-- Museum & stickers
-- Plan your sights to interest the child. That still
means you can go to any museum you would like to see.
Just make sure that you can make that museum meaningful
for the child. When we took my granddaughter to the
Louvre in Paris, we took along animal stickers and made
a game of matching the different animals she could find
in the pictures with those in her sticker collection.
We also looked for new animal stickers in the museum
-- Museums & games
-- Just ask! At museums, check with the information
desk for the areas especially for children or those
that are kid-friendly. Often they have printed handouts
with activities and games you can play with children
as you tour these museums.
-- Guidebooks --
Lighten your load! Before you leave on your trip go
to the reference library and browse the guidebooks especially
for kids. Make notes on the places and restaurants to
suit your little travellers. This way you're travelling
with a game plan but you're not lugging lots of guidebooks
-- Scrapbooks --
Before the trip I bought each of my two kids (6 and
8 years old) a scrapbook, glue stick and coloured pencils.
At each of our stops they collected ticket stubs, brochures,
menus and postcards. When we were in the train or hotel
room they diligently worked on putting all this stuff
into their scrapbooks/diaries. When we got home everybody
got to see where we were and what we did. Their Grandma
even gave them each $5.00 for giving her such a terrific
armchair travel experience. "Better than a movie,"
-- Double Everything--
When travelling by plane with an infant, always pack
double the diapers and formula you figure you are going
to need. Make sure you have an extra outfit for the
babe as well. Our plane was six hours late leaving Florida
but we were cool. We found a quiet little corner in
the airport. Our son was dry and well fed and he slept
like... (you got it) ...a baby.
Ed. note: Moms should
pack an extra top for themselves as well. Babies love
to "spit up" at the most inconvenient time.
-- Light Strollers
-- Strollers are a must if you're travelling with young
ones. However we found a lot of places in Europe are
not stroller-accessible so bring one that is light enough
to be carried on and off of trains, etc. The worst scenario
for us was the Paris Metro - there was not an elevator
to be found so we had to drag the stroller up and down
the steep staircases. Very hard if your stroller is
a big one!
-- Rain Gear -- Think
carefully about which clothes to pack for children.
Rain gear for little ones is an essential. Rain coats
and "splash pants" will ensure that your child
will be able to get outside even if the weather is poor.
We took a rain cover for our stroller too and that came
in very handy.
-- Pink Lemonade
-- Avoid dehydration in little children. We bring along
powdered drink mix and put it in the bottled water and
shake it up so we have pink lemonade or other flavors
to tempt them during our treks.
-- Internet Site
-- Just a quick note to introduce ourselves, Travel
for Kids. We are a family travel guide that combines
fun things to do with practical travel tips. Visit us
to see what we have to offer.
-- Parks & Playgrounds
-- Parks and outdoor play spaces are a wonderful way
for children to run off steam and to meet other children.
Our son played in various languages with children from
all over the world during our two-month trip. Parks
let you see the "everyday life" that people