There are a lot of activities in Saudi Arabia to amuse your children. In this list, we will of course touch on the usual zoos and theme parks. We will also let you into the less known attractions suitable for your little munchkins. So, hold on and together let’s make your children’s weekend or holiday trip more fun!
Cost: $5.3 to $16
Most kid-friendly activities in Saudi Arabia are concentrated in Riyadh, and this first one on our list is no exception. The Sky Bridge at Kingdom Center in Riyadh is definitely a must-visit for every tourist, local, or expatriate in Saudi Arabia, as it will offer you a spectacular view of the city. Located on the 99th floor of the Kingdom Center, which is considered the world’s third tallest skyscraper, the Sky Bridge measures 65 meters in length. Climbing to the top can be quite a scare for those who have fear of heights, but kids will definitely love the thrill of going up and looking at the ground below. The trip going to the Sky Bridge can be made through two lifts. The first one takes just about 50 seconds to reach the Transfer level, and the second one takes less than 40 seconds to finally reach the highest floor of the tower. When you reach the sky bridge, your fear will vanish into thin air just by looking at the panoramic views surrounding the center. Besides enjoying a spectacular view of Riyadh, your whole family can also enjoy dining options inside the Kingdom Center. The Sky Bridge is open to the public for the price of $16 per adult and $5.3 per kid (ages 2 to 10).
Cost: $40 to $48
Kids crave for adventure. They love mystery and suspense. Remember how fond they were of spy missions and films about secret agents? In Saudi Arabia, you can take them to a one-of-a-kind experience at Novus. A sister brand of Breakout in Malaysia, Novus in Saudi Arabia is located in Jeddah. More than 200,000 people have already tried this mystery-filled and puzzling game. At Novus, a team must be composed of 2 to 8 people, so your whole family is considered a team and can play the game together. First, you will choose a theme room and your superpowers to be used in completing your mission. The ultimate goal of the game will be to unlock the room by finding the clues and solving the puzzles inside. The clock starts ticking once you’re locked inside the room. If you’re feeling the excitement as early as now, no doubt your kids will be thrilled by this activity, too! You can visit the Novus daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays until Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 midnight on Thursdays, and from 4:00 p.m. to 12 midnight on Fridays. For 2 to 3 players in team, each person pays $48. If you are a team of 4 to 8 members, the ticket price is $40 per person.
Cost: $25 to $80
Aside from dune bashing, another outdoor activity popular in the desert is quad biking. Quad biking is an adventure in quads or sand buggies (four wheelers). During this activity, you’ll get the chance to drive on the desert. There are several options on where you can try quad biking in Saudi Arabia. The best one is at the Red Sand Dunes, where you can also enjoy a fantastic view of the sunset if you go quad biking in the late afternoon. There’s also the Thumamah Sand Dunes just outside Riyadh, which offers Saudi-style tents with their own private yards for rent. While quad biking requires lesser effort and receives fewer shrieks than dune bashing, this is still and adventure your whole family will certainly love. You can do quad biking for $25 to $80 per hour, depending on the size of the bike you’ll be renting. Smaller bikes for children are also available.
We’re sure you’d love this next activity as much as your kids. Feeding animals is something which just makes us happy, whatever our age may be. In Saudi Arabia, you can treat the kids to this lovely adventure at the Al Safi Dairy Farm, which is also a Guinness World Record Holder as the world’s largest integrated dairy farm. This farm boasts of 50,000 Holstein cows which you can see in separate areas according to their age and gender. Before being allowed inside the huge facility, all cars entering the farm undergo a series of disinfection. Once inside, you will be given a tour guide to take you around the dairy farm. He will narrate a short history of the place as well as the processes they do to protect the cows inside the farm. During the tour, the kids will get the chance to touch and feed the baby cows. They can also check out how much pampering the female cows receive in order for them to produce the best quality milk. The kids will get to see the machine-operated factory as well. Plus, the whole experience is free for everyone. You only need to contact the farm to book your kids’ tour in advance.
Cost: Free to $2.6
Saudi Arabia is a country bursting with pride for its culture and Islamic faith. Once in a while, kids should be taken to edutainment centers and museums so they can appreciate the environment they are currently living in or visiting. So whether you’re an expat family or a tourist travelling with the kids in Saudi Arabia, there’s no reason for you not to drop by the National Museum in Riyadh. This museum concentrates on Islam. It houses eight galleries about the Hajj and the two holy mosques, Arabian kingdom, pre-Islamic era, the prophet’s mission, Arabian Peninsula, first and second Saudi states, the unification, and man and universe. Kids can check out a stunning collection of artefacts, manuscripts, antiques, miniature displays, and audio-visual presentations to teach them all about the Saudi culture and history. Don’t worry, presentations are offered in both Arabic and English languages. Visiting the National Museum is free for children and costs $2.6 for adults.
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The temperature in Saudi Arabia can be frustrating for expatriates and tourists who are not accustomed to the hot and humid weather. This is especially exasperating for children who has no patience when they can’t take the heat any longer. To avoid them freaking out and for them to cool their heads, take them to do ice skating in Saudi Arabia. There are various ice skating rinks in the country, particularly in Riyadh, but we recommend the one inside the Royal Mall (or the Snow City in Othaim Mall is also a good choice). As the kids skate on the ice, watch them transform from cranky youngsters to cheerful ones.
Saudi Arabia is made up of desert terrains and red sand dunes. Meanwhile, what most people (including expats) don’t know are the greener areas within the country. For example, the King’s Forest, or Rawdat Khuraim, is a green oasis in the middle of the desert. It is the perfect spot for a family weekend getaway when you’re all tired of being in the middle of the city’s noise and busyness. At the King’s Forest, you and your kids can take a quiet stroll in this sanctuary for birds, insects, and a large biodiversity of wildlife. For sure, everyone will feel as if some clog in their minds has been cleared up after a day spent around the lush surroundings at the King’s Forest.
Of course we won’t forget to include a visit to an amusement park in this list of things to do in Saudi Arabia with kids. The Al-Shallal Theme Park in Jeddah is something your kids must visit while you are in Saudi Arabia. This theme park boasts of various thrilling rides for the children, including a roller coaster, an Amazon ride, and even its very own ice skating rink. There’s also an arcade for the kids to play games. A day spent at the Al-Shallal Theme Park is guaranteed to make your kids’ day an amusing one.
Dolphins are lovely creatures we don’t get tired of watching. Kids particularly love to see them jump, swim, and make sounds. In Saudi Arabia, you can take the kids to see a dolphin show at the Fakieh Aquarium in Jeddah. This aquarium is the only marine-life exhibit in Saudi Arabia and is home to a diverse set of aquatic animals, majority of those are live in the Red Sea. The dolphin show happens from Sundays to Thursdays, with the first show at 11:00 a.m. and the second schow at 6:45 p.m. After watching the spectacular dolphin show, you can all learn about other sea creatures housed inside the aquarium, such as sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, sea dragon, seahorses, and various fish species. The Fakieh Aquarium is open daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sundays to Thursdays, and from 1:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Cost: $1.3 to $2.6
Last on our list of recommended things to do in Saudi Arabia with kids is a visit to the animals at Riyadh Zoo. Measuring 55 acres, the Riyadh Zoo features more than 1,500 animals from 40 different species. A truly family-friendly activity, a visit to this zoo allows the kids to learn about animals, i.e. mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Inside the zoo, you can encounter tigers, kangaroos, giraffes, seals, elephants, flamingos, and many other animals. There are also restaurants and coffee shops nearby to end your day with full tummies. The Riyadh Zoo is open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays until Thursdays and Saturdays, and from 12:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Entrance fee to the zoo costs $1.3 per child and $2.6 per adult.
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