A city break is so much fun, isn’t it? There are plenty of sights, smells and sounds to soak up that make you feel like you’re a million miles from home, but there’s always a quiet café to sit in or a great bench to stop on for a spot of people-watching. But, things are a little different when you’re visiting a big city with kids in tow. You’ll need to find things to do that are age-appropriate, within easy access and perhaps even relatively inexpensive. And, something that gives you a break from mom-duties! So, you’ve managed your kids’ behavior and kept them entertained on the ride into the city – but how do you keep them entertained while you’re there? Here are some fun ideas…
Explore the Street Markets
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Negotiating a city’s bustling street markets might make you feel a little anxious if you have kids with you, but it’s actually likely to be something that keeps them entertained (and in turn, well behaved!). That’s because there’s so much to see. It’s a nice change from the usual malls you walk around at home, and street markets are full of vendors selling everything from clothes to food, jewelry and gifts. It’s also a good opportunity to teach your kids how to haggle a little too – they might even score a few bargains if they use their best manners!
Head to the Theater
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If you need a little time-out from the non-stop conversation or negotiating about safely using sidewalks and crosswalks, how about sitting down in the theater for an hour or two? Theaters are an excellent entertainment option in the city as the actors are often among the best in the world, and you’ll be able to find something that works for all ages. But, trips to theater can be a little pricey. So, if you’re looking for theater tickets with kids in tow, be smart about it by find good offers on your tickets. You can book discounted last-minute theater tickets for major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Texas and other popular destinations, saving a heap of money and ensuring you have a family-friendly activity planned into your trip.
Visit a Museum
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Museums aren’t just for adults – especially in cities where they typically give lots of thought to catering for younger audiences. In a city museum, you can expect to see interactive displays, activity rooms and exhibitions that have been specifically designed with kids in mind. So, see what the city’s museums have to offer: you’ll probably have everything from dinosaurs to dresses to unearth, keeping little ones entertained for hours. Just read up on these tips for visiting museums with kids first.
Get a Good View
Your kids probably aren’t used to having a view across a sprawling metropolis, so why not head to the top of a skyscraper or observation tower? Getting above the city is a good way to get kids excited, gives them a purpose to focus on (getting to the top!), and you might even wear them out a little too if you think they can handle the stairs. It also gives you a great opportunity to point out what you can see – such as key landmarks, your hotel, where you’ve walked to already or where you’ll be going next.
Enjoy the City’s Parks
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Finally, how about taking your kids to one of the city’s local parks? Even concrete jungles have the odd green space (Central Park in New York City is renowned across the world, for example), which could be precisely what you need if you just want to wear them out a little while you watch the city go by. Do some research before you go so you can find one with a playground (as this kind of thing typically isn’t very well advertised to tourists), or ask a friendly-looking mom or dad to see if they can point you in the right direction.
Will you give any of these entertainment ideas a try on your next city trip with your kids?