Holiday Destinations Your Kids Will Love
A perfect family holiday can easily turn into a fuss-fest if there isn’t enough to keep the kids engrossed. However, travelling with children becomes a lot less challenging (and stressful) if you pick destinations that offer plenty of age-appropriate activities and entertainment for the little tots. If you are in the process of planning your next big outing with children, here is our pick of seven kid-friendly vacation ideas that promise some fun for you as well. Consider it a sweet bonus if they learn a thing or two along the way.
Have breakfast with Orangutans in Singapore: Singapore is a fun-packed place for children and adults alike. The beaches are buzzing with shops, restaurants and activities of every kind and you can spend days shutting between amusement parks and not get tired. The Singapore Zoo, however, will be the highlight of the trip for young ‘uns as they get one-on-one time with thousands of different species of animals and birds. Gift them an experience they will cherish for a lifetime by booking the ‘Jungle Breakfast with Orangutans’. With its cultural attractions and technology museums, Singapore is actually an out-an-out educational trip cleverly disguised as a fun-only vacation.
Go theme-park hopping in Orlando, Florida: There is indeed so much to do in and around Orlando that you’ll find yourself going back for more. Swimming with the dolphins at Ocean World, heart-stopping rides at Universal Studios, getting up close and personal with animals at the Animal Kingdom or soaking in the wonders of science at Epcot Center, Orlando is a storehouse of excitement and thrills. If you thought Disney’s Magic Kingdom was only for little ones, wait till you feel the childlike awe, or even nostalgia, when you get there. They don’t call it the “Happiest Place on Earth” without a reason!
Get touristy in Hong Kong: Hong Kong may have earned itself a reputation for being a shopper’s haven but the city offers enough recreation to keep kids enthralled. If flying all the way to Florida seems far-fetched, the Hong Kong Disneyland lets you revel in the Disney magic closer home. Spend the day on the Peak Tram or the Ding Ding Tram to experience the unique sights and smells of the city and stroll down Victoria’s Harbor at night to catch the Symphony of Lights show. A boat ride across Victoria’s Harbor is also guaranteed to win your kids’ votes.
Visit Santa in his hometown, Lapland: For centuries, kids from across the world have been fascinated with the concept of Santa Clause, and chances are, you kids are too. Why not take them to right up to Santa’s “official address” in Rovaniemi, Finland? Between reindeer sled rides, snowmobile safaris, photo-ops at the Arctic Circle and rendezvous with the Big Man in Red, your children will learn new things about geographies and the Nordic culture. It’s not about Santa though – Finland is a breathtakingly beautiful country with plenty to offer in terms of sightseeing, culture, history and food.
Chill on the beaches of Thailand: If you are planning a fun, yet relaxing trip with children, you can’t possibly go wrong with beaches. The south of Thailand has pristine shores gifted with soft sands, calm shorelines, and comfortably warm waters that are perfect even for young kids. Bond with your little ones over a sand castle or relax with a book while they enjoy the sunny skies and cerulean waters. Hua Hin Beach, Lamai Beach, Patong Beach and Railey Beach offer an interesting mix of activities to suit every preference. If you are accompanied by teens, take them to Haad Rin for one of those famous “full-moon” parties.
Cruise across the Caribbean: If you are a connoisseur of luxury, it is very likely that a Caribbean Cruise is already on your travel wish list. But what’s in it for the kids, you may wonder? With their private in-cabin babysitting facilities, an expansive water park, hobby rooms and child-centric meal plans, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas come as a heaven-sent gift for parents. Sip on exotic wines, enjoy some couple time or gaze at the ocean while your children keep busy with golf, rock-climbing, ice-skating, painting, crafts, science experiments, video games and a hundred other fun activities. The cruise liners even have an on-board store for baby supplies in case you run out of diapers! Excluding this from a list of kiddie vacations would be utter blasphemy.
Frolic on Alpine Slopes in Switzerland: One of the safest and most comfortable countries to travel across with children, Switzerland abounds in natural beauty, culture and history. Let your kids admire the picturesque countryside through a train ride or take leisurely hikes through forest-clad mountains. You may even camp out in a hut or take a tour through the ancient villages. The Alpine slopes are a paradise for ski enthusiasts and will be appreciated more by older kids who are fond of adventure. Switzerland is also home to some of the best cheeses and chocolates in the world – two things most kids (and adults) find impossible to resist!
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