To travel is to live, Danish Author H.C. Andersen said. And that is so true. However with children is not so easy and get expensive really fast. I´m from the country and like to save where I can, so I have spend lot of time to find some good ways to travel with children. I only write about things I have tried and tested with kids, so EuroDisney have to be at a later point:) In 2016 we actually went to 4 off he 5 things below + 2 theme parks in South Korea (I had a quite aggressive bucket list to do with my family:) So the my experiences and reviews are still quite fresh.
Our children absolute favourite and funny enough about 50 min from where I grew up in Denmark.
Lalandia Billund is the biggest indoor Aqua Park in Scandinavia, located on super nice green area with a big indoor amusement area with bowling, small ski lope, ice-scating. Is possible to rent very nice and big houses, which give you free entrance.
In walking distance from Lalandia is Legoland, where the kids can have fun in Ninjagoland, make their own music, building, explore the world build in Lego.
If you stay longer in Denmark and only want to spend a couple of days in this area. I can recommend to rent a car. There is lot of free opportunities. Most cities in Denmark have free Playparks or really nice areas at the public libraries, where you relaxed time checking your emails.
Public liberaries in Denmark are great fun, and a good place to go if you like us, like to be around books:)
We have been to Gardaland twice, first time we stayed at Gardaland hotel in a themed Iceage room. And it was very enjoyable. Is obv. that the place is a very oiled money machine. But with kids animation every day, a big nice park the kids (and therefore we) enjoyed.
Ice Age themed room, small but the kids loved it.
Garland themepark is very impressived. Every area is extremely well made, and their is a very big vacation of things to do. However I wish their was more English speaking personal.
Second time we went, we stayed at the newly build Gardaland adventure hotel. And this time we booked Arabian night suite.
Quick things as treasure chest, the kids has to figure out to open, made a great start, unfortunately it was so hard so my husband should go to reception for the answer.. The room was amazing with a huge balcony. But they also charged 700 euro (2x500 for 2 following nights) for the first night, which included entrance to the theme park/aquarium and a meal.
The suite was nice and big - and Chloecat did enjoy it
The meal was terrible, things was crazy unorganised. Poor quality, extreme noise level in the Egyptian themed restaurant. Ramses would have turned his grave if he heard this. To be fair we came weeks after the official opening. But for the price I expect much more.
I afterwards realised I could have saved about 40% if I have booked though hotels.com
3. MSC Mediterranean Malta to Malta cruise
Price $$ - $$$$$
My husband and I LOVE cruises. After we got kids, we just found out it´s the easiest way to travel with the kids. And Malta to Malta is just the most convient. Lot of our Maltese friends don´t wanna go, because they think other Maltese are complaining to rudely and loudly about things, but luckily we never been annoyed by it. I also found out the best cruises to embark are the one who sails round and round, so they only have few people going on and off in the different harbours. Instead the ones where everyone has to board the same place (which can be very tiresome and slightly chaotic) On the last ones we where 20 people boarding the same place, and it took less than 15 min to board.
From screening multiple cruise sites. I found out the price is changing of the respective countries holidays - So I booked through a Danish site after the official holiday in Denmark, and got myself, hubby and 2 kids in big balcony cabin for a 7 days cruise for 1300 euro (remember on a cruise ship all meals are included)
It´s by far one of the most relaxing ways travelling with kids, and there is just something magical about waking up a new place every morning.
4. KidZania, Westfield, Sheperds Bush, West London
Price $$ (for a weekend in London)
There is multiple flight to London from Malta. But with kids and luggage, it´s very fast get expenses with Ryanair or Easyjet, also because their airports is in Gatwick/Stansted/Luton. Heathrow are the easiest airport if you wanna go to Central London, and you save the money on the train. Instead you can day tickets to tube or oyestercards you can top up (5 euro deposit for the card) AirMalta and Lufthansa flies from Malta to London Heathrow.
KidZania is a Asian concept which have become very popular, where the theme park is build like a city, where real shops can hire a place, and the kids can pretend they work there. Everything from making their own burger at Gourmet Burger, to do runway show with HM, be a fireman, surgeon or maybe a pilot? For the little ones there is house in KidZania, where they can play in the kitchen or bounce in the waterbed.
The kids eating a well deserved meal at the KidZania Square
Lucas a brave firefighter
We have been in KidZania 4 times, and our kids has loved in each time.
If you stay in London and wanna do more, South Kensington is great to live in (the stops are with Piccadilly line to Heathrow Airport) and you have 3 wonderful museums within walking distance: Victoria and Albert, Science Museums and Natural History Museums, they all have free entrance and there is plenty to do for the kids. On top of that you have Hyde Park within reach where you can feed the ducks, or just enjoy the green.
One of the most beautiful amusement parks in the world. www.tivoli.dk, centrally in Copenhagen, where you can have the thrill of rollercoaster of maybe the Golden Tower? But also just enjoy a live concert? You can easily spend a full day in Copenhagen, and for the little ones there is Rasmus Klump (a Danish cartoon character) playarea.
With kids, Tivoli hotel is great, and they even have a playroom next to the gym/pool so mum and dad can still do the exersice.
Copenhagen is in general much more child friendly than most capitals we have been to. Because many attractions are centrally located. Close to Tivoli you have Glyptoteket a very beautiful old museum. Close to both is HC Ørsted Parken, where there are 3 nice shaded play grounds for the kids.
Danes like to bike, so there is free city bikes everywhere, and not least proper places you can bike. And if you want you can take a trip to Copenhagen Zoo. Zoo´s in Denmark are very different than in Malta, I almost think the Zoo in Malta could be in the Penguin Cave in Copenhagen Zoo. Next to the Zoo is Frederiksberg Have (another nice park)
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