Beloved by expats Bahrain’s capital, Manama, has everything going for it from bustling souks and gleaming malls to ancient forts and atmospheric mosques. Manama is also fully geared up for family fun, making the island Kingdom of Bahrain a brilliant destination for an unforgettable getaway together. From incredible wildlife adventures to science-filled exploits, here are the best family-friendly activities to do in Bahrain.
Go eye-to-eye with an Oryx at Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve
From pointy-horned Arabian Oryx to dazzling pink flamingos, all manner of local Bahraini wildlife is protected at Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve. Located on the western side of Bahrain’s main island adjacent to the shimmering coastline, this zoological marvel houses creatures and plant species in an open, semi-natural habitat. Spot Bahraini Owls nestling in tree branches, find Arabian leopards lurking in the shade or take a peaceful stroll amid medicinal plants in the Desert Flora Garden. The best way for the family to see it all at Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve is by taking a bus tour, running hourly.
Slip and slide at Wahooo! Waterpark
With its spaghetti junction of spiralling tube slides, giant sailing ship and vast aquatic fortress, Wahooo! Waterpark is a watery wonderland and then some. Occupying a whopping 15,000 sqm at Bahrain’s City Centre, the air-conditioned indoor-outdoor pool guarantees thrills and spills for everyone. Freshly-refurbished with a tropical theme, Wahooo! Waterpark makes a splashing, smashing family day out. Thrill-seeking older kids will adore Black Hole and Flow Rider rides, while a safe toddler pool is perfect for smaller children.
Get your geek on at Bahrain Science Centre
Resembling a giant, multi-coloured Lego brick, Bahrain Science Centre delivers cerebral family fun with its fully immersive exhibits. More brainy amusement park than stuffy science lab, the museum features learning experiences kids will love diving into. In the Discovery Room, they can try their hand at building various structures, while the Keeping Kids Healthy gallery will spark their curiosity about health and how the body works. What’s more, Bahrain Science Centre hosts a colourful repertoire of workshops, science theatre, storytelling sessions and film shows.
Let them go wild at Kids Club at Jumeirah Royal Saray
Whether letting off steam splashing around or playing sports, getting creative with crafts and face painting or just chilling watching movies, kids will have the adventure of a lifetime at Jumeirah Royal Saray's Kids Club. Fully supervised by a fully trained and professional team, the club’s exciting program of activities has something even the hardest-to-please child will love. While the kids are being entertained, parents can unwind under a shady cabana at Jumeirah Royal Saray’s private pool and beach.
Put pedal to the metal at Bahrain International Circuit
Put your foot on the gas and head to the home of Formula One’s first venue in the Middle East: Bahrain International Circuit. Just south of Manama, the circuit offers petrolheads plenty of adrenaline-fuelled experiences. Your whole family can out-race each other at a two-hour karting session around the world-class Bahrain International Karting Circuit facility. Afterwards, pay a visit to its Track Top Adventure, packed with ziplines and a daredevil climbing wall.