Being a parent is a wonderful experience that comes along with many challenges and compromises. Our social life is affected; hanging out with friends, travelling to bizarre places, late night parties and dinner takes a back seat and we get totally consumed by kid-oriented activities.
Parenting is a full-time job, but everyone needs a little time off from their busy life. Travelling offers the much needed break which strengthens and energies the mind and body.
Destinations selected with history, offers a chance to tell stories, while amusement parks or gardens, variety in food to tickle their taste buds and a smooth sailing journey makes travelling with kids a fun experience.
Europe offers some of the best destinations that every travel enthusiasts dreams of and we have had a chance to enjoy travel with our kids. Studios with a fully equipped kitchen (takes care of self-catering)are available for rent. Almost all tourist spots are accessible on pushchairs/strollers and equipped with baby changing rooms. Here are a few such not-to-be-missed destinations which can be kid-friendly too!
1. PARIS, FRANCE
A day at the magical Disneyland can be a memorable experience! It has multiple theme parks and a chance to meet favorite Disney characters. Relax and calm yourselves at the green lawns of huge Luxembourg park which has a fenced playground for young children, pony rides and puppet theatre.
2. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Visit Lake Geneva for a variety of fun activities for kids - boat rides and lake cruises, pedal boats and the Petit Train. You can also visit the Gruyere Chocolate factory and discover the secret of chocolate manufacturing and its history with an animated storytelling. Free chocolate tasting at the end of the tour makes it worthwhile for the kids! It involves a day trip from Geneva. The popular tourist destinations like Bernese Oberland, Titlis and Jungfraujoch can be visited as day trips from Geneva.
3. BARCELONA, SPAIN
Lively art and architecture,4.2 kms long beach, at a short walk from the city centre makes Barcelona an ideal family destination.
Gaudí's Parc Güell, an appropriate spot for outdoor picnic, has some of the most unique and stunning architectural styles, amazing stone structures with multicolored tiles and fascinating buildings.
Europe’s largest sea tunnel which offers an impressive range of marine life with 80m-long shark tunnel and 450 different species, must be on your list of places to visit as it hosts special activities for children.
4. ROME, ITALY
Visiting the Colosseum would be a thrilling experience, watching its impressive architecture and listening to gladiator stories.
Though the colorful paintings and classic sculptures of Vatican museum are a feast for the eyes, a bit of storytelling through some prior homework on learning its history, can make it simpler for the kids.
You must stop occasionally to munch on Italian delicacies like pizzas and gelato.
Squares with gorgeous public water fountains and bigger-than-life sculptures can be a great place to sit and relax.
5. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Take a walk on the picturesque Charles bridge watching 30 saintly statues or get yourself sketched by one of the street artists.
Children will have fun in the petting zoo where kids are allowed to play with different domesticated animals; rabbits, sheep, ponies and ducks.
Once in the Prague Castle area, you could go to the Toy Museum, which houses antique toys, teddy bears, several hundred Barbie dolls, robots, and steam engines.
Spend your evening in the lively town square filled with the excitement of street-sellers, horse-and-buggy rides, and musicians. A 15th-century Astronomical Clock is the real draw for kids with its automated procession of the 12 apostles.