Here is a list of fun places and activities to do with your kids. If you’d like to add to the list, please provide your recommendations and post a brief description of the location, age group and type of activity.
Advanced Soccer Academy
Football camp dedicated to developing children skills along with leadership and team building qualities. Rafic el Hariri ‘Nejmeh’ field.
Adventure World is a two-story, 3,500 square meter packed with amusement park rides, a jungle café and tons of fun games. Kids aged 2-12. Beirut Mall, Saida Old Road, Tayouneh Roundabout, Furn al Chebbak.
Al Riyadi Club
Basketball, karate, bodybuilding, aerobics, tennis and soccer are only a few sports offered at the well-known Sporting Club. Beirut- Corniche Al Manara.
All SportsKnown for its 7-a-side outdoor field and the high quality of its indoor fields. The complex holds three grass soccer fields and two basketball courts. Amateur tournaments are often held here, as multiple fields are ideal for a challenge. Choueifat main road.
Atelier D’art Fabriano
Providing art courses for children and adults, Fabriano is also a renowned art supplier for some of the most well established brands on the market. Verdun Str, opposite Police Station
AUB Summer Camp
A dedicated sports camp that uses the new multi-sport facility in the University. With instructional classes in basketball, football, hip hop (for girls) and swimming as well as structured games, the objective is to provide kids with skills and proper sportsmanship. Charles Hostler Center, AUB campus.
Bateaux Rigolo opens its doors to children of all ages (under-fours require a parent’s supervision). Your child will be accompanied by supervising adults who will play, dance, and work on crafts with them. Special birthday parties can also be organized on the playground. CityMall (by the food court), Dora highway.
Ceramics ‘N’ More
A fun-filled ceramics painting workshop with a wide selection of pieces for you and your children to choose from. The nearby café is also ideal for parents to relax while the kids get down to business. Ground Floor, Sodeco Sq, Sodeco.
Chouette caters to children from 0 to 12 years old, with all the kiddy entertainment you can imaginein the afternoon, older kids can enjoy a range of activities such as basketball, and competitions. Chouette offers activities like arts and crafts, not forgetting the coffee shop where parents can sit and watch their children. Salam Bldg, Ramlet Al Baydah.
Cirque Du Liban
Enjoy the circus right at your event with all you can imagine from magicians, gigantically long clowns, face painting and animations to boot.
Parents, get excited, because the ultimate daycare paradise has opened up. Drop your kids off early for them to enjoy the fun busy schedule including karaoke, hip-hop dancing, baking, yoga, painting and even clothing design. Host your child’s birthday at your house or their venue with their fun birthday club animators. Barakat Bldg, Rabieh Main Road, Rabieh.
Cooking & Crafts
Boys and girls can learn how to prepare three-course meals or just get playful and creative with easy cotton candy, hot dog and ice cream recipes. And after they’re done with their culinary creations, they can head over to the craft station where they can make their own stuffed animals or play a giant bubble game. Verdun Plaza 2,Verdun Str, Verdun.
DASH Club is a Kids’ Club for Children age 2 to 8 years. Library of English, French and Arabic kids books. Arts, Craft and Ceramics. Coloring, painting and drawing classes with the assistance of professional instructor. Story Telling, Movies and Playground for younger kids. Beirut- Hamra- Jeanne D’arc Street.
Diddly Doo is a new 1,000m sq venue for your kids to run wild in. Cartoon and live characters, magicians, face painting, bead-making, ceramics and much more. For a special birthday try the morning pyjama parties. There’s also playground with slides and rides, Xbox Kinect and Kids Karaoke. Rizk Plaza Centre, Broumana Main Rd.
At Special Events’ Doll Salon, girls can create their own dolls – it’s every little girls dream! They’ll spend the day styling their dolls hair, picking out clothes and everything else necessary to make their dream doll a reality. There’s also a special area for jewellery-making to create matching bracelets and necklaces for their doll and doll maker.
Ecole de Musique Ghassan Yammine
Offers courses in modern music including jazz, pop, blues and classical music. Kids can learn a variety of instruments including saxophone, drums, clarinet, electric or acoustic guitar. Future singers can take vocal lessons or learn how to come up with compositions, computerised music or enjoy classes in music appreciation. More branches available. 7th floor, Abou el Oula Bldg, Baydoun Str, Sodeco.
Enfant du Soleil
Organized Summer camp for kids’ age 3-14. The activities are animated and include sports as well as artistic and theatrical events. Club La Marina, Dbayeh. Belhorizon Country Club. Mtyleb Country Club.
Lights! Camera! Action! At Fame Stage, children can enter a fully-equipped, make-your-own film set where they can dress up in costumes and create their own movies. Children can also take the stage and dance beneath the flashing glow of light shows and disco balls. And that’s not all – a PlayStation and karaoke kit are also available at Fame Stage, so children can have singing competitions with their friends, or even play simulated versions of American Idol. Verdun Plaza 2, Verdun Str
Teach your kids how to handle responsibility, pressure, setting and reaching goals and examining their feelings through the latest technology. They’ll use the special FasTrack board as they learn more about leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. Bldg 19, Tahwita Hwy.
Friends of the Marionette
A moving theatre with production that has environmental flavors. The Friends of the Marionette has a production about trees that is going around the Lebanese public libraries.
A playhouse that satisfies everyone’s interests; there’s a salon and spa centre, the Crazy Lab, Doodle Crisp for art lovers (from cooking to painting), a nightclub style room and ‘Maftee7’, a puppet show for all ages. Parents will enjoy relaxing in the My Space room. L2, Dunes Center, Verdun Str.
Ghazl El Banet
Enjoy this unique children’s cooking class workshop, which offers one-hour culinary sessions where kids get to make a ‘treat’ of their choice. Ground Floor, Sodeco Sq, Sodeco.
Children aged 1-7 can enjoy outdoor activities including water games, swings, tricycles and planting, and indoors arts, computer, educational games, puppet shows. For the older kids there are more field trips that involve visiting popular destinations including the water parks, basket ball courts, golf, children museum, Luna Park and puppet shows. Maamari Str, Hamra.
Hand in Hand
A new state-of-the-art facility with English and French sections that has a baby gym, outdoor playground, library, arts and crafts centre and a music hall. The camp will also include science and discovery session, cooking, theatre and role play. Talet el Khayyat, behind Chaar Pharmacy, Verdun.
Hype ‘N’ Hop
Hype ‘N’ Hop can spot the hidden talent in your child; its team works with children aged from 6 to 14 years to help them discover, develop and share their creativity. A range of mental and physical activities is ideal for broadening children’s horizons. Ground Floor, Saikaly Bldg, Main Rd.
This fun-filled centre has plenty of mazes, slides and a ball pool to amuse kids aged two to five years old. Should they start losing interest, there’s tables for coloring or they can take a break and have a snack in the small kitchenette. Saturdays and Sundays are available to reserve for birthday parties. Lifestyles, Mada Bldg, Paris Ave, near Riviera Hotel, Ras Beirut.
KidsVille and Jungle Land
Children up to ten years old will fall in love with this play center’s computers, slides, ball-pit and face painting. KidsVille also have a Playstation, while The Jungle Land has a Nintendo Wii. ABC Mall, Achrafieh Str.
KinderMusik welcomes children from seven months to seven years old. They concentrate on developing young infants’ minds socially as well as musically. Depending on the child’s age and cognitive level, musical activities are introduced to encourage each child’s psychological growth – from motor skills to speech therapy. By appointment only. 9th Floor, Victoria Centre, Corniche Al Nahar.
KidzMondo is an indoor theme park designed for children between 2 and 14 years of age and their parents. It’s a kid-sized replica of a real city where children play adult roles in a highly realistic environment. Beirut Waterfront. Riad El Solh.
Knots and Ropes
This outdoor adventure group offers adrenaline junkies young and old the chance to try out rappelling, orienteering, teambuilding and paintball. Plus, children and adults will revel in the chance to walk the 14-stage sky-walking route. Reservations are required. Beit Mery, 2km from Deir el-Kalaa Country Club, North Metn.
L’Arche de Noe
A magical bookshop that offers loads of fun arts and craft activities including basic painting, painting on acrylic and metal, stenciling, papier-mâché, beads and mosaic, as well as puppetry, story reading and much more. Sadat Str, Hamra.
L’Atelier du Coin
A cute and varied art centre for young kids (as well as adults) with arts and crafts of all kinds including pottery, glass and oil painting. Ideal for introductory courses, if your class is available. Blue Bldg, 3rd Floor, Behind Al-Adliyeh Pharmacy, facing main entrance of Hotel-Dieu Hospital, Achrafieh.
La Maison des Artistes
A professional and advanced preparatory school for artistic prodigies, La Maison des Artistes’ welcome serious minded students who wish to harness their natural artistic talents. Adib Issac Str
La Reserve Afqa
Hiking, caving, mountain biking, mountain climbing, archery, volleyball, rope courses, badminton, Indian survival and basketball are just some of the activities for your little campers. They will relish treasure hunts, mini Olympic games and arts and crafts activities. Afqa.
Living colors is a contemporary casual fast food diner that aspires to the young generation by serving their favorite food and offering a clean, safe, and friendly play spaces that caters to all children\’s needs. Arts and Crafts, books and a Fun Theatre is available at hand while you enjoy a meal. Dbayeh- Dbayeh Highway- Metn.
l’Univers d’Albert is a Children recreational club for kids between the age of 2 & 10 years, with fun arts, crafts and Activities. Ground floor, Azar Center, Main road- Rabieh (Metn).
Marine and Wildlife
Around 1000 marine species on display in this family friendly museum. These include Mediterranean sharks, starfish, corals, sponges and other wonders of the ocean. A small collection of birds and wild animals is also on display. It’s worth the trip. City Centre, Tyre.
Mont La Salle
The oasis program for kids in the Mont La Salle has been organizing kid’s summer activities for years. There are afternoon lessons such as ATV, horseback riding, or swimming. Ain Saadeh.
Mövenpick Kids Club Summer Camp
All of the activities are within the hotel, either indoor or outdoor and include swimming, arts, music, judo, tennis, and basketball. Mövenpick Hotel & Resort, General de Gaulle Ave, Raouché.
The well-established national conservatory offers professional classes in music, which include vocals, composition as well as classical and oriental instruments. Your child can earn one of the most legit music diplomas that will enable them to take their hobby or talent to the next level. Hayek Roundabout, Sin el Fil.
Toted as a ‘trendy lounge for funky kids,’ Niños organises fun-filled activities like birthday celebrations, makeup workshops, parties, events, DJ lessons, dance classes and photoshoots. Plus, as an added bonus, they work to help children in need, donating a percentage of their profits to Himaya – a branch of the children’s charity Arc en Ciel. Cassir Bldg, Gebran Tueni Square, Sursock Str, Achrafieh.
O’Club Kids Outdoor Activities
O’Club is here to bring you a better understanding of the outdoor world. Venture an adventure by joining their regular outings; they even have a learning centre for newbies. Hiking, caving and other eco-friendly activities. http://www.oclub-lb.com/
Pirate’s Ship Camp
Hello Matey! With treasure hunts, stuffed horses, inflatable games and competitions, the camp is ready to board. Golf Club, Ouzai.
Planet Discovery: Children’s Science Museum
Perfect for children between 3 and 15 years old, the museum is a unique learning space, with interactive experiments, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and awareness competitions providing a major resource for scientific experimentation. Extra charges for puppet shows. Ayas Str, Beirut Souks.
Princess Tea Room by Special Events
Book an appointment with your favorite princess at the Princess Tea Room. When you arrive, your princess will be there waiting for you with boxes full of costumes and jewelery for you to wear to your private tea party. Full lunches, hot chocolate, juice, scones and cookies are all available. An afternoon at the Princess Tea Room will feel like a fairy tale come true! Verdun Plaza 2, Verdun Str.
One of the first water parks in Lebanon, Rio Lento has eight slides, a wave pool and slides such as the Kamikaze to produce a quick adrenaline fix. Also available is land entertainment with a paintball center, wall climbing, basketball court, and bungee jumping. Nahr El Kalb.
River Ranch Riding School
The guys at this ranch have kept the stallion legacy alive and continue to propagate the love for our equine friends. The school teaches not only the technicalities of properly riding a horse, but the etiquette and grace a rider must have. And if the spacious school is too small for you and your little ones, why not take the horses down the river all the way up to the sea for a truly magical experience. Children must be experienced riders. Makhada Str, near Jounieh, 1km from the main road.
Souraty Youth Leisure and Holiday
Using the Auberge Hotel facilities in Faqra instead of sleeping outside, the Souraty team engages kids with unlimited fun. Sports include tennis, swimming, basketball, biking, hiking and competitive games, as well as arts and crafts. Faqra Club, Faqra.
This is the ideal location for mother-daughter bonding time with a hair salon and nail parlour that caters for both generations’ tastes. The centre also offers birthday packages, an activity centre and a boutique that stocks goodies by local designers. 2nd Floor, Block A, Sodeco Square.
Nine large slides, five of which are intended for the youngest kids. The park is not very large, which is ideal for families with small children. Ain Saadeh, Beit Mery.
Enjoy rafting with some of the most experienced rafters in town. Different levels available. You can rent a cozy cottage and enjoy the traditional fresh food at the restaurant on site after a thrilling adventure in the river. Assi River.
An adrenaline-inducing play centre with many outdoor games suitable for kids of all ages. For the fees, your child gets entertainment, food and use of the playground. Mkalles Roundabout, Behind Cocoon Nursery.
Tea’n Apple club organizes all kind of activities for kids and teens. The club offers handcraft, cooking sessions, educative sessions, painting, art sessions, creativity classes, Internet for teens and a place for homework. The main purpose is to help kids and teens in their creativity, by building their inspiration and helping them find the right way. Ground Floor, Cherfane Bldg, Hamra Str.
The Lebanese Puppet Theatre
A theatrical organization specialized in puppets, founded by the director Karim Dakroub, in 1993. It aims at spreading and developing the art of puppetry throughout Lebanon, and at interacting with the Arab and Mediterranean world. It has collaborated with international organizations such as the UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, IOCC, MercyCorps,Canada Fund, and Save the children on projects for social awareness, through Puppet Theatre, about subjects ranging from children’s rights, environment to reproductive health. Plays usually conducted in Sunflower Theatre. Sami Solh Avenue, Tayouneh
The Little Engineer
A successful program that allows children of all ages to dabble with science and engineering and in the process operates their homemade solar-energised robotics. Many classes available that tackle various kids’ interests. Facing LIU Block B, Shmaitelly Bldg, 1st floor, Abishala Street, Mousaytbeh.
A permanent theatre for children; every so often they produce plays that provide educational, cultural as well as artistic elements. They also provide activities including Mime, and puppet productions. Jounieh.
Theatre de Mazitou
Theatre de Mazitou specializes in shows and plays for children, staging one or two big performances every year. The kids’ theatre troop has been one of the best in the country since they first started out in 2001. Past performances include the ever so popular Disney’s High School Musical, which has, among their other shows, been staged all over the region. Dent de Lait, A.R. Hamadeh Str, Dr. Fouad Haddad bldg, Koraytem.
Get ready for a splash of fun in one of the town’s biggest and most adventurous aqua parks, with over 20,000 square meters covered with the latest high-tech rides. Le Royal Hotel, Dbayeh.
Waves Aqua Park
Ten long slides varying in difficulty, and a wave pool. The river is another fun area, as you will simply float around the park on a rubber ring. Mkalles, Mansourieh.
YES Academy Program
US-sponsored program running every day that introduces Lebanese youth to a wide variety of musical instruments and techniques, including classical, jazz and voice programs. Audition-based, searching for the best and the most deserving. Registration online at www.yesacademy.info- AUB, Bliss Street, Hamra.
A large sand-filled playground for active kids who love to climb, slide, seesaw, jump or simply monkey around. There are wooden climbing frames, mazes and a spider climbing wall. Camille Chamoun Blvd, Near Mount Lebanon Hospital, Ain el Roummaneh.