Top family-friendly activities in Dubai that won't break the bank

From free entry for kids to getaways for the whole gang

Top family-friendly activities in Dubai that won't break the bank

Fearing the amount of money you’re going to have to part with this summer? Fret not, there are loads of bargain ways to entertain the kids in Dubai.

Days out and activities

Edutainment at KidZania
During summer, little ones can access the activity-packed indoor city for Dhs99 only instead of Dhs185. The offer is valid weekdays from 4pm onwards, when kids can enjoy an array of educational yet entertaining activities at KidZania Dubai. The attraction is all about role play for young ones where they can be anything they want for a day – engineers, firefighters, you name it.
Dhs99. Until Jun 4, Sun-Thu 4pm-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, dubai.kidzania.com.

Family package at Reel Cinemas
Gather the brood and head to Reel Cinemas on the weekend for massive summer savings. Get there before 1pm with three of your nearest and dearest and you’ll get tickets for all four of you for Dhs120 for either Standard of Dolby screenings.

It’s the perfect excuse to catch some kiddie summer movies with the whole family.
Dhs120 (for four). Until Jun 4, Fri-Sat, until 1pm. Locations include The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, The Springs Souk & The Pointe, reelcinemas.ae.

Free aquarium and cinema access for kids
This summer, kids under the age of five will have free access to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and Reel Cinemas The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall from Sunday to Thursday. Get out of the sun and enjoy a free day under mall’s glorious air-con.
Free (kids under five with a paying adult). Until Jun 4, Sun-Thu, before 1pm. The Dubai Mall & Dubai Marina Mall, emaar.com.

New two-day pass at Aquaventure
Atlantis The Palm has just introduced a brand-new ticket that lets guests visit the Aquaventure waterpark over two days, and there are plenty of extras thrown in. The package starts at Dhs290 for kids and Dhs350 for adults, giving access to the attraction’s 20 waterslides. Guests also get unlimited rides on the Wave Rider surf machine, access to the Lost Chambers Aquarium and a visit to a shark feeding show as part of the ticket.

In even better news, the two-day ticket doesn’t have to be redeemed on consecutive days – it can be spread out over the space of three so you can make the most of it.

We can’t wait to try those new slides while the kids splash about at Splashers.
Dhs290 (kids), Dhs350 (adults). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, aquaventurewaterpark.com (04 426 2000).

Two-for-one at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dig It or VR Theme Park

Pick two attractions from Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dig It or VR Theme Park – and visit for the price of one ticket from Sunday to Thursday at The Dubai Mall and The Springs Souk. So, what’s it going to be – a virtual reality launch into space or coming face to face with the scariest of crocodiles?
Prices vary. Until Jun 4, Sun-Thu 1pm-8pm. The Dubai Mall and The Springs Souk, emaar.com.

Pool days

Bab Al Shams
While a visit to Bab Al Shams might make guests feel like they’re a million miles from anywhere, the location is surprisingly convenient to get to from central Dubai. The stunning desert resort features three temperature controlled swimming pools as well as a shaded pool for children, a lap pool and an elevated relaxation pool. If you want to enjoy the pool and leisure facilities for a day without booking a hotel room, take advantage of the summer offers.
Dhs325 for the pool package and lunch per adult (Sun-Thu), Dhs190 for the pool package and lunch per kid aged five-12 years old (Sun-Thu). Dhs450 for the pool package and lunch per adult (Fri-Sat), Dhs265 for the pool package and lunch per kid aged five-12 years old (Fri-Sat). Dhs250 for the pool package only per adult (Sun-Thu), Dhs150 for the pool package only per kid aged five-12 years old (Sun-Thu). Dhs345 for the pool package only per adult (Fri-Sat), Dhs200 for the pool package only per kid aged five-12 years old (Fri-Sat). Daily. Ongoing. Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra (04 809 6167).

Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
For Dhs150, you can head down to the five-star property for a day of relaxation. And with three lengthy swimming pools to take a plunge in, a splash pool, a kids pool, direct beach access, 19 acres of landscaped gardens and views across the Arabian Gulf, what more could you want?

Actually, we know what could make it even better. The fact that the full amount is redeemable back on refreshment until 6pm.Families on the hunt for a pocket-friendly day out will be happy to hear that for kids aged four to 12 it’s Dhs75 (with the Dhs75 also being redeemable on food), and little ones under four go for free.
Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily 8am-8pm (F&B redeemable until 6pm). Ongoing until September 30. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).

Sport and wellbeing

Ice skate for Dhs49

Get your skates on and get down to Dubai Ice Rink where you’ll be able to hit the ice for just Dhs49 (instead of the usual Dhs95). Little ones under 100cm tall will have their tickets reduced further, to a thrifty Dhs40.
Dhs40 (guests under 100cm), Dhs49 (adults & kids). Until Jun 4, Sun-Thu noon-5pm and after midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, dubaiicerink.com.

Privilee membership
The discounted membership costs Dhs1,499 for three months and includes unlimited access to 47 UAE pools and beach clubs, as well as discounts in hundreds of restaurants. Members can also visit 45 five-star gyms free of charge, with discounts in 37 spas and access to 24 kids’ clubs for the little ones. This one’s a favourite among families who are looking for more fun in the sun.
Dhs1,499. From Thursday May 30. For more information, go to privilee.ae.

Staycations

Family getaway at Amwaj Rotana
Fancy spending some quality time with your family? Amwaj Rotana’s family getaway package includes connecting rooms or suites and a breakfast buffet at Horizon. We love a good morning meal.
From Dhs730. Ongoing, Thu-Fri bookings only. The Walk, JBR (04 428 2000).

Family fun package at Habtoor Palace
A family staycation where everyone gets a morning breakfast? Yes, please. Habtoor Palace’s “family fun package” also offers late check-outs on the weekend.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 435 5555).

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