Fun things to do with the kids this Easter!

Looking for inspiration this Easter? Here are Marco Polo's top tips for where to take the kids, have fun and keep them entertained.

1. LONDON

Ok, London is not really a particularly child-friendly city as such. However there are lots of things you can experience with kids: at the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, shopping, exploring the parks, or just munching some fish & chips. According to The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva), there was an overall 5.1% increase in visitors at all UK attractions, from 87.7 million in 2011 to 92.1 million in 2012 - proving that you don't have to go far to have fun. Visit London has an excellent section with information on all kinds of activities: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/activities/family-activities 

 

Shopping: Hamley’s 

At the country’s largest toy shop, which recently turned 150, adults too can spend hours and hours trying out the tempting toys! 188-196 Regent Street. More info: www.hamleys.com 

Fun & Play: London Zoo

The world famous London Zoo lies on the northern side of Regent’s Park. Open daily 10am – 5.30pm. www.zsl.org 
Insider Tip: The journey there turns into an adventure if you arrive at the zoo by boat from Little Venice via the Regent’s Canal (one way including entrance to the zoo £19.50, children £16.50) www.londonwaterbus.com 

 

Food & Drink: Rainforest Café

Why not try “safari soup” (raspberry jelly with Smarties) the rainforest burger or Aztec chicken! The animal-shaped bar stools in the Mushroom Bar might even make your children want to stay seated for two minutes.  20 Shaftesbury Avenue. www.therainforestcafe.co.uk 

 

2. PARIS

Fun for all ages: a trip to Paris can be a memorable experience for children. We cannot start without mentioning the world-famous Disneyland Paris which attracts 12 million visitors per year. Walt Disney’s fairy-tale dreamland features Mickey, Donald and the gang. More info at: www.disneylandparis.co.uk 

 

Aquaboulevard

One of the largest water parks in Europe, featuring pools with waterfalls and a number of fun waterslides under its glass roof. www.aquaboulevard.com 

Parc Asterix

An excellent, slightly smaller, but French alternative to Disneyland.  Asterix and his friends captivate visitors with fun activities and a replica of the small village of indomitable Gauls.  http://www.parcasterix.fr/en/  

 

3. TENERIFE

Younger guests are important guests. The main resort hotels have their own pools, play areas, sometimes supervised, sometimes with entertainers (check when booking). Los Christianos and Los Gigantes both boast beaches that are perfect for children. 

Loro Parque

This vast zoo is one of Tenerife’s main attractions and consists of parks, tropical gardens, animal enclosures, aquariums and arenas for shows and special events. 350 species and 4,000 animals are kept and bred by the keepers at Loro Parque.  www.loroparque.com 

Siam Park

The newest attraction in the south is a themed aquapark, the theme being old Thailand. View temples, encounter giant dragons and shop in a market on stilts… and then there are the water park thrills. These include 8 waterslides, one of which – the Tower of Power – is only for the very brave.  Suitable for children from 3 years of age. Tickets can be combined with Loro Parque, see http://www.siampark.net/en/TwinTicket.aspx 

Aqualand

A saltwater theme park with pools, water slides and flumes, waterfalls and the slow flowing Congo River, so you can drift gently through the whole complex. Recommended for families with children over 3 years of age. www.aqualand.es/tenerife/en    

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