Kids-Friendly places Downtown Dubai

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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Want to explore one of the largest and most stunning aquariums in the world? Especially if you are traveling with kids, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the massive 10-million-liter tank at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, which is home to over than 33,000 aquatic animals and the largest collection of sand tiger sharks anywhere. Stroll through a 48-metre tunnel, with the aquarium enveloping you from overhead and around, and enjoy a fish-eye view, with sand tiger sharks and stingrays swimming overhead. Located at The Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the most captivating attractions in Dubai. Located just above the aquarium, Underwater Zoo brings visitors up close with penguins, King croc, piranhas, crabs, water rats, sea horses, jellyfish and plenty more. If you want more, hop into the Glass Bottom Boat to drift over the water surface and observe various creatures swimming below, get wet in a snorkeling cage, and even go swimming with the sharks inside the tank.

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IMG Worlds of Adventure

If you are staying in Downtown Dubai, don’t forget to visit the world’s largest indoor theme park full of thrilling rides, international pop culture icons, and much more. The 1.5 million square feet playground is divided into four epic adventure zones: Marvel, Cartoon Network, IMG Boulevard, and The Lost Valley, in addition to 22 adrenaline-fueled rides on offer. Your kids will love to join their favorite superheroes on action-packed thrill rides and test their courage at the Haunted Hotel. If your little one is obsessed with dinosaurs, take them to see the prehistoric world of dinosaurs at The Lost Valley, where rides like the velociraptor and the predator await. In addition, there are numerous themed retail stores and dining venues, as well as a 12-screen Novo cinema complex with a fantastic selection of blockbusters. Bonus: kids love meet and greet opportunities with superstars such as Spider-Man, Thor and The Powerpuff Girls.

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KidZania is an award-winning children’s ‘edutainment’ concept, located on Level 2 of The Dubai Mall. It packs more than 40 role-playing activities for children aged 2-16, where they’ll learn all about jobs, money and developing real-world life skills outside of a classroom setting. With so many professions to choose from, including dentistry, aviation, fashion, and construction, your little ones will have a field’s day ‘adulting’ in an interactive child-sized city, featuring universities, banks, hospitals and more; all under the supervision of adult “Zupervisors”. Your kids can even create bank accounts, get passports, and even earn their own KidZos (KidZania’s currency), which they get to spend when cooking, painting, driving or going to the spa. Kids and adults alike enjoy entering the world of KidZania, where the children are in charge! Inspire your children to follow their dreams and get ready for a better world by taking them to kidzania.

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Play DBX

Play DXB offers a complete family entertainment concept with state-of-the-art VR attractions, rides, soft play, video games and roller coaster inside an indoor amusement park in The Dubai Mall. Experience the best of augmented and virtual reality, and even get to feel the thrill of the fantastic Burj Drop experience, where you’ll propel down the side of the record-breaking Burj Khalifa. Teens and adults alike gravitate towards The Walking Dead Outbreak VR game, where you have to survive a zombie attack. While the little ones are having a whale of a time at the inflatable playground and trampolines, you can don an Oculus gaming headset, delve into a Transformers-themed adventure and beat the bad guys. You and your little ones will live unforgettable and mind-blowing experiences wholly immersive rides, interactive games and educational journeys.

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Mirror Maze

Are you and your little ones up for a challenge? Grab your child and get ready to find your way through a mind-bending maze of mirrors that will challenge your sense of sight. Inside this mind-boggling, dizzying labyrinth, you need to find your way through a disorienting maze of mirrors! Get ready for some tricky optical illusions and lots of giggles from your kids. Once within the maze, you won’t be able to work out which way to go and will have to use your senses of touch and adventure to work out the way. Embark on this adventure as a family and spend some quality time together, only in Dubai Mall!

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Ski Dubai

Are you looking to experience the thrill of winters in Downtown Dubai? Strap on your snow boots and take your kids to Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of the indoor ski area. Located in the Mall of the Emirates. this gigantic indoor ski resort is the perfect place to ride a traditional toboggan down the snow hills or zoom down the twin-track bobsled, enjoy immersive experiences inside a snow cavern or polish your snowballing skills. Take your kids on an exhilarating ride on the Giant Ball or hop aboard the chairlift for a one-of-a-kind bird’s eye view of the entire park. Your kids will especially love to meet and play with Ski Dubai’s newest residents; the Snow Penguins. If your kids are interested in learning how to ski, a day or two of private lessons will do the trick. After a fun packed day in the snow, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate at Ski Dubai’s winter-themed Avalanche and Ice Café.

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