8 free and cheap things to do with kids in Dubai

The Children's City is a great place for educated fun The Children's City is a great place for educated fun

There are heaps of things to do with kids in Dubai, but many aren’t that wallet-friendly for budget family travellers like us! From water parks and indoor snowfields to beaches and playgrounds, Dubai has it all, but which ones won’t leave you broke?  Here are our top 8 favourite things to do in Dubai with kids.

Educate your kids in a fun way at the Children’s City

Jack and the Children's City sitting next to his new friend

Jack and the Children’s City sitting next to his new friend

The Children’s City in the Creek Park is aimed at 2 – 15 year olds. There is heaps of things to do from riding around on buggies or the little train, playing at the playground or spending time in the indoor area which has a soft play zone, educational activities and screens documentaries. If your kids are interested in space and science, the planetarium with a flight simulator will be a blast.

Cost: Dhs15 for adults and Dhs10 for kids 2-15years old.

Pat some cute animals at the Animal Sanctuary

The Animal Sanctuary & Petting Farm is a non-profit organisation providing a home for hundreds of cute animals including ponies, cows, flamingos, baboons, ducks, guinea pigs, ferrets and goats just to name a few. Most of the animals have been donated or rescued and the kids are allowed to get up close by feeding and patting them.

Cost: Free, but donations are welcome.

Spot sharks, sting rays and plenty of fish

Dubai Mall's Aquarium filled with fish, sharks and stingrays

Dubai Mall’s Aquarium filled with fish, sharks and stingrays

Dubai Mall is know as the world’s biggest and has a pretty cool aquarium inside housing plenty of fish, a few sharks and sting rays. If you can stand visiting a shopping mall packed with people, this is the one to head to.

Cost: Free (if you stand behind the rope)

Watch the kites in the sky

Watch the many kite surfers do their thing at the Kitesurfers beach behind Saga World on the Corner of 2nd and 35a street. The number of surfers, their tricks and the colours of their kites will keep the kids entertained, but may give them ideas of dabbling in adventure sports so watch out!

Cost: Free

Be entertained by Dubai’s water works

The Dubai Fountain during it's daily night show

The Dubai Fountain during it’s daily night show

The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed water display where you and the kids can watch a dramatic performance of lights and sprays of water dancing to a mix of rhythmic Arabic and international music. The evening shows are from 6pm every night.

Cost: Free

Taxi across the creek in little wooden boat

Wooden boats taxi across the river for only Dhs1

Wooden boats taxi across the river for only Dhs1

Exploring the Souks and little streets in the historical district of Dubai is very interesting and there is plenty for kids to see along the way. They will love the short journey across the river in the Abras, a little wooden boat which is the local’s mode of transport to get to the other side. Avoid the tourist boats and stick to something a little more authentic and cheaper too.

Cost: Dhs1 (yep, that’s no typing mistake!)

Burn energy at Safa Park

Safa Park gardens is a pleasant space to visit away from the high rises

Safa Park gardens is a pleasant space to visit away from the high rises

The Safa Park is a brilliant place when the weather is cooler to get your kids outdoors and burning energy. There are fountains, playgrounds and three lakes for the kids to feed the birds, but more importantly it’s massive! Grab a picnic and speed the afternoon wearing the kids out.

Cost: Free

Lay out your towel on the white sand

One of several Dubai's beaches

One of several Dubai’s beaches

Jumeirah Open Beach just past the Dubai Marine Beach Resort is a long wide stretch of clean white sand and clean water. It has been a popular spot for years with both locals and tourists. There are plenty of recreational activities for both kids and adults to keep entertained and in true UAE fashion, there are ample life guards on duty.

Cost: Free

Depending on the weather, it is possible to keep your kids entertained on a shoestring budget in Dubai, that is if you stay away from the fancy malls and entertainment. If you have any more kid friendly ideas that won’t break the bank, feel free to tell us in the comments below.

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