Remember playing outside as a kid? At XPark Jr, we still play and we want your little ones to join us! We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to play in natural settings with grass to roll on, dirt to dig in, plants to explore and water to splash through. Touching real plants and trees, making secret hideouts, conquering and climbing wooden forts, crossing streams of water and marveling at birds, bugs and creatures who share our world, these simple things are the stuff of childhood dreams in an organic environment away from screens and routines – where sticks become magic wands and rocks become mountains. We’ve created a habitat which invites children to play, to get dirty (because that’s okay!), to run freely, roll in the grass and feel the fresh air on their skin and sunshine on their faces in a world of their own imagining while nurturing their instinctive love of all that Mother Nature gives us. Beautiful, fun, magical, inspiring – this is XPark Jr.
The only natural playscape of its kind in the UAE, XPark Jr is dedicated to bringing kids and the great outdoors together. This is a space for play, for exploration and for imagination in a magical wilderness setting filled with trees, plants, streams, a few friendly chickens, ducks and goats and all the delights of the outdoors that make for amazing childhood experiences and memories.
At XPark Jr, we encourage kids to take healthy risks and create adventures! The space has been lovingly created to include tree houses, wooden bridges, climbing nets, a mud kitchen, sand area and plenty of opportunities for good wholesome fun and huge happy smiles.
‘In design, Mother Nature is our best teacher.’ When children are running around outside, making mud pies or collecting sticks and leaves, you might think that they’re ‘only playing’. In fact, play is one of the very best ways for kids to learn through experience, exploration and discovery. At XPark Jr, kids can build confidence, make friends, connect with nature and get a good dose of physical exercise and vitamin D too.
XPark Jr is excited to offer an Urban Forest School Programme to connect school and nursery children with nature through structured group visits and activities which combine free play with den building, arts and crafts, campfire building and learning about small animals, plants, trees and all things green!
We’ve got a pretty cool team on hand to help bring XPark Jr to life, especially a series of characters created to explain the surroundings and teach kids about nature in a friendly interactive way. Your kids can expect to see and meet park hosts, Xemo of Xemo’s Garden, FortyFarah of FortyFarah’s Fortress, WillyWalter of WillyWalter’s Watering Hole and CraftyCareem of CraftyCareem’s Corner plus a few more too (we don’t want to spoil too many surprises!).
“This is a dream place for children to be free and wild. We cooked some mud pies … planted seeds, run in and out of the water-splash area and had lots of fun. We cannot wait to go back soon!"
Children’s Oasis Nursery
“It's so beautifully lush and shaded with sooooo much to explore from splash in in the fountain and rock pools, climbing the adventure playground, 'baking' in the mud kitchen and feeding the animals.”
“It’s a world away from the city and, to its credit, it’s as close to “nature” as anywhere I’ve been in the UAE.”
Kevin Hackett, Journalist at The National