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What to do in the school holidays in the UAE?

Are you wondering what to do in the school holidays in the UAE? Or just looking for fun children’s activities any time of the year? There are so many things to do, especially in Sharjah, and many are cheap or free. Whether you’re looking for something educational, fun or both, you’re sure to find something here.

I have compiled a list and sorted it into categories and a lot of them are educational too so good for all year round, especially to fit in with what children are learning at school or just to supplement their learning. For home schooling they’re a great resource.

Some are repeated as they fit into more than one category. Those that I have written blog posts about include a link. Please remember I don’t cover anywhere in Dubai or Abu Dhabi as they tend to get enough coverage already. Other children’s activities such as Sharjah Reading Festival come up on my social media, so check there too.

(This page was originally published in March 2020 and has been updated. The prices and information were correct at my last visit. If you find them to be different, please do let me know and it’s always best to check on their own media pages or call for the latest information.)

What to do in the school holidays

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

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

What to do in the school holidays – Archeology/history-related activities

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

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

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

  • Buhais Geology Park, closed Tuesday
  • Natural History Museum, Sharjah Desert Park, 15dhs for all museums/centres in park, under 12 free, closed Tuesday
  • Discover Mleiha – Children’s workshops on fossils, paleontology – book in advance
  • Dhaid Wildlife Centre, entrance 10 dhs for adults, children under 12 free, closed Tuesday (please note, there are no live animals here)
  • Mountain formations, road trip – lots of interesting formations around the Dibba Zone, see also Kub, etc 

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

What to do in the school holidays – Fun Activities!

What to do in the school holidays – 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

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