#1. Get some perspective at the Burj Khalifa
Ascending the tallest building on the planet, the Burj Khalifa, is the ultimate playground brag for your kids. A towering 828m, this bucket-list skyscraper is a staggering vertical city of such improbable proportions that the mind struggles to find perspective.
#2. Jump around at Trampo Extreme
It’s true: toddlers really do bounce if you drop them at Trampo Extreme, one of Dubai’s indoor trampoline parks. Located in Nakheel Mall, Trampo Extreme is great fun, filled with huge, spring-loaded trampoline arenas. Kids as young as two can discover their inner Spider-Man and practise acrobatic skills.
#3. Thrill them with theme parks
Dubai Parks and Resorts combine three theme parks and a waterpark in one location. If you have children aged two to 12, you’re probably already familiar with Legoland, and Dubai’s version includes more than 40 rides, shows and attractions. Younger kids can also visit Legoland Water Park for the chance to build their own rafts before putting them through their paces. Elsewhere, colour, dance, music, melodrama and rides collide at Bollywood Park, while Motiongate theme park might be more familiar to British kids, with its thrills based on the films of some of Hollywood’s favourite studios: DreamWorks, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate.
#4. See their faces light up at the glow garden
Dubai Garden Glow is a psychedelic wonderland: a permanent festival of light that showcases over 500 environmentally inspired, illuminated art installations. This vast glow-in-the-dark park is divided into five distinct areas — the Glow Park, Dino Park, Ice Park, Magic Park and Art Park…
#5. Step into Worlds of Adventure
If bragging rights and thrill rides are what your kids crave, then Dubai has much more in store. Only topped by Warner Bros World in Abu Dhabi, Worlds of Adventure is the second-largest indoor theme park on the planet, covering an area of around 140,000 sq m large enough to accommodate 20,000 visitors a day.