12 of the Best Things to Do at Expo 2020 Dubai With Kids
The event is open for all ages, and here is our guide to the very best things to do and see at Expo 2020 Dubai for families (must-sees!)
5 October 2021
Image credit: Expo 2020
Your guide to the best activities for families and children in Expo 2020 Dubai!
Get set for family fun with our round-up of exciting events, activities and other things to do for children at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Taking place from Friday, 1 October 2021 until Thursday, 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 will fill your family day out with one-of-a-kind events, activities, and much more!
Here's how to keep yourself and the kids, from babies and toddlers to tweens and teens, entertained, educated, and inspired at the 'greatest show on Earth'.
How much are Expo 2020 ticket prices for families?
Families at Expo 2020 can also opt for the Family Package (valued at AED 1,650, priced at AED 950), which includes season passes for two adults and one nanny, a photography voucher, discounts on food and beverages at the event, 10 Smart Queue Bookings per day, and heaps of other benefits.
Visitors under 18 years old can enter the Expo site free of charge! Children must be accompanied by adults, and tickets for grown-ups are available for AED 95 each.
1. Learn about planets and the universe at a Mars-inspired playarea
At Latifa’s Adventures in Space City, little ones can climb, bounce, crawl, jump, and explore their way through the planet Mars.
Kids will find plenty of play nets, a 'zero-gravity' chamber, trampolines, and swings. Young space-enthusiasts can also hop aboard a replica of the UAE's Hope Probe to Mars!
2. Be superheroes for a day at the Mascot Immersive Show
Located at Al Wasl Dome, children can help Expo 2020's mascots Rashid and Latifa restore the beauty of our planet Earth as they battle the villainous Mr. Scrap and find Salama’s stolen secrets.
Pictured: Expo 2020 mascots Latifa and Rashid / Image credit: Expo 2020
3. Play with robot penguins
Stop by the Monaco Pavilion, located in the Opportunity District, to play among some robotic penguins.
Children can study penguins' real behaviours in the wild through a 'jump and run' game, where kids must help guide a baby penguin back to safety and protect it from the deadly dangers of the Arctic.
4. Teach children to care for our environment
It's never too early to implement sustainability in our everyday routines. After all, there's no planet B.
At the Sustainability Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai, families can embark on a journey for our planet while exploring this futuristic village of a more sustainable, positive future. Kids will learn about the importance of living a more sustainable life, and what our shared future may look like if we continue to be wasteful.
Wander through forest roots, see how Earth's wonders may end up corrupted from our manmade wastes, and dive into ocean depths.
Image credit: Expo 2020
5. Explore the ocean without getting wet
Rashid’s Playground at Jubilee Park is another fun family activity at Expo 2020. Their ocean-themed edu-tainment will teach children about some of the most fascinating sea creatures on the planet.
There will be whale slides, an interactive 3-D maze inspired by the humpback whale, sharks on springs, and other exciting features!
6. Make digital avatars and dance with a virtual 'idol'
Here's another activity that children will love at Expo 2020! Kids can visit interactive booths where they can create their own digital avatars. Everyday at Mister Scrap’s Scrapyard Idol, there will be a dance, music, and story show set to entertain and wow families.
7. Collect stamps on your Expo 2020 passport
Visitors can collect an Expo-themed passport at the site and receive special stamps from each pavilion visited.
It makes for a lovely keepsake, especially for families who have not been able to travel much due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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8. Fall down a giant slide into woodsy European greenery
Children and adults are invited to visit the Luxembourg Pavilion where a heart-racing 21-metre-tall slide awaits.
After exploring the European pavilion and the country's diversity, connectivity, and sustainability spirit, brave visitors can slide down and land into a green, forest-like space.
9. Munch on cuisines from around the world
At Expo 2020 Dubai, there will be culinary encounters from around the globe. Foodie families out there are spoiled for choice with 200+ dining outlets!
You can munch on a variety of foods including street bites, family-friendly meals, sustainable menus, and even gourmet dishes made by celebrity chefs.
If you're not feeling particularly adventurous for new cuisines, there are Food Truck Parks located in every district serving classic pizzas, burgers, ice creams, hot dogs, smoothies, and more.
You can even have lunch with robots!
10. Marvel at a garden in the sky
Need a change of scenery? Families at Expo 2020 Dubai can take a ride to the top of the Garden in the Sky observation tower, a 55-metre-tall spot offering a beautiful 360 view of the event.
11. Become a UAE astronaut
Well, not an official one. But at the Mobility Pavilion, children and adults can stand in front of Hazza Al Mansouri's spacesuit and have their faces appear onto the first Emirati astronaut's helmet.
It's a cute photo op for anyone and everyone!
12. Watch the 'Colours of the World' parade
Watch a daily parade featuring international performers and musicians! The vibrant 'Colours of the World' parade take place every day at 12:45 p.m. at the Ghaf Avenue.