Dubai…¿Why not for a family trip?

When you think in Dubai the first thing that comes to your mind are business trips or shopping opportunity, so when a friend told us about his trip to this town with all his family we were quite surprised about all the fun they had there. Not only did they find a four-star hotel in Bur Dubai that was nice and well-priced, the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, where they stayed at two connected rooms (one for the parents and their little girl and the other for the 8 and 10 years old kids), but also they did lots of funny activities in which they all had fun. If they wanted to convince us for going to Dubai in one of our next trips they made a great job!

One of the visits they were more impressed with was the one to Aquadventure Water Park, a place you get to by monorail. It has a water park, an area for discovering underwater world and a highly special place: Dolphin Bay. Both parents and children had the chance to swim with the dolphins…yes, actually swim with them! One of those dreams many of us have since we were kids.

Also as a marine adventure, the Dubay Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which apparently is of the biggest in the world. One of the best things is the aquarium tunnel, which offers you the possibility of walking right through the biggest tank so you can see very close to the over 300 sharks and rays that live in it. And though they didn’t personally do it, it seems that you can rent some sort of scooter that takes you deep below the surface of the aquarium!

They also visit three curious places. One of them is Kidzania, where children can role-play activities done by adults in real life, so they can meet their own abilities and interests. In fact, they ‘work’ as a fireman, doctor or journalist, amongst many other options, and in exchange they ‘get paid’ with the official currency of that place, the KidZos, that they can use to buy products and services in this entertainment center.

The next one is Sega Republic, a theme park about games and characters created by Sega company (you can find Sonic there, the hedgehog of the videogames), or Children’s City, a place in which children can not only play, but also learn how to build a bridge, test out space equipment, get up close to high technology or learn some more about astronomy at the planetarium.

But to us was particularly surprising the fact that they enjoyed some ice skating at the Dubai Mall. Yes, ice skating in the middle of the desert, it’s not a joke! And it also looks fantastic the Bounce Dubai, an urban playground with over 100 interconnected trampolines where you decide if you want to make it easy or really challenging, but a safe experience anyway.

And, definitively, since you are in Dubai you must at least once enjoy some romantic moments. As for our friends, they hired the babysitter service and they enjoyed ‘Dubai la nuit’ on a thursday, apparently one of the best days to do so. A well-deserved lovely dinner and a drink (yes, no-muslims are allowed to drink alcohol) on their own after a whole day with the kids.

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What are the best museums for children in Madrid?

To speak of Madrid is to speak of our country’s most cultural with regard to museums. With buildings of different shapes and sizes which enable us to know how life was many centuries ago and bring history to life, Madrid is the bane of those who wish to get lost in the corridors of a museum savoring every painting, sculpture or photograph.

For all this, and much more, you can’t think of a trip to the capital without organizing at least a couple of visits to museums like the Reina Sofia or El Prado. Now, what do we do when we travel to the capital as a family? How do we get our children to enjoy museums?

Madrid is a capital city from beginning to end and that means there will be museums for adults and lots of others for children to enjoy like interactive and fun  museums. Which are the most outstanding?

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The Museo del Ratoncito Pérez

Of the many characters that accompany us throughout our childhood, the Ratóncito Pérez is one of the most intriguing. A little mouse that leaves us money, sweets and gifts every time we lose a tooth and that lives in Madrid, in the Museo del Ratoncito Pérez; a charming museum full of details that will delight your children.

The Fire Museum

With its firefighter suits from centuries ago and its vintage trucks it is sure that the Madrid Museum of the Firemen is another one of those places that makes a good visit with the family. And in addition to its exhibitions and its impressive collection of vehicles from another era, the museum has an education area in which they teach free workshops for the little ones.

The Museum of Natural Sciences

The National Museum of Natural Sciences is a jewel… nothing more. A place in which to find the answers to many of those questions that our children ask us and that they will not want to leave for hours. Beyond its exhibitions and its workshops, the museum is ideal for our children to learn basic questions about our environment always in a fun way.

The best way to spend a few days of sightseeing and … rest!

Let’s face it: family travel is lovely, but with time if we don’t consider the hotels in Madrid that lend themselves to family tourism, then the experience can become a real nightmare.

So, in order to ensure that family vacations are what we all want,(perfect, beautiful and precious), we recommend that you do not miss all the offers from the Petit Palace Hotels Family Experience.