Sometimes it can be difficult to keep our older children entertained, especially during times where there isn’t much going on around them. Be sure to keep these places in mind the next time you’re looking for awesome things to do for older kids in the UAE:

Star Gymnastic Academy

Watch your children as they participate in the art of physical movement in UAE. Star Gymnastic Academy prides itself on offering you and your family a respectful and safe environment to train and learn gymnastic techniques. Feel free to sit in the spacious lounge area with free Wi-Fi and a coffee shop in case you get hungry or thirsty. A great venue for your older kids to play, work on their physical health, and gain a community with people who have the same interests.  

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

If you haven’t been there already, you and your family can’t miss out on the largest aquarium in the world! Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a magical creation that utilizes a 10 million liter tank and is located inside The Dubai Mall. There are over thousands of marine animals and over 140 different species living there including sharks, rays, giant groupers and otters. Walkthrough the aquarium tunnel or head to the rocky shore where you can actually reach in and touch some of the critters. Also, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo offers cage snorkeling and swimming among the sharks and rays.  

Tradition Dhow Ride @ Festival City

Some other awesome things to do for older kids in the UAE include a Traditional Dhow Ride at the Dubai Festival City Mall. Your kids will love the sunset sail as well as the social media-worthy panoramic views. Once you get on these majestic traditional wooden boats your whole family will get a taste of the rich culture and traditions of these boats. Relax and unwind as you cruise along the banks of the Dubai Water Canal. They provide you with water and juice as well as guided commentary to enrich and entertain you.

Breakfast in the Sky @ BurjKhalifa

This place takes the breakfast of champions to another level in UAE! Start your morning on top of the world. BurjKhalifa is the tallest building in the world standing at 829.8 meters and also has the highest number of stories in the world (160 floors). This is a skyscraper-like no other and your older children will be in awe of it and they’ll be so excited to be having breakfast in the sky. Make your way to the 122nd floor for an unforgettable experience. There are many decadent menu options including a la carte and a special breakfast menu just for kids.   

The Green Planet

The natural state of any child is a curious one. The Green Planet provides your children with much needed mental stimulation so they can satisfy their curiosity and need for learning and development. As you and your family enter this tropical forest you will have so much to do and so many different exhibits to visit. And the best part…your kids will be able to have to close up encounters with some of the animals living there including being able to feed some of them. Sugar gliders, birds, and reptiles are just some of the animals that your whole family will be able to enjoy and learn all about.

Laguna Waterpark

The awesome experiences just keep coming at the Laguna Waterpark, which is of the newest water parks in Dubai, UAE. Inside you’ll find four different zones set up depending on what you’re looking for. They offer a surf, relax, slid and splash zone and you definitely won’t be able to get enough of either one! One of its best-known attractions is the WaveOz 180 Flowrider, which is one of only three of its kind, which allows riders to float on air. For a more laid back experience go down the Lazy River and watch your worries melt away.

Clymb Abu Dhabi

Prepare to enter the world’s ultimate adventure venue combing the thrill of skydiving and the skillfulness of climbing under one roof. As you would expect it is the world’s biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber with a record-breaking width of 32 feet and height of 82 feet, and the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, measuring an impressive 141 feet in height. Clymb empowers you to explore your courageous side as you skydive and also gives you the opportunity to work on your indoor climbing abilities and expand on them. 


Your children will love the wholesome atmosphere at YasWaterworld located in Abu Dhabi. With 45 rides, slides and attractions at their disposal, they won’t be bored for a second. Every member of the family will be able to find a ride that matches their mood, even if they are searching for an adrenaline rush! You will find yourself bonding as a whole family and having a blast as you explore Dubai‘s most exciting rides and attractions. Try out the Dawwama ride for a tornado water coaster experience. You and five other people seated with you will drop from the top of a mountain, down the slide and into a 20-meter tornado funnel. It will give you the thrill you’re looking for.

Be sure to bring your camera along to capture each awesome moment with your children and build these amazing memories and experiences together.