01 Oct 2019
From ice-skating in the Maldives and feeding rescued turtles in Dubai to learning a trade in London and being a pirate in Mallorca, family adventures with Jumeirah are both unexpected and unforgettable. Discover activities that will inspire, educate and thrill children across the world, while giving parents a much-needed, stress-free break.
1. Become a sandy Olympian
Make the most of Jumeirah’s 2km stretch of pristine white sand in Dubai to get competitive with the family. From football and table tennis to badminton and volleyball there is a plethora of activities to keep energetic limbs running through to bedtime.
2. Tend to a turtle
The lagoon at Jumeirah Al Naseem has become a haven for recuperating turtles, including the critically endangered and indigenous Hawksbill. Help the team feed them, care for them before hopefully releasing them back into the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
3. Take to the waters
The shimmering azure waters surrounding Dubai are the perfect place for children to take to the waves. Climb aboard a stand-up paddleboard or jump into a kayak and wobble your way across the Gulf, or take to an abra, a traditional sailing boat, to silently glide along the glinting shoreline.
4. A movie on the beach
On the Jumeirah private beach in Dubai, once the sun dips below the horizon the films begin. An open-air cinema shows family classics under the twinkling stars, as butlers serve popcorn, ice cream and delicious milk shakes to both young and old.
5. Exhilarating kids clubs
As much for the adults as for the children, especially if in need of a little well-earned ‘me-time’. KiDs Club and Sinbad’s Kids Club keeping children entertained all day long. From baking cookies and gardening to face painting and crafts, there’s so much to get stuck into. Teens can train to be lifeguards, find inner peace at Master Yogi ABC Yoga class, or future tennis superstars can take part in the superb PBI Tennis Programme, while those who like to get high can scale the 6m climbing wall.
6. Become a Junior Ranger in Abu Dhabi
In the wilds of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi kids can learn to be a nature ranger, spotting gazelle, Socotra cormorants, grey herons or flamingos in their natural habitat or take to the high seas to learn all about marine biology. An expert guide is to help them discover the local flora and fauna.
7. Learn a trade (and get paid for it) in London
In London kids can get some on the job training at Kidzania, a micro world built especially for children where they can learn to be policemen, doctors or TV presenters, and earn money to spend on fun experiences at the end of it.
8. Practice being a pirate in Mallorca
In Mallorca at the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa little ones can pretend to be pirates, dressing up and spending the day with the team painting, drawing and singing songs of the sea.
9. Ice skating in the Maldives
If the deserted white sands, crystal clear waters and gently exhilarating water sports weren’t enough Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives has its very own eco-friendly ice rink. Glide across the ice, flipping and looping, as the world drifts gently by.
10. Get cultured in Frankfurt
Frankfurt is full of wonderful family-friendly museums, such as the Struwwelpeter Museum (dedicated to the scary children’s stories) or Experimenta (an interactive science and technology museum) before settling down in the evening at Jumeirah Frankfurt, for popcorn and a kids’ movies in the hotel cinema.