Finding something new for the family to try that will entertain adults, teenagers and little ones alike can feel like an impossible task.
There’s only so many cinema trips you can make, and long road trips can make certain activities impossible.
From wildlife parks to laser tag, and beach trips to makeovers, here’s 15 top family days out you have to try at least once.
Taking the kids to an amusement park is an easy way to keep them entertained all day, and with 38 different rides at Adhari Park, they won’t run out of things to do. Hop on a pedal boat and explore, or play and race against each other in mini golf or on bumper cars.
Daily 4pm-midnight (winter); Sun-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu 10am-midnight, Fri 8am-11am, 1pm-1am (summer). North of Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Highway, Zinj (1740 7300).
Al Areen Wildlife Park
Children love animals, and there’s no better way to see them in Bahrain than a visit to Al Areen Wildlife Park. Catch one of the hourly bus tours around the 7 sq km reserve and you and the kids will be left enthralled by all the animals and birds you spot in their natural habitats.
BHD1 (age two and above), free (kids below two). Daily, 9am-4pm. Zallaq (1784 5480).
Al Azizia Birds Kingdom *PERMANENTLY CLOSED*
After a visit to Al Azizia Birds Kingdom, there’s a 90 percent chance your little ones will ask you if they can have a parrot, but it’s definitely worth the risk. This small park has 70 different species, ranging from colourful toucans to California quails, which are bound to fascinate and amuse.
BHD1.5 (adults), BHD0.5 (children between three and 12). Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. Amwaj Islands (1603 0597).
Al Dar Islands
Building sandcastles and splashing about in the sea is always fun, but taking a boat trip to get there will make this day trip extra special. You can hire out a beach hut for BHD10 on weekdays or BHD15 at the weekend on Al Dar Islands, or go on a dolphin watching tour for six people for BHD33.
BHD5 (adults, weekdays), BHD8 (adults, weekends), BHD2 (children, weekdays), BHD4 (children, weekends) for the boat journey to the island. Road 1321, Sitra Fisherman Port (1770 4600).
Educate your kids on the history of Bahrain during a visit to Qal'at al-Bahrain, which was once the capital of the ancient Dilmun civilisation. Walking through the fort, which dates back to the sixth century, is fun – and most importantly, free – but you can also pay BHD2 to get into the museum too.
Free (fort), BHD2 (museum). Daily, 8am-6pm (fort), Tue-Sun, 8am-8pm (museum). Near Karbabad (1756 7171).
Bahrain International Circuit
Formula One races are unbelievably exciting at any age, and kids as young as seven can get a taste of the Grand Prix with Go Karting at the Bahrain International Circuit. The 1,400 m track with 14 corners will entertain even the fussiest of kids.
From BHD13. Daily 4pm-midnight. Gulf of Bahrain Avenue, Sakhir. www.bahraingp.com (1745 0000).
In the summer months when it’s impossible to spend more than a few minutes outside, ice skating is the perfect way to cool down. Introduce the little ones to the ice at Bahrain’s only skating rink at the Funland Centre.
BHD3.5 (weekdays), BHD5 (weekends). Daily 9am-1am. Road 2209, Al Hoora (1729 2313).
Every child (and adult) in the world dreams of flying, and Gravity Indoor Skydiving will give kids the chance to do just that. The wind tunnel is 12 m tall and can reach speeds of up to 250 kmph, leaving kids screaming with joy. For an extra BHD2.5 you can also wear a superhero costume for the flight, fulfilling two dreams at once.
From BHD17. Sun-Thu noon-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. Gravity Bahrain, Zallaq (1310 0000).
If you want your kids to be more active but can’t get them to stop playing video games, the perfect compromise is a game of laser tag. They get to play against their friends, and you’re safe in the knowledge they’re getting some exercise. If laser tag won’t tempt them, the Ozone entertainment centre also has Foosball, snooker and billiard tables.
From BHD1. Sat-Wed 1pm-10pm; Thu-Fri 1pm-midnight. Sitra Mall (1712 5162).
If your little ones are always begging to come on your spa days, Lalapaloza might have the solution. This spa is aimed at children little boys and girls can enjoy manicures and pedicures, haircuts and even fake tattoos.
From BHD1. Daily 10am-8pm. Al Aali Shopping Complex, Seef (1610 1612).
Kids will be overwhelmed by the sights, smells and people all around the Manama Souq, so a family day out walking around the tiny streets and picking out some souvenirs is bound to keep them amused. Make sure you try some traditional food from a hole in the wall while exploring.
Bab Al-Bahrain (no number).
Find out more about the history of Bahrain by exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site. Former merchants’ residents, pearl storehouses and the Bu Maher Fort form the trail which explores this historic trade.
Qal’at Bu Mahir and Bu Mahir Visitor’s Centre: Wed-Mon, 10.15am-4.30pm. Pearling Path Visitor and Experience Centre: Thu-Tue, 10am-5pm. Al Nukhidhah House: Sat-Thu, 8am-1pm, 4pm-7pm. Muharraq (1729 8777).
Royal Camel Farm
There are more than 600 camels at the Royal Camel Farm, and there’s no better place to see them up close. Walk the farm and see camels of all ages before feeding some of the younger ones and posing for pictures.
Free. Daily 8am-5pm. Janabiyah (1788 1188).
If you want to let your kids let out their creative side without ending up with a very messy room, head to Studio Ceramics for one of their activities. Families can paint pottery or make their own using wet clay.
Sat-Thu 9.30am-6.30pm. Road 7307, Abu Saiba (1700 2911).
There’s 15,000 sq m of water-based fun at Wahooo! Including slides, rides and even a wave pool to keep the children entertained. Although some of the park is outside, most of it is inside so you won’t need to worry about sunburn.
BHD8.5 (guests below 1.2m in height), BHD13 (guests above 1.2m), BHD4 (guests under three). Mon-Wed 11am-8pm; Thu 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. City Centre Bahrain (1717 3000).