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Family-Friendly Phuket - Stage Shows, Water Parks, and Aquariums

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Phuket's sun-drenched seashores are great for families, but you'll also find plenty of energetic and educational activities dotted around the island. You can splash out at a water park or tumble downhill in an inflatable roller-ball. At night, the town's stages come alive - FantaSea's acrobat and elephant show is one of Phuket's hottest tickets.

Surfing at the water park in Phuket

 

Phuket offers oodles of aquatic fun for kids, both on and off the sand. At Surf House Phuket, youngsters can learn to surf in a wave pool right on Kata Beach. Splash Jungle water park also has a wave pool with lifeguard supervision, along with slides, a lazy river, and high-octane tube rides.

 

Splash Jungle water park

 

Kick the thrills up a notch as you slide through the "Superbowl" and "Boomerango." Little ones will love the "Aqua Play and Kids Pool."

 

65 Moo 4 Mai Khao Soi 4, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket 83110Tel: +66 76 372 111

 

Splash Jungle water park website

 

Surf House Phuket

 

No surf? Not to worry - the "Double FlowRider" maintains a sheet of water ideal for bodyboarding, surfing, and wakeboarding.

 

4 Pakbang Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100. Tel: +66 8197 97737

 

Surf House Phuket website

High-octane thrills at Rollerball Phuket

 

Rollerball in Patong offers a 190-meter "zorb" experience, claimed to be the world's longest. Riders climb inside a 3-meter inflatable ball and roll down a slope alone or in pairs - you can even throw in 40 liters of water for extra wet and wild fun.

 

Zorbing at Rollerball Phuket

 

You can choose from 2 hillside chutes, and opt to stay dry or add buckets of water.

 

Kalim Bay View, Soi 7, Kalim, Patong, Phuket 83150. Tel: +66 8987 26532

 

Zorbing at Rollerball Phuket website

 

Island brainteasers - Phuket's maze and Trickeye Museum

 

As well as sun, sand, and sea, Phuket also offers brainteasers for kids of all ages. At Baan Teelanka, you'll find a maze and the "Chamber of Secrets" - a two-room puzzle in which you have to find clues to escape. Trickeye museum has interactive 3-D images that offer endless opportunities for fun family photos.

 

Baan Teelanka

 

Activities include negotiating a 1,000-square-meter garden maze and exploring rooms where everything is upside down.

 

51/11 Moo 5, Bypass Road, Mueang District, Phuket 83000. Tel: +66 7637 6245

 

Baan Teelanka website

 

Phuket Trickeye Museum

 

Featuring 100 trompe-l’oeil or "deceive the eye" scenes, the museum immerses you in fantasy situations.

 

130/1 Phang Nga Road, Talad Yai, Mueang District, Phuket 83000. Tel: +66 7621 2806

 

Phuket Trickeye Museum website

 

Dinner and a show in Phuket

 

Of Phuket's visually arresting stage shows, FantaSea's nightly performance is arguably the most spectacular. Entertainment includes the wacky "Fantasy of a Kingdom" show, which features acrobatics, illusions, and live elephants. You can choose between tickets for the show only, or a combination show and seafood-buffet dinner.

 

FantaSea

 

Other fun distractions include "Hanuman's Lair," packed with Marine-themed games, and "Theatrical Safari," where you'll encounter mythical animals.

 

99 Moo 3 Kamala Kathu, Phuket 83150. Tel: +66 76 385 111

 

FantaSea website

 

Phuket Aquarium

 

Set amidst beaches on the southern tip of Cape Panwa, Phuket Aquarium is home to over 150 underwater species. A highlight is the tunnel tank, where you walk beneath the waves as stingrays and sharks cruise overhead. At the end, you'll be greeted by 8 human-sized giant groupers in tanks.

 

Phuket Aquarium

 

Traveling through colorful coral reefs and mangroves, rivers and lakes, you'll encounter clownfish, undulating electric eels, sea turtles, and toothy sharks.

 

51 moo 8 Sakdidej Road, Muang District, Phuket 83000. Tel: +66 76 391 126

 

Phuket Aquarium website