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10 reasons why your kids will love a vacation in Dubai

Dubai’s magnetic attractions are as addictive to the kids as it is for the adults. Dubai has always depicted itself as a family destination and has lived up to its image.  The city has a host of family and kid friendly attractions across all ages.

Here are some of the best things to do in Dubai with kids that are sure to make it their ultimate playground.

  • Dubai Ice Rink

One of the best-known attractions of the Dubai mall, the Dubai Ice rink is loved by kids, no matter the age. The Olympic-sized rink has special facilities for kids to enjoy the best of the skate sessions while having loads of fun. Bringing the best of ice skating saga to the desert, the ice rink is completely safe for children. Even if your child is new to skating, rest assured he/she will enjoy the best of ice in the hands of expert instructors.

  • Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo

Take your children to see the world’s biggest acrylic aquarium having 33000 animal species at the Dubai mall. One of the most loved attractions of the Dubai mall, the Dubai aquarium has both saltwater and freshwater species. Right next to it is the underwater zoo that allows the visitors to experience the best of marine life through a glass bottom boat ride, caged snorkeling, a shark dive for the adventurous ones where you swim inches away from sharks. Enjoy a 180-degree view of exotic sea creatures along with a long tunnel in the underwater zoo. Leading the children through three ecological zones, children get to know interesting facts about otters, piranha, penguins, and other exotic animals.

  • Dolphin Bay

One of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world, the Dolphin Bay in Atlantis allows your children to come face to face with one of the most innocent and playful creatures in the world. Simply admire them from the shore or take a swim with them in the deeper lagoon, the dolphin encounter at the bay is sure to be a memorable experience for your children. Watch them showing off their acrobatic skills, hug them, kiss them and explore the best of these amazing water creatures. Don’t worry if you can’t swim, there are experts waiting to help your little ones help enjoy the experience to the fullest.

  • SEGA Republic

What does a child want the most? A place that allows him to relive his best fantasies, enjoy rides, try on new exciting adventures and not having a minute of boredom. This is what SEGA Republic indoor theme park is all about. Specially designed to cater to the fun needs of children between 5 to 16 years of age, the park has hundreds of engaging games and activities along with over 30 rides to keep your child happily engaged for hours. Although designed for kids, it is fun for all age groups and serves as a perfect place to spend some quality family time together.

  • Wild wadi Waterpark

Included in the list of one of the best waterparks in UAE and the world, a visit to the Wild Wadi waterpark is a must for all age groups. This is not just any other waterpark, but a collection of the world’s best water slides and rides suitable for all age groups. Splash in the water pool with kids or take a ride together on the exciting water slides, enjoy a sumptuous meal together at one of its restaurants or buy some amazing souvenirs; whatever you choose to do, rest assured for an amazing day of fun and excitement. Many reputed tour operators like Rayna tours offer you the facility of advanced entry tickets and comfortable pickup and drop to and fro from the park as well.

  • Kite Beach

A day out at the beach is always a favorite activity for the kids and when you surprise them with a beach venue as good as the Kite beach, the happiness is beyond expression but visible in their sparkling eyes. Known as one of the best beaches of Dubai, the kite beach has an enormous range of activities besides making sand castles and splashing in water waves. Enjoy with your children activities like beach tennis, soap football, kite surfing, kayaking, beach volleyball and a lot more activities.

  • Aquaventure waterpark

There are few waterparks in the world as interesting and exciting as the Aquaventure waterpark, and your trip to Dubai is incomplete without visiting it with your kids. Spread across an area of 17000 hectares, the waterpark is home to some of the most adrenaline-pumping rides in the world. Don’t worry if your kids are small and you want to give adventure rides a miss, the park has super splashing rides, climbing frames, and water games for your little ones.

  • LEGOLAND DUBAI and LEGOLAND Waterparks

One of the most awaited theme parks of Dubai, the LEGOLAND Dubai and waterpark is opening by the end of October 2016, and if you are planning to visit Dubai anytime post October with your family, you get to enjoy a whole world of everyone’s favorite LEGOLAND toys designed to engage your loved ones in creative fun and enjoyment. A part of the Dubai parks and resorts theme park, the LEGOLAND franchise park also has a special waterpark for the kids to enjoy loads of wet fun.

  • Children city

There’s nothing more exciting than education being imparted with a perfect mix of enjoyment, and the Children’s city does it exceptionally well. The theme park allows the children to explore, enjoy, discover, play, and learn about the world we live in. From solar system and astronomy to the human body; children understand the most difficult aspects of the education in the most interesting and fun manner. There’s a special area for toddlers to enjoy fun games, splash in the ball pool, and enjoy a host of interesting activities.

  • Dubai parks

In spite of having a very harsh climate, the parks in Dubai are lush green and maintained with utmost care. Safa park is one of the most famous parks in Dubai and is loved by children for its various playgrounds, boat rides, and lush greenery all around. Taking your kids to the world’s largest natural flower garden- the Dubai miracle garden is also a great idea.  With a collection of 45 million flowers and having the world’s largest butterfly garden inside it, the Dubai miracle garden is a perfect place to take your kids to explore, learn and have fun.

The Arab city of Dubai offers plenty of amazing attractions for kids across all age groups. People have repeatedly visited the destination because of the sheer magnitude of family oriented activities available here. So next time while planning a family holiday, think no more, and head to Dubai for a splendid vacation.

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The world is big and there are many things to be explored; every corner has something beautiful to be explored. If you think that your children have seen it all, you’re wrong. From adventure trails to rollercoasters, performances to experiments, there are many beautiful places in the world to visit. As children get older, they start getting interested in other activities instead of spending time with their family. As such, this is the ideal time for parents to take them to these amazing places where they will enjoy and spend quality time with the family.

Do you want an amazing family vacation? If yes, then what are you still waiting for? Pack your bags and enjoy your vacation with your kids. Here are the 25 most beautiful places in the world to take your babies before they’re grown:

25. The Museum Of Science

The museum of science based in Boston captures and illustrates every kid’s mind. It’s also important for your baby to understand the science that usually makes their gadgets to work. Your kids can explore the techniques and story behind IMAX films and 4-D films. There are also several public events and exhibits that they can enjoy.

24. California Academy Of Sciences

This is a natural history museum that’s located in San Francisco. It is considered to be largest natural history museum because it has more than 26 million specimens. This is a great place for your children because they will have a lot of things to learn. They might also develop interest in these things and eventually get admission for supplementary studies in science.

23. Statue Of Liberty

A landmark that’s a must visit for all children standing in the New York Harbor. The Statue Of Liberty was a gift to New York from France. It was built France before being gifted to New York. The Statue Of Liberty was shipped across Atlantic Ocean. It’s recognized as a symbol of democracy and freedom. Take your baby to the statue of liberty so as to make their him/her develop more interest in history.

22. International Spy Museum

This is a museum of children’s interest as it’s exclusively dedicated to an invisible profession that has managed to form history and has an impact on several events in the world. The International Spy Museum has the biggest collection of spies that have ever been placed on any public display. It’s one of the great places to visit while in USA.

21. Disneyland

Disneyland is one of the most renowned fun places for children. This is a place where your kids will meet all their childhood Disney pals. Your children can also enjoy with the pirates, meet the fairy-tale princesses, explore exotic jungles and dive under the ocean.

20. The Wright Brothers National Memorial

The Wright brothers, after a 4-year experiment, achieved the first ever successful airplane flight back in December 17, 1903. The place was initially authorized as The Kill Devil Hill Monument. However, it was later updated to become a National Park by administrators. Your children can discover national parks, national forests and federal lands all for free.

19. Sesame Place

This theme park is made especially for kids. It is located on outskirts of Langhorne in Pennsylvania. Sesame Place is based on sesame street TV program where children will love to go. It’s among the best fun places that you can visit because it has several shows, rides and water attractions.

18. The Rainforest Café

Rainforest café basically refers to a restaurant chain and all restaurants are every child’s dream. The restaurants have the themed environment that depicts the tropical rainforest features including plants, rainforest animals and waterfalls. Most of the locations of the restaurants feature themed exterior and interior which really attracts children and their families as well. In addition, their menu contains pastas, desserts, pizzas and seafood; most favorite things that are eaten by children today.

17. Seven Stories

This is a place where your children will hear many different stories. It also organizes the popular events as well as exhibitions on how these books are made, where they actually came from and how your child can enjoy and also share them. The place brings these stories to life by hosting the playful exhibitions, shows and storytelling. It will certainly be a great day out for your kids.

16. Disney World Themed Parks

Disney world is every child’s dream right from their childhood and Disney World Park is for sure among the most fun places that a child can ever enjoy. You can find the Disney world themed parks at different places and it’s a must visit place for your kids before they grow. They will meet all their stars that they really love and enjoy the adventurous and rides.

15. Niagara Falls

Niagara Fall is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It combines three falls that overlaps the borders between the United States and Canada. The 3 waterfalls are the American Falls, the Horseshoe Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. It is a perfect place to visit together with your family as there are several attractions that include the Sky Wheel, Skylon, Clifton Hill, Imax Theatre, Tower and the Oakes Garden Theatre.

14. Freedom Trail

If you want to increase the knowledge of your children, you should take them to the Freedom Trail which is made up of 16 important historically sites and all of them are authentic treasures. They have many things that are put together at one place. Your children will be able to explore the museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds and also learn about national heroes.

13. San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo, which is a must visit destination for children is located in the Southern parts of California. It is also known to be an urban paradise for all ages and just the kids. Some animals such as mandrills, Gorillas, birds of paradise, flamingos, giant tortoises and many others are found there. You can also visit the huge animals and the san Diego zoo also provides you with a double decker bus so that you can enjoy your ride. You and your kids can also enjoy the aerial view from skyline if you are adventurous enough.

12. Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory is a very popular place. While there you and your kids can see the beautiful crystal clear Hollywood sign. You and your kids can have extensive projects and exhibitions that are science related. You can also explore exhibitions and enjoy the live shows as well as viewing through telescopes

11. Yosemite National Park

The Yosemite national park is full of natural wonders and is among the most beautiful places in the US. It is well known for its beautiful falls, great deep valleys, grand meadows and ancient giant sequoias. You can enjoy yourself together with your family at Yosemite National Park

10. Coney Island

Coney Island is a beach and an entertainment destination that found in the southwestern part of borough of Brooklyn New York city. With more than fifty rides and attractions, you will surely have a good family day there and you kids will thoroughly enjoy themselves.

9. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo And Aquarium

It is the largest zoo ion the world and is found in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. The place is considered to be the best vocational spot in the US. It has the best three exhibits which are world’s largest indoor dessert, world’s largest nocturnal exhibit and indoor rainforests. Your kids can also enjoy the largest aquarium and meet with many kinds of sea heroes.

8. Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar gorge is your place if you want your kids to do some adventurous and funny activities. two beautiful pillar caves and cliffs rising to 450ft make it the most exciting and dramatic gorge found in Britain. This area is beautiful and also famous with amazing natural beauty and is the finest place for rock climbing.

7. Metropolitan Museum Of Art

It is the largest art museum and is among the top places that you and your children should visit. It is located in New York City, and has a collection of more than 2 million art works. Your kids will enjoy viewing the art as well as have the knowledge about arts and history. 

6. The Corn Palace

The Corn Palace is a multi-purpose facility that is suitable for both you and your kids. As suggested in its name , the corn palace is made up of murals and designs that are from corn and other grains. 

5. Grant’s Farm

This is an ancient landmark and a historic farm in Missouri Village Grantwood. The farm is a home to a wide range of animals including buffalos, goats, peacocks, kangaroos and camels. In 2004, Grant’s Farm was ranked as the best attraction in the U.S by the United States family travel.

4. LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is one of the best places for kids. It is a theme resort and park in Windsor Berkshire. The resort is it is dedicated and fully-designed as the Lego toy system.

3. USS Arizona Memorial

The places marks the memorial of marines and sailors killed on USS Arizona in the course of the Japanese surprise attack. This is a great place for your children to let them know the history about the attack. The place is accessible only by boat. You can get to teach your kids about Pearl Harbor as well as the history of the second world war.

2. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

This is a museum that’s located on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. This places highlights the history of some of the best-known artists, engineers, producers and other people who opinionated the music industry. The Hall of Fame is an ideal place to teach your children to appreciate the new way of rock and roll music as well as the artists who actually did it.

1. Fort Point

Teaching your kids in a historic point of view is great for their knowledge. To do this, you will have to take them to places that have made history. One of the best places that you can visit in America is Fort point in California. Fort Point has been well-known as Pride of The Pacific and an ideal example of masonry in U.S.A.

Evans Lily is the founder of SkyWeFly, where I and my associates blog about photographs, stories and travel tips that will help you make a great journey. I hope to bring my passion to more people via SkyWeFly.

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The Mentawai Islands offers families an adventurous trip of a lifetime without the stress of having to entertain the kids. Imagine, empty white sandy beaches extending into clear warm water whilst your children are amused all day long.

Macaronis Surf Resort turns this into reality. They are the premiere family surf resort in the Mentawai Islands. However, the Mentawai Islands offer so much more than just amazing surfing, there are tons of great child-friendly activities so finally both the kids and parents can all have a holiday.

Here is a list of 15 fun activities for kids staying on the Mentawai Islands that will keep them entertained for the entirety of your trip!

  • Surfing

There are some of the best waves on the planet surrounding the islands, and one perfect beach break located a short paddle from the resort, ideal for beginners to learn how to surf. Kids can enjoy surfing lessons with all gear available at the resort. Lessons are available for all levels so no one has to miss out.

  • Snorkeling

Discover the beautiful coral reefs and exotic fish surrounding the islands. The resort provides all the necessary gear to keep your kids uncovering the wonders of the ocean all day long.

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

The kids will love exploring the different wonders found in the mangrove forests and racing their friends on paddle boards, it will also give them a good work out too so they’ll fall fast asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow!

  • Spear Fishing

Expert hosts will take the kids on guided snorkeling and spear fishing tours, all equipment is provided and safety is first priority.

  • Guided visits to the local village

Let the kids soak up some culture with a guided tour of local Silabu Village. Only a short boat trip away up a winding Amazon style river which is truly spectacular, their eyes will be opened to the way of the Mentawai people.

  • Kayaking

Kids will be able to paddle around the lagoon and bay stumbling upon coves and deserted beaches in their kayaks supplied by the resort.

  • Swimming

Whether it be in the beautiful ocean, crystal clear salt water lagoon, or the fabulous resort lagoon style swimming pool, the kids will keep going all day. Pool toys are available from your resort office.

  • Exploring

The kids will spend endless hours just discovering the Island’s beautiful flora and fauna, which is very different and unique to anything back home.

  • Trolling, Bottom and Pop Fishing

Imagine the anticipation of catching your own fish for dinner? The kids can go on a fishing tour, not only will they have a great few hours out of the resort, you will have your dinner sorted too!

  • Cliff Jumping

The kids will absolutely love the thrill and exhilaration of jumping off the local cliffs at Bat Cave, a great spot to visit on a day excursion which includes island hopping, fishing and snorkeling.

  • Crab Racing

The island is covered with hermet crabs! We have BBQ’s prior to each departure which is normally twice a week where crab racing is a popular activity for the kids, and adults as well.

  • Ping Pong & Billiards

Perfect for when the sun goes down and the kids need to move inside. These classic resort offerings will keep them entertained all evening long.

  • Trekking and jogging

For those who like to keep fit there is a 3km sealed pathway to the village which is great for walking, where often various endangered species of monkey are seen, this path is ideal for jogging as well.

  • Beach combing

When the kids need some downtime away from the more extreme activities, they can spend hours exploring the tide flats or shell finding. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the entire island.

  • Chilling and Relaxing

For when the kids just want to chill and relax, resort rooms all have DVD players with stacks of DVD’s stored behind the bar, and there are around 30 Sat TV channels to choose from as well with many children’s channels as well.

By Mark Loughran – Owner of Macaronis Resort (https://www.macaronisresort.com/)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the young Prince and Princess recently completed their visit to Canada, the popular royals taking in the delights of British Columbia.

Known as ‘Super, Natural British Columbia,’ the province is blessed with amazing geographical diversity, which means there is an equally amazing variety of places to see and things to do. From cosmopolitan Vancouver, once described as “Manhattan with mountains,” to its rainforest, desert and snow capped peaks.

The Kate Middleton effect (also known as the Duchess effect) is the trend effect Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is reported to have on others.  It’s no secret that Kate’s keen fashion sense often leads to websites crashing and brands selling out just hours after press photos are released, so a reported increase in interest and bookings for BC after the family’s latest tour should come as no surprise.

The young mother of two extremely adorable tots, 16-month-old Charlotte and her three-year-old brother, George charmed press and residents alike, their regal duties starting with a star appearance at a children’s tea party in Victoria. Charlotte’s royal tour debut, all eyes, including those of the global media, were on the youngest British princess and while not present on many of Will and Kate’s Canada excursions, some perhaps too triring and adventurous for their small children, BC is now being tipped as one of Canada’s most popular family friendly destinations to visit in 2017.

Undoubtedly, the parting words from the HRH The Duke of Cambridge as they left to return to England might be influencing the decision of those with kids in tow, many eager to follow in the footsteps of the famous foursome: “Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family… We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada. This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit.”

Riding holiday specialist, Ranch Rider has been operating in Canada for over 20 years, its properties suited to the growing number of adventuresome families. According to Managing Director, Tony Daly, a ranch vacation is ideal for families with young children, as the majority of active pursuits are available on site or only a short drive away. Daly comments, “That familiar line uttered by the kids, “Are we there yet,” won’t be heard, as everything from horseback riding to scavenger hunts is just a step away from your cabin and with acres of land to explore and the wonder of mother nature outside your door, the words, “Mummy I’m bored,” will also be a thing of the past.

Offering family holidays for parents with children from six years, the Siwash Lake Luxury Guest Ranch is a half-day drive for guests coming directly from Vancouver, the property located in the south-central region. You won’t have to forgo your creature comforts or the royal treatment as this is one of the most exclusive ranches in Canada.

Over the months of July and August your brood will be able to sign up for the “Free-Range Kids Club”.  If you thought you would have a hard job getting your children to forget WIFI and unplug you’d be wrong, the activities for younger cowboys and girls including horse care; animal tracking; wilderness survival training and shelter building; orienteering; arts and crafts; scavenger hunts; nature walks; fort building and outdoor games.

Daly comments, “Take a leaf out of Will and Kate’s itinerary, the couple enjoying a taster of the province’s excellent wines and book yourself on an optional heli-wine tour.”

A holiday which will leave parents feeling pampered, there’s also the opportunity to unwind at the Sigh-wash, the tented spa situated in a remote forest clearing.

The Three Bars Guest and Cattle Ranch is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, between Banff and Glacier National Park. Spend quality time together on a family ride, hike or rafting trip.

Daly comments, “When the kid’s want to saddle up with their peers, those six and up can join the riding and activities program while you choose another pursuit like an ‘adult only’ horseback adventure.”

A genuine nature escape, let your brood roam to their heart’s content on the trails, catch frogs, feed the sheep, gather eggs from the chicken coup and cook marshmallows over the open fire. Perfectly designed for families, there’s also an outside play area and petting zoo.

The Sundance Guest Ranch is is located in one of the sunniest spots in British Columbia, on the edge of the interior plateau region and overlooking the spectacular Thompson River Valley. Best of all, it’s only a four hour drive from Vancouver.

Children from eight years are welcome to venture off on horseback, while little ones can enjoy a guided pony ride in the arena.

Daly comments, “There’s also a fully-supervised kid’s program for tots (three to seven years) during July and August, leaving older family members with plenty of time to hop in the saddle and explore the ranch’s 1,200 acres.”

During the same months, children are invited to the steak barbeque and country-rock event every Wednesday and Saturday – family square dancing guaranteed to make memories that last a lifetime.

Guest blog post courtesy of Ranch Rider (01509 618 811; ranchrider.com) ATOL PROTECTED No 4660 ABTA 96395/V9150.