We understand that parenthood and humanhood can be a challenge to juggle simultaneously sometimes. The desire to interact with your kids beyond just packing their lunch boxes, dropping them at school, and managing your routine home or office tasks becomes just borderline impossible. However, instead of getting upset over the small amount of time you get to spend with your children every day, concentrate on turning that time into unforgettable memories. That being said, we’ve hand-picked some fun places to go at weekends in Karachi and assorted some unique yet fun ideas to further optimise the time you spend with your children.
So, if you are looking for a way to make some lifelong memories in the city of lights and sorting some fun weekend ideas with your family, do not miss out on our top picks for a fun weekend in Karachi.
FUN PLACES TO GO AT WEEKENDS IN KARACHI – SOME MUST-VISIT SPOTS
There’s so much to do in Karachi for families that no list could ever include all the options available for some wholesome entertainment. Whatever you choose to see and do in Karachi with your kids depends on a few things, including the age of your kids, their interests, the weather, and of course, your budget. For instance, even if you can afford to take a swim in the waterparks or beaches, you wouldn’t pick one during winters. On the other hand, summers in Karachi are all about open-air pools and spectacular beaches.
From warm sandy beaches to the thrills of roller coaster rides, you will find everything in the city of lights and here’s a list of some popular and fun places to go at weekends in Karachi:
- Aladin Park
- Chunky Monkey
- Sunway Lagoon
- Day and Night Zoo – DANZOO
Named after the famous Disney character, Aladdin – Aladin Park is a huge amusement park and arguably one of the best recreational options Karachi has to offer. The park is divided into three sections: Aladin Water Park, Aladin Amusement Park, and Aladin Shopping Centre. Besides that, it is also known as one of the most visited parks in the city and for being an all-rounder when it comes to making any weekend a fun weekend.
Although the waterpark follows a particular schedule, the fact that amusement rides are accessible all day long is yet another exciting feature of Aladin Park in Karachi. Make sure that your children are wearing comfortable footwear because the walk across the massive theme park can be tiring for the little angels.
Moreover, Aladin Park is a perfect place if you want to relive your childhood with your children; it offers unlimited access to rides for both adults and kids throughout the day. You only need to buy the wrist-band by paying PKR 400 only.
Other popular amusement parks in Karachi that could be considered an alternate include Hill Park, Safari Park, and Askari Park.
Days and Timings: Monday – Sunday, 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Entry Fees in PKR: 40/-
Location: Rashid Minhas Road, Block 11, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.
It’s all about the kids at Chunky Monkey while adults can also enjoy a ride or two – since the official website claims the park to be “fun for all”. Being Pakistan’s leading entertainment centre, seeing Chunky Monkey making it to our list of fun places to go at weekends in Karachi with children doesn’t come as a surprise. The amusement park offers both indoor and outdoor options for a fun weekend with family. That being said, when it comes to a thrilling weekend in the city of lights, Chunky Monkey is like a default choice. The park is managed by Pioneer Amusement Services (Pvt) Ltd which is a subsidiary of the Dolmen Group – the builders of Dolmen Malls.
Promising to provide “fun for all”, Chunky Monkey is an innovative concept boasting a range of creative and interactive games for people of all age groups – few mentions include drop tower dodgem cars, 7-d cinema, pirate party, family roller coaster, and a flying carpet. So, if you’re siding with Chunky Monkey for a fun weekend in Karachi, you should know what to expect.
Days and Timings: Monday – Sunday, 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Entry Fees in PKR: 50/-
- Chunky Monkey Sea View Branch – B-1, Khayaban e Sahil, Main، Sea View Rd, Defence V Defence Housing Authority, Karachi.
- Chunky Monkey Phase IV Branch – Adjacent Nisar Shaheed Park Rd, Phase IV Defence Housing Authority, Karachi.
When it comes to coming up with fun weekend ideas, Karachiites are genuinely blessed, courtesy of the existence of Sindbad. If you were born and raised in Karachi during the ’90s, a trip to Sindbad was the primary source of picnics in the era of VCRs and Walkmans. Although the 28-years-old amusement park has been completely revamped and expanded – with branches all over the country – yet it always makes it to every list suggesting ideas for a fun weekend in Karachi.
The modern-day Sindbad introduced quite a few innovations, including pre-loading cards and swiping them to make the games in gaming arcade work. The wonderland is one of the most kid-friendly places in Karachi with virtual reality games, carnival games, UFO racing, bumper cars, simulators, and much more. Currently, it is operating as an indoor amusement park specifically in Dolmen Malls – Clifton and Tariq Road branches.
Days and Timings: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM (timings may vary according to malls and weekends)
Entry Fees in PKR: Free entry but ticket price varies for each ride.
- Dolmen Mall, Block 4 Clifton, Karachi.
- Dolmen Mall, Tariq Road, Karachi.
Sunway Lagoon Water Park
Situated although a little far from the megalopolis, Sunway Lagoon will have your imagination run wild with an array of thrilling and splashy rides. The waterpark has made it quite easier for busy parents to have a fun weekend break with their children. The park boasts over 25 thrilling slides and 12 pools with crystal clear water. Few of the mentions are the mega pool, children’s pool, free-slide pool, and lazy pool.
Moreover, adults can dare themselves to try its massive slides while the little ones can cool off in the children’s pool, without any worries. If there is one thing for sure about Sunway Lagoon it’s that both kids and adults are guaranteed an adrenaline rush – you can take our word for it!
Hosting state-of-the-art amenities, Sunway Lagoon has all the bragging rights since it is one of the largest waterparks in Pakistan. The park is also swarmed with coconut trees, is home to a hygienic food court, and a comfortable sitting area. The park also offers special discount packages for larger groups and field trips.
You can also take your children to some other waterparks in Karachi to cool off during the blazing summers including The Great Fiesta, Cosy Water Park, and BRP Water Park.
Days and Timings: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Entry Fees in PKR: 1,000/-
Location: 6.5 km ahead of Gharo City, Main National Highway, Thatta District, Sindh.
Day and Night Zoo – DANZOO
Located in Bahria Town Karachi, Danzoo or Day and Night Zoo is a gateway to have a fun weekend in Karachi with your family, especially your children. The zoo spreads approximately 70 acres near precinct 18, Bahria Town Karachi and it is currently open to the public.
The park reserve was inaugurated recently on the 15th of May 2018, and it is home to several outlandish birds and animals including Bengal tigers, leopards, Asiatic black bears, macaws, iguanas, and white swans, to name a few. Apart from that, the park is home to several reptiles including Cobras and pythons. The intelligently built park in the economic engine of Pakistan is the first zoo aligned with international standards.
So, if you’re planning to visit the zoo to have a fun weekend with your kids, do not miss out on the live animal show which is hosted at 8 pm every weekend featuring exceptionally skilled individuals educating the audience regarding different species. The trainers will also help children get up close with some tamed animals.
Since the zoo is located a bit far from the main city, it is only natural to have second thoughts about whether it is worth trying – take our word since it one of the most fun places to go at weekends in Karachi with your family. However, you can also visit a bunch of other popular zoos in Karachi – including Karachi Zoo, Karachi Safari Park, and Landhi Korangi Zoo.
Days and Timings: Monday – Sunday, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Entry Fees in PKR: 250 for kids and 450 for adults.
Location: Precinct 19, Bahria Town, Karachi.
Meanwhile, you can also check our guide to the best places in Karachi to visit with family that doesn’t only explore fun weekend ideas but places suitable for weekdays, too.
Here’s a tip for you to make the most of your time with your kids: ask your children to sort a list of Karachi-based landmarks and activities that they have enjoyed the most – you can then use the list to identify the interests of your children and become a pro at parenting.