Five unique family holiday destinations you might not know about

There’s an art to planning the perfect family getaway. You need to make sure everyone from toddlers to teens are going to be entertained and, of course, have an amazing time yourself. The good news is, kids are just as eager to rack up travel stories as you are; whether it’s seeing their first elephant in the jungle or conquering a jaw-dropping waterslide.

From Egyptian museums to nomadic desert trekking, we’ve picked out a few lesser-known destinations that are perfect for families. The only problem is picking which adventure you’ll jet off to first…

1. Khao Kheow Open Zoo: Chonburi, Thailand

Ever dreamt of exploring the secret life of animals after dark? Hop on a night safari at Khao Kheow Open Zoo and you’ll be able to see exactly what big cats, rhinos and even sleepy sloths are up to when the sun goes down. If you’re here during the day, you’re able to get unbelievably close to some of the most endangered species on the planet. Watch the kids’ faces as they hand-feed a giraffe for the first time, marvel at a lioness feeding her cubs or take a waddle on the wild side at a penguin parade.

Go there: Ready to explore a zoo with a difference? Check out flydubai’s flights to Thailand to begin your adventure.

2. Dubai Parks and Resorts: Dubai, UAE

This ultimate entertainment destination links four theme parks - MOTIONGATE™ DUBAI, Bollywood Dubai, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Dubai. Between lounging by the pool and trying out themed dining venues, you can keep excitable kids and teens happy with high-octane roller coasters and magic attractions based on movies including Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. In classic Dubai style, the parks are one of a kind: LEGOLAND® Dubai packs 60 million LEGO® bricks into its six themed lands and the dazzling Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is the first of its kind in the world.

Go there: Book a flight to Dubai with flydubai and you’ll touch down less than an hour’s drive away from Dubai Parks and Resorts.

3. Wahooo!: Manama, Bahrain

The Middle East’s first ever indoor-outdoor waterpark is packed with thrilling rides and attractions that kids (and adults) will love. There’s a whopping 15,000 square metres of slide-madness to enjoy, including a multi-level fortress and toddler pool for little ones, as well as rides such as the ‘Sidewinder’ or ‘Black Hole’ for teenage thrill-seekers. Grab your swimsuit and head down to Bahrain’s city centre for a day of thrills and spills.

Go there: Start your water adventure by booking a flight to Bahrain with flydubai.

4. Nomadic Desert Camp: Bidiyah, Oman

Oman’s dramatic dunes and child-friendly resorts make it the ideal location for a family holiday. Desert trekking is an adventure kids definitely won’t forget, along with camping in Bedouin-style. By day, explore the desert by camel and by night, sit around a camp fire and enjoy stories beneath the beautiful evening sky. The camp offers free guidance to the camp, from several locations around the city, or you can be transferred directly, for a fee.

Go there: Discover the desert in all its glory by booking a flight to Oman with flydubai.

5. The Egyptian Museum: Cairo, Egypt

Get your cultural fill in ‘the Mother of the World’ - Cairo. Toddlers and teens alike will be stunned into awe at the Egyptian Museum, where you can see Tutankhamun’s burial mask in all its glory. There’s plenty of treasures to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at thanks to the extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities - little ones will especially love the mummy room. Reach the sights and delights of Cairo in only a couple of hours by car.

Go there: Be wowed by the ancient lands and glorious treasures of this mystical country by booking a flight to Egypt with flydubai.

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