Created especially for kids aged two to 15, there is everything here for children to learn, play and explore. Exhibits include a nature centre, theatre and themed galleries designed to teach children about technology, heritage and more. There’s also a newly opened toddler area. It’ll only dent your pocket by Dhs10 per kid and Dhs15 per adult for the whole day, and leaving you with Dhs65 after your entrance fees there’s plenty of cash left over to spend at the onsite café serving kids fast food favourites such as hamburgers and chicken nuggets.
Children’s City, Dubai Creek Park. www.childrencity.ae (04 334 0808).
No trip to Bur Dubai would be complete without a visit to the very well run Dubai Museum located on the site of Al Fahidi Fort (a real Arabian castle). The layout is organised into lots of little tableaux, with street scenes depicting the silk and spice traders of yesteryear, and a whole room that is set ‘under water’ to show exactly how pearl diving was achieved. We’re big fans of the ancient cannons, plus the sparkling jewellery exhibits. Dhs3 (per person) and under 16’s get in free.
Visiting hours are from 8.30am to 8.30pm (Saturday to Thursday) and 2.30pm to 8.30pm (Friday).
Don’t miss the latest addition to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – King Croc and his female companion. At almost five metres long and 40 years old — watch he already weighs the equivalent of 15 fully grown men! Dhs70 per adult or Dhs55 per child for aquarium tunnel and underwater zoo combo ticket. Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-12pm. Ongoing.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, for more information visit www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).