Visit Park Güell, Barcelona
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This outdoor park filled with Gaudi masterpieces looks like a Dr. Seuss book come to life and is a great way to introduce kids to one of the most creative architects of all time.
Go to a Disney park
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Meeting Mickey and seeing that magical castle is *the* dream experience for kids of all ages.
Explore the Australian Museum in Sydney
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Learn about Australia’s rich Indigenous culture and natural history in Australia’s first public museum.
See Santa in Lapland
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In Finnish Lapland you can sit in giant igloos, drive a husky sled, see real reindeer and go on a sleigh ride to meet a very convincing Santa in his cabin in the woods...
Do Songkran in Bangkok
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Songkran, or Thai New Year (April 13), and the days surrounding are literally a giant public water fight – it is perfectly acceptable, and even encouraged, for everyone to wander the streets with water pistols squirting anyone who passes by.
See a show at the Opera House in Sydney
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Check out the Kids at the House program for shows and experiences tailored for a younger audience.
Visit the original Legoland Billund Resort in Denmark
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There’s nothing quite like having the full Lego experience in its homeland.
Get lost in a giant maze
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One of our favourites is the giant Dole Plantation’s Pineapple Garden maze on Oahu, Hawaii.
Visit San Diego Zoo
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One of the biggest and most famous zoos in the world, San Diego is also known as the pioneer of cage-less enclosures.
Visit Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen
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This amusement park right in the centre of the Danish capital originally opened in 1843 and is one of the oldest-operating amusement parks in the world (number one is Dyrehavsbakken, also in Denmark, which opened in 1583).
Shop at Hamleys in London
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Spread over seven magical floors, this is the world’s oldest toy store. It was founded in High Holborn in 1760 and has been at its current Regent Street location since 1881.
Sleep over at Taronga Zoo in Sydney
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There’s nothing quite like waking up to serve breakfast to the animals!
Do the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo
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There’s something extra magical about exploring a zoo at dusk. A guided tram takes guests on a tour through seven geographical zones where more than 2800 animals live in very natural-style habitats. You can also get out and explore by foot at various intervals – walking through the bat cave is a hair-raising experience.
Watch a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
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It’s a big thrill to see a live cricket or footie match in Australia’s largest stadium. If the big crowd is too overwhelming you can do an MCG tour – kids *love* being able to walk out on the grass.
Sail vintage toy boats in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris
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In this massive and beautifully manicured public garden located between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, you can rent small wooden boats and sail them around in a pond. It’s the perfect low-key activity for a Parisian afternoon with the kids.
Ride at the top of a London double decker bus
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Every kid’s dream – avoid peak times and aim to get that coveted front-window seat for the ultimate experience.
Visit an Australian national park
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Experience Australia’s natural beauty firsthand. Some of our favourites are Litchfield for its waterfalls and water holes and Kakadu for rock art and wildlife in the Northern Territory. Cape Le Grand in Western Australia has amazing beaches and is a great place to camp.
Visit our capital city
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A visit to the nation’s capital is like local history come to life for kids.
See the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting in New York
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Each year sometime between late November and early December the mother of all tree lightings takes places at this iconic square in New York City. Be sure to also go for a skate in the rink while you’re here.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland
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See our guide for the many ways to experience this unbelievably rich and important ecosystem firsthand.
See the Dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History in New York
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Kids will get the biggest kick out of the vast array of finds: dinosaur fossils as far as the eye can see, meteorites, halls loaded with mammals and Neanderthals, too.
Ride the Staten Island Ferry in New York
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Take in the best views of the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge and the city skyline for free on this iconic ferry ride.
Visit Santa Monica Pier in California
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It’s all about the classic fun-fair fare – fairy floss (cotton candy to Americans), hot dogs and ice-cream – and all the classic games, including whack-a-mole and ring toss. Kids will also love the overwater mini-golf course and enormous solar-powered Ferris wheel that turns right over the ocean (from the top you can see out over Santa Monica Bay and Venice Beach).
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