Are you running out of things to do with your kids? Have you been asked to take care of nieces or nephews and you have no idea where to take them?
Whether you’re a parent, a friend, or someone being entrusted with taking care of a child, it would help if you already have a set of ideas for creating amazing and special moments with children. From a thrilling piranha experience to a leisurely time at the cinemas, there is a range of choices that you can go for.
Moments That Matter
Studies say that spending quality time with kids contributes to a happy and well-adjusted child. It doesn’t just point to moms or dads, but also to other family members, relatives, and caregivers. Whether it is a traditional set-up or a modern family scenario, engaging in quality family time is still crucial in the growth and development of a child.
To stress, it is not merely spending countless hours with a child, but more about the quality of engagement with the youngster. It is making a conscious effort to be more involved and to take part in interactive activities with children. Doing so can make the child feel more important and loved. It also gives them a better chance to communicate with their parents or caregivers.
It can also provide an opportunity for parents to bond more with their child and know more about the child’s strengths and weaknesses. Quality moments spent together will be a valuable tool for parents to also identify gaps and create better ways to guide their child.
If you want to cultivate a positive environment for your child or children you need to care for, then you should take steps to actively participate in experiences that foster a healthy relationship between a child and his parents (or caregivers).
Here are some fun activities in Dubai that allow you to spend quality time with kids:
1. Trek through an indoor tropical rainforest.
Studies say that time spent in nature or green spaces can help in fostering positive mental health and lower psychiatric disorders. That is why it is also good to get out of the house and find ways to be near nature. It can be as grand as setting up camp in the mountains or simply playing catch in the park.
In Dubai, there’s another wonderful opportunity to commune with nature. True to the city’s reputation for building things that are grand and magnificent, this cosmopolitan gem in the gulf also has an indoor tropical rainforest to boot. The Green Planet is a worthwhile place to check out, especially if you have kids in tow. With over 3,000 plants and animals taking residence in this biodome, every encounter is sure to amaze both kids and kids at heart.
2. Make a big splash.
Splashing around, sliding down gripping water slides, or simply swimming leisurely in refreshing pools can be another delightful way to spend time with kids.
Aside from being incredibly fun, playing in the water can also bring numerous benefits to a growing child. It not only helps in their social growth but also contributes to their creative, emotional, and physical development. It can even throw in lessons in language and math. Add to that the advantages of soaking up some sunshine, and you certainly have a stellar deal.
There’s a place in Dubai, for example, called Laguna Waterpark where both you and the kids have a vast selection of activities to enjoy together. From wave pool surfing to simply lounging in the cool cabanas, you can indulge in equal amounts of adrenaline-pumping amusement and quiet moments just being with each other.
3. Sing, dance, and learn.
Music and dance also have wonderful benefits for the mind and body. Music is known to help with cognitive and motor functions as well as soothing jittery nerves. Dance also has similar advantages especially when it comes to physical fitness and well-being.
Engaging in such activities can be an enriching and worthwhile way to bond with kids and help develop their skills and talents as well.
Places like Mattel Play Town in the heart of a shopping district in Dubai provides wonderful opportunities for both education and play for kids. There are various zones where you can let them discover their gifts in singing, dancing, or simply socializing with others.
4. Be thrilled at an indoor theme park.
Dubai can get quite hot, so when the kids want to play but you simply cannot tolerate the heat, why not head down to an indoor theme park? Young and old can both enjoy the air-conditioned confines replete with challenging games, virtual reality experiences, and a whole host of exhilarating attractions.
Enjoy laughing, playing, and bonding while you engage in interactive activities. This not only amps up the amusement factor but also brings in several positive advantages. Places like Hub Zero in Dubai’s City Walk shopping complex is a prime example of a place where everyone in the family can have a jolly good time.
5. Sit back and relax at the movies.
Sometimes, all you really need is a relaxed atmosphere to just chill and spend quality moments together. It doesn’t always have to be all abuzz with exhilaration. If you want to just hang out with your kids, you can simply take them to a cinema for their favorite flick.
You can even take it a notch higher and surprise them with an all-star treatment at a boutique cinema. Let them revel in ultra-comfy lounge chairs, state-of-the-art theater technology, and the tastiest food and drink that will tickle their taste buds.
For moms with babies, you can still have fun at the movies with the special set-up that Roxy Cinemas has prepared. Every Tuesdays, mommas can bond with friends (even with baby in tow) as this boutique theatre provides a baby-friendly environment so you can both just sit back, relax and watch a movie.
Quality Time with Family
Quality time can be spent in various ways. Whether indoors or outdoors, it is the effort of making time to spend with your kids (or your nieces, nephews — you get the picture) that matters. Spending unhurried and carefree time with each other does wonders for family bonding and satisfaction.
Remember to be in the moment and focus your attention on experiencing these special moments together. Make sure to make every minute count.