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The Best Summer Holidays In 2018 For Families With Young Children

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Summer is coming and it’s time to think about that holiday, so we’ve put our expert travel heads together to collate a list of the top 10 places to go with kids this summer.

 

London

 

If your children think they’ve seen it all, they’re wrong. From rollercoasters to adventure trails, performances to experiments, there are plenty of exciting kid friendly attractions in London. Gather at the big iron gates for the Changing of Guards, Sleep with the lions at the London Zoo, Step into Hogwarts Cruise at Harry Potter World, ride on the London Eye, Visit the Warner Bros. Studio or ride on the open air London bus tour – London’s streets are full of incredible history, and up above street level is the way to experience it.10 Things To Do In London This Summer

 

Andaman

 

Let the kids enjoy playing on the beach. Do take them snorkeling, swimming with elephants and to watch the multihued corals on a glass bottom boat. Take a break from fun with interactive history lessons in Port Blair where you can teach them about India’s struggle for independence. Go island hopping for more fun where you can have a view of the active volcano in India at the Barren Island, colony of birds and tropical rainforests.

 

Singapore

 

Singapore is one of the most kid-friendly destinations you can pick this summer. With theme parks and fun activities galore at Sentosa Island. Enjoy movie-themed rides and shows at Universal Studios Singapore, see the exhibits at Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, ride the Luge, soak up the views from the Tiger Sky Tower, marvel at the gigantic Merlion, and step back in time at Fort Siloso. Adventurous kids will love MegaZip Adventure Park, and Kidzania Singapore is perfect for younger children. 10 Kid Friendly Things To Do In Singapore

 

Belize

 

Belize is one of the safest and easiest Central American countries to explore with children. Apart from its colourful marine life and beautiful beaches, its (malaria-free) rainforest interior provides tropical excitement. At Caves Branch Jungle Lodge near San Ignacio you can float down river in an inner tube through luxuriant forest full of cheeky spider monkeys and squawking toucans, then wake up to a dawn chorus of chirping cicadas.

 

Jordan

 

A fairly small country in the Middle East, Jordan isn’t usually one of the first places that pops into your mind when considering where to take the family on holiday. Immerse your kids in a new culture with a stroll along Amman’s Rainbow Street and a visit to the lively souks. Other highlights of the capital include The Children’s Museum, with many hands-on activities, the lush King Hussein Gardens, where kids can burn off excess energy, the open-air museum of Jabal Al-Qalaa, and the beautiful Abu Darwish Mosque. Discover the lunar-like landscapes of Wadi Rum, visit Bedouin tribes, and take a camel ride. Float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea before heading to the Red Sea for excellent snorkelling and sunbathing on the sandy beaches of Aqaba.

 

Hongkong

 

Ride the Peak Tram for iconic views over Hong Kong’s harbour, stroll through the pleasant Hong Kong Park, or take a boat trip to try and spot pink dolphins. See the unusual rock formations in the eight Geoparks, Watch the firework show over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disney Land , ride the cable car to the large Buddha statue at Po Lin Monastery, meet Peanut and his buddies at Snoopy World and take heaps of cool pictures at the Trick Eye Museum or the 3D Repulse Bay Visual Art Museum. 8 Things To Do With The Kids In Hongkong

 

Dubai

 

The city isn’t all fancy cars and glittering skyscrapers (although there’s plenty of both). It’s also home to non-cheesy adventures your kids (and you!) will love, from feeding a three-foot-wide turtle at the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project to catching a free show at Dubai’s massive musical fountains. Once you venture outside the city limits, there are camel rides, sand skiing (think of it as hot-weather sledding!), and dune-bashing (where your Jeep guns it over sand hills, so you feel like you’re on a rollercoaster) through the Arabian desert. Check in at Atlantis The Palm for loads more family-friendly activities: There’s the Middle East’s largest waterpark, an aquarium holding more than 65,000 creatures, and evening programming for kids age 3-12 (so you and your partner can enjoy date night) and the world famous LegoLand- every child’s dream play place. 11 Cool Things To Do With Your Kids In Dubai

 

Bangkok

 

From having lunch with the adorable alpacas on a farm to seeing a collection of 400 handcrafted dolls dress in traditional costume at the Bangkok Doll Factory and Museum .Dinosaur Planet is a prehistoric-themed amusement park with life-sized dinosaur replicas, rides & multimedia shows. Aspiring pilots can also have a taste of how actual flying is really like over at Flight Experience Bangkok. With exact replicas of a cockpit’s interior, there is no better way to experience being a pilot (other than being an actual pilot). Although younger children may be more fascinated with the number of buttons available for pressing. If Nemo is one of your child’s favorite animated characters, he will be begging you to stay longer at the aquatic wonderland, which is home to over 30,000 marine creatures from across the globe.

 

SymphonyofSeas

 

Families have so many options when it comes to cruising, but Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is the best one yet. Set to debut in April, 2018, the ship will feature the ultimate family suite, with two private bedrooms, a netted climbing structure, kid-size pool table, movie room, floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, and — get this — a slide that connects the suite’s two floors. Other features of the new ship will include “Hairspray,” Royal Caribbean’s first Broadway show at sea; a FlowRider surfing simulator; three waterslides; and family activities and restaurants galore. Symphony of the Seas will sail the Mediterranean this summer, before heading to Miami in November.

 

Hawaii

 

We’ve picked Hawaii for it’s Disney’s Aulani Resort . As a newer resort by Disney, the resort serves as Disney’s messenger of the Hawaiian spirit, culture and people. Disney’s Imagineers worked side by side with local artisans, designers, builders, and historians to create a one-of-a-kind resort on the Hawaiian island of Oahu — Disney’s first and only resort not connected to one of its theme parks. Located in Oahu’s Ko Olina Resort and Marina, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is just 17 miles but worlds away from bustling Honolulu. Nestled against a crystal blue lagoon and white-sand beach, the family-friendly (of course!) resort features water play areas and two pools; spas for ‘tweens, teens and adults; a kids’ club; family and kid activities and programs; Disney character experiences. Sprinkled through Waikolohe Valley, as well as all around the resort, are the legendary menehune, Hawaiian “little people,” which showcases the local folklore with plenty of whimsy to excite little ones.

 

While it can be hard to please everyone in the family when trying to make the best decision as to where to travel, these destinations might just do the trick, offering something for people of all ages and types to enjoy.

 

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