For Families in 3 Days

1. Creekside Park

Start the day at Creekside Park, a peaceful waterfront recreational area with playgrounds, picnic spots, and themed gardens. There's a minitrain that winds its way around the perimeter, and a cable car that rides over the shoreline at 30m (98 ft.) in the air. You can walk, jog, bicycle, or even rollerblade along a 2.5-km (1.5-mile) pathway. Families often spread out blankets across the park's many open spaces, with some barbecuing on weekends.

2. Children's City

You'll find Children's City in Creekside Park. Bring the kids here to combine learning with fun. Children aged 2 to 15 will learn about the human body at the Discovery Space, explore the night skies in the 100-seat Planetarium, play with modern communication devices in the Computer Gallery, and discover the history of Dubai in the Way We Live. This is a wonderful place to meet children from all over the world who are living in and visiting Dubai.

3. Atlantis, The Palm

No place offers kids more over-the-top experiences than the Atlantis, The Palm. Families can choose to visit any combination of Aquaventure, The Lost Chambers, and Dolphin Bay (or choose just one of them). The resort itself is fascinating to walk through and includes a mesmerizing aquarium just off the lobby, as well as numerous shops and eateries, such as Cold Stone Creamery.

4. Mall of the Emirates & Ski Dubai

Mall of the Emirates is one of Dubai's best family destinations, and you could easily spend a day here. It includes Ski Dubai, where families can ski, snowboard, sled, or even throw snowballs. The Magic Planet offers a huge selection of rides and games, including a bowling alley and climbing wall for older kids as well as a supervised play area and day care for tinier tots. Mall of the Emirates also houses the Cinestar Cinema and the Dubai Community Theater and Arts Center, where children's shows are often performed.

5. Take a Break -- St. Moritz Café -- It's time to take a break from the slopes, warm up, and fill your belly. St. Moritz Café is a casual restaurant that resembles a Swiss chalet and faces the snow-filled slopes of Ski Dubai through giant windows. The extensive menu has lots of options for kids. Mall of the Emirates.

6. Wild Wadi

For families who want a waterpark and choose not to go to Aquaventure at the Atlantis, The Palm, Wild Wadi (next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel) is one of Dubai's most fun destinations. In addition to rides for the big kids, it includes a family play area with games for small children.

7. Dubai Mall

The largest mall outside North America, this incredible shopping and entertainment complex includes an Olympic-size ice rink, a giant aquarium and underwater "zoo," a 22-screen cinema and SEGA theme park, the "Kidzania" entertainment center, and the dazzling Dubai Fountains (with free shows every evening after 6pm).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.