If however, you are visiting a new destination and visiting different areas, there may be lots to do once you get there and the time to find out what there is before you go!
There is great information about things to do at lots of destinations worldwide. Your kids won’t stand a chance to be bored!
Tips for visiting family attractions, tourist attractions and places of interest on your vacation:
When visiting family attractions on your trip, find out as much information about them as you can before hand to prepare your children. Let them help plan out which family attractions they would like to see, they will be more interested if they know they helped choose.
Learn a bit about the cultures you will be visiting so it things will be more familiar and comfortable for your children once they arrive. For instance, tell them they wear big hats in Mexico called sombreros, they will be excited when they spot someone wearing one!
For younger children, try to plan out the family attractions you want to see most early on so you don’t miss out on the “star” attraction because they got too tired. Make a game out of visiting sites to keep them interested. For example, when visiting a museum, make a game out of who can find certain attractions.
For older kids, find some sites on the internet about your destination and let them explore.
Another great idea to get kids excited, especially teenagers, is to watch some movies that have been shot on location at your vacation destinations.
Check out these guides to find movie locations worldwide.
For instance if you are going to Hawaii, you may want to watch movies such as 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler which was shot in some wonderful locations in Hawaii, including Kualoa Ranch and Heeia Kea Harbor.
It’s a lot of fun for them to watch movies afterward too and say – I was there!
Family Attractions – Events and Things To Do
Find out information about the world’s greatest cities. Timeout has city guides divided into ten sections including tourist attractions: Living Guide, Sightseeing, Essential Information, Entertainment, Eating and Drinking, Shopping, Kids. In the Living Guide there is a listing of the some of the most interesting features of the city , and includes up-to-the-minute listings of the best concerts, exhibitions, clubs and events happening now or in the near future.
Looking for events going on at your destination? Events Worldwide has details of locations, dates, and how to get tickets for leading, unusual, and exotic arts sports, entertainment and special events and tourist attractions around the world, search their database and discover the best ways to have fun.
For information about community festivals, fairs and special events, check out Festivals.com. With more than 40,000 community events worldwide, Festivals.com provides ways to find festivals around the corner or around the world, to plan travel, to make reservations and to learn something about how communities around the world celebrate.
Holidays and Festivals have a habit of happening after you’ve worked out your travel schedule to the last second. Don’t get caught out when the banks are shut for a national holiday. Find out how your trip figures with calendars around the world with JourneyMart’s exhaustive list.
Family Attractions – Museums, Planetariums and ZOOs
Find links to Museum websites in USA and Canada at Museum Link. Find Museums for Kids around the world with Google Earth at Children’s Museums Around the World. Search the database for worldwide museums at Wikipedia.
Kids love Zoos! See the Wikipedia List of Zoos all over the world. Select a region or the area of the world you want to know more about.
Some kids also love planetariums. A planetarium is a theatre built for presenting shows about astronomy and the night sky and a list of Planetariums Worldwide will help you find one at your destination.
The best way to get deals for the various attractions at your destination is to purchase savings cards in advance such including:
City Pass – Save up to 50% on combined prices for admission to must-see attractions!
Trusted Tours and Attractions – Buy discount tickets for the best Sightseeing Tours, Attractions and Museums
Family Attractions – Find a Restaurant the Kids Will Enjoy at Your Destination
If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort or taking a family cruise vacation, there is no need to search for a restaurant but if you are touring on your own, it is useful to scout out some restaurants in your location that will appeal to your family, especially the picky eaters!
Find restaurants that are kid friendly with these following sites:
At Thrillist you can search for where kids can eat free in the USA and make sure your meals are both healthy and economical.
International restaurant listings can be found at Restaurants.com. It is searchable by location, cuisine, and special features and includes user submitted reviews and ratings.
Tips for Travelling and Eating in Restaurants with Small Children!
After so much excitement and being on the go all day, eating out with the kids can by trying on parents, some of these tips may help;
Stop to eat before the kids get too hungry – the hungrier they are the harder the experience will be.
Try to choose family style restaurants whenever possible, the will often have more reasonable price children’s menus, food your kids will like and will not mind some spilled juice.
Try to bring along some non-noise making, age appropriate toys to entertain the kids with while you are waiting for a meal, distracting them during the waiting period is half the battle.
Take them to the bathroom before the meal comes that way the meal will not be interrupted.
If an adult needs to take care a baby during the meal, ask for the meals to come staggered that way you can take turns eating and someone will have free hands.
Bring along your own sippy cups to avoid spills from younger children.
Take along an inexpensive surprise toy that will be given out at the end of the meal – as long as everyone behaves! (It’s a bribe but it works amazingly well).
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