Want to escape the city and see something new this weekend?
Just next door to Dubai is an emirate full of secret gems that are perfect for the whole family. Read our article on How to Survive a GCC Road Trip with a Toddler.
Next weekend, take a trip to Sharjah and discover some of the many ideal family hangouts like:
Al Majaz Corniche
A patch of beautiful nature in the heart of Sharjah city. There are lots of open grassed areas with trees and gardens; perfect for a picnic, game of soccer or time in the sun. Take a walk along the water’s edge, enjoy the birds and hourly fountain show. Visit Al Noor Island and see the beautiful butterflies, enjoy the various playgrounds and spot some lovely art along the way. There is a wide selection of places to stop for a snack or a meal, perfect spots for a coffee hit while the children explore and play.
Visit the beautiful wetlands to see the loveliest selection of local birds and wildlife. Enjoy a golf buggy ride around the wetland with a guide who points out beautiful sights along the way, after enjoying the fresh air head inside the enclosed Centre and see the different birds up close, engage with fun child friendly activities such as puzzles and eye spy, hang around to see the wildlife keepers feed the birds before grabbing a snack for yourself whilst enjoying the view.
Too hot to go outside? Want something affordable that will challenge your child’s mind? Stop by the Sharjah Science Museum and enjoy a range of exhibitions and activities that both children and adults alike will enjoy. Try some hands-on experiment’s, explore physiology, play with thermal physics or bend your mind around the mysteries and secrets of electricity and space. Inspire your family to ask questions, find answers and blow their mind with science and technology.
Sharjah National Park
Forget you live in the middle of a desert and feel like you could be somewhere in Europe, with lush green grass, flowers and endless trees. For the low price of 2Dhs spend a day in the huge Sharjah National Park. Enjoy being in a wide open green space with multiple different playgrounds and activities. Enjoy rolling down green hills, strolling along the different walkways or spotting squirrels in the trees. Pack a picnic or a BBQ and enjoy the facilities. Also read our article Best Vacation Bonding Toys.
For a historic day out, head to the Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn) and learn all about what life used to be like with interactive guides and displays (in English and Arabic). With a charming atmosphere, enjoy walking through the restored fort and seeing a whole new side to culture and the people of UAE. Enjoy the local coffee shops and traditional Souk next door and embrace an emirate known for its culture!
Also read 10 Travel Tips for a Holiday with Kids!