Looking forward to a summer with the family but fearing the amount of money you’re going to have to part with?
Fret not, there are loads of bargain ways to entertain the kids this summer – from reduced entry at waterparks to family-friendly staycations.
And if you have a kid-free afternoon, parents, why not check out our top spa days and pool day deals?
Get out and explore.
Activities and days out
Explore Dubai’s 48 best attractions for one price
The all-inclusive pre-paid Dubai Pass now comes with access to 15 more activities, bringing the total number of experiences available to 48. You can save up to 60 percent on visits to hot spots such as Wild Wadi Waterpark, Desert Safari Tours, Dubai Frame, Burj Khalifa At the Top, hop-on hop-off buses and more. There are three packages to suit all holiday lengths and interests, check online for more. The more you see, the more you save.
From Dhs425 (adults), Dhs405 (kids). Visit dubaipass.ae.
Head down under at The Green Planet
If you're looking for ways to entertain the kids this month, you can take them straight from school to do something that’s both fun and educational. Students in uniform will enter The Green Planet for free this month and explore all what the bio-dome has to offer.
The offer is valid Sundays to Thursdays from 1pm until closing time for every little one dressed in school gear who's accompanied by a paying adult. This also means that the kids get to experience a favourite, the 4pm red-bellied piranha feeding time at the Flooded Rainforest.
Free (kids in uniform), From Dhs89, free (kids under three). Open Sat-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu-Fri 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street, thegreenplanetdubai.com (04 317 3999).
Kids go free at Wadi Adventure in Al Ain this summer
Helping you keep cool and have fun, too, Wadi Adventure has a deal this summer for kids to enjoy the park’s facilities for free. The day pass includes access to the beach, family pool and kid’s splash area, but all additional activities like kayaking, surfing and climbing have additional charges. You have to book ahead to take part in any activities at the park so make sure you get in touch before departing down to the Garden City if you’re planning on doing anything adventurous during your visit. Kids under 1.2m in height will be allowed free entry but children who are taller, and accompanying adults, will have to pay the usual Dhs65 fee.
For more information, visit www.wadiadventure.ae
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 days.
Dhs290 (kids), Dhs350 (adults). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah aquaventurewaterpark.com (04 426 2000).
Free family fun at Address Hotels
A dose of virtual reality or a massive aquarium and underwater zoo filled with creatures from the deep blue sea? Both are activities that make for a fun family staycation, especially when you can go to them completely free. Those looking to experience some of the Downtown Dubai’s best features can book a stay at Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall or Address Boulevard and get free access for two people to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall, as well as two Super 7 passes to the VR Park. All three hotels are five-star resorts and placed right in the heart of Dubai, so you won’t be far from the two attractions.
From Dhs1,500 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. Various locations including Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall and Address Boulevard, www.addresshotels.com.
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.
From Dhs730. Ongoing, Thu-Fri bookings only. The Walk, JBR (04 428 2000).
Family fun package at Habtoor Palace
A family staycation where the whole gang gets a morning breakfast? That’s something to get onboard with, especially when 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).