Traveling with the whole family is fun, but taking children with you can be quite challenging. For one, there are places which you might enjoy but could be uninteresting for them. There might also be places which are not “child-friendly”.
When taking kids for a trip, there are a number of factors you must consider. The most important considerations are the children’s age and interests. To help you choose where to take your children, I have prepared for you a list of five fun places for kids.
Note that this list is intended to be a general guideline. If your child has very specific interests, then you might want to take that into consideration when choosing a destination.
#1 Theme Park
Theme parks are a great hit among kids, mostly because of the variety of sights and activities. Whether you are visiting bigger theme parks like Universal Studios and Disneyland or having a day tour in a local theme park, there will surely be a lot of things to do for your kids.
The great thing about theme parks is that it is suitable for kids of all ages. Even toddlers will have a great time just looking around, going on some child-friendly rides, and eating ice cream or cotton candy. Magic shows and live performances for kids and parents alike are also quite common in theme parks.
If you live or visiting near a Disneyland theme park, you might want to take your children there. There are countless sights, rides, games, and activities to choose from. In addition, but your children will also get to meet and interact with their favorite Disney characters.
If you’re planning to visit theme parks, however, it is important to be mindful of your children. This is especially true if you’re visiting during weekends or holidays since it is not uncommon for kids to wander off and get lost. To avoid this distressing situation, make sure to take proper measures.
If your kids are already big enough to swim, or already know how to swim, then a water park is the perfect destination for your family. This is especially true if you’re planning your vacation during summer or if you’re going to a tropical country.
The great thing about water parks is that there are pools of different depths, as well as a number of kiddie pools. Floaters are available for kids who are just beginning to learn how to swim. In some cases, swimming lessons may also be offered in the water park for an additional fee.
There are also water slides of different heights and sizes. Of course, the choices are more limited if your child is a toddler, but there are still plenty of activities left for them. While it is best not to leave kids unsupervised for a long time, you’d be comforted to know that there are a lot of lifeguards present.
Every water park is different, so make sure to read reviews before going. Read on the policies as well, especially in terms of swimming gears and safety measures. It is also important to determine beforehand or as soon as you arrive which areas are off-limits for younger kids.
If you’re going to a particularly large one, make sure that all members of the family have at least basic swimming skills. This will help prevent unfortunate mishaps and unforeseen accidents.
Unlike theme parks and water parks which may have a number of age restrictions, at least for certain rides and attractions, zoos are more accessible to children. Of course, it is best not to leave little kids unsupervised, but at least they can enjoy the zoo in its entirety.
Most children are deeply fascinated with animals, so the zoo can surely keep them entertained. In addition, a zoo visit is also very educational regardless of your children’s ages. If you’re visiting a large zoo, you might even be able to see the animals up close during animal shows.
Larger zoos tend to put up attractions which encourage interactions between the zoo visitors and the animals. This could be in the form of animal shows and performances, feeding areas, and petting zones. Animal shows are must-sees and will surely fascinate your entire family.
As a general rule, visitors are not allowed to feed and touch the animals. In certain cases, however, and under the supervision of the animal trainers, the zoo management may put up areas where visitors can feed and pet the animals. This is to ensure the safety of both the animals and the visitors.
Museums might seem like the kind of place better suited for adults, but they can be fun for kids, too! You just have to make sure that you choose the right one. There are a number of different museums catering to different interests. The first step, thus, is to know what your kids love.
Young kids tend to enjoy places and attractions which immerse their senses. This is why interactive museums are great places for kids. Science and educational museums are often of this type, with staff present to guide the kids and explain to them how things work.
If your kids are a bit older or show particular interest in certain fields, then you might want to go to museums which cater to their interests. This could be in the form of a toy museum, a wax museum, a historical museum, or even a conventional art museum.
Another upside to visiting a museum is that you don’t have to supervise your kids the entire time. Most museums have guided tours, with some especially suited for kids. If your child is particularly behaved, you can sign him/her up for a guided tour and have a bit of downtime in the museum café.
Aquariums have grown in popularity in recent years and it’s easy to see why. There is just something magical about seeing sea creatures of different sizes in their own habitat. It’s a great way to see sharks, colorful fishes, turtles, and even sting rays without going on a scuba diving escapade.
Aquariums are not yet as common as the first four and a trip to one can be quite pricey, depending on which one you’re visiting. The good news, however, is that it is something the entire family could enjoy. Children of different ages will surely find something of interest while visiting aquariums.
As with zoos, certain aquariums have animal shows featuring performances from dolphins, seals, and the like. Sometimes the trainer would even allow the audience to interact with the sea animals. If your child is fond of sea animals, then shows like this would definitely catch his/her interest.
If your child is already in school, then this is also a great opportunity to learn. While you can look around at your own pace, there are also guided tours in most aquariums. The guides are well-versed when it comes to sea creatures and a guided tour is a great way to satisfy a child’s curiosity.