When you live in a country where the temperature ranges from warm to hotter than the sun, you understand the importance of making the most of time outdoors in the cooler months. With many schools finishing early on a Friday too, there’s no better time to head outside, so grab the snacks, sun cream, and check out our tried and tested list of outdoor activities to enjoy with friends and family!

Thrill seeking adventures at Motiongate

Motiongate is a perennial favourite amongst the British Mums team and it’s easy to see why. This theme park has it all fromthe Smurf Village and Shrek attractions for the smaller ones,to the Madagascar ride for the bigger adrenalin junkies amongst us. It’s great for both the warmer months as well as the cooler ones and as if there wasn’t already enough to keep the kids amused, they’ve recently launched not one, but two new record-breaking rides, the ‘John Wick’ inspired 4D free spin rollercoaster and the world’s fastest spinning single car rollercoaster ‘Now you see me’. If you’ve not tried them already, this is not to be missed.

Price: Tickets are AED 330 per person and under 3’s go free.

Age: Suitable for children aged 3+ years.

Location: Dubai Parks & Resorts.

How to book: Please call 800 AMAZING (2629464), visit the website or email amazingservice@dubaiparksandresorts.com.

Experience the wonders of the world at Global Village

Global Village has long been a popular destination for visiting friends and family, with its 26 pavilions and live entertainment there’s so much to see and do, but why should they have all the fun? Make like a tourist yourself and treat the kids to a fun-packed afternoon of stage shows, rides and attractions. Visit the weirdly wonderful Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium and indulge in a huge array of food options from around the world. And if you’re lucky you may even run into the PJ Masks or the Care Bears.

Price: Tickets online are AED 15, at the gate it’s AED20, kids under 3 years old are free.

Age: Suitable for all ages.

Location: Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road.

How to book: Book your tickets online and look out for the ‘Wonder Bundles’ offering great value for money with over 30% discount.

Have a splashtastic time at Laguna Waterpark

Located at the picturesque La Mer, Laguna Waterpark is an aqua marine paradise consisting of four distinctive zones – Surf, Relax, Slide and Splash. There are five main rides, two of which are ground breakers for the Middle East, an amazing pool lounge and access to La Mer North Beach too. You’ll also find a fabulous children’s zone which is great if your little ones aren’t quite big enough for all the rides, and a relaxing lazy river for those who just want to kick back and chill in the cool water. Take advantage of the Sundowner Pass for just AED 110 and enjoy 3 hours of fun from 3pm-6pm, Tuesday-Friday.

Price: AED 110 for the Sundowner Pass available Tuesday-Friday, 3pm-6pm and under 2’s go for free.

Age: Suitable for all ages.

Location: La Mer

How to book: Please call 800 7699 or visit their website.

Find your sense of Adventure at Aventura

Get back to basics with a tree climbing adventure and nature trail at the largest treetop adventure park in the Middle East, Aventura. With a strong focus on nature and enjoying the great outdoors, this park boasts 24 zip lines, 6 circuits suited to all different abilities and 80 obstacles to keep the kids engaged and at this time of the year it couldn’t be more perfect for spending a few hours in the heart of nature. Pricesstart at AED 45 for the nature trail and one accompanying adult is free of charge for children under 12 years old.

Price: Aventura Challenges are AED 75 each and the treetop circuits start from AED 95.

Age: There are minimum height requirements of 1.15m for some of the circuits but the nature trails are open to all.

Location: Mushrif Park.

How to book: Please visit the website, call 052 178 7616 or email info@aventuraparks.com.

Privilee fun for the whole family

We are so fortunate to have such a great service here in the UAE with Privilee! Providing access to over 95 five-star beaches and pools, more than 10 waterparks and splashpads and 25+ kids clubs, you’ll all be living your best lives whilst enjoying some of the best discounts on food and beverages, spa deal and gym passes. Why not head to Jungle Bay for an after-school water park adventure or maybe Atlantis, The Palm for some sandcastle making on the beach and a spot of supper? There are so many great venues to choose from with new venues being added all the time such as the recently added The Els Country Club!

Price: AED 529 per month per adult including up to 3 children per family.

Age: Suitable for all ages.

Location: Different locations all over the UAE.

How to book: You can sign up to a membership online or please call the Privilee team on 04 554 7820.

Get back to nature with X Park Jr.

Playing outside as a child is perhaps one of the most freeing experiences you can have and at X Park Jr. they believe every child deserves the opportunity to get outside in nature and enjoy the simple things in life. The park is perfectly set up for children of all ages, with shady areas, water features, grass to run on and animals to meet – no visit to the park would be complete without feeding the resident goats, chickens and ducks. There are some great wooden structures for the kids to climb on too including treehouses and bridges plus climbing nets, a mud kitchen and sand area, everything to keep our little people inspired.

Price: AED 80 per child including 2 accompanying adults for 2 hours play.

Age: Suitable for all ages.

Location: Mizmelah Street, just off Kite Beach.

How to book: Please visit the website or call 054 582 5561.

We hope you’ve found these suggestions for outdoor activities helpful and if you have any more recommendations of tried and tested outdoor fun please share them to our Facebook community group.

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