Kuwait city - Places for children
Kuwait is a very family-oriented country, and there are plenty of activities available for children to enjoy. From play centres to parks to sports and beach clubs you are sure to find something suitable for children of all ages.
The Scientific Centre
This centre comprises a world-class aquarium, the biggest of its kind in the Middle East, a Discovery area for children to have hands on interaction with marine life, an IMAX theatre and an outdoor dhow museum. The aquarium has an assortment of exhibits covering the desert, mangroves, wetlands and the sea and the Discovery area is split into seven exploration zones containing an excess of forty scientific stations. Shark feeding takes place at 7pm Sunday to Tuesday, 11am on Sunday and Wednesday, and at 12:00 on Fridays. The IMAX programme schedule is available by calling 848 888.
Tel: + 965 848 888
Al Sha’ab Leisure Park
Located on the Gulf Road in Sha’ab the leisure park is a great place for adults and children to let off a little steam. Whether you want to strap yourself into a canvas wrap, attach yourself to a bungee cord or be tossed around 15 stories off the ground, this is the place for you! The park also has an ice rink and a roller-skating area. The usual fast food outlets are available. Open 5:00pm – 12:00am daily. These times are subject to change during the winter months.
Tel: + 965 88 5000
It is possible to take a boat trip out to one of the islands, particularly Kubbar, where one can get away from the mainland for a spot of picnicking and swimming. Dhows can be hired for an authentic experience but do cost a couple of hundred KD (including crew) so most families prefer to share the costs.
The Aqua Park
Located next to the Kuwait Water Towers in Dasman the Aqua Park has water slides, an artificial wave pool, children’s pools and waterfalls. There are restaurants, small shops and a landscaped area for picnics.
Tel: + 965 243 1960
Kuwait Water Towers
The striking water towers, which are located in the Dasman area on the corniche, are unique to Kuwait and are the country’s favourite landmark. In addition to be used as water reservoirs the towers hold a number of restaurants and an observation deck with 360° views (the deck has one full rotation every 30 minutes). The towers are spectacular when night-lit. Open 9:00am – 10:00pm daily
Tel: + 965 244 4021
Entertainment City is located 20kms north of Kuwait City. It has over 40 rides, games and shows and is split into three different sections; Arab World, International World and Future World. The entrance fee is KD3.500, but this does cover all rides. Children under 4 years are free. Open 3:00pm – 11:00pm Saturday to Wednesday and 11:00am – 11:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
Tel: + 965 487 9545/+ 965 487 1682
This man-made island is located in Dasman and is connected to the mainland by a 134 m-long concrete walkway. There is a lagoon, restaurants, an amphitheatre, a viewing tower and the Kid’s Castle activity area which includes dungeons and water slides with indoor and outdoor waterfalls. There is a man-made tidal swimming pool with a maximum depth of approximately 3m, a number of restaurants, a 700-people capacity amphitheatre, a 35m-high tower, a spiral staircase for walking enthusiasts and the Kid’s Castle.
Messilah Water Park
Located in Messilah just off the Fahaheel Expressway the water park is open during the summer months (usually April to October) from 10:00am – 10:00pm. Entry is KD3.5 for children over the age of 10 and adults, and KD2.750 for children under the age of 10. Pizza Hut and Burger King have facilities on the premises.
Tel: + 965 565 0505
The Zoo is located in the area of Omariya. As well as a number of animals the gardens have an education centre where exotic animals may be studies, as well as species native to Kuwait, past and present. Camel, horse and donkey rides are available and there is a small train which takes visitors around the garden on tours. Open daily (except Saturdays) from 8:00am – 8:00pm during winter, and from 8:00am – 12:00pm / 4:00pm – 8:00pm during summer. Entrance is 250fils per person.
Kuwait Zoological Garden
Omariya, Road 55 (Airport Road)
Tel: + 965 473 3389