Round up your kids' summer holidays with all these exciting family activities happening in Qatar
21 August 2019| Last updated on 26 August 2019
With the new school year in Qatar kicking off next week...
The kids might be feeling pretty sad. But with a wealth of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, you can make these last few days of the summer break one they'll excitedly tell tales of when they go back to school.
There’s no shortage of things to do with the children before school starts again. From the LEGO Festival to riding a gondola in Doha's own Venice, we've rounded up the top 10 things to do with the kids in Qatar before summer break ends.
#1 Gondolania Theme Park
Location: Villagio Mall, Doha, Qatar
If plans for a summer trip to Europe wasn't in the cards this year, take the kids to this shopping mall in Doha that's been modeled based off the canals of Venice, Italy. With a real water canal, gondola rides, shops, and eateries lined by the waters - it's like you've stepped into the real deal.
#2 LEGO Festival
Location: Doha Festival City Mall, Doha, Qatar
When: Until Tuesday, September 17 2019
Timings: 2 PM - 7 PM
At the LEGO Festival, kids are treated to a variety of free experiences from creative block building to physical activities they can interact with. Stimulate their creative and critical thinking, and motor skills before going back to school.
Spread across the mall are four zones with an array of activities - they can add to the ever-growing LEGO skyline with their own tower, building and racing LEGO cars, snap shots at the photo booths, experience a LEGO zoo with life-size brick models of animals, and so much more.
#3 Aqua Park Qatar
Location: Salwa International Road, Doha, Qatar
Timings: Sun-Wed 10-6pm, Thu-Fri 10 AM - 7 PM, Sat 10 AM -6 PM (May vary depending on season)
If your kids aren't land-lovers are enjoy being in the water, then this is a must! Extending over 50,000 square metres, Aqua Park Qatar is packed with many activities such as stingray surfing, a giant wave pool, a lazy river, water slides, and more, to keep the family busy.
#4 Souq Waqif
Location: Al-Souq St & Grand Hamad Street, Doha, Qatar
Entice the older, social media-savvy kids with a wander through the Souq Waqif. With an abundance of exotic stalls piled high with everything from spices to delicate flowers, it's a golden, stunning Instagram feast.
#5 Qanat Quartier, The Pearl
Location: Qanat Quartier, The Pearl, Doha, Qatar
But if that's not enough to fill their social media pages, head over to the Venetian-inspired cafes, shops, and canals of the Qanat Quartier on The Pearl. The family will be spoiled for choice with all the perfect foodie pitstops.
#6 Summer Entertainment City 2019
Location: West Bay, Doha Exhibition And Conventional Center, Doha, Qatar
The largest indoor entertainment destination in Qatar, with heaps of activities suitable for any child's age. Kids can enjoy the VR and gaming zones, over 50 fun activities, and munch on more than 40 food options available.
Photo credit: Summer Entertainment City
#7 "Perfect Duet" Exhibition
Location: W Doha Hotel’s Art29, Doha, Qatar
The first-ever mother and son duo exhibition in the nation, the show will present 30 pieces of Qatari artist Ahmed Al Jufairi's works alongside his mother Hanady Al Othman's. It's a great event for some parent-child bonding over beautiful works of art.
#8 Café Ceramique
Location: The Mall, D-ring road, Qatar
For the artistic kids who want to be creative while making a bit of a mess, this activity is for you. Children and parents can paint and decorate plates, bowls, mugs and bring them home. Start your school mornings with a mug of juice, tea, or coffee that the little ones painted by hand.
#9 Dune Bashing
If the kids still have some leftover energy from summer, going dune bashing will take care of that. The thrill of the rides, the muscle work it requires, and the beautiful desert views are sure to sate their remaining excitement during the summer break. Teenagers will enjoy the desert and camel rides, and parents can wind down after a day of adrenaline at the traditional tents for dinner and drinks.
#10 Snow Dunes
Location: Doha Festival City, Doha, Qatar
Turn the last few days of the summer break into a mini winter getaway. Bring the kid to Snow Dunes, Qatar's first indoor snow theme park, where they can ride sleds down snowy hills, build snowmen, and plenty of other cool activities.