Kid-wise Abu Dhabi is best known for its theme parks and beaches, but there's more than roller coasters and sand to family travel here. Children are hugely welcome in this family-focused city, though be prepared for many of the activities to take place indoors because of the extreme heat.

All-weather Fun

  • Ferrari World

Nearly everything in this theme park is indoors.

  • Warner Bros World

The rides and activities of this theme park are completely covered.

  • Bounce

Epic trampoline park at Marina Mall.

  • Fun Works

Learning is the focus of this play environment for tots.

Nature Encounters

  • Noukhada Adventure Company

Kids are welcome on the mangrove and eco-kayaking tours.

  • Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

A chance to learn about falcons and meet them up close.

  • Arabian Saluki Centre

Who can resist cuddling a puppy?

Discovering Culture

  • Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey

Both little ones and teens will enjoy this boat trip while learning about pearling.

  • Louvre Abu Dhabi

There's a dedicated children's museum here.

Splashing About

  • Yas Waterworld

A good haul of water slides.

  • Murjan Splash Park

Waterguns and slides in Khalifa Park.

Park Life

  • Umm Al Emarat Park

This spot has a shade house canopy walk, petting zoo and playground equipment.

  • Capital Gardens

Mini-climbing wall and play areas in the heart of downtown.

  • Al Khalidiyah Public Park

Good climbing frames and other playground equipment opposite the Corniche.

Family Entertainment

  • Zayed Sports City Ice Rink

Work off some steam on the ice.

  • Khalifa International Bowling Centre

For a competitive family night out.

  • Vox Cinemas

A colourful mini-cinema in this complex, specifically for younger ones, plays the latest animated films.

Need To Know

  • Clothes A warm layer is useful to avoid overly cold air-con in malls and cold nights in winter.
  • Weather Avoid May to September when it's too hot, even after dark. Year-round, dehydration is a danger. Hats are essential.
  • Discounts Available for children at sights. The cut-off age is usually 10 years old or dictated by height.