Exciting Summer Fun: Kid-Approved Yas Island Activities

The long summer break your children have been so excited about is finally here. What’s a good way to kick it off?


Here’s an excellent idea: Come to Yas Island Abu Dhabi. The Yas Theme Parks and attractions offer loads of exciting things to do with kids in Abu Dhabi. A Yas Island Abu Dhabi summer trip is easy to plan, too, with our Kids Go Free summer fun package for families.

The Kids Go Free stay-and-play vacation package is perfect for families. If you book for two adults at a participating hotel on Yas Island, two kids younger than 12 can stay in the same hotel room as the accompanying adults and eat free on the adults’ meal plan (e.g., they get complimentary breakfast if the adults’ booking includes breakfast). They also get free activities for kids in Abu Dhabi, including free access to Yas Island theme parks.


It’s a great package, indeed, but why should you go to Yas Island when you have many other options? Short answer: Yas Island has some of the best kid-friendly activities in Abu Dhabi.

Yas Iland has four world-class theme parks, an adventure hub, beaches, a mall, an indoor arena, an outdoor arena, and a Formula 1 racetrack. All these things should give you plenty of ideas about fun children’s activities in Abu Dhabi that you and your family can try.

For our part, we suggest doing the following three things when you visit Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

1.Experience all four theme parks.


These are the four theme parks in Yas Island:


  • Ferrari World Yas Island Abu Dhabi
  • Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
  • Yas Waterworld Yas Island Abu Dhabi 
  • SeaWorld Yas Island Abu Dhabi


On the Kids Go Free package, your children can get unlimited access to these parks.

Note that the level of access will differ according to your booked hotel. Some Yas Island hotels come with free unlimited theme park access, while some give access to one theme park for every night of stay.


Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is for people who love speed and rollercoasters. Formula Rossa is a must-try; it is officially the fastest rollercoaster in the world.


Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi has WB-themed rides and will let you meet some of your favourite Warner Bros. television and movie characters. As this is an air-conditioned, fully indoor theme park (it is, in fact, the largest indoor theme park globally), this is one of the best free indoor activities for kids you can get with the Kids Go Free package.


Yas Waterworld, which sits on approximately 15 hectares of space, is a water park with more than 40 rides, slides and experiences. A few of them are made specifically for kids (e.g., Yehal, Tot’s Playground, and Cannon Point) and several more are for families to enjoy (e.g., Cinesplash, AMWAJ, Yadi Yas, Marah Fortress, Water Wars, and Al Raha River).


Finally, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, the newest theme park in Yas Island, has the world’s largest aquarium. It has eight immersive realms and will let you meet marine animals from all over the world. Animal habitats have advanced animal lighting systems to simulate the daily and seasonal light cycles of the resident animals’ natural habitats.

2.Skydive, climb or do both at CLYMB Abu Dhabi.


CLYMB is a one-of-a-kind adventure hub that offers two activities: indoor skydiving and indoor wall climbing. While it’s true other places offer both activities, none does it quite like CLYMB.


CLYMB has the largest indoor skydiving chamber in the world. While typical indoor wind tunnels are 4.3 metres in diameter, CLYMB’s flight chamber is 9.7 metres wide and 32 metres high, making the latter the world’s widest and tallest flight chamber. Its size requires 16 fans, four times the fan count of standard indoor skydiving vertical wind tunnels.


Additionally, CLYMB has the tallest indoor climbing wall in the Middle East. The tallest wall, called The SUMMYT, is 42 metres high and should challenge even the most experienced climbers. There are four other walls suitable for people with varying experience levels:


  • The Advanced (22 m)

  • The Intermediate (10 m)

  • The Beginner (5.5 m)

  • The Boulder (3 m)


The good news is that children as young as three can experience skydiving, while four-year-olds can try wall climbing.

3.Kart, Drive or Ride at Yas Marina Circuit.

For adventure-loving families, Yas Marina Circuit is one of the best destinations with the most exhilarating things to do with kids in Abu Dhabi. While the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend is a long way away, being at the Yas Marina Circuit should still excite anyone who loves speeding cars and Formula 1 races.

You and your family can get in a rented race car and drive the circuit or ride as passengers and let a professional race car driver give you the full race experience. You and your children as young as five can also go karting at the YAS KARTZONE.

Get Your Summer Fun On

Experiencing all four theme parks is definitely one of the top things to do with kids in Abu Dhabi. Indoor skydiving and indoor wall climbing at CLYMB and driving, riding and kart racing at the Yas Marina Circuit are other exciting activities you can do with your children during your Yas Island visit.


Getting To Yas island


Yas Express is our complimentary shuttle bus service that can get you to any of the major island attractions. For more information, timetable and map, download the pocket guide or call +971 (0) 600 511115.

To Yas Island:
Boarding spots are available at the Deira City Center entrance (beside Aloft Hotel) and Ibn Battuta Mall, Parking 7 stop (right in front of the China Court section).
Within Yas Island:
The shuttle service bus can take guests to any of the major island attractions.
Air travel to Yas Island
If you're coming from outside the UAE, aim to land in Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), as it is located just 10 minutes away from Yas Island.
Rental car to Yas Island
From Abu Dhabi International Airport, you can rent a car. All car rental offices operate 24/7


Connect to the Wi-Fi at Abu Dhabi International Airport and book an Uber or Careem via their apps.
Taxis to Yas Island
You can take a taxi to Yas Island from Abu Dhabi International Airport (10 minutes), Abu Dhabi (25 minutes), and Dubai (45 minutes). To get a taxi, you can flag them down at the roadside, call the TransAD hotline 600 535353 to book, or use the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android platforms. Taxis are plentiful and fares are reasonable.
From Abu Dhabi:
Board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island at the Abu Dhabi Bus Station next to Al Wahda Mall.
From Dubai:
Travel to the Dubai Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to ride to the Abu Dhabi Bus Station, then board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island.