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What to do in the school holidays in the UAE?

Are you wondering what to do in the school holidays? UAE has lots to offer! Or maybe you’re just looking for fun children’s activities any time of the year?

There are so many things to do, and many are cheap or free, especially in Sharjah. Whether you’re looking for something educational, fun or both, you’re sure to find something here.

I first created this resource back in March 2020 for ideas on what to do during the school holidays and have since added more places.

I originally sorted them into categories to help parents support topical school learning. This means locations may appear in more than one category. If you’re homeschooling, this should be a great resource for you too.

Places that I have written blog posts about (or sometimes social media posts) include a link. Each location is also on my Glimpses of the UAE Map, which you can find here – GoUAE Map.

If you still need inspiration, you might find my Instagram Guides useful.

Activities such as Sharjah Reading Festival come up on my social media, so it’s always good to check there too.

Disclosure: If you make a booking through links on this document, I may earn commission from partners at no extra cost to you. This helps me to build the website and bring you more great posts and resources!

Disclaimer: Prices and information were correct at my last visits. If you find them to be different, please do let me know. It’s always best to check on their own pages or call for the latest information on opening times, etc. No responsibility will be taken for any changes or consequences therefrom.

What to do in the UAE School Holidays 2023

What to do in the school holidays UAE – Science-related activities

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What to do in the school holidays UAE – Transport-related activities

  • Sharjah Classic Car Museum, Adults AED 10, children 2-12 yrs AED 5 (Sharjah)
  • Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Science, (space travel) Adults AED 22, children AED 11, children under four free, closed Thursdays (pre-booking required for shows) (Sharjah)
  • Sharjah Airport (Mahatta) Museum, science of flight, avian and aeroplane) Adults AED 10, children (2-12) AED 5, under two free (Sharjah)
  • Sharjah Maritime Museum, AED 20 combined ticket with Sharjah Aquarium (Sharjah)
  • Tour in a UniMog, Mleiha Archeological Centre (Mleiha, Sharjah Central Region)
  • RTA Water taxi between Sharjah Aquarium and Ghubaiba Marine Station, Dubai. silver class AED 15 one way, gold class AED 25 one way (not currently operating) (Sharjah, Dubai)
  • Abras, self-drive boats, pedaloes – Al Majaz, al Qasba, Ajman Marina 1, Al Rafisah Dam, Manar Mall Promenade (Sharjah, Ajman, Khor Fakkan, Ras al Khaimah, Kalba)
  • Off-road Museum, (Al Madam, Sharjah Central Region)
  • Classic Car Museum, Dibba (Fujairah)
  • Emirates National Auto Museum, AED 50, children under 10 AED free. (Abu Dhabi)
  • Abu Dhabi Maritime Festival, held in early spring, free (Abu Dhabi city and Western Region)
  • Al Ain Classic Car Museum, Adults AED 15, children (5-15 ) AED 5, under 5 free (Al Ain)

What to do in the UAE school vacationArchaeology/history-related activities

What to do in the school holidays UAE – Nature/plant-related activities

  • Botanical Museum, Sharjah Desert Park AED 21 for all museums/centres in park, under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free, closed Tuesday (Sharjah Central Region)
  • Islamic Gardens, Sharjah Desert Park AED 21 for all museums/centres in park, under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free, closed Tuesday (Sharjah Central Region)
  • Mangrove forests, Ajman, UAQ, RAK
  • Al Noor Island adults AED 35, child AED 20, butterfly house AED 15 extra (combined ticket 2 for 1 in Entertainer, also on Fazaa) Buy Tickets Now  (Sharjah)
  • Walk through Old Residential Village at Wadi Shees
  • Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre, Monday closed, adults AED 15.50, under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free (Kalba)
  • Miracle Garden, AED 75, Buy Tickets Now (Dubai)
  • Al Ain Oasis (Al Ain)
  • Green Planet, Adults AED 140, child 120, Book Now (Dubai)

What to do in the UAE school holidays – Animal-related activities

  • Al Noor Island adults AED 35, child AED 20, butterfly house AED 15 extra (combined ticket 2 for 1 in Entertainer, best to call the day before to check it’s open to the public that day) Buy Tickets Now  (Sharjah)
  • Arabian Wildlife Centre and Children’s Farm, Sharjah Desert Park, AED 21 for all museums/centres in park, under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free, closed Tuesday (Sharjah Central Region)
  • Wasit Wetlands Nature Reserve, AED 15 including buggy ride round lake, under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free, closed Tuesday (Sharjah)
  • Kalba Mountain Conservation Centre, Adults – 25dhs plus VAT, children under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free, closed Tuesday (Kalba)
  • Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, Adults – 15dhs plus VAT(free return within one month), children under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free (Kalba)
  • Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre, Monday closed, adults AED 15.50, children under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free. (Kalba)
  • Sharjah Aquarium (Sharjah)
  • Sharjah Safari, Adults – AED 25 plus VAT, children under 12, (Sharjah Central Region)
  • Green Planet, Adults AED 140, child 120, Book Now (Dubai)
  • Dubai Safari, Adults AED 94.50, child 36.75, (cheaper tickets without safari tour but I don’t recommend this) Buy Tickets Now (Dubai)
  • Emirates Park Zoo, AED 50-100, 0-2 free. Book Resort Stay (I recommend Giraffe arena) (Abu Dhabi)
  • Al Ain Zoo, Adults AED 31, Children AED 10, Book Tickets now (Al Ain)
  • The National Aquarium, AED 105-180, Book Tickets Now (Abu Dhabi)
  • Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, 150 AED, Book Now (Dubai)
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium, Adults AED 120, Children (3-11) AED 95, Book Now (Dubai)
  • Ajman Pygmy Zoo, Adults AED 10, Children AED 5 (Ajman)

What to do in the school holidays UAE – Geology/natural history-related activities

  • Buhais Geology Park, adults AED 10.50, children under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free, closed Tuesday (Sharjah Central Region)
  • Natural History Museum, Sharjah Desert Park, AED 21 for all museums/centres in park, under 12, People of Determination and resident seniors free, closed Tuesday (Sharjah Central Region)
  • Discover Mleiha – Children’s workshops on fossils, paleontology – book in advance (Sharjah Central Region)
  • Dhaid Wildlife Centre, entrance AED 10 for adults, children under 12 free, People of Determination and resident seniors, closed Tuesday (please note, there are no live animals here) (Sharjah Central Region)
  • Mountain formations, road trip – lots of interesting formations around the Dibba Zone, see also Kub, etc 

What to do in the school holidays UAE – Art-related activities

What to do in the UAE school break Fun Activities!

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Theme Parks

What to do in the school holidays UAE – Hiking!

See our page on some hiking areas here. There are lots of family friendly options.

Have a look at this post too on places for walking, cycling, exercising outdoors.

Now you know just what to do in the UAE school vacation!

What to do in the school holidays UAE was first posted in March 2020 and last updated on 25 March 2023.

 

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