Bahrain’s only wildlife park is home to over 45 different species of mammal and more than 82 varieties of bird. See the birds wandering freely around the park (don’t be surprised if you come face to face with an ostrich) and then take the bus through the reserve, stopping off to see the larger animals such as leopards, gazelles, wolves and hyenas. It’s really good value too at only BD1 for an adult and 500 fils per child. Find out more at alareen.org or call 17 845 480.
Aziza Birds Kingdom
Take a visit to Amwaj Islands for an attraction that is relatively new to Bahrain. Aziza Birds Kingdom (contact 16 030 597). Aziza Bird Kingdom is home to many beautiful and rare birds. See 70 different species and over 500 birds in a massive, carefully controlled ecosystem, including several critically endangered species.
Bahrain Camel Farm
Head over to Janabiya and you’ll find the Camel Farm just off the highway. Visitors are welcome to wander around free of charge and see the hundreds of camels that live there. You might be lucky enough to see some baby camels too. The workers here are friendly and will often offer to take you for a camel ride in return for a small tip.
Bahrain Rugby Football Club
For sporty families, look no further than the Rugby Club. There are regular, well-organised sports teams and activities for kids and adults alike, including rugby, football, netball and swimming. Several large grass/astro pitches, a large swimming pool as well as a shaded baby pool and kids playground make this a great place to hang out with friends (there is a small entrance fee for non-members). Contact bahrainrfc.net for more info.
For an island, is it surprisingly hard to find a beach in Bahrain. Among the best are the hotel beaches, such as those at the Ritz-Carlton and Sofitel, if you are lucky enough to be a member. More affordable options are Bahrain Yacht Club (if you know a member who will sign you in), and other beaches with ‘day’ rates, such as Al Dar Islands, Al Bandar Resort or Coral Bay. For a true public beach, try Al Jazayer Beach or the stretch of beach next to Bahrain Fort near Seef.
Boat Tours/Dolphin Watch
We love living on an island … but sometimes it is good to get off it! And a boat trip is a great family day out. You can try your hand at fishing, or go Dolphin Watching as well. Al Dar Islands can arrange a trip for you, just give them a call on 17704600 or check out aldarislands.com for further information.
Desert Survival/Boat Survival – Tribal Fitness
This one needs booking in advance but is well worth a bit of forward planning. Tribal Fitness organizes Junior Sea and Desert Survival programmes including skills such as shelter building, fire building, water safety, orientation and rescue. More details at tribalfitness.com or on 39 473 710.
The 298m Kids Track at BIC has been designed to host karting activities for kids from 7 years of age in the safest possible conditions. Parents can watch their children drive on track while enjoying refreshments and snacks from the Speed Café. Bahrain-karting.com gives all the details.
Land Rover Passenger Experience
This is Bahrain’s off-road driving course located by BIC in the Sakhir desert. There are 32 obstacles over 3.5 km of tricky terrain, including slide slopes, humps, rocks, gravel roads and water challenges. Take a thrilling 90 minute ride in a Land Rover with a BIC instructor. To book call17450 000 or email email@example.com.
Lost Paradise of Dilmun (Water Park)
Lost Paradise of Dilmun (LPOD) Water Park has something for everyone. For the kids, the huge interactive rain fortress, with slides, water sprays, tip buckets and a host of jets and sprays, is a must. For the thrill seekers, check out the Boomerang and the Superbowl. Or take the Family Raft Ride, Wave Pool and Lazy River if you want to do something all together. Find out more at www.lpodwaterpark.com.
Muharraq Heritage Walk
Otherwise known as The Pearl Trail, this walk is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is a 3.5 km trail located in Muharraq, and is wonderful for exploring the narrow streets and alleys and discovering historic buildings as you go. Start at the car park for Al Saidi House, allow plenty of time and don’t be surprised if you get lost!
Pearl Diving (Al Dar Island)
If a unique day out is what you’re after, check out Al Dar Island. The guys here organise Pearl Diving Tours – after a short trip by boat to the oyster beds (where you are given a basket, gloves and snorkeling gear), you will learn how to collect the oysters, then to open the shells and look for pearls. Al Dar Islands also organize Fishing Trips, Boat Trips and Dolphin Watch so well worth a visit.
This is one of the best and biggest parks in Bahrain. There is a walk of about 300 metres and an artificial lake, as well as the park equipment for the kids. Bikes can be rented here too. Busy in the afternoons, particularly at weekends, so best to visit early.
Qa’lat Al Bahrain Site & Museum
For a family trip with a bit of culture, you should visit Qa’lat Al Bahrain, otherwise known as Bahrain Fort. This beautiful fort is now a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a great space for exploring, with a lovely walking path around the outside. It is connected to a museum that gives details of the site’s history, dating back to 2,800BC. Contact 17 567 172.
Tree of Life
The Tree of Life doesn’t keep the kids entertained for too long, but if you combine it with a picnic or a bbq and a spot of desert exploring, it is a good focus for a day out. The Tree is Life is a Prosopis Cineraria tree, which is approximately 400 years old, 32 foot high. It is visited by 50,000 tourists each year!
Coral Bay Club provides great opportunities for a whole host of watersports, from jet skis to banana boating, and waterskiing to kayaking. Find out more at coral-bay.net or call 17 312 700.