location: Al Awir & AL Lahbab
Timing: Select from morning (3 to 4 hours), evening (6 to 7 hours) or overnight safari (more than 15 hours with an overnight stay in the desert camp)

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Play Real-Life Escape Game at Escape Hunt Dubai 

Traveling to Dubai with your little Sherlock Holmes? Escape Hunt Dubai is a great place to start with. The best part is that it’s ideal for all age groups, making it one of the most fantastic family activities in Dubai. Join your little ones above seven years to play this escape room game. Choose from three themes, before you get locked up in the room. As the mission is to complete the task in 60 minutes, collaborate with your inquisitive little one to gather all clues and get out of the room in less than one hour. Don’t forget to share with your toddler some fun facts about Dubai!

Location: Inside The Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1 Area 
Opening Hours:  
* Saturday to Wednesday: 10:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs 
* Thursday and Friday: 10:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs

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Visit IMG Worlds of Adventure 

Let your toddlers hang out with their favorite Marvel superheroes and cartoon characters on a trip to IMG Worlds of Adventure, which is one of the world’s biggest indoor theme parks. Its five zones, including the Dinosaur-themed Lost Valley, offer a blend of kid-friendly, milder and super heart-racing rides such as the Velociraptor (one of the region’s swiftest and tallest rollercoaster rides). 

Location: City of Arabia on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Opening Hours: 
* Sunday to Wednesday: 11:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs 
* Thursday to Saturday: 11:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs 

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Spend a Day at Dubai Parks and Resorts

For your smaller ones looking for untainted fun and entertainment, nothing could probably beat Dubai Parks and Resorts with three theme parks and a water park. From Hollywood inspired rides and shows at Motiongate Dubai to Hindi movie based attractions within Bollywood Parks Dubai to LEGOLAND Dubai and Waterpark with rides and slides exclusively for families of kids aged 2 to 12 years, Dubai Parks and Resorts is one of Dubai’s ultimate entertainment zones.  

Location: Opposite Palm Jebel Ali, on Sheik Zayed Road

Opening Hours: 
Motiongate Dubai: Saturday to Wednesday: 11:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs & Thursday and Friday: 11:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs 
Bollywood Parks Dubai: Saturday to Wednesday: 15:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs & Thursday and Friday: 15:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs 
LEGOLAND Dubai: Saturday to Wednesday: 10:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs & Thursday and Friday: 10:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs 

Experience Super Cool Fun at Ski Dubai 

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A visit to Ski Dubai is one of the biggest surprises that you could give your little ones during your vacation in Dubai with a toddler. This not only allows them to participate in a variety of genuine snow-based activities like skiing, snowboard, etc. but also gives them the chance to meet real penguins. 

Location: Inside Mall of the Emirates, on Sheik Zayed Road 
Opening Hours: 
*Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs
*Thursday: 10:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs
*Friday: 9:00 hrs – 24:00 hrs
*Saturday: 9:00 hrs – 23:00 hrs

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Let Your Kids Imagination Run Wild at KidZania Dubai 

A trip to KidZania Dubai with a toddler is a treat for your younger ones who love to impersonate adult jobs. Be it an artist, pilot, dentist, baker, or even a fireman. It lets your kids role-play their dream profession in a safe, real-like environment. And what’s more exciting is that they can also get paid (by way of KidZos) for all their hard work. 

Location: Inside Dubai Mall, adjacent to Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai 
Opening Hours: 
*Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs 
*Thursday: 10:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs 
*Friday & Saturday: 9:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs 

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Laguna Water Park 

For families and little water adventurists, this water park in Jumeirah’s La Mer is going to be one of the highpoints of their Dubai trip. Experience the region’s ultimate surfing attraction (WaveOz 180 FloRider) and check out some of the kids’ favorites, including AquaPlay Rainfortress and Aquadrop. 

Location: La Mer, Jumeirah
Opening Hours: 10:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs on all days 

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Dubai with a toddler – conclusion

In a nutshell, Dubai promises guaranteed amusement and entertainment for your kids, with tons of activities and experiences exclusively created for them. So don’t hesitate to visit Dubai with a toddler; it allows you to experience the city from a new light through their eyes. 

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