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  • Very interesting museum

    Reviewed 25 June 2018

    The museum is very interesting and very well organized. It has many interactive exhibits and areas good for the smaller kids. I was a little concerned about the part of the exhibition regarding holocaust (whether it wouid be suitable for the smaller children) but it was designed in a way that smaller kids could not see any photos where the age restrictions could apply.

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    - Museum is free of charge on Thursdays. - If your children are a little older I would certainly recommend using audio guides

  • Ok experience

    Reviewed 06 May 2018

    It's rather a smallish museum and a little run down (needs updating). When we visited, some of the exhibits were closed and the ones that were opened seemed as if they were created in the 50s. However the temporary exhibits were more engaging and up-to-date. I wouldn't recommend to make a special trip to this museum but if you are in the neighborhood, then go for it.

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    Tips

    You can visit this museum for free if you already have tickets to the Cárcamo de Dolores Museum (Water Garden Museum) which is nearby.

  • Chopin

    Reviewed 29 April 2018

    The Chopin Museum was an interesting tour into the troubled life of Frederic Chopin.  Although much of the material probably is geared more towards adults, the number of interactive stations gives younger visitors an opportunity to play and explore.  There were a few drawbacks, however.  I kind of expected music to be a constant theme in the museum, but I was surprised not to hear much music around the exhibit.  Many of the exhibit areas were eerily quiet.  Granted, you could turn on music at some stations, and one room did have regular music playing, but in at least half there was no music playing.  Some of the interactive features were down while I was there, maybe 10-15% of them.  The functionality of my visitor card also came and went.  If they can work the bugs out of the system, I think it is a good museum and worth a visit, especially on Sunday, when it is free.

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    Be prepared to get tickets in advance though if you go on Sunday because I had to wait an hour to enter because access is limited by the building's capacity. There are elevators, so there should be access for strollers, etc.

  • Great Xperience

    Reviewed 17 April 2018

    I had thought that diving the cenotes would be pretty great, but I wasn't sure how different it would be to snorkeling. Well, it was a drastically different experience that blew my expectations out of the water (pun intended). You simply cannot see even remotely the same features while snorkeling as you can see while diving...exploring underwater to emerge in hidden bat caves, giant scorpion spiders floating by your face, sailing through gigantic stalactites, flying over white clouds of sulfuric acid, hazy moments of transition through the halocline (where the salt water meets the fresh water), and bent rays of blue and green light that behaves like a dynamic prism. It's simply an ethereal experience in the firmament. It is unique diving available no where else on this planet and one that no diver should miss, when awarded the opportunity. Cenote Xperience was a great small business to work with. Nicolas and Martin were extremely helpful and catered my experience to my specific requests, and then some. I had planned to do one day of diving the cenotes and one day of diving the reef near Cozumel. Due to unforeseen circumstances (strong winds and rough waters), the marina was closed and so we were unable to do the Cozumel dives. Martin offered a few different options and I chose to dive more cenotes, which did not disappoint. They refunded the money from the Cozumel dive via PayPal and Martin didn't even accept a tip from me. I plan to return with my family in November and we will be happy to use Cenote Xperience again. In fact, I plan to purchase an underwater camera to proper capture the experience. I won't make that mistake again (GoPro was good for video, but camera would be better for still photos and composition).

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    Your kids have to be 10 years old to dive. However, many of these cenotes will offer swimming/snorkeling for children of any age. If you ask Nicolas and Martin about options, they would cater your trip to your needs and may even be able to help you find a babysitter if you do not want to take turns diving.

  • A lot of climbing

    Reviewed 20 March 2018

    It would be a much nicer hike, if there were not so many people around us. We went there on Sunday when the entrance is free and the place was literally flooded with visitors. But if you forget about the people, the hike overall is very interesting (a lot of rocks and stairs to climb on), most of the time it is shaded by the trees, and the view at the top is really amazing. The piramid itself is not spectacular but the overall experience is worth the physical effort.

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    1. The hike is definitely not for the little kids as the rocks sometimes might be too much for the little feet to handle. 2. It's better to visit this place during the week or early on weekends when there are fewer visitors there. 3. Take with you some snacks and definitely a lot of water. 4. Wear comfortable shoes and don't forget a sunscreen protection and a hat. 5. There are no restrooms along the trail nor on the top, so make sure your child use a restroom before the hike.

  • Better than others

    Reviewed 20 March 2018

    We liked this place. Kids had more fun and more to do here than other indoor playgrounds. The climbing wall got most attention and it really is a great part of this kids gym. We'd go again.

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  • Beautiful Agua Azul

    Reviewed 18 March 2018

    These waterfalls are every bit as beautiful as they look in the photographs, but the camera cannot capture how dramatic they are. There are multiple waterfalls cascading into turquoise waters. Don't be fooled as the water is very cold. The couple of complaints I have are that it is very crowded and it is too built-up. The kiosks are lining the waterfall and distract from the natural beauty. That being said, it's still worth a visit as I can't imagine any place like this elsewhere on the planet.

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    - The water is very cold. If your kids have wetsuits, it would be worth bringing them. - Bring a waterproof camera.

  • Based in Lachatao

    Reviewed 18 March 2018

    We originally planned to do horseback riding and hiking between the villages, but then we realized this might be too much to plan with our young children (ages 4&5 years). Therefore, we contacted Lachatao Expeditions and booked cabanas through them with the intentions of doing day trips out of the village. They were incredibly helpful and accommodating. We had a meal made by a local family in their kitchen and they gave us a tour of their property/small farm. We did a shorter horseback ride (totaling 3 hours) through the forest with Spanish moss. While we admired the view, we relaxed on the porch and played games with no access to the rest of the world.

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    - We used Lachatao Expediciones www.lachataoexpediciones.com.mx and they catered our trip to our needs with children. It saved us about $1,000 to do the trip based out of Lachatao. -Be sure to have at least one meal with a local family in their home. Ask to have a tour and learn more about the ecotourism initiative. -Do ALL of your grocery shopping before you arrive as there are no grocery stores here and only a couple of people selling eggs out of their garages. There are kitchens and refrigerators in the cabanas. - Bring smores for the fireplaces or fire pits.

  • Top priority while visiting CDMX

    Reviewed 16 March 2018

    The Teotihuacan ruins are truly an amazing place to visit. You can do it in a half day, but take your time to explore the entire location and to climb the Pyramid of the Sun. An English speaking guide would be helpful as knowledge of the history makes this visit so much more meaningful and amazing.

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    - No access for strollers, bring a backpack to carry the littles if you want them to climb the pyramids with you. - Eat at La Gruta (the cave) restaurant. It's touristy, but oh so worth it! - Go to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in CDMX prior to your visit (and maybe again after) to get the full experience.

  • Wonderful personalized vacation

    Reviewed 16 March 2018

    We have been planning to charter a boat for many years and our kids are finally old enough to make the memories worth the cost. We planned a 2 week trip through Baja CA sur that included 4 full days/nights on El Duque (with 6 adults and 4 kids, ages 5, 6, 8, & 10). Cat and Norm were incredibly helpful with planning the details of our entire trip, not just the part they were spending with us (at no extra charge, and I'm sure our constant questions must have been annoying).We ended up doing the whale sharks with them and loved it so much that we went for a second day. Cat and Norm swam our kids out to the sharks so that we could enjoy our experience without having to focus on the kids...huge bonus. When we boarded El Duque, they catered the trip to our own preferences and were happy to adjust the plans to make us all happy (diving/snorkeling, beaches, hiking, kayaking, animal sanctuaries, etc). We spent one day with the sea lions in Los Islotes and again, we loved it so much we just had to return for a second day. Norm woke up early and drove us out there on the panga so as not to interfere with our diving plans for the rest of the day. There were 3 of us getting various PADI certificates with Cat while we were on board, so we did a lot of diving. She was a fantastic instructor and made sure we were competent and comfortable with the various dives. We also had a 10-year-old on the boat that wanted to try diving and although it was difficult to fit into our very packed schedule, Cat made it work and was able to take her on her first dive. She was very nervous and Cat was very patient and made her feel comfortable under the water. It was incredibly nice not to have to focus on cooking; Cat made delicious food for the adults and even catered to the picky appetites of the kids. Cat and Norm were very professional, yet they were very pleasant to fraternize with and we very much enjoyed their company. They are constantly working to keep their guests happy and to make sure they have the best experience possible. We hope to return again next year.

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    It's cold on the water with the wind, so bring many layers. -Cat and Normal also will do personalized shorter trips. They were the guide for our snorkeling with whale sharks experience. They are wonderful people and when we return next year, we will use their services again. I cannot recommend them highly enough. The photos under the description are from our trip.

  • Wonderful natural playground/waterpark

    Reviewed 15 March 2018

    Las Estacas is a great place to explore with your kids. There are plenty of beautiful, clear, river paths to swim/snorkel. There are a few waterfalls, some diving platforms, and rope swings, as well as some children's waterpark activities. Food is available at a few restaurants, though you may bring your own food as well. We loved exploring at night before bed too. My only complaint is that the camping is a little expensive for what it is; it's a giant field with tents pitched in any random order. If it is crowded, the tents are only a few feet apart. They do have a group bonfire at night if your little ones stay up late enough.

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    -Bring your snorkel, sunscreen, inflatable floating mattresses -Explore the grounds at night with your flashlight and look for moulting cicadas on the trees, coatimundis roaming the grounds, owls in the trees, frogs, and fireflies. -No dogs allowed.

  • It's a bit old...

    Reviewed 13 March 2018

    Not the best Zoo we have been too, but still worth the visit. It's conveniently located and easily accessible by public transportation. The Zoo is set up as a park and definitely nice to walk around. It's pretty old though, in fact they're celebrating 90th birthday this year, so beside the animals this zoo displays a lot of history too. The recent movie The Zookeeper's Wife is based on a true story of Warsaw Zoo director and his wife, who saved the lives of 300 Jews during WWII.

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  • Nice zoo with a good selection of animals

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    The Zoo is quite big so you can spen there a couple hours. They have a nice aquarium, a hippopotamus display where you can see them swimming under water, a large chimpanzees habitat, and many other. Some animals have more space than the others but the zoo is doing its best to improve it and has done a lot of work over the years. The zoo has also a nice playground.

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    Tips

    It’s really hard to park near the zoo (space is limited especially during a weekend) so the best way to get there is either to take a public transportation or a taxi. Also, keep in mind that the zoo doesn’t allow balloons on its grounds but there are ballon vendors right outside the zoo entrance. So if your child Insists on getting a ballon, buy it afterwards.

  • Beautiful place to visit

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    We’ve visited Lazienki Park many times during different seasons - it’s always beautiful and worth visiting. In the summer we enjoyed our gondola ride on the lake, a  free Chopin concert, and peacocks roaming freely next to the outdoor amphitheater.

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  • Nice park

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    We had a nice time visiting the park’s playground which is quite big and is located among trees so you can hide in a shade if necessary. The park has also nice walking/biking paths. It is located near Saska Kepa neighborhood where you can find a restaurant or a cafe if you need a snack.

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    It’s quite tricky to park near the park (unless you use the parking lot at the Narodowy Stadium) so it’s better to get a public transportation there. The park is located right next to multiple bus & tram stops.

  • Great on a clear day

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    It’s a really great attraction on a clear sunny day as you can see far away in all directions of Warsaw. My children enjoyed the view and a short ride on the elevator.

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    It can get windy up there so bring with you something warm.

  • Worth the climb

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    My back-than 6 y.o. didn’t have a problem to climb up to the top and we all enjoyed the view of the Old Town, the Royal Tract and the Vistula river. Great place for taking some good family photos.

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    It can be windy on the top of the tower so it’s a good idea to have a sweater or something warm with you.

  • Lots of fun!

    Reviewed 28 February 2018

    Overall we had a great time here. Kids loved the different attractions this place has to offer. The changing rooms feel a bit cramped and the entrance fee seems high (at least for Polish standards). Very clean facility though.

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    The restaurant is not accessible once you enter the pool area. Keep that in mind!

  • Spectacular natural phenomena not to be missed.

    Reviewed 08 February 2018

    You can visit these locations as a day trip to Mexico City or Morelia, or you can stay in the village of Angangueo. Alternatively, making a weekend of the adventure and staying in the wonderful city of Valle de Bravo is my preferred method of experiencing the butterflies. The butterfly reserves are open daily from mid-November through March from 9am-6pm, but February is the best time to visit as the monarch concentrations are highest at this time. The butterflies weigh down the trees prior to the sun reaching them and this is worth seeing for yourself. However, they won’t take flight until the sun hits them and millions of butterflies flying around you is also a magical experience that should not be missed. In February, the sun begins to hit the butterflies around 11am or so, so try to plan your trip to arrive to the top around 10:00-10:30 am, if possible, and be sure to stay long enough to see the butterflies take flight.  

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    Do not expect the journey to the top to be easy; each reserve has a steep journey to get to the congregation of butterflies. You can hike the trails, but they are very dusty and it can make it difficult to breathe. Alternatively, you can rent a horse to take you up and down. This keeps you a bit above the dust and lessons the difficulty a bit. Be sure to wear a mask to help reduce dust inhalation. Bring plenty of water, wear comfortable shoes, and dress in layers as the temperature can get quite chilly with the elevation. Most importantly, bring your sense of adventure and your cameras!

  • We loved it!

    Reviewed 19 January 2018

    We went to Casa Azul as a multi generation group: kids, parents and grandparents and we all really enjoyed it. The museum is full of colors, art, and personal items, which once belonged to Frida and Diego Rivera. And if your child or you knows Spanish, you can take advantage of  the child-friendly guides (shaped like monkeys), which gives children interesting information about Frida's painting and keep them involved by giving them a task to find in each room different items.

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    To avoid standing in line (which very often can be really long), buy tickets online beforehand.

  • Small but charming

    Reviewed 19 January 2018

    The botanical garden is rather small but it's really charming. My kids enjoyed walking around and exploring the plants. They particularly liked visiting the greenhouse (which is really pretty) and hiding under the nearby giant ants.

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    Tips

    After visiting the Garden you can take advantage of other activities in the Chapultepec Park. For example, right next to it there is a lake where you can rent paddle boats or you can visit the Anthropology Museum, which is right across the street.

  • Must see

    Reviewed 14 December 2017

    We visit this museum every time we are in Warsaw and my kids love it. It's so much there to do and explore - no matter what is your age. All exhibits are interactive so you can spend hours there and will never get bored.

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    The museums can get very busy so it's the best to visit it during a week rather than during a weekend. It's also a good idea to buy the tickets online so you have guaranteed an entry time and you don't need to waste your time waiting in a line.

  • Favorite camping experience in Mexico

    Reviewed 05 December 2017

    Fantastic place to explore with the dogs and the kids. Love the proximity to CDMX and the ability to get there in a 2-day weekend. The best part of all is how secluded you are; you feel like you have the place practically to yourself! Next time we'll bring the climbing gear.

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    -The temperature varies a lot, so layers are beneficial. -Make sure you have a spare tire as the roads aren't great for the final stretch to the ranch. -Don't forget your helmet and biking gloves as they are required by Santa Elena. -Thought 2 days is doable, I recommend 3-4 days to explore. -All the camping sites are very nice and each has their perk, but Fondo de Presa is the best. It is also meant for large groups, so this may be an issue when you try to book in advance if you are just going as a family.

  • Most beautiful mountain in the world

    Reviewed 04 December 2017

    I am from Seattle and haven't lived there since 2002. Whenever I return, visiting Mt. Rainier is my top priority. It is the most beautiful mountain in the world that offers plenty of hiking opportunities for people of all ages. Some girlfriends of mine and I made it an annual tradition to take our kids camping (sans husbands) every summer. I plan to do the Wonderland Trail next year with my husband.

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    -Weather fluctuations are great, so layers are a must. -Ohanapecosh is the best campsite for kids as it has a swimming river and plenty of other kids to join in on scavenger hunts. Book your camping many months in advance, no matter which campsite you choose. -Be sure to utilize the ranger's advice as they know the park better than anyone and can help you use your time the best. They can also tell you which trails to hike with your kids' abilities. -Bring your camera, wide angle lens, and tripod and hit reflection lake for sunrise. -Don't worry about high expectations, you will not be disappointed (unless it's raining or the mountain is socked in by clouds).

  • Charming place

    Reviewed 04 December 2017

    We had a lot of fun visiting the Ajusco maze, which is not super big but for my 8 y.o. kids it was sufficient to get a sense of adventure. They enjoyed taking turns in leading, picking their own way through and playing hide-and-seek. We entered the labyrinth twice breaking it with a quick snack, which you can purchase at the manor (you can choose between a simple quesadilla, chilaquiles or enchilada). We also visited the public part of the manor which features an eclectic collection of furniture, ceramics and animal trophies. It's not particularly interesting, but from there, you have a great view of the maze and the surroundings. Located very close to the national park and surrounded by the pine trees, the labyrinth provides a nice nature escape from the busy Mexico City. My children also enjoyed interaction with the animals living at the property such as chickens, roosters, turkeys and some cute cats.

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    1. The owner of the place told us you can visit the maze at any time and any day. He said it's open 24/7. 2. If you don't want to eat food provided by the manor you can bring your own picnic or even BBQ your food on the spot. 3. There are bathrooms at the property but they don't seem to have a toilet paper. Something to keep in mind.

  • Great views!

    Reviewed 29 November 2017

    The weather wasn't great when we were there, but the experience was great nevertheless. We went on a Monday, so the lines were short and I'm pretty sure we got an extra round - yey! My mom, who went with us, is afraid of heights so she felt uncomfortable for about 10 minutes, but quickly relaxed and was glad she took the ride. The view of the old town was amazing.

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  • Dubai Dune Bashing

    Reviewed 28 November 2017

    The kids had a blast.  One of our favorite activities while we were in Dubai.  It was a little scary for our 10 year old, but he ended up loving it as well.

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  • Elephant Nature Center - Chaing Mai, Thailand

    Reviewed 28 November 2017

    Our family had an incredibly moving day with the elephants at the Elephant Nature Center.  They serve a delicious vegetarian lunch at the facility and have a nice gift shop that benefits the Center as well.

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    Just know that if you pick the option to "swim" with the elephants it involves swimming where the elephants also "relieve" themselves in the water. That was a bit too real for my family, but people did seem to be enjoying themselves who did it.

  • IMG World Amusement Park

    Reviewed 28 November 2017

    We had a blast at the largest indoor amusement park. It was practically empty the day we went so we could ride anything we wanted again and again. They had food and whatever else we needed to make the day fun. It was reasonably priced.

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    There are discounts available at hotels.

  • Wonderful ruins

    Reviewed 27 November 2017

    El Tajin is an amazing site to visit. The history and the archaeology spur the imagination and transport you to a time period and culture we can only dream about. Archaeological ruins, and particularly El Tajin, are one of the best features that Mexico has to offer. I highly recommend spending a few hours exploring the ruins.  

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    -The region is hot, so bring plenty of water and snacks. -The area is not wheelchair accessible. -Young kids may get bored, so be sure to do your research beforehand for a better experience. -Be kind to the street dogs as they don't seem to be treated very well here.

  • Escape to the woodlands

    Reviewed 23 November 2017

    Desiertos is a great place to escape the city and explore the many trails and old communes. There are hundreds of miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking, but bring your compass as it's easy to get lost. This is a great place to take your dogs off leash, as long as it's not a weekend (it gets crowded). I have heard of stray dogs being an issue, so it might be worth bringing some pepper spray or something to protect yourself and your dogs, but I have never seen them myself. I have been hiking here a few times and my kids loved it as well.

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    -It's easy to get lost. -This place is not good for strollers or wheelchairs. -Bring pepper/bear spray or a baseball bat in case you come across feral dogs. -Bring your sense of adventure, wide angle camera lens, and enjoy!

  • Bouldering confidence

    Reviewed 09 November 2017

    We regularly climb at Adamanta as a family (two girls ages 4 to 6) and we really enjoy it. The gym is very small compared to other indoor locations I've climbed in other countries, but there are varying routes of all levels and the staff and guests are very friendly. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the lack of a top rope, which I think is better (and safer) for young children learning to climb. That being said, there are no climbing gyms in CDMX that have a top-roping option. This is a happy place for me and I can see the confidence building in my girls when they first successfully complete a climb after multiple attempts. I highly recommend climbing with your kids.

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    When they are learning, kids don't understand there ability (or lack thereof) to climb down and will often go too high. They cannot jump from the top without getting hurt, so be sure they don't go too high. When your kids get tired, let them stop and don't push them too hard or they will hate it. Praise them for perseverance and not just for reaching the top. Our kids love when we place a superhero cape at a height that is their goal and it's great motivation to make them work hard. If your children are young and don't listen well, you may need to have one parent to monitor each child to prevent them from running underneath other climbers.

  • Cuetzalan adventures

    Reviewed 08 November 2017

    For our family of four, including two young children (ages 5 & 6), our favorite part of Cuetzalan was exploring the natural wonders of the region. We organized a guided tour to rappel down the 160 ft. Las Golondrinas waterfall, followed by swimming in the water at its base. The guides, which were organized by our lodge, were very adept with their climbing skills and we had full faith in their ability and attention to safety. There was a short 15-minute easy hike to get to the start of the rappel and about a 30 minute mild uphill hike out. We did pass by the top of the more famous La Cascada de las Brisas waterfall on our way out; however, we didn't have extra time to hike into the bottom with the kids. The rappelling lasted about 1.5 hours for the 4 of us to ensure everyone got down two separate walls safely; the hiking was about 45 minutes total. Our second full day, we hired guides to take us on an exploration of an underground river. The air circulated well, so there was no feeling of claustrophobia. The fear of the darkness and unfamiliar pushed our kids to be brave and adventuresome and when they finished, they felt a sense of accomplishment and pride. We weaved and waded our way through the river, sometimes crossing pools that were too deep to touch the bottom. The kids stood beneath underground waterfalls, which they loved. This adventure did require a lot of interaction with the kids as they required assistance for quite a few obstacles. However, this was the highlight of the trip for the girls and they enjoyed it even more than the rappelling. The adventure itself took about 3 hours in total and there were a couple miles of hiking to get to and from the cave entrance. There was also an option to do an 8-9 hour adventure in these caves that included rappelling and underground river exploration, but we felt this would be too much for our children and therefore, we opted for the shorter adventure. We only had 2 full days when we went to Cuetazalan, but we are heading back to the region this November, so I may have an update. Exploring the ancient archeological sites (Yohualichan,Tajin, and Cempoala) via the Corazon del Bosque waterfall on horseback is next on our list of adventures. In summary, Cuetazalan is a wonderful puebla to visit with children, but you must come with a little courage and a sense of adventure. In addition, especially if they are young, your kids may take a little motivation to build their courage to jump right in.

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    Come with your sense of adventure. Bring a life jacket for your kids, if possible; they do have them, but they may not fit well. If you have kids that are too small, or too scared to rappel on their own, the guides will rappel tandem or will allow you to do so if you are comfortable.

  • Perfect for kids with lots of energy

    Reviewed 22 October 2017

    We were invited to the Sky Zone for a birthday party. It was Friday, late morning and the venue was basically empty. We heard that the place tends to be packed during the weekends so it seemed like a perfect time to visit.  Sky Zone has different areas to chose from (dodge ball, basketball, foam pit, etc) which makes the place more engaging.

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    If you want to avoid crowds, weekdays in the morning seem perfect for that.

  • Cute

    Reviewed 16 October 2017

    The museum is really small and it takes about 20-30 minutes to see all of the exhibits. The museum presents Polish toys mostly from the 70s and 80s. My kids were moderately interested in the exhibitions but enjoyed watching silent Polish cartoons at the museum's mini-movie theater. In my opinion, this museum is more interesting  for parents (a nostalgic trip back to the childhood), but kids will find at the gallery something entertaining too.

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  • Beautiful

    Reviewed 13 October 2017

    I love this park, mostly because of it's location. The view is very relaxing and I could see myself spending hours there, just daydreaming or reading a book. However, if you listen to an 8 year old, this  playground is pretty boring. It's mostly focused on younger children (2-5), so the older kids don't find it challenging or interesting enough. Maybe except for the climbing structure... Still, as a parent I'm giving it 5 stars for being new, clean, and by the water. I find this park also less crowded and perfect for a picnic, kids birthday party or a swim.

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    On warm days bring a towel and a swim suit or change of clothes. Your kids will definitely want to get wet.

  • Worth visiting

    Reviewed 13 October 2017

    The Basaltic Prisms are beautiful and definitely worth visiting. However, I didn’t like how much they were ruined by the surrounding shops and restaurants. But if you pretend you don’t see the latter, then the the place is really charming. You can admire the Prisms from above crossing a fun suspension bridge or you can go all the way down to the canyon where you can see the Prisms from up close and might even get splashed by the waterfalls. Some kids might also enjoy the zip line, which goes above the canyon (my loved it). After you are done with exploring the Prisms you can have a snack at one of the many restaurants which are right next to the nature sight.

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    Tips

    During the weekend Prisms can get really crowded. If I go there again I would do it in the morning to avoid crowds.

  • Nice view

    Reviewed 12 October 2017

    We enjoyed our ride and the view from the Amber Sky wheel.  We liked that there was practically no waiting time involved (maybe we were lucky) and that we went a few times around before our ride was over. This way we had a chance to take nice pictures and enjoy the panorama of Gdansk a few times.

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  • Not the best first impression but overall ok

    Reviewed 11 October 2017

    When we walked into Porfirio's our first impulse was to leave it because the music was way too loud and we could barely hear each other. But after a while, the music seemed to get a little quieter (or maybe we got used to it). The atmosphere in the restaurant was quite relaxed and a lot of the customers were families with kids. Both food and service was good and our children spend most of the time playing in a play area which was supervised by "nannies". The play area was rather small and quite hot, but my kids seemed to enjoy it anyway playing video games and watching movies.

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    They don’t have children menu but you can find some simple dishes there which kids can enjoy such as tacos, quesadillas or chicken soup.

  • More fun if you know Spanish

    Reviewed 01 October 2017

    This place is definitely more attractive for kids who understand Spanish. There are only few activities that children can just folllow without knowing the language but most of the workshops and “Kidzania’s jobs” are lead in Spanish so my children felt a little lost at times. Also, it was a little overwhelming to fiigure our how things work at the beginning as nobody has really explained it to us. So, after waiting for a while for our first activity we found out that we were supposed to exchange cheques, we got with the tickets, at the Kidzania’s bank. We also didn’t like the waiting time. It takes about 20 minutes for each workshop but when you arrive at the worshop place you have no idea whether the workshop has just started or not. So you wait and wait everywhere. Only a few activities have schedule so you can plan your arrival time more effectively.

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    Tips

    It’s better to visit Kidzania in the morning when there are fewer visitors and you don’t waste a lot of time waiting. Also, make sure your kid wears snickers and long pants. We learned hard way that sandals and shorts are not ok for some activities.

  • Beautiful spot

    Reviewed 29 September 2017

    Landscape Alley was one of our favorite places to visit when we were living in Kiev. It's a perfect place to take a family walk: with a perfect view on Podil, interesting scultpures, and colorful mosaic constructions to look at. Kids, of course, loved the playgrounds (3 of them to be exact). The playgrounds don't have soft edges, like the ones in the US, but are really beautiful and fun to play on.

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  • Bumpy fun

    Reviewed 28 September 2017

    We used Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona before we became parents and we really enjoyed. So we decided to try it as a family. We picked one of the shorter 2 hrs tours. We were not lucky to see any wild animals this time but the tour was very picturesque and our guide was a lot of fun (he definitely added a lot to the entertainment side of the tour).

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    Tips

    Some tours can be quite bumpy and rough, especially for the little kids. Before booking the tickets online, consult with the company agent to make sure you select the tour which the beset suits you and your family.

  • Relaxing visit with the seahorses

    Reviewed 28 September 2017

    Visiting the Projeto Hippocampus seahorse sanctuary is a great way to pass the day with kids of all ages. We arrived as a large group with children ranging in age from 2 to 13 years old. Once you park you are guided to a shoreline along a cove just off of the Porto Galinhas and Marcaipe coast lines. Simple river boats take parties of six along the water, stopping along the way to dive for seahorses. Guides use glass jars to collect the seahorses for you to see before returning them to the water. The kids loved seeing the creatures up close but were even more enthralled by the sand crab filled banks along the water. After seeing the crabs and seahorses, the guides maneuver the boats further along, stopping for a 30 minute rest at the secluded beach up the waterway. The kids were able to play in shallow, calm waters while adults could relax in the sand. The boats then returned us to the departure point with one more stop along the way for the kids to try their luck at catching the seahorses or observing the crabs. It was fun way to pass the day and the calm beach area was a great discovery for future visits. I do wish there was more information shared about the seahorses themselves but the kids enjoyed it nonetheless.

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    Tips

    Bring hats and sunscreen; water shoes are also a must.

  • Good family option

    Reviewed 28 September 2017

    The menu has a little something for everyone - crepes and salads, pizza and hot dogs. The best part of the visit was the covered play area where your kids can go wild while you eat. The service is friendly but can be slow.

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    Grab a seat by the windows so you can keep an eye on your kids from the dining table.

  • A loooot of fish...

    Reviewed 22 September 2017

    Very pricey and very crowded... The ticket line was long, but we went on a Friday during high season, so that wasn't a huge surprise. The visit was definitely interesting and educational, and - it gave us a nice break from the heat. The underwater tunnel was awesome and watching the sharks was exciting too, but the rest was so so. Watching sleepy fish gets kind of boring after a while.

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  • Quirky and fascinating

    Reviewed 19 September 2017

    What an interesting place. Every time we stop by I can't get my daughter out of this store. She loves looking at every little piece of a bone, every shell, every bug. She also needs to buy souvenirs for her friends in form of a bone or animal tooth ;) Anyway, 4 stars only because it's really expensive, otherwise we love Paxton Gate.

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  • Great camping experience

    Reviewed 19 September 2017

    This was our 2nd time doing the family camp out at Slide Ranch. We love the experience. It's so beautiful out there and the kids love spending time attending to the animals, the group activities and the hike to the tide pools. Milking the goats was definitely the highlight, but we also enjoyed wool making and cheese making classes and the bonfire. Really a great experience for the whole family, not far away from the city, but worlds apart.

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    Tips

    Bring warm clothes, you'll be staying by the ocean. Gather some friends and book as a bigger group. It's fun for the kids to go with friends and the same goes for the parents.

  • Fantastic!

    Reviewed 18 September 2017

    We've visited this swimming several times and each time it is absolutely great. Large, new and clean facility. Kids love the warm water pool while mamas enjoy the whirlpool :) The older kids seem to like the slide a lot.

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  • Cute little place

    Reviewed 18 September 2017

    We visited on a Sunday, so it was a bit crowded, but the kids didn't mind. Junibacken is such a cute idea, lets the kids feel like a character in a book. Would definitely recommend to make a stop there when visiting Stockholm with small children.

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  • Aaargh! A pirate adventure offering great views of Cabo San Lucas.

    Reviewed 06 September 2017

    We did the dinner cruise, but they also have a daytime snorkeling trip. I'm not sure about the daytime cruise, but the sunset dinner cruise is a fun way to get out on the water with the kids. It includes unlimited drinks (of both the kids' and adults' varieties), plus a filling and reasonably tasty dinner with enough choice to let everyone eat their fill (although maybe a challenge for special diets). The views of the Cabo San Lucas arch and other rock formations are gorgeous and the pirate show action packed enough to hold your attention, but silly enough to avoid scaring small kids. The whole family had a good time.

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    Tips

    Los Cabos is hot and sunny and there is little shade on the boat. Bring hats and sunblock for everyone. To get a good seat on the boat, be sure to gather as soon as your boat is called from the waiting area - they fill it up and we were glad to be among the first 20 or so on board.

  • A nice introduction to camping for kids - or a fun hotel stay

    Reviewed 06 September 2017

    Las Estacas is located within about a 30 minutes drive from Cuernavaca, known as the city of "eternal spring" in Mexico (itself about an hour from Mexico City). The hotel part has two rooms per small cottage, about as comfortable as any 3-star hotel room. For a bit more adventure, bring a tent and sleeping bags and camp out in the large camping field. It's an easy introduction to camping for the kids, because porters will haul your gear and coolers from the car to the site and back - plus there are clean showers and bathrooms and a place with running water to clean your pots and plates after cooking out on the available grills (no need for a camp stove). Whether you stay in the hotel or a tent, bring swim clothes and snorkeling gear, because the well-landscaped river is incredibly clear and offers a great place to swim (and see the fish and fresh-water lobsters). There is also a rope swing to launch yourself into the river, several places to jump from a height of 6-10 feet into the water, and rafts to rent. Las Estacas charges a fee for all those who choose to camp rather than stay in the hotel, including kids. Young kids stay in the hotel free.

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    Besides the chance to try camping in a safe and easy environment, Las Estacas offers a fun campfire experience for the kids. They lead a number of songs and games around the fire and then provide sticks and marshmallows to roast. Bring your own chocolate and graham crackers if you want s'mores. There is also a restaurant for those who don't want to cook out for all their meals - and the opportunity for those in the family who wish to camp to do so while others choose the hotel.

  • Pleasant small zoo with great views and climate

    Reviewed 06 September 2017

    This is one of my favorite zoos and the kids always enjoy a visit here. Located near the SB bird sanctuary and East Beach, you have great views of the ocean, Channel Islands, and more from within the park. For a zoo its size, there is also a very nice variety of animals, most of which have a decent amount of space to roam and feel like they are in nature. Having seen the majestic California Condors in flight in the mountains, I am always a bit saddened to see them restricted to the space in the zoo, but I am also aware of the crucial role the zoo played in rescuing the species from near extinction. Highlights include the big cats, the elephants, the gorillas, and the giraffes. The zoo was once home to Jemima the giraffe with the crooked neck (a birth defect) and still sells souvenirs of her.

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    Besides the animals, kids enjoy the train ride, which not only visits many of the animals, but affords a great look at the neighboring bird sanctuary (and the best view of the lions). The highlight for many kids, though, is the playground with the sledding hill, a grassy mound that kids slide down using pieces of cardboard boxes. It's a good idea to bring your own pieces of cardboard, since there is not always enough left behind by others for all kids who don't bring some. If you will visit more than once, consider a family membership (which includes parking). Has reciprocal access for members of a number of zoos around the United States.

  • One of the best parks/playgrounds in Santa Barbara

    Reviewed 06 September 2017

    Relax in the shade while your kids explore this complex wooden castle and surrounding swings and jungle gyms. This is one of the better wooden playgrounds I've seen and the kids have a great time when we visit. It's ideal fro a birthday party or family outing, or just a brief stop by. There is plenty of room for parents to hang out while the kids play.

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    Tips

    Bring along a picnic or takeout lunch and have pleasant afternoon in the park. It's not far from downtown SB shopping, and also relatively close to tourist landmarks like the Mission or Courthouse. It's easy to combine a visit here with sightseeing or errands. Not really for older kids (teens), though.

  • Great views of city and real castle, but a bit of a hike

    Reviewed 04 September 2017

    The castle experience pales somewhat to the better castles of Europe, but it is the one castle in North America where an actual king reined, if only briefly. This could be a fun fact for kids, or maybe they'll merely enjoy seeing the castle and some of the old suits of armor and fancy carriages while you take in a bit more of the history on display. You'll learn a bit about the US Army storming the castle during the Mexican-American War as well as about the Mexican Revolution.  The upper floor of the castle offers excellent views of the city, Chapultapec Park, and the surrounding mountains (at least on a clearer day). Part of what makes the tour less of a great experience than some of its European counterparts is the fact that there are no restaurants or cafes at the top - or even simple drink vendors.

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    Tips

    It is a bit of a hike up the hill to the castle, and they confiscate water bottles (if they notice them) before you can enter. Be sure your kids are up for the steep walk up and back, especially on a hot day. There is an elevator at the base, but it is only for handicapped and those with medical needs (and not all members of their party).

  • Mesmerizing experience

    Reviewed 04 September 2017

    We were going to the Anthropology Museum and noticed the los voladores performing. My kids loved the dance and were mesmerized watching it. We even stayed for the second show because they were interested to see it from the very beginning. The performance is truly incredible to watch.

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  • Beautiful museum

    Reviewed 04 September 2017

    We loved this museum! Mexican folk art is so vibrant it will certainly appeal to children of all ages. Kids will especially enjoy wooden and papier-mache creatures and animals, funny-looking skeletons, and other colorful sculptures.

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  • Quieter than other locations we've been to, but same experience

    Reviewed 02 September 2017

    You pretty much know what to expect going to Chuck E Cheese's, but what struck me here is that it's a lot quieter than some locations we've visited. It's located in a high-end shopping center on the north side of the fashionable Polanco neighborhood. We don't tend to eat during our visits to Chuck E Cheese's, but there are several nearby restaurants in the same shopping center with better food and children's menus (we especially like Bajia) where you can eat before or after the kids play. Like most of these places, the prizes are not worth the money you spend on the tokens for the kids to play, so the point has to be the enjoyment of the experience, not the excellence of the loot.

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    Tips

    It's a good location for birthday parties, since it rarely tends to be very crowded in our experience.

  • A great climbing gym for parents & kids

    Reviewed 02 September 2017

    There is a very good mix of difficult and easier climbs here, so the parents and kids can both test their limits, whatever their experience and skill levels may be. Gear is available for rent for those who don't have their own. My son had a great  time trying various routes, and even watching me demonstrate some of those that were too difficult for him. A visit of 2-3 hours was enough for both of us.

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    The gym is made for "bouldering" - meaning low-altitude climbs without ropes. You'll need to stay close to your kids when they're climbing to spot them and ensure a safe landing. You'll also need to make sure they don't wander under other climbers so no one accidentally falls on them.

  • Not meant for kids, but they will still enjoy it

    Reviewed 02 September 2017

    I came with a group of adults for lunch, but immediately saw that this was a place my kids would enjoy. The grounds have peacocks, flamingos, parrots, and exotic birds wandering around - as well as toucans and other tropical species in cages. If your kids enjoy birds the way mine do, it's definitely worth a visit. It doesn't hurt that it's also a lovely garden where you can sit outside in Cuernavaca's eternal spring-like climate enjoying nice drinks and fantastic food.

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    If your kids have a hard time sitting still and want to run around on the grass, then this probably isn't the place to bring them. The restaurant and garden are part of a luxury boutique hotel and spa, so it's really for well behaved kids who can take in the birds and scenery with a bit of calm.

  • Nice surprise

    Reviewed 29 August 2017

    I wasn't sure my child will be into this museum but it turned out he really liked it.  He enjoyed the art exhibits, but particularly a collection of popular art (which is full of vibrant colors and interesting art pieces), he loved peacocks and  baby peacocks which were literally everywhere in the surrounding gardens and were not afraid of people at all, and finally, he was fascinated with the hairless Xoloitzcuintles (a very rare breed of dogs ) which run freely in one section of the park (it seems like they are let out from their kennel a few times a day). Overall, it was a nice visit and my whole family really enjoyed it.

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    Tips

    If you want to take pictures at the museum you really should buy a photo permit with your admission tickets. The museum staff really controls it.

  • Not crazy about it

    Reviewed 22 August 2017

    I wasn't impressed with this attraction. Well, kids of course love it, but for a parent this place is a bit stressful. It is big, extremely crowded and super loud with live music overpowering the fountain music. It's kind of a crazy place, at least on weekends, but it's free and a good way to cool off on a hot day.

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  • Large park north of Polanco

    Reviewed 20 August 2017

    This park is huge and a great place to spend an afternoon on a Saturday or Sunday. Bring a ball, frisbee, or even your kid's bikes or scooters. Don't forget your picnic lunch and a blanket. Great with a large group. There's a large playground and "mud/sand pit" that will guarantee hours of wet fun (bring a change of clothes for little ones).

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    To get one of the few concrete picnic tables, you may need to show up early. Otherwise, be sure to bring a picnic blanket to spread out under a tree. Also, don't forget your sunscreen and plenty of water. Finally, be sure to park in one of their free parking areas in the southeast portion of the park. If you park just north of the park, you may be charged a fee (private lot?).

  • 20,000 leagues under CDMX

    Reviewed 20 August 2017

    As another reviewer already noted, this aquarium doesn't look like much from the outside -- in fact, with its corrugated metal siding, it looks more like a suburban storage facility back in the States. That said, it's a pretty impressive place considering it's located hours from the ocean. You start your adventure by going down several subterranean levels by elevator and then slowly working your way back up. After viewing countless tanks of tropical fish, pulsating jelly fish, and even an underwater tunnel (where you can view larger fish and sharks), you end the tour with a penguin exhibit. There's also a hands-on (please touch) area where kids can handle sea creatures while attendants give more information about the animals on view.

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    Tips

    Try to avoid lines by either going later in the day (1 pm or so) or by purchasing tickets online in advance through Ticketmaster (but that involves picking them up elsewhere and can be a pain). This is definitely a place you can repeat with the kids if you're in Mexico City for the long haul. It's located near several shopping malls with food courts. It's also across the street from two museums (Soumaya and Jumex).

  • Great for birthday celebrations

    Reviewed 20 August 2017

    The fact is, organizing, running, and paying for a birthday party in Mexico City can be a daunting and costly experience. In Mexico City, families of your child's classmates treat annual birthdays not unlike a bat or bar mitzvah back in the States (over the top, costly, and with the added pressure to one-up the last one). While still relatively expensive, having your child's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's is generally a smart move since they do all the planning and keep the timing on track. There are various price packets as well (with or without a piñata, amount of pizza, number of tokens, etc.). My main experience (including the party above) has been with the Santa Fe location at Plaza Patio Santa Fe (but I can't imagine the experience would be much different). The Polanco location is relatively new -- and I will consider it for future birthday celebrations.

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    If you're hoping to get one of the private party rooms, book a month or two in advance. Also, time slots are set -- so keep that in mind when planning and creating invitations. Fortunately, time slots run 2.5 hours -- so that keeps your Mexican birthday party short and sweet (compared to the more common 5+ hours).

  • Great for kids, relaxing for parents.

    Reviewed 20 August 2017

    We weren't really hungry, but our daughter wanted to check out the playground. That gave us a great opportunity to take one of the outdoor tables at Peperino and enjoy a glass of wine . I can't speak for the food, although the pizza  looked really good, but it seemed like a popular place, especially with families. They've a large playground just outside the restaurant (open to the public) and a small play area indoors as well. The interior is contemporary and relaxed, and I was really impressed how clean and functional were the bathrooms.

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  • A nice surprise

    Reviewed 19 August 2017

    We didn't get a table at a restaurant recommended by the hotel we stayed at, so we got back in the car and started searching for alternatives around the area. Il Grillo Moro came up with very good reviews and we decided to give it a try. It was Friday night, we did't have a reservation and the restaurant was busy, but the host did everything he could to seat us. He offered us a table for one hour and we took it. So glad we did. It was our best meal in Tuscany. But besides the very tasty food we loved the service. Everyone was extremely nice, helpful and especially welcoming towards our daughter. They have children's books at the host table and her dish arrived first (extra points for that!). Every parent knows that it really is the key to a happy dining experience :)

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  • Fantastic farm holidays in Tuscany

    Reviewed 17 August 2017

    I was looking for a charming and authentic place to stay in Tuscany and was very excited when I finally found Montestigliano. This place is beautifully restored, nicely decorated, tranquil and comfortable. We enjoyed the peacefulness of this hamlet, but also the pool and surrounding nature. Our daughter spent her time swimming or playing with other kids she met there. The highlight though was the community dinner on the square. We met very interesting people from around the world and enjoyed the conversations very much. Truly unique place.

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  • Good way to burn some energy

    Reviewed 16 August 2017

    If it's too hot outside or it's raining - this is a great place for your kids to burn some energy. The trampolines are well monitored by staff to make sure kids don't run into each other and hurt themselves. In addition to the trampolines, Jump-in offers other activities but you have to pay for them additionally. The price it's not too high though.

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  • Good activity

    Reviewed 15 August 2017

    It was a nice activity but definitely a one hour tour is more than enough for smaller kids. We enjoyed the tour, which was right on a beach and next to the estuary. The horses were calm, knew their way and followed the guides so you really didn't need to have any previous experience with horses.

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    Tips

    If you have a smaller child it might be a good idea to ask the guide to accompany him/her a little closer. Every now and then the horses start trotting on their own which might be intimidating for an inexperienced rider and simply uncomfortable. When my son's horse started to trot, he hit his back against the saddle and couldn't stop the horse on his own. We had to ask a guide to help him out.

  • Interesting experience

    Reviewed 14 August 2017

    It was definitely an interesting experience. The canals were packed with other gondolas and it was quite loud: a mix of latino music and mariachi bands. It's definitely not Venice (as some people compare it to) but it has its own charm.  While you are sailing you can have a snack (you can either sail up to one of the restaurants or order food from the food vendors sailing by), buy some souvenirs or invite to a gondola your own mariachis.

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    Tips

    You can usually negotiate the price of trajinera. The established price is 350 pesos per hour/ per boat. Don't pay per person. At the end, it is customary to give the guy poling the boat a tip (about 150 - 200 pesos).

  • My 7 y.o. loved it

    Reviewed 14 August 2017

    We really liked how professional and entertaining the staff was. They were really helpful and friendly and paid a lot of attention to safety. Since my kids were the youngest in the group, the guides were particularly attentive towards them and even helped to carry their pulleys. After the activity, we had a quick snack at the onsite restaurant followed by a really engaging presentation of Damiana liqueur.

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    Tips

    Keep it in mind that moving from one zip-line to another requires mild hiking.

  • Fun for all!

    Reviewed 09 August 2017

    Had a great time with my 8 year old and her friends (7 & 10). It was a hot day and a perfect activity to manage the heat.

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    Tips

    Bring a towel and a change of clothes.

  • Interesting family adventure

    Reviewed 06 August 2017

    It was a fun tour my family enjoyed a lot. The camel ride was rather short (about 20 minutes) but it was very picturesque. And the other parts of the tour were interesting as well. Although it was really hot it was still interesting to do a nature walk during which we learned quite a lot about cacti and other desert vegetation. The food offered at the end of the trip was tasty and included Tequila & Mezcal tasting (not for kids of course) as well as a presentation how to make traditional tortillas.

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    Tips

    Definitely bring with you sunscreen, hats and cool clothing. If you have an option choose an afternoon tour as it is a little less hot then. The whole tour including transportation from and to the hotel as well as registration at the Cabo Adventures' desk takes between 5-7 hours.

  • Fresh and tasty!

    Reviewed 02 August 2017

    We visited on a Monday and it was a rainy day on top of it, so the restaurant was almost empty. Warm weekend days look very different - the lines are long and the wait is frustrating, but sooo worth it. I know because we love this place and visit every year. The fish is always so fresh! The staff was very kind and attentive. At least one person spoke English and was helpful explaining the menu. I love the fact that the kids were running and playing outside. It's a safe area and there is a lot to explore in the nature.

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    Tips

    They also have chicken, french fries and veggies on the menu if your kid is not into fish. Take a mosquito repellent.

  • Nice playground with splash area

    Reviewed 28 July 2017

    After visiting some tourist attractions in Torun, this playground was a perfect place for my kids to recharge batteries. The nice thing about this playground are big trees which cast some shadow on the playground and the surrounding benches. We really appreciated that ;) We didn't have towels so my children didn't use the splash area but it looked like a lot of fun.

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  • Interesting family activity

    Reviewed 28 July 2017

    We had a great experience visiting this museum. We attended bi-lingual show which was run both in Polish and English. The animators were entertaining and very engaging and everybody had a good time. My kids particularly liked the part when they could make their own gingerbreads but they also enjoyed the initial presentation by the Gingerbread Master and the Witch in which they had an active role. Great family activity!

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    Tips

    It's a good idea to order tickets online before your visit. The shows have limited space so if you just show up at the museum without the tickets it might turn out you won't be able to enter it right away.

  • A place where kids can splash

    Reviewed 26 July 2017

    I gave this place only 4 stars because, in theory, nobody is allowed to splash in this fountain. However, it seems like this rule is not enforced during the time outside of the evening shows. When we visited the fountain on a hot day in July, a lot of kids were already running around the water jets. My children joined in and had a lot of fun. We were there for about 30 minutes and nobody said anything.

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    Tips

    It's a good idea to have a spare set of clothes for your child if she plans to play in the fountain. Kids get completely soaked there.

  • Nice park

    Reviewed 18 July 2017

    We visited this park for a birthday party. It's a nice green area with plenty of grass to run on and places for picnic. The park has also climbing walls and a cafe but they didn't work when we were there.

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  • Great outdoor activity

    Reviewed 16 July 2017

    My 7 y.o. twins had a great time on the Junior course designed for children 120cm+. They used it at least 4 times in a row. It would be probably more interesting if there are more courses for kids of that hight (there are a few more courses for the taller kids and adults) but still, they burnt off some energy and enjoyed the experience.

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  • Much better than it looks from outside

    Reviewed 27 June 2017

    This aquarium doesn't look too impressive from the outside but it's really a world class place. It offers several subterranean floors presenting sharks, jelly fish, hundreds of tropical fish species, sea turtles and an impressive exhibit of penguins. My kids especially loved the tunnel with manta rays and shark swimming right above their heads.

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    Tips

    Lines can be long when it opens so try arriving later in the day. Aquarium has special promotion (2 in 1) with the Laboratorio Submarino Blau Life, which is just across the street and presents extremely interesting hands-on exhibits about various aspects of the sea.

  • A must-do activity with kids when visiting Mexico's Mayan Riviera

    Reviewed 11 May 2017

    Xel-Ha has just about everything you want for a day of fun and water-based adventure in a mostly natural setting. The giant lagoon makes for good snorkeling and a nice introductory experience for kids. On top of that, there is rafting on the lazy river, nature hikes, smaller grottoes and ceynotes, and the swaying bridge which is fun to cross with modest waves. For those looking for a bit more excitement, there is a short ropes course over the water (we did the rope traverse and zip line into water with our kids) and - for the especially daring - a couple places to practice your cliff diving! The park isn't cheap, but worth the price if you spend the day there. Plus, meals are part of the all-inclusive price and the buffet where we ate was pretty good. Overall, everyone had a good time and we were glad to spend most of a day there. It's a bit commercial for some tastes, but most should enjoy the experience.

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  • Great experience

    Reviewed 07 April 2017

    We visited Blau Life as a package together with Acuario Inbursa and we absolutely loved the experience. You can learn so much visiting this place even if you don't speak Spanish although the Laboratory staff is trying their best to accommodate English-speaking visitors (actually most of them does a great job). Blau Life is very interactive - you can experiment there with various hands-on exhibits and touch various creatures (crabs, sea stars, jelly fish, cockroaches). At the end of your visit you'll see a large tank inhabited by sharks and mantas. You can purchase special food and feed them and they will literally eat from your hands. Great experience for the entire family.

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  • A place to visit when you are in Puebla

    Reviewed 05 April 2017

    ''The world's smallest volcano'' is not an awe-inspiring sight and I wouldn't make a special trip just to see it. But since we were in Puebla we decided to pay it a visit. My children got a kick of the size of the crater as it is really, really tiny. They enjoyed climbing it up and down inside the crater. The whole experience takes maybe 10 minutes so it's a good thing that right next to the volcano there are two decent playgrounds where kids can play and burn a little more steam.

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  • Full day filled with excitement

    Reviewed 04 April 2017

    We really loved our experience there. You can enter the Safari either in your own car or join one of the buses operated by the park. You drive through different sections of the safari and animals are right next to or in front of you. For most of the time you can keep your windows open and the only time you have to roll them up is in the part with the dangerous species (tigers, bears). My kids particularly loved the last section of the safari called Adventure Zone where you can feed beautiful Australian birds (they are so tame they literally sit on you), pet a kangaroo, stand face to face with emus, or crawl through a special tunnel to see a sleeping leopard right above your head. Really amazing experience.

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  • Fantastic playground

    Reviewed 27 March 2017

    This is one of the best playgrounds in Mexico City. It is really big and it's surrounded by trees, which give some nice shade and breeze. The climbing constructions and zip lines are really fun and my kids loved them. We went there on Sunday morning (around 10:30) and the park was practically empty with just a few families around. In the park you'll find a lot of picnic tables (something we have to plan on next time), benches to rest on, and space for children to run around. If you drive there, you can try to park on one of the side streets near Avenue Consituyentes.  

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  • Very small but cute

    Reviewed 27 March 2017

    The aviary is tiny but it's charming at the same time. The admission is only 7 pesos so if you are at the Lincoln Park or at the Lincoln Park playground you should definitely pay it a short visit (it takes about 15 minutes at the most to see it). A lot of birds are flying freely and they don't seem to mind the visitors but some birds are kept in cages. It's really a nice way to escape the noise of the streets and enjoy the sounds of a tropical forrest. My kids enjoyed our short visit there and so did I.

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  • Good chance for adults to enjoy a nice meal while kids have fun nearby

    Reviewed 27 March 2017

    The Interconti's Chiquiclub offers parents visiting or living in Polanco a chance to let their kids unwind a bit while mom and dad enjoy a nice meal in one of the hotel's many restaurants, including those with French, Italia, and Mexican cuisine. The kids can eat as well, at the club's small buffet table. The club offers adult-supervised playtime and crafts in a safe environment close to the restaurants. Although it offers services for kids up to 12 years old, I'd expect most 11 or 12 year old kids to be rather bored. For those 8 or 9 and under, it seems fine. Our 7-year-olds said they'd be happy to go back. The cost of the club and the buffet meals can be charged to the parents' restaurant bill. If you have plans in Polanco (on the north side of the hotel) or Bosque de Chapultapec (on the south), this is not a bad choice for a meal before or after.

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  • Perfectly fine

    Reviewed 20 March 2017

    A good way to spend an afternoon outdoors. The park has a good selection of rides for kids of different ages (even for the youngest ones). Although we went there on Sunday afternoon during a long weekend the waiting time for the rides was not bad at all. We also liked a visit to the Serpentarium, which is basically a reptile house full of snakes, lizards and other reptiles. You have to pay for the exhibit 25 pesos (which is really not much) and it is definitely worth it. We much more enjoyed it than a reptile house at the Chapultepec Zoo which we visited earlier this month.

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  • A place where you can really relax while having a lunch

    Reviewed 16 March 2017

    It was one of the best family-friendly restaurants we visited in a while. Great decor, good food and, the most important, great space for the kids to play. One room has a typical play area with toys, TV and tables but another one (extremely popular with kids) is a huge sand box. The best part is that both rooms are supervised by 'nannies' (we were there on Sunday so I can't tell if they are there also during a week) and both rooms have a monitoring system so you can actually see your kids all the time on the big monitors installed in the dining areas. We had a great experience there and we'll definitely be back.

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  • Super busy on Sunday afternoon

    Reviewed 07 March 2017

    We didn't enjoy this Zoo at all as it was way overcrowded on Sunday afternoon. Very often it was simply impossible to even see the animals as a huge group of people was blocking the view. My kids were so fed up with it they didn't even want to stop and were ready to go home. Although the Zoo is free, for some exhibits (e.g. butterflies & snakes) you have to pay a little. I was also not too happy with some habitats as they didn't seem big enough for the animals. If at all, I would definitely recommend to visit this Zoo during a week or during the morning hours when there are not that many visitors there.

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  • Relaxing family activity

    Reviewed 27 February 2017

    A relaxing way to spend some family time on the lake of Chapultepec Park. You can rent a boat for an hour, which is more than enough to go around the lake. It can get really hot while on a boat so don't forget head protection, sunscreen and water with you.

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  • One visit is not enough - plan on going at least twice

    Reviewed 26 February 2017

    While a single visit is not enough, we felt that multiple visits is better than staying all day long, especially when visiting with kids. This museum has one of the finest collections of antiquities from the Americas you can find anywhere, and the kids were fascinated despite working through more than half the museum (and not having their cameras). The ''Aztec Calendar'' is the most famous piece in the collection (and worth the visit), but the number of highly detailed artifacts and partial temple reconstructions by Mayas, Aztecs, and many other indigenous nations is fascinating. Tickets are cheap, so feel free to take your time if you're in Mexico long enough for multiple visits. The museum restaurant has pretty good food choices, too, so you don't need to hunt for other food options during the visit. This is one of Mexico City's true ''can't miss'' attractions and one of the great museums of its kind anywhere. Chapultepec Park itself is worth taking time to wander around, so the museum can be a part of a day filled with variety.

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  • More for older kids but younger like it as well

    Reviewed 22 February 2017

    The Monument is definitely meant for more mature visitors interested in the history of Mexican Revolution. However, it is also an interesting place to go with the younger kids. Although they probably won't pay too much attention to the historical information, they will enjoy an interesting design of the museum, a ride in the panoramic elevator and a beautiful view from the Monument. They might also find it interesting to learn how the Monument was constructed. My 7 y.o. kids also enjoyed walking down the steel stairs on a way back. It's an interesting family activity.

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  • Kids liked it

    Reviewed 22 February 2017

    I never give a lot of stars to Chuck E Cheese's but my kids like it there. The venue is clean and the staff is friendly. It has a lot of arcade games you can find in other Chucky Cheese restaurants and some different. Many games are easy enough for the little kids to win a lot of tickets so they are really excited about it.  The prizes are rather of a poor quality and the selection is small but kids had still fun to get something for the tickets they won.

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  • Dragonfly Maze

    Reviewed 21 February 2017

    We had a lot of fun doing this maze. It is very memorable...my 9-year-old just commented that it was one of his favorite things we did in England nearly 2 years ago. The clues are not easy and the maze has really high hedges....claustrophobes may want to pass. You go through the maze and you collect clues on a worksheet. You really need all of them, because when you finally reach the center, you need to clues to earn a very clever reward. Note, the proprietress only likes to accept cash and has a credit card machine which is said to be ''broken''. There is parking right next door (pay) and it is a short walk into the lovely town.

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  • Nice but expensive

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    It is a very nice place, there is a lot to do and a lot to learn for all ages. I have been there with children of different ages, with groupes and individual children, for excursions or birthday... and always had a nice time! However, I find the price quite expensive and there is barely any reduction for young children, teachers, students. So make sure you go a day that you have time, everybody is ready to enjoy the day and you can do as much as possible so that you do not waste your money ;)

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  • We love it

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    We simply love it !! My sister, her husband, her two kids (2 and 6 years old) and I, all have the seasonal Plopsa pass and this is where we use it the most. We went one time to Plopsa Co, we go a few times a year to Plopsaland in La Panne (seaside) but we go to plopsa indoor every school holiday! It is not too far from Brussels (again, we you have lived abroad, nothing is far in Belgium), the parking is big and cost 6u20ac for the day is I am correct; and, although it is mostly indoor, there is also a small part outside in case the weather plays tricks on you. The indoor in itself is great, especially for children over 1m I would say. There is a lot to do, despite the small space and the waiting time is usually short. Because it is closed, it feels quite secure and it is nice to allow the children to just enjoy and be free without stressing about loosing them.

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  • Great memories

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    Sure has changed over the years I have been living there! I love this playground and park, there is a lot to do and the environment is quite nice. The playground has been redone a few years ago and offers a lot to do for children in a secured space. Right next to it is a space for bike, skateboard, skates... which older children can enjoy. Young ones also like to play there but do not leave them alone as accident can happen quite easily. The park in itself offers a lot of space to ride your bike or else and a few secrets ways to discover. Moreover, they have added exercise machines around the park that even young children like to test out. Finally, there are little events organise during the year. We discovered a tibetan festival with music danse and food a few months ago. It wasnt much but it made our day even nicer :)

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  • Great but expensive

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    Three is plenty to do at all ages, the space is big, the parking has been made easy, it is original and the baby space (from 0 to 3 lets say) is better than any other I have seen in indoor playground. However, the prices are a bit over the top. I do not get why adult pay 3u20ac for example as everything they can really enjoy has to be paid extra. Plus, I was there at the grand opening (I do not know how it is now) and the food was quite expensive for what it was... rather go eat at Ikea just across the road and go to the playground after.

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  • Nice at all ages

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    A very nice indoor playground that rarely gets too busy and/or noisy. Its opening hours and display allows you to enjoy it with very young children (less than 2 years old) while the other ones are still in school. The adult can easily follow the child around and let him explore in a secure way. The personnel is very nice and the price arent too bad.

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  • Nice afternoon activity

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    A very nice indoor playground in Brussels, easily accessible (but it is not easily to park there). There is a lot to do for your children to keep busy a whole afternoon, no matter the age. However, it is on two floors and each floor is not that large so it gets crowded very easily. Moreover, it is very noisy and if you just plan to sit at a table and wait for your child, you will definitely get a headache!

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  • A lot to do

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    One of the nicest museum in Belgium. It has a lot to offer and it takes more than a day to go around... even if you manage to see everything, there is no way you really focus and discover everything in one day without overwhelming your children. I would advice you to choose sections you would like to focus on for your visit and keep the rest for next time. Although the prices are good, and you can enjoy a free visit on the first Wednesday of the month if I am correct (same goes for any city museum), they organise very nice exposition and those get expensive very easily. There is a parking but it is small, and it is not easy to park around the museum as it is the city centre... plus, it is quite expensive to park in the streets. If you children are older already, take the bus!

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  • Very nice short visit

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    The Tram museum is not big and does not offer a lot to do. However, it is a nice visit to do with young children as it offers them a lot of opportunities to move around and discover a part of our history. As the parking around the museum is not that easy, my advice is to make a day of it. Go to the Woluwe park, you can easily leave you car at difference entrance and take the children's bicycle. Go around the park, enjoy fresh air and large secure road where the children can run, bike and play. Then take the bridge over the main road, and you arrive next to the museum. Enjoy your tour at the tram museum! If you prefer, you can also go to the Malou Park (behind the museum) with a nice playground, and follow the old ''rail trail'' to the museum. Everything is easily accessible and you can enjoy the day! One last thing, the tram museum organises some ''tours'' on Sundays (not all the time but often). Very old trams follow the 39/44 lines in Woluwe and Tervuren, and you can ride them :)

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  • Great family skating rink

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    We took our four year olds skating in the ''kindergarten'' area of the rink on our first visit. They loved the freedom and had a wonderful time skating around and around. We rented skates there and it was a relatively easy process. Later, when they were five years old, they took lessons with an instructor at Poseidon and we also did some family skating on the larger rink. There is a restaurant for proper meals and birthday parties, but also a small stand beside the rink for waffles, hot cocoa, milled wine, etc. I would highly recommend this awesome indoor/outdoor rink for families.

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  • Many years of fun

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    I grew up in the Tomberg neighbourhood and went to the Ice Rink many times, at all ages. It has always been a lot of fun for me, my family and my friends. There are not a lot of opportunities to go Ice Skating in Brussels, they generally are temporary and crowded. The Poseidon Ice Rink is open a good part of the year and can be enjoyed at all ages; however, I do not recommend it with young children (less than 5) during weekends and holidays as it gets busy and the big children are not always careful.

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  • Great camps!

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    My 8 year old did 2 week-long stages at this climbing gym and loved it both times. His instructors were really great and he built a lot of confidence and strength. They accommodated us in English, although of course French would be useful. The weeks do book up, so register ahead. It is helpful to go in person, as the response time on email is not as quick. My kids also went to several birthday parties here and always had a great time!

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  • Well worth the admision!

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    I went with adults. The admission is kind of steep, but they offer you the option to come back the next day for free. I thought that was kind of crazy, but then we actually used it! There is so much to see and it is all so well put together and interesting. If you take your time and read everything and watch all the movies, you may need more than one day. The restaurant in the basement offers really great food with lots of healthy options and isn't unreasonably priced. Bathrooms are clean, everything is easily wheelchair accessible and they have walkers to borrow if you need it. Some of the exhibits are really powerful (9/11 for example and the Pulitzer Prize winning photo exhibits)....I can't say I would bring my younger children to this museum, but for tweens and up, I think there is a lot of accessible information. There is a really great view of the Capitol, you can go into a real news studio, and also read the teleprompter and see yourself on the news. There is a 4-D movie (moving chairs) which is really well-done.

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  • Great museum!

    Reviewed 19 February 2017

    I spent a couple of hours in this free museum last weekend with my two kids (ages 6 & 9). They loved the ocean hall, the human origins exhibit and the mammals hall. They found the movies and interactive exhibits really interesting. I think they learned a lot (and so did I!)

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  • Lava Tubes. Caves. Underground rivers and lakes. What more could kids want?

    Reviewed 30 January 2017

    When in the Canaries, it's absolutely necessary to rent a car and explore. These caves were one of the highlights of our visit to Lanzarote and the kids had a great time. It's one of the more enjoyable cave complexes I've had a chance to visit. The underground lakes and rivers were some of the best moments, but there really wasn't any downside to the visit. Go see it if you're on the island!

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  • Absolutely worth visiting

    Reviewed 30 January 2017

    I really wanted to see this place for obvious reasons but my twins (7 y.o.) were not to eager to go there. They thought it would be boring. But the moment we entered the archeological zone they were totally in their element: running around, climbing, playing hide & seek, and crawling through the narrow tunnels. They loved it. We were walking around for approximately 4 hours and we didn't manage to visit all the pyramids. The whole complex is vast so it's a good idea to carry some snacks with you and of course lots, lots of water. Hats and sunscreen are also a must.

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  • Amazing place for kids

    Reviewed 27 January 2017

    This museum is all about learning, creating, and discovering. Absolutely an amazing place where you can spend hours and never get bored. When we visited Papalote we spent almost the entire time in a creative zone building catapults and flying objects. The entire family was involved in this process. Then, we briefly visited other sections of the museum, an indoor playground, an outdoor garden and decided we have to come back there another time. So much to see and do! Even if you don't speak Spanish you are still going to enjoy it.

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  • My kids loved the net structure

    Reviewed 27 January 2017

    The playground offers various slides (bigger and smaller ones) but my kids really liked a large net-like structure in the middle of the playground, which was quite unique. They played on in almost the entire time climbing up and down, or just sitting on it. The nice thing about the playground is that it is surrounded by trees which give a nice cover from the sun. We went there on Sunday afternoon and the playground didn't seem to be particularly busy which was really nice. One of the cons is that the playground doesn't have a bathroom. Also, during the time of our visit none of the nearby vendors was selling water (something to keep in mind). But there are restaurants nearby, so in case of emergency there is alway a place to go to.

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  • Great playground in the heart of Mexico City

    Reviewed 26 January 2017

    The playground is huge. It has swings and slides tailored to both bigger and smaller kids but my children liked the most a climbing wall. The playground is located in the heart of Polanco surrounded by numerous restaurants and places to grab a snack.

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  • Good fun for kids of all ages. Maybe even adults.

    Reviewed 17 January 2017

    You have to try to ignore the smell of sweat, which can range from faint to powerful depending on the time of day and heat, but your kids will thank you. For kids of all ages, there is the section for long rows of parallel trampolines, letting kids bounce down the length of the aisles and off the angled walls at the ends, plus a separate section for one kid at a time to try more advanced tricks. There is also the trampoline lane leading to the leap onto a massive air cushion, that younger and older kids will love. From there, it breaks into areas for older and younger kids. Cloud Kids is a section of padded slides, balls, and more for kids 7 and under. On the other end, there is the dodge ball court for playing the favorite childhood game with the added twist of trampolines - and a separate area for trampoline-assisted slam dunks. To top it off, there are the guided gymnastic activities for kids who sign up for classes. Cloud 10 also has birthday party options for kids and adults alike.

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  • Kids like amusement parks, but it rains a lot in Brussels. No problem, go to Plopsa Indoor!

    Reviewed 13 January 2017

    The rides are probably a bit too oriented to younger kids for your teens to be very interested, but younger kids will have a great time. Most of the rides are indoor, ranging from a small roller coaster to spinning swings to a giant slide, among others. Outdoors has a few good rides too, plus a large climbing structure that the kids loved. It's actually a good idea to go on a day with good weather to take advantage of the outdoor activities, plus the fact that the lines indoors will be shorter. Worth a try, rain or shine.

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  • Not quite Space Camp, but as close as you'll get in Belgium. Kids should have fun there.

    Reviewed 10 January 2017

    Kids under aged 4 might enjoy, but it's probably best for 5 and older. The museum is primarily done on a set tour time schedule, so don't go thinking you'll be able to move through at your own pace. Also, get the headphones for the guided tour (extra cost) for the kids too, or they may be bored in certain sections (or you end up like us awkwardly trying to share with the kids). Some parts of the tour might be dull for young kids early on where there is more talking and less moving, but it picks up as you move through the model of a space shuttle and other larger, more interesting exhibits. The best parts are the simulated moon walk (a highlight for the kids, being strapped into the spring-mounted device that allows them to take giant, bouncing steps across the floor while watching primitive virtual reality images of the moon. The video theater is also worth a visit and is educational about astronomy and space exploration. The museum is not really near anything else, so requires its own day trip from Brussels. If your kids are interested in space at all, it will be worth the trip.

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  • Because it doesn't ALWAYS rain in Brussels - try a visit to BLOSO.

    Reviewed 09 January 2017

    Along with De Nekkar, one of two great outdoor parks with playgrounds to visit with kids on a weekend day with nice weather not far from Brussels. We came here a few times and the kids always enjoyed to playgrounds. There are several, a few near the food court area allowing a variety of climbing, jumping, and sliding activity. Another stands on the sandy beach and partly in the small lake. This is a good spot for relaxing and for cooling off.

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  • Take your kids on a real submarine ride!

    Reviewed 05 January 2017

    It won't be the most amazing display of fish you've ever seen, but it's a fun enough ride if your kids aren't claustrophobic. There are a few surprises planted along the way, including some decorations added to a sunken boat and interesting inhabitants like a sea snake. The fish life was fun for the kids, even if not quite as spectacular as some of the dive sites near Kona. I wouldn't place this before visiting Volcano National Park or Mauna Kea, but it's a good thing to add to your itinerary with kids on the Big Island. Good restaurants nearby will make for a good lunch before or after the ride.

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  • If you're in London, you ride the Eye. Don't resist the cliche - embrace it!

    Reviewed 05 January 2017

    Is it one of the more obvious tourist attractions in London? Yes, of course it is. Should you ride it? Yes, of course you should! The Eye provides some of the best ''aerial'' views of London near Parliament, Big Ben, and the Thames River. Package tickets with other London attractions, like Madame Tussauds or the London Dungeon are available. There is always a roll of the dice with the London weather, so you will want to pay close attention to the weather forecasts for the best experience, but it's worth the risk. The pods are large with lots of room to move around and the kids had a good time taking and posing for photos. If you or your kids have serious fear of heights, then skip it. Otherwise, it's a must do.

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  • Lisbon's Oceanarium deserves its reputation - kids love it!

    Reviewed 05 January 2017

    You can't visit Lisbon with kids and not go to the aquarium. It definitely deserves its reputation as one of Europe's bets. Our kids loved the variety of marine life they could see here, from sharks to jellies to sea stars and more. We came on the Hop On Hop Off bus, which we do not recommend since it seems to run too irregularly, and ended up heading home by taxi. The aquarium, though, was worth the trip to this side of town and had everything you would want in such a place. The large, 5 million liter main tank has thousands of species and is one of the more impressive collections we've seen. It's about as close to taking the kids scuba diving with us as we'll get until they're a few years older. Rays, lion fish, sea horses --- it's all here.

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  • A worthwhile day trip when visiting northern Mallorca

    Reviewed 02 January 2017

    While staying in northern Mallorca, we tried to do a short day trip most afternoons, and found a visit to Pollenca to be quite rewarding. Not only was lunch in the charming market square enjoyable, but the climb up (and back down) the 365 steps afforded us fantastic views of the sea and the other nearby sites. The small church at the top is a nice bonus, but you're really looking for the view more than the architecture at the top. It might be a tougher climb on a hot summer day (we were there in spring), so be sure to bring hats and water.

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  • A long drive - but well worth it for the scenery

    Reviewed 02 January 2017

    The things about the lighthouse that make it worth a visit with kids have little to do with the lighthouse itself, which we found fairly unspectacular as lighthouses go. The drive out the peninsula and the sheer cliffs over the Mediterranean, however, are stunning and worth seeing. Kids should also enjoy seeing the many goats climbing all over the cliffs and the buildings. Ours loved this and climbing on the rocks, as well as taking a few photos. Be prepared for the long drive and the many bikes you may encounter along the way slowing down the traffic in the narrowest and windiest parts of the road. Also think about heading out in the morning so that the parking lot is not full when you arrive, requiring a longer wait for a spot.

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  • A great playground in North Arlington for young kids

    Reviewed 02 January 2017

    Lyon Village Park is a reasonable walk from addresses between Clarendon and Courthouse metro stations in North Arlington. It's meant for kids 5 and under, but might be OK for 6 or 7 year olds in a pinch. It's at its best on a hot summer day (as is typical in the Washington, DC, area) when the spray park is operating, giving kids a wet chance to cool off. There's enough shade for parents to get some relief from the heat too. The playground equipment is great for the 3-5 year old crowd, a bit too simple perhaps for older kids.

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  • Who knew that Westminster Abbey would be a fun place for kids?

    Reviewed 02 January 2017

    We never thought that this would be a place that would be so engaging for 6-year-olds. They tend to be troopers visiting churches and such places and even enjoy taking their own photos, but also often get bored before we're quite done seeing what we want to, as young kids will. Westminster Abbey is prepared for the chance of parents with bored kids and has created a special treasure hunt for the kids, finding different art works and depictions of animals and other images in the carvings. I think we counted hundreds of lions! After seeing the place quite thoroughly, they were rewarded in the gift shop with large Belgian chocolate coins wrapped in commemorative gold foil. As a bonus, the Abbey restaurant is well worth a visit. Consider timing your visit to coincide with lunchtime.

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  • Great spot for a family vacation

    Reviewed 02 January 2017

    The main attraction of the hotel is a large pool with shallow area for the youngest kids. Each day the hotel organized some sort of activities for children such as hula dance lessons, crafts, etc. The hotel rooms were specious and had a full kitchen so we could make our own meals without being dependent on hotel's restaurants. My only concern was depth of water on the beach: it was rapidly changing from shallow to deep very close to the shore. Although my daughter loved to play with waves I kept convincing her to stick to the pool.

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  • A nice place for a family stay on Maui

    Reviewed 02 January 2017

    The Hyatt is part of a long line of high-rise hotels along a very nice Maui beach. The two bedrooms and one of the most comfortable fold-out sofas I've seen make this an ideal accommodation for up to 6 people in a family. The kitchen is well appointed making it easy to prepare meals in the room when not eating in one of the resort restaurants or traveling around the island. The kids loved the pools in this and the neighboring Hyatt which shares facilities. They also loved the sunset ceremony lighting the torches around the grounds every evening. Overall, this was a good place to stay for exploring the island as well as just enjoying the beach and pools.

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  • If you didn't go to the Monkey Forest, you didn't really see Bali.

    Reviewed 31 December 2016

    The Monkey Forest near Ubud is one of the true must-do activities when visiting Bali - whether or not you are traveling with kids. With the children in tow, there's no excuse for missing it. The sanctuary is a great way to see old growth forest, old ruins, and scores of monkeys. Don't bring too much food you don't want the monkeys to try to steal and be prepared for a good deal of walking, but it will be worth the effort to visit. It's a great place for photographers, nature and animal lovers, and those interested in old Buddhist culture.

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  • The waterpark choice in Tenerife for parents with younger kids

    Reviewed 31 December 2016

    Along with Siam Park, this is one of the two main water parks on the southwest side of the island. The consensus seems to be that Siam Park is the place to go with teens and for adults, while Aqualand is where you go with kids in their early teens and under. There were many slides that could be intimidating for our 5-year-olds, but probably not thrilling enough for those above about 14. Still, parents of young kids will find plenty of slippery good times to make the visit fun for the whole family. A surprise for us was that the park's shop had very reasonable prices. We had wasted time hunting for things like rash guards, sunblock and goggles before going. No need - you can find these things there, and cheaper than in many stores around the island.

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  • Fun museum for little kids

    Reviewed 31 December 2016

    It's a fun museum but primarily for the younger kids (2-5). We took there our 7 y.o twins but after they explored the 1st floor (Exploration Zone) they started to feel a little bored. They briefly looked at the second floor pretend play areas and were basically done with the museum so we went back downstairs to do some arts & crafts at the art space. Younger kids would definitely have more fun there. And the great thing about the museum is that you can leave it (e.g. to have a lunch) and come back after without paying anything more.

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  • Relaxed family dining

    Reviewed 29 December 2016

    Every time we visit Santa Barbara we go to Padaro Beach Grill. We love the outdoor setting there and a relaxed atmosphere (nobody puffs or huffs that kids are running or behave a little louder). There is a sandy area where the youngest one can play while their parents enjoy a meal. The food is decent with a basic kids menu. It's a perfect place for a family lunch.

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  • Enjoyable family destination in Cyprus - especially for young kids

    Reviewed 28 December 2016

    This was our first real vacation other than visiting family with the kids, and it was a great choice. Cyprus is well worth a visit anyway, and this hotel offered excellent family accommodations for three adults and two almost-two-year-olds. The pools had enough to keep the kids entertained and active and the animations/entertainment for kids had them mesmerized. It was an odd introduction to Swedish children's pop culture, since the characters in the shows were mostly from Swedish cartoon ''Bamsa the Bear'' and also featured Coco the Clown and Raj-Raj, the latter speaking partly Swedish and partly English with routines performed to Scandinavian pop. The kids wouldn't let us miss a single Coco show. Nearby towns are worth a visit for a change of pace, and there is an excellent, large waterpark that the kids loved (and a smaller one a short walk from the hotel, although with freezing water).

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  • A nice gem I didn't know it exists

    Reviewed 25 December 2016

    I've learned about this museum from a family member who lives in Santa Barbara. She recommended it as a fun place to visit with my twins and she was right. The collection of the museum is really impressive. It has not only dolls and teddy bears but also figurines representing characters from different movies and books, as well as antique toys. It was fun to walk around the museum trying to identify various movie and book characters. At first, my son was a little bored but once he got to the gallery with space toys (featuring among others the Star Wars characters) we couldn't drag him out of there. The nice feature of the museum is an opportunity to ask questions about the collection directly to the Museum's owner - Susan Quinlan. She knows everything about the exhibits and happily accompanies visitors readily answering all of their questions and telling various interesting anecdotes.

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  • A Warsaw Christmas must-do

    Reviewed 10 December 2016

    If you're in Warsaw for Christmas, the two things you must see are the illumination in Old Town and along Nowy Swiat-- and the lights at Wilanow Palace. The light sculptures and the music and light show at Wilanow will enchant kids and parents alike. Be prepared for all the vendors peddling cheap toys and souvenirs to tempt your kids, but don't let them keep you away.

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  • Good activity for a rainy day

    Reviewed 09 December 2016

    It's a collection of big and small bouncy castles with slides, climbing walls, giant basketball play area, and more. Kids definitely had great time running around and bouncing. Jumping Joeys has separate area for little kids but still, it is a good idea to keep a close eye on them as older kids tend to run around rather uncontrollably.

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  • A fun kid-themed climbing gym that could use a tweak or two

    Reviewed 09 December 2016

    For the most part, this is a great place for kids who like to climb, or just want to try. There are only a few typical climbing walls familiar to climbing gym regulars (with the small, rough, rock-like holds). Most of the walls are brightly-painted with imaginative themes, from King Kong on the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower to story book scenes. The paint is one of the downsides, as it is glossy and slippery, particularly when the climber sweats a little (this could be most problematic on a hot day). The hand and foot holds are mostly large, helping the kids (and adult climbers) hold on, but a rougher surface on top of the holds would be a good idea. They have a very clever (spring-loaded?) belaying system installed that eliminates the need for an active belay (with a person controlling the rope to catch the climber) and assures a safe and slow descent in case of a fall. Parents still need to keep a close eye on kids just to be certain that they are properly secured. They might even want to climb alongside their kids and help them find hand and foot holds or just offer encouragement. My only other criticism, and as a longtime climber I think it's an important one, is that the harnesses need to be sized to fit the climber. One size fits all is not a good way to go with climbing safety equipment. Manufacturers make kid-sized harnesses for a reason and it's surprising that a place intended primarily for kids doesn't provide a variety of sizes like other climbing gyms do. My son's gear was up in his face no matter how tightly we adjusted the harness. He wasn't going to fall out, but he could easily have been bruised or scratched by getting hit in the face or forehead by the carabiner or other metal parts.

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  • My son had a great time, and so did I!

    Reviewed 09 December 2016

    My son loves climbing, but has so far had only limited exposure to the sport using the full array of technical equipment. As a long-time climber myself, I'm having a great time introducing him to the finer points of the sport, and as a father I'm happy to have good chances to instill a sense of how to climb safely. Earth Treks offers good equipment in a large facility with a lot of climbing options. Although my son is a bit uneasy with heights, his ability to focus on the challenges of the routes had him reaching new heights and coming down very (justifiably) proud of himself. You don't need to have decades of experience to bring your kids here, since they also offer lessons for kids and adults alike. The climbing routes include a few labeled as introductory routes, and go up to moderately difficult and extremely difficult (for those for whom U.S. climbing ratings make sense: there are a handful of climbs rated 5.5 to 5.7 that are within the ability of beginners, and super hard 5.12+). The rental gear and rates are fine for those wanting to try it out, and the shoes and harnesses are appropriately sized for the climber (some places absurdly put kids in adult harnesses). If you're going to go back often, you'll want to invest in the gear.

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  • Famous for red rocks and beams of light - fun for kids too!

    Reviewed 09 December 2016

    While Lower Antelope Canyon is perhaps the more pleasant of the two similarly named canyons near Page, Arizona, the famous narrow beams of light shining from above through the narrow slot canyon's red rock walls make this a must-do for visitors to the Lake Powell area. If your kids like to take pictures, this will be fun for them too. Unlike Lower Antelope Canyon, you will enter and exit through the same end of the canyon, meaning that visitors are pressing both directions at once, creating a number of traffic jams at tight spots and making it quite difficult to take photos without people in them. Other than those looking up, that is. To catch the mentioned light beams, it's important to come at one of the peak times (about an hour or so before and after noon when we were there in August). It's probably a good idea to avoid weekends to cut down on crowds. Approaching the canyon requires a ride from the tour operator to and from in a large bus or jeeps. Like all slot canyons on the Navajo Reservation near Page, you will need to hire a tour guide. Also, like many highlights of the Navajo Reservation, you will need a photo permit for commercial photography - or even just to legally post your photos on the internet/social media. Arrange both well in advance. Kids should enjoy the ride to and from the canyon through the dry river bed, and the hike in the canyon is short and easy. Bring plenty of sunblock and water, wear a hat, and give the kids their own cameras, and your trip could be as fun as ours was!rn

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  • Stunning example of nature's beauty - and an easy hike for kids

    Reviewed 08 December 2016

    Lower Antelope Canyon is a dream come true for photographers and nature lovers with an appreciation for deserts, red rock, and slot canyons. Located just outside Page, Arizona, it also offers easy access to Lake Powell to cool off from the desert heat before or after the hike. Like Upper Antelope Canyon (and the other nearby slot canyons), it is necessary to book a tour from one of the operators licensed by the Navajo Reservation. This requires a bit of planning in advance, as tours can book up months in advance during the peak summer season. If you wish to sell photos or to publish photos online (even for non-commercial use), the Navajo Reservation also requires you to get a license from their local office (which can also be done in advance through the internet). Once you're there, you will likely encounter a bit of a wait to enter the canyon, even with reservations for a specific time, so bring sunblock, a hat, and plenty of water. The entrance requires going down a steep set of metal stairs, which might make those with a fear of heights a bit squeamish. Once in, however, it is an easy walk on the sandy bottom through the often quite narrow canyon. The guides space out the groups enough that it's not difficult to get photos with other people in them even on a weekend in the middle of the summer. Our kids enjoy taking photos with their own cameras, so there was very little complaining about the heat. Everyone had a good time and the canyon is short enough that it is not a strenuous hike even for 5 or 6 year old kids. Highly recommended! NOTE: Watch weather forecasts - due to the risk of flash floods, tour operators will not allow visitors to enter the canyon when it will rain.

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  • Great climbing gym for adults - and their kids

    Reviewed 08 December 2016

    After promising my son for some time that I'd take him climbing with ropes and harnesses, I finally made the trip over to Stone Age with him. I had hoped to sign him up for lessons with the center's instructors, but the wait lists were quite long. It might be possible to get higher up if you find out when they sign kids up for the new year, but luckily they do not require instructions if the adult knows how to climb and belay. rnrnMy son had a great time climbing, and I was only required to pay for him to climb if I was only there to accompany him and belay (that means controlling the safety ropes). There were enough routes within the ability of a relative beginner for him to feel challenged without being overwhelmed. Ideally, I felt I should have gone with friends to get a chance to climb too (to demonstrate technique for my son, as well as to have a little work out of my own).

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  • Fun for the kids and the grown-ups

    Reviewed 08 December 2016

    With a nice park and playground close by, the rail road is a pleasant way to spend a few hours. Everyone should be able to enjoy the ride on the small train, particularly any train enthusiasts in the family. Pay attention to the season start and end dates, though. We showed up a week late the first time we tried to visit and had to wait until the following summer! Once we'd finally experienced the ride, we thought it had been worth the wait. On a nice day, the park is also pleasant for a walk and has a decent playground for small kids.

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  • The older the kids the more fun

    Reviewed 05 December 2016

    The museum has great interactive exhibits which are fun for the little kids (they can touch things, make them move, swing or turn) and very educational for the older ones. Families can work together making certain experiments as a team, which makes a trip to the museum a nice bonding experience.

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  • Had good time even with toddlers

    Reviewed 30 November 2016

    The place is really unique. We went there on a very hot day but we still enjoyed watching live performances, people making crafts and colorful historical costumes. Our kids were toddlers at the time so we couldn't do much with them and didn't take advantage of all the fun activities offered to the older kids (such as archery shooting), but instead went for a nice walk around the Park and enjoyed good food in the restaurant. Tip: the entrance to the Park is very reasonable unless you use one of a guided tours which can charge a lot of money. So, if you have a car - go there on your own. You don't need to know Ukrainian to get around there.

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  • Fine if there is nothing better to do

    Reviewed 28 November 2016

    We went invited to the birthday party there so I cannot write much about the food. Although, the chicken wings were ok and I noticed that the restaurant had a bar with fresh veggies. Overall kids had a good time playing various arcade games but the prizes were really disappointing. We were in a similar arcade place in Arizona and the choices there were much, much better.

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  • Good family activity

    Reviewed 27 November 2016

    We visited this place today and we loved it (my husband climbed as well). Our kids had so much fun climbing on various walls which are really beautiful and require different climbing strategies. The great thing about this place is that upon arrival, in a training zone, kids learn how to hook themselves up to the ropes and they can independently switch from a wall to wall. It's an excellent physical activity for the entire family. During the weekends I would recommend visiting ClimbZone in the morning as it gets more crowded as the time goes by.

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  • Short ride but small kids will like it

    Reviewed 26 November 2016

    The ride is very short but it's cute, especially for the little kids (mine were toddlers at the time). I wouldn't make special arrangements just to do the ride, but if you are in the neighborhood on either side of the Fenicular - it's worth doing it.

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  • Cute park with some nice shade

    Reviewed 20 November 2016

    It's a nice park but mostly for the little kids. I would say 2-5 y.o. My 1st graders found ithe park a little boring after a short period of time. The cool thing about this park is a sprayground which operates during a summer.

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  • Fine but not sure worth the money

    Reviewed 20 November 2016

    Not as impressive inside as it is outside. The view is nice and the ride on illuminated escalator is pretty cool but there is not much more there to do especially for the little kids. It's not a cheap activity so if you have little kids in tow it makes more sense to take them to the nearby Little Europe.

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  • Younger kids will love this playground. Parents will love the view.

    Reviewed 20 November 2016

    The playground is right on Cabrillo Blvd - the main beachfront road in Santa Barbara. The location isn't the only good thing about this park, though. Kids love the soft surface and the shipwreck theme of the playground structures. It is conveniently close to the carousel, Stearn's Wharf and East Beach - among many other attractions. A must for pre-teens in Santa Barbara.

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  • One of our favorite places to visit

    Reviewed 19 November 2016

    I found out about this place from my Ukrainian friend. Initially, I was a little skeptical whether it would be an interesting place for the little kids, but boy I was wrong. My kids loved it. It's an open-air museum so kids could run, and run, and run a little more. They enjoyed visiting the old village houses, asked questions about various old-fashioned tools (I have to admit I didn't know what some of them were exactly for :), listened to the musician performing live music, and observed craftsmen at work. On a few occasions we were lucky to visit the museum when they were hosting fork art festivals, had pony rides, interesting performances, and stands with traditional Ukrainian food. Also, around the Easter time they had exhibit of enormous eggs that looked like hand-painted traditional Ukrainian ''pysankas''. They were beautiful! Every visit to Pirohovo museum meant a great family day for us.

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  • Our family loved this as our Lanzarote base - but the pools are COLD!

    Reviewed 18 November 2016

    We enjoyed our time at this hotel with friends. Our kids loved playing together in and around the grounds - and the children's entertainment (animations) that went with it. The pools, however, are not heated and were rather cold even in the summer. The one heated pool is indoors and is accessible only when you pay a premium and the hours for family use are somewhat limited. This is one thing the hotel absolutely must change. rnrnThe half board option worked well for us, and the kids always found plenty they were willing to eat (besides the plentiful desserts). A nice perk was the on-site car rental, which we took advantage of for day trips around the island - a must for any visitor. You can't go to Lanzarote and not visit the cactus park and the caves up north.

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  • Decent neighborhood playground. No more, no less.

    Reviewed 18 November 2016

    It's a simple playground, which is sometimes all your kids need. If you live (or are staying) somewhere between Rosslyn and the Courthouse in Arlington, VA, and your kids (aged 3-10) need a place to blow off some steam, this hidden playground behind Fire Station 10 is not a bad option. It's close to the CVS, Target, and Safeway, so can be combined with a shopping trip - or with dinner out at one of the many nearby restaurants.

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  • OK for very young kids as introduction to dance. Older kids can do better.

    Reviewed 18 November 2016

    This dance school provided a nice introduction to dance for our young children for a couple years. It's a very basic introduction, though, so if you're hoping your child will be a future dance star, you might look elsewhere. This is just for the kids to have a bit of fun with an introduction to the concept of dance. Despite the course professing to teach jazz and tap, they really learned neither, and recitals (always expected to be weak mostly due to the young age of our kids) were a mix of uninspired ''choreography'' set to poor music choices. That said, our kids enjoyed it during the first year or so. Not a bad start for very young kids, but from what we saw at recitals, it doesn't improve as the kids get older. Use this as a stepping stone to other dance classes.

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  • Atomium - not such a thrill

    Reviewed 14 November 2016

    This was a bit of a disappointment. The lines are long to get to the top of the Atomium. I frankly did not think there was much to visit other than going to the top to see the view. There is restaurant at the bottom and a gift shop. My daughter who is five was not very interested in anything there except getting to the top. I would recommend this for older kids or, get their early, get to the top and then move on to other sites.

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  • Great park!

    Reviewed 14 November 2016

    Great park for bigger and smaller kids. There is a rope-climbing area with slides, big and small, along with swings for bigger kids, in addition to a small play area for toddlers. Both my kids, ages 2 and 5, can spend about an hour to 1.5 hours here and have lots of fun.

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  • Great Park - be prepared to walk!

    Reviewed 14 November 2016

    Paira Daiza is a nice animal park - the grounds are lovely, the animals are diverse and it is a pleasant way to pass the day. They have the park divided into themes - the elephants are in an area that looks like you are walking by a temple in India or South Asia; the big cats, giraffes, and zebras are in an area that looks like a stereotypical village in Africa; and the pandas are in an area that looks like a mini-forbidden city. If there is any criticism it's that they walk a fine line with stereotyping a certain idea of an exotic country or region. The park is large so be prepared to walk quite a bit between animal areas. I've been there twice when my daughter was three and four years old and she complained and complained about all the walking. The aquarium is great and the hippo enclosure was a highlight. I rarely see hippos in the water at a zoo but here, you can walk into small area with a window underneath the waterline of a mini-lake and see the hippos under water . It was fantastic. There are bird shows and feeding times in addition to a large, large playground with sand. Typical overpriced food. Generally a pleasant way to pass a half or full day with the kids.

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  • Quite impressive

    Reviewed 14 November 2016

    It's a very interesting museum. The older a child the more he/she will learn and take advantage of the interactive displays. My 6 y.o. kids really enjoyed the dinosaur gallery with a T-Rex and other species, and they liked a lot the gallery of evolution (which has a lot of hands-on exhibits), the insect hall and various shells. The food in cafeteria wasn't great but good enough to get a warm snack and something to drink.

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  • A nice tulip festival

    Reviewed 14 November 2016

    We loved blooming tulips and other flowers in Floralia during the Spring Flower Exhibition. The garden is not as big as in the famous Keukenhof garden in the Netherlands but it's still beautiful with it's narrow bridge, charming paths and the castle. When we went there they had a special Venetian parade with people dressed up in beautiful Venetian costumes and masks. Kids really loved it. They also had for the children a mini-rope course and a playground to play on. Definitely worth visiting if you happen to be in Belgium in April.

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  • Beautiful experience

    Reviewed 13 November 2016

    It's a unique experience to see so many bluebells in one place. It makes you feel as if you entered an enchanted forest. Since there is not much parking space there, it's better to visit Hallerbos during the week if possible. I don't recall any bathroom facility there - something to consider before planning a trip with the little ones ;)

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  • If you like the Air & Space Museum in DC, you'll love the Udvar-Hazy location

    Reviewed 10 November 2016

    The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in DC has long been one of the favorite museums for kids going to the nation's capital. The Udvar-Hazy location of the museum raises the bar - a lot. The kids loved it, and we were right there with them. The huge exhibit space offers a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (cool even if you're not an X-Men fan) and the Discovery space shuttle. Even without the dozens and dozens of other planes, this would have been a worthwhile visit. rnrnBesides all the planes, space vehicles, and other aerospace items, there are also flight simulator rides and fun photo opportunities to appear as though you and your family are in space suits in space or before the space shuttle. rnrnIt's definitely a place you need to drive to unless you have an appetite for a long commute on public transportation. The parking fee is well worth the price of admission.

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  • A classic for adults - but fun for kids too

    Reviewed 10 November 2016

    Visiting Madame Tussauds wax museum while in London seems almost a cliche. Yet, we thought the kids would enjoy it and they did. They showed little interest in the first sections with famous celebrities that appealed to the adults. But they started to enjoy seeing the royals, some rock and pop stars, and U.S. and international political figures. Once we got into Star Wars and superhero territory, their interest shot way up. In the end, they had a great time. rnrnA word of warning: if your kids are young and/or sensitive, skip the torture/dungeon section. There is a staircase that bypasses this exhibit and its graphic images.

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  • "The Croods Museum" - a highlight of our Duesseldorf visit

    Reviewed 08 November 2016

    If you are visiting Duesseldorf with kids, you owe it to yourself to make the trip out to the Neander Valley (Neander Thal), where Neanderthal remains were first discovered in caves. We'd recently watched the animated film ''The Croods'' so told the kids we were going to the ''Croods' Museum'' and the name has stuck. The museum includes many interactive components for kids, including the ability to make their own shell necklaces (after boring holes in the shells themselves), crack nuts with rocks, and try their hands at an archaeological dig. Even without this, the excellent displays of bones, tools, and models of various prehistoric humans fascinated our kids. For those with older kids with a bit more patience, doing one of the outdoor tours to the caves would likely be worthwhile and we hope to do this if we're ever back in the area.

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  • Rainy Brussels knows how to do indoors fun

    Reviewed 08 November 2016

    When you're as famous as Brussels for cold, rainy days, you learn to put almost all types of attractions indoors with heat. So of course Brussels has a great indoor water park. Aqualibi offers a large variety of pools and water slides, ranging from those for small kids to high, speedy rides for older kids and adults. There is also plenty of pool space and a lazy river, so neither kids nor parents should get bored, whether there for a few hours or the whole day. Some rides can get a bit crowded on popular days, so it's good to go early or on off days.

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  • One of the kids' favorites

    Reviewed 08 November 2016

    If you're running, walking, or biking along the ''Old Railway'' track (leading from near Stockel toward Parc Malou, Parc du Source, and Parc de Woluwe) as so many do, while passing by the Stade Fallon sports complex, you could easily overlook the small playground behind one of the buildings near the sports fields. Your kids might regret it if you do, since this was one of our kids' favorites. They'd ride over and back along the tree-covered trail (the Old Railway) and spend as long as we'd let them on the enjoyable, multi-faceted jungle gym. There are a few parts that have potential falls that parents might want to supervise closely with young kids, but our kids quickly got the hang of all parts. A nice diversion when the weather cooperates.

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  • Kids had a good time, but the pumpkin patch was a bit of a let down

    Reviewed 08 November 2016

    The kids had a good time when we visited in October with their friend, particularly going on the hay ride and visiting the small petting zoo (a number of goats, chickens, and a lama). There was a picnic area where you can eat what you've brought along or something bought there. The store has a nice selection of jams, nut butters, fresh apples and vegetables, and more. We were a bit disappointed in the pumpkin patch at the end of the hay ride. Rather than a true pumpkin patch with pumpkins growing on the vine, it was a grassy field with a large number of pumpkins left in it. You could still find a nice pumpkin to take home to carve and make into soup, pie, or whatever you prefer, but we'd been with the kids to a farm with pumpkins on the vine and had all enjoyed that authentic experience much more. Still, the kids had a good time in the fresh air and we did take home a few pumpkins and squashes. We heard the apple picking is good there, but were too late in the season to try. There is a nearby winery parents might be tempted to visit with a pleasant ambiance (but keep your expectations low). They had baby piglets that the kids enjoyed seeing.

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  • Worth a ride when visiting the aquarium

    Reviewed 08 November 2016

    If you are visiting Lisbon with kids, you must take them to the aquarium - one of the best we've visited. And if you're there on a day with good weather, then you have to take this ride to get this view of the Lisbon waterfront from up high. While it's not as spectacular as it might be if it were in the historic district, it's still a fun experience for the kids. As a bonus, it passes over a long row of restaurants that you can visit before or after the ride.

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  • Small, but worth a visit if you're in Santa Barbara with kids

    Reviewed 08 November 2016

    Any visit to Santa Barbara must include Stearn's Wharf, and any visitor to the wharf with kids should take the time to visit the Sea Center. It's a small aquarium and museum that actually has a number of rays and sharks you can touch, a fishing bucket to try your luck catching something in the water below, and a number of exhibits. The visit will not take long, so will still allow plenty of time for an ice cream - or for those with more of an appetite, lunch at one of the several restaurants on the wharf. Stearn's Wharf also offers one end of the water taxi ride on ''Little Toot'' a small tugboat aimed at kids and named after the famous story. The boat will carry riders over to the Fisherman's Wharf and marina on a one-way or round-trip voyage of about 10 minutes (passing by a buoy that almost always had sea lions resting on it). For trivia buffs, Stearn's Wharf was featured heavily in the 1966 Batman Movie.

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  • A DC area favorite for climbers and kayakers - also great for families

    Reviewed 08 November 2016

    I first visited Great Falls 30 years ago on a climbing trip and just brought my kids there for the first time this past weekend. While I didn't have them dangling from cliffs, they still thought the visit was a great adventure as they took photos of the falls, fall colors, and squirrels - not to mention scrambling over rocks, hiding in a hollow tree, climbing on an old lock of the Potomac Canal, and enjoying a nice morning hike outdoors. As an added bonus, a park volunteer let them meet and pet a tame, albino corn snake in the visitors' center. rnrnAs a National Park, your annual park pass will grant you access to Great Falls without the $10 per car parking fee. Even if you have to pay, it's well worth the price. There are three main overlooks along the river trail (at the tops of cliffs about 50-60 feet tall) from which to view and photograph the falls. You can also watch daring people in kayaks descend the falls or just practice paddling in strong current at the base of them. A short hike down river from overlook three brings you to the most popular climbing cliffs on the Virginia side (much better than those across the river at Great Falls Maryland and Carderock, in my experience). Even if you and your family might not be up for a climb, the kids might get a thrill to see the people on the sheer rock faces (this is serious technical climbing - the narrow, rocky shore below and dangerous currents make this a bad place for inexperienced climbers without an instructor and those without gear).rnrnBring a picnic lunch to make a day of it. And get there early on nice weekends - on our recent trip, the park stopped admitting visitors after we got there due to an over-full parking lot.

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  • The most iconic thing you've never heard of about Brussels - makes it a must see, but maybe just from outside.

    Reviewed 08 November 2016

    When I thought of Brussels before living there, my common associations were the mannequin pis statue, the Grande Place square, the EU quarter, and of course mussels, waffles, frites, chocolate and beer. I moved there to discover that there are images and replicas of the Atomium everywhere. (How did I not remember this from my several previous visits?) The ubiquitous nature of the image and its status as a symbol of Brussels makes a visit somewhat obligatory. The good thing is that there are interesting and worthwhile attractions close by, so you won't be making the trek out to this neighborhood just to see this large oddity. We found it curious to visit inside and the kids did seem to have a good time checking out the few exhibits and moving through the arms that connect the giant spheres. The view of Brussels from the top is pretty good, although not necessarily better than those you could have from around the Sablon in town. There are apparently programs for kids and students, which might be more interesting than just a visit to see the Atomium itself. While there, be sure to check out Mini Europe next door, with its miniature replicas of famous sites and architecture from around the European Union; the Oceade water park; and Park de Laeken.

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  • Good but could be better

    Reviewed 07 November 2016

    I signed up my kids at the Castle Club for the swimming lessons. My kids liked that the pool had warmer water, it wasn't too deep, the groups were small (no more than 4 or 5 students), and the teachers spoke English. We were a little surprised though with the learning style of the instructors. They never got into water with the kids! They were giving ''dry'' instructions to the kids outside of the pool and then the kids were supposed to implement everything in a water. I found it a little weird as I wasn't quite sure my kids were doing everything the way they were supposed to do. Now I regret I never questioned it, but at the time I thought it is the ''Belgian'' way to teach swimming.

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  • Worthwhile

    Reviewed 06 November 2016

    This place feels like visiting my great-grandmother's attic. The toys are old-fashioned and most are behind glass and cannot be touched, but there are toys to interact with as well. This sounds like it would be boring, but actually my kids really enjoyed exploring this place. It is three or four levels. They put on puppet shows every so often . The museum is free one day a month. We stayed longer than I expected! It is definitely a way to entertain the kids for a few hours and they will learn a little history as well!

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  • Closing Soon!

    Reviewed 06 November 2016

    Apparently, Oceade is closing its doors soon, so get there in the next month or so! My kids have the best memories of this place. They love the wave pool and the slides. The hot tubs are warm, but not too hot for the kids to go in. The locker rooms are decent and the price for kids who are under 120 cm is pretty great (maybe free?). It is steps from the tram and lots of parking available.

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  • Excellent for a day trip

    Reviewed 02 November 2016

    Great way to spend a day closer to the nature. The whole tour is organized really well although when we went there during a summer weekend it was really crowded so people literally were bumping into each other, which was a little annoying and tiring. It's probably a better experience to go there during a week day. But still, we had fun and enjoyed the view, a few small rapids (kids especially loved those), and we found a nice spot on a way where we could enjoy a snack.

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  • Nice playground

    Reviewed 02 November 2016

    It is a fun playground with interesting things to climb on. It covered under the trees so it's pleasant to visit when It's really hot and sunny. I don't recall whether the place has a bathroom nearby, which might be an issue for some parents.

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  • Great experience

    Reviewed 02 November 2016

    We loved the museum and how interactive it is. It's definitely a place which both adults and kids can enjoy. You should set aside at least 2-3 hours to see it. Keep in mind that the museum stop selling tickets and closes its doors for the new visitors at 3:30 PM!

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  • Great for weekend outings

    Reviewed 02 November 2016

    Interesting way to spend some time outdoors. Depending on a season, my kids enjoyed picking strawberries, pumpkins, kale and other fruits and vegetables. Bonus: all fruits and vegetables are organic and you pay only for what you've picked up (the prices are pretty good too).

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  • Kids loved the prizes

    Reviewed 30 October 2016

    We visited Freedom Station in the middle of the week (in the Summer) and it was quite empty. Kids loved the video games where they could win the tickets which, at the end of our stay, they turned into prizes. We also enjoyed playing a mini golf and the kids had fun with it. The restaurant offers typical fast food but I wouldn't expect much from a place like that.

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  • Surprisingly interesting

    Reviewed 29 October 2016

    I didn't know if my kids will like it but the museum turned out to be really engaging. A lot of space, beautiful displays - we had a good time.

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  • Good family time

    Reviewed 27 October 2016

    Our kids loved the experience and had a good time walking around and exploring the salt mine. The tour guide was very kid-friendly and engaged all the participating kids in various activities along the tour (so they even didn't realize how long was the walk).

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  • Fun for kids and adults alike - and it's getting better over time

    Reviewed 19 October 2016

    This museum has enough to offer to keep kids 6 and older busy and interested. Older kids might enjoy more the activity of selecting and maintaining a cover while going through the museum, while the younger ones can look for the displays and activities featured on the scavenger hunt sheet. Ours enjoyed a lot of the displays, especially the ingenious spying devices, but even more so the interactive parts, like sneaking through the air ducts (and spying on their aunt down below). Although our kids are too young to get the extensive James Bond references in the museum's 007 section (much expanded since my last visit years ago), this was still one of their favorite parts due to the activities there: defuse a bomb, hang from rising bar, etc. And the shark tank was great fun for them. I used to think of it as a slightly modernized version of a Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie Museum, but the Spy Museum is way more than that now. Worth a visit, even though it costs a bit. We found discounted tickets on Groupon, so give that a try.

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  • Looking for English-language dance classes in Brussels? Here's a good one.

    Reviewed 19 October 2016

    Our daughter started out with a tap class that got her interested in dance, but eager for something better. When we found this ballet class, we knew we had that something better. She participated in these classes for about two years before we moved and the improvement was noticeable - both in her abilities and her appreciation for dance. The end of year performances included groups from the youngest to the teenagers, which could be horrible if you aren't into watching other people's kids dance in a recital. But the program's teachers know how to give the kids appropriate choreography and music for their ages and it ended up being entertaining even when our daughter's group wasn't up. The groups clearly keep learning as they get older and more advanced, so you can be comfortable keeping your children in this school year after year. We highly recommend this dance school for your kids.

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  • A must activity for any visitor to Krakow - and one the kids will love

    Reviewed 19 October 2016

    Along with Wawel Castle, Wieliczka is one of the must-visit places to see during a trip to Krakow. It's an easy drive, train ride, or bus trip from Krakow and worth the effort. There are multiple tour choices depending on how long you want to be underground, and how much effort you want to put forth. The basic tour is probably enough for most people and has improved immensely over the years. I have done this tour twice about 15 years apart and was quite impressed by the upgrades. So even if you've seen the mines before, a return visit will be enjoyable. We brought our five-year-olds on the last visit and they had a great time, walking with the tour guide, who paid special attention to the children on the tour. (Tours are available in a few languages.) They had a great time helping to lead the group, looking for the dragon and dwarves, and other activities - including licking the salt walls and taking souvenir salt crystals. The mine's many caverns and corridors allow imaginations to run wild. Our kids still talk about it as a special and memorable trip.rn

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  • Great Museum!

    Reviewed 05 October 2016

    It was a very interesting experience. Visiting the Museum you 'travel' not only in time but trough many countries and cultures. I highly recommend like a great family activity.

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  • A fun place for the kids, but perhaps a bit hard to keep track of them

    Reviewed 01 October 2016

    Good for play dates on a rainy day in Brussels (not exactly a rare thing) or as a reward after dragging your kids to the nearby Ikea and other stores. It's probably best for kids above 5 or 6, since a key feature is its size and variety of elements. It can be a bit hard to keep track of multiple kids, who can easily disappear into one of the many rooms for imaginative play (bakery, kitchen, and many others), soft-play areas (including one dark one that might scare small ones), the small boats, giant bouncy castles, and more. Ours loved going here, but we decided that for birthday parties we preferred a place where it's easier to keep track of a large group.rnrnFor parents, there is a place to have coffee or beer with a snack - or even go bowling. For older kids, bowling or laser tag would be the main attractions.rn

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  • Not just a great museum to visit with kids, but also good restaurant with fantastic view!

    Reviewed 01 October 2016

    The musical instrument displays are a great attraction for kids (when I was there they had a special exhibit on the 150th anniversary of the invention of the Saxophone, which originated in Belgium). Going on the free Wednesdays once a month is a great idea for the budget-minded, but it's still interesting enough on other days.rnrnOne free feature is to go in for the restaurant on the top floor, which offers a very good lunch with amazing views of Brussels. This is reason enough to go for many even if you're not there for the exhibits, but anyone with a love of music or a desire to introduce their kids to the wide variety of instruments people use to make music owes it to themselves and their kids to go at least once.

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  • I was nicely surprised how my kids loved it

    Reviewed 26 September 2016

    I have to admit that I was a little afraid that my 6 years old kids might find the American Indian Museum boring but I had no idea how many fun staff the museum offers for kids! My twins enjoyed the ImagiNation Activity Center learning about Indian inventions and collecting stamps (it was an absolute hit), they followed with interests various exhibits on the 4th floor learning about various indian tribes (they were especially ''glued'' to the animated stories talking about various Indian legends and myths) and had a lot of fun participating in crafts activities organized on the ground floor of the Museum. Overall a great experience for the entire family.

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  • Classic carousel an essential part of most Santa Barbara waterfront activities with kids

    Reviewed 16 September 2016

    When visiting the Santa Barbara waterfront with kids there are a number of must-do activities, among them: Stearns Wharf, Shipwreck Playground, East Beach, renting a bike surrey, and more. A ride on the century-old carousel is like the icing on the top of any combination of the above. This is not one of the modern carousels with a variety of fantastic beasts to ride, but it is a classic with horses with a variety of neat touches, like the one with the lion-skin saddle. At $2.50 per ride, it's a a cheap and easy way to delight kids of all ages.

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  • A good alternative for kids' birthday parties - or just a typical rainy day in Brussels

    Reviewed 16 September 2016

    Our kids attended a few birthday parties here, as well as a few random rainy afternoons. We generally preferred a few other similar places, like Planet Kids, but this was a good choice for variety without having to go too far away. The snack bar is rather basic and the play area doesn't offer quite as much as some of the other sites, but it keeps the kids occupied and is good for birthdays for 6-years-old and under.

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  • Great for kids! Beautiful, fascinating, and friendly.

    Reviewed 05 September 2016

    Machu PIcchu and the Sacred Valley are fantastic for families. Steeped in history, the ruins allow kids to be outside and to run and play while learning about the Incan Empire. We went with kids between the ages of 4 and 10 and spent four delightful days exploring the region.The food is delicious, the people are friendly, and we all had a wonderful time.

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  • Great way to spend a day in Palma

    Reviewed 05 September 2016

    The aquarium in Palma compares nicely with some of Europe's best. It was a nice way to spend a rainy day on the island, but would be worth a visit even with the sun out. The kids particularly enjoyed the sharks and jellies.

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  • Nice way to beat the DC area heat

    Reviewed 05 September 2016

    On a hot, humid day in Northern Virginia, a pool can be a necessity. Add a couple decent water slides and a kids' water play area, and you have a must-visit site. There's a main pool for families, a smaller 'baby pool' for kids 7 and under, and a lap pool for adults. When you're done with the pool, enjoy a round of mini-golf on the same site. Kids and parents had a great time.

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  • Worth it for the Royal Park even if you don't catch a show

    Reviewed 05 September 2016

    Even with the kids being a bit too young to want to take in the formal shows, we had a good time wandering around the Royal Park, getting face painting for the kids, and seeing the outdoor performers. It might be even better for older kids who want to take in the shows, but it was still a nice few hours.

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  • Ideal for a Sunday Outing

    Reviewed 29 August 2016

    The Museum may not be designed specifically for kids, but there are a few areas that will be attractive for children. By far, the coolest place for the kids is the Aircraft hall. I would honestly go as far to say that this is one of the most impressive collections that I have seen outside of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The World War I aircraft collection is particularly noteworthy, but probably less interesting for the kids. The jets, on the other hand, are bound to appeal to them. The main hall and the collections of uniforms and armor will probably give most people a yawn after the third of fourth case, but the WWII exhibit has a little more context and the diorama set-ups appealed much more to the kids. The World War I tanks exhibit was particularly impressive to me and the boys. I'd never seen a WWI tank up close like that before. Parts of the Museum could use a little bit of a facelift in some areas, but it seems that they are in the process of a systematic overhaul. The cafeteria is not particularly impressive (and has weird hours), but does the trick if you are in need of a bite to eat. Nevertheless, it is a great place to visit in combination with a stroll in the park afterwards. Perfect for a rainy day, too.

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  • One of the best things I did for my kids

    Reviewed 24 August 2016

    My kids participated in the Primary Program and absolutely adored it. I wish I could sign them up earlier (I tried but there was no space available on the days I could bring them to the Gym). I loved the friendliness of the instructors (they applauded each child and their achievement with a high five) and the non-competitive philosophy of the gym (children were overcoming their physical challenges at their own pace without competing with each other). At the end of the school year, all children received medals and the head instructor complemented every child on their accomplishments (it was really great for building esteem of the children). Also, towards the end of the school year, parents were asked to participate in one of the classes during which we exercised together and measured our kids' progress in various activities. I also liked that parents could observe all the classes through a large glass wall while drinking a complementary tea and coffee :) We also organized at the Little Gym Wozembeek our kids birthday party and it was an absolute hit. We only had to arrange the cake and everything else was taken care of. A team of 3 instructors (for a group of 12 kids) did an amazing job organizing games, pouring drinks (100% juice or water), cutting/serving cakes and cleaning afterwards. It was the most stress-free birthday party for me and my husband. We could socialize with other parents while the kids had a blast. Important tip: If you want to sign up your kid or arrange for a birthday party do it way in advance. The place is very popular and the priority for singing-up are given to the existing members . Birthday parties are organized only on Sundays (two time slots /one birthday at a time ) so you can imagine how quickly the slots disappear.

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  • Virginia Living Museum-good fun, a bit pricey!

    Reviewed 22 August 2016

    Visited the Virginia Living Museum on a Blazing hot Suday in August. Looking for something fun for our 5 and 1 1/2 year olds. VLM was having a dinasaurs exhibit which looked fun. I grew up in Newport News, and the VLM has been entertaining kids with hands on nature activities for years. The even though it is pretty small, the facilities have greatly improved since I was a kid, and the price reflects it! I paid 63 dollars for entry and a planetarium show for my wife, daughter and I (kids up to 3 are free). The dinosaur exhibit was small, but a lot of fun, and my daughter was beside herself! They were animatronic, and no one stopped her from petting them. She was in heaven. And the Growling TRex was realistic enough to send my 1 year old into fits! So price aside, it was a blast. We also saw a small live animal show where my daughter got up close and personal with a skeech owl, and she got to pet a snake as well. And the planetarium was fun too. The outside nature paths are great too, but better explored in the fall! VA in the summer can be brutal. Overall, worth it for the interactive educational fun and the air-conditioning!

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  • A tour for everyone

    Reviewed 19 August 2016

    Monument Valley was on our 3rd day of activities scheduled for the Arizona trip and the kids were tired so we were a little concerned. It turned out though that you can take the Loop Drive and see all the rock formations effortlessly. We were happy because we could see everything and take all the pictures we wanted and the kids were happy because they didn't need to leave the car if they didn't feel like it (it was really hot so I can't blame them that they preferred to observe the buttes from the AC-ed car ). But overall the bumpy, off-roadish ride was quite exciting for them. I was only a little disappointed that the restaurant at the visitor center was closed between the lunch and a dinner time (exactly when we arrived) and the selection of snacks at the center's store was rather disappointing. Good thing we had a bag of gold fish with us :)

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  • A Good Spot for a Rainy Day

    Reviewed 15 August 2016

    The proximity of Planet Kid's to Brussels' suburbs makes it the ideal retreat for a rainy day, of which Belgium seems to have many. You only pay for the kids, which is fair given that the parents can't exactly use the facility to play. The play areas have video monitoring that allows parents to sit in the central area and observe their kids, while also enjoying a book or catching up with online interests using their gratis WiFi. The door access also is controlled, which is important given our security-conscious world, so no one can come in randomly off the street. If the weather is nice, there are some outdoor cart areas, where the kids can drive around a mock driving course. The cafeteria has a reasonable menu with a decent selection of hot meals and beverages. Ok, so why only three stars? First, in certain areas, items seem a little shabby and it appears that the facility owners probably could spend a little more time on maintenance and or cleaning. While that is forgivable, since kids are unforgiving to the equipment, I was a little more frustrated about the issue of water. Planet Kid's policy is that no one can bring their own food or beverages. So, you have to buy their water. Unfortunately, they don't serve tap water without some flavored additives (a pitcher of which costs 4 Euros) and their fancy bottled mineral water also will run you 4 Euros (practically the cost of admission). If you opt for just a glass of water in a plastic cup, that's 1.20 Euros. Yeah. With kids running around like mad and sweating, keeping them hydrated could be a costly affair. In my mind, easy access to water is akin to easy access to toilets, but again that's just me. Lastly, I find it a little unfair when places that charge admission still have features inside that require coins to operate. The outdoor race courses have some electric cars that require 1 Euro and only run for a minute. Two kids, and a couple rounds later, you've paid your admission again. All that said, I still can see myself going back again thanks to the location and the fact that my two boys (5/8) had a blast and kept themselves entertained without complaint for four hours. Life is give and take, so in the overall cost-benefits analysis, Planet Kid's breaks even.

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  • Fun place especially in the summer

    Reviewed 14 August 2016

    We visited C&B several times. We loved its specious outdoor area where our kids could run around, ride their bikes or scooters, or play on a small outdoor playground. However, I gave the overall rating for the restaurant only 3 because the service was sometimes rather poor and the food was (to my taste) a little overpriced.

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  • A Great Value for the Price

    Reviewed 14 August 2016

    Located only about 30 min from the bulk of Brussels, De Nekker is closer than the shore and likely a whole lot more fun. First of all, I was pleasantly surprised that after forking out 60,70, 100 Euros for Children's attractions in the Brussels area, this park cost me only 10 Euros total for me and my two boys (5/8). The park is broken up into several playgrounds and a lakefront beach. I had to pull them away. The cafeteria also was affordable and had decent quality fare. Lifeguards were available too, so there was no need to keep the constant watchful eye on the kids and I could enjoy my book. Overall, a great place that, given the price, I could see us returning to pretty often. We spent three hours there, and the boys could have easily spent another hour or two there.

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  • Picturesque and entertaining for kids

    Reviewed 12 August 2016

    The scenery in this southern part of Belgium is worth the trip alone, but the charming town and castle make it a special day trip from anywhere in Belgium, northern France, Luxembourg, or parts of Germany. The kids had a great time exploring the castle and watching the live show with hawks and owls.

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  • Probably best in summer, but worth a visit off season too

    Reviewed 12 August 2016

    Great for the family, and even better for multiple families. We went with two other families, which gave the kids more playmates (ages 3-5) and the adults opportunities to hang out and even take turns watching the kids. I imagine that it would be ideal to go during nice weather in summer, when the lake activities would be more appealing, but we enjoyed a long weekend in the fall, thanks mostly to the excellent indoor water park. Kids and parents alike enjoyed the slides and pools, even on a cool rainy Saturday. There was sufficient choice of places to eat and the cabins were quite comfortable. Having a mostly car-free environment also made it all feel much more relaxing. We would gladly go again.

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  • A great park in Brussels with a variety of activities for kids

    Reviewed 12 August 2016

    My kids loved going to this park during the three years we lived in Brussels. The larger park allows great space for riding bikes or scooters, or roller skating (although the uneven paving makes the latter a bit tricky). The playground area is primarily covered in sand, making for soft landings when climbing the various structures or sliding down the three long, enclosed slides. These can be a bit difficult for small kids to access, but kids 5 or older should manage fine. My kids really appreciated the labyrinth as a place to play. Near one end of the park are several restaurants and shops, including a good ice cream stand.

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  • Beautiful place

    Reviewed 11 August 2016

    We visited the Cactus Garden when our kids were 4 y.o. The Garden is beautifully designed and cacti are amazing. Kids had fun running around and were playing hide and seek behind the cacti. My son was so impressed with the cacti he insisted on buying a set of miniature cacti in the garden's gift shop. The garden is exposed to the sun and there is practically no shade out there except for the restaurant or a gift shop. It was really hot when we visited it in April. It's definitely a good idea to wear a hat and treat your skin with a sun filter before the visit.

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  • Pricey but Good

    Reviewed 08 August 2016

    The Zoo requires a minimum of about six hours to see all the major exhibits. Overall, it was a great experience for the kids. The animals seemed to be in good health and the exhibits were in relatively good condition. I was taken a little aback by the price of admission. For two kids and two adults with parking, the price was right around 100 Euros. Of course, with lunch, ice cream, and a bunch of other little amenities, expect to leave the zoo 150 Euros lighter than you arrived, so try to find a day with nice weather (yes, this is a challenge in Belgium as today was supposed to be sunny and come the morning, the forecast changed to cloudy with a chance of rain). The Europe, America, Oceana, and Africa sections followed a logical path, but the Asia section I found slightly confusing. And although one could find maps around, there were not the usual signs for major attractions. Yet, once we got the hang of it, we were able to navigate the park pretty easily. The highlights were the Penguins, Parrots, and Giraffes. Having been to many major zoos, I was impressed by their collection of Giraffes. Rarely have I seen so many together. They are really elegant creatures and watching them move in a group was really something else.

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  • Kid Friendly Place for Hanging Out in the Trees

    Reviewed 08 August 2016

    Arrived around 1400 and stayed until about 1800 with my two kids and their nanny. My 8 year old easily navigated the White, Yellow, and Green courses, while my 5 year old had a challenging time with the white course. I think the age on those courses is borderline 5-years old as I am not sure that every 5 year old could handle it. The same with the zip lines, which are rated for 5 years old. Without an adult on either side of a young child, they easily could have get stuck up top. My 8 year old did the zip lines on his own, no issues. While there were plenty of monitors on the ground, they weren't exactly the most responsive folks in the world. But, hey, this is Europe and in that context they at least were nice. The park provides heavy jumpsuits for navigating the course, so in the summer it can get hot in those. I recommend wearing some light gym clothes underneath. The highlight for my 5 year old was the net play area above everything in the trees. No harness was required and with the net under his feet, he passed a good two hours up there without boredom. So, while the adults do the harder courses, the little ones can play up there. Overall great experience.

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  • Great Park but...

    Reviewed 03 August 2016

    Overall it's a nice and very impressive Zoo. We visited it when our kids were 3 y.o. The safari part was really interesting as we could observe animals up-close from a bus in a free, open area. The main "walking" ground was also engaging: set in a beautiful Balinese decor & architecture, with animals kept in specious enclosures. The only thing I didn't like were the elephant rides and photos opportunity with tigers. I felt really terrible seeing poor elephants walking around the same path over and over again and I had an impression that a tiger was drugged to remain calm :( rnrnWe didn't use the Marine Park, so I cannot comment anything about it.

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  • One of our favorite outdoor venues near Brussels to visit with the kids

    Reviewed 03 August 2016

    This is one of several outdoor parks we returned to several times when seeking a place outdoors where the kids could play and we could visit with other adults (or just each other). There is a modest entrance fee at the gate, but then plenty for the kids to do on the multiple playgrounds, including one mostly placed in the small lake where kids could splash around or swim. The dining facility is not very fancy, but there are enough items on the menu to make a decent snack or lunch. Adults can enjoy a Belgian beer while watching the kids on one of the playgrounds. It's a fairly simple place, so don't set your expectations too high and you might enjoy it as well as we did.

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  • It's not only a Zoo

    Reviewed 03 August 2016

    We loved this Zoo and with the annual passes we visited it with my two pre-schoolers quite often. The zoo is large and beautifully located, and has a number of attractions (e.g. playgrounds, rope bridges and petting zoo) as well as interesting exhibits (e.g. an Indian village or American Indian teepees) to keep kids active for hours.

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  • Fun place to visit

    Reviewed 01 August 2016

    I visited Mini-Europe with my kids and two sets of grandparents twice: once in a fall (when they were 4 y.o.) and once in a spring (a year later). Both times the experience was very positive and both times the kids liked it a lot. The models in Mini-Europe are really well done with an amazing attention to details. The exhibits are interactive and educational: kids learn about the most important attractions from various European cities and, can make some objects on various display move, and if I remember correctly, you can play a national anthem in most of the exhibits. In addition, the landscape of the place is really attractive to walk around.The first time we visited Mini-Europe we bought "combo tickets" which combined a visit to Atomium (which is just next to it) and we save a good amount of money.

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  • Nice park for kids and parents alike

    Reviewed 01 August 2016

    The park and playground are located near a small woods and short trails, so the approach is scenic and pleasant, despite one edge being along the major Woluwe Blvd. There are several distinct playground sites within the park, allowing kids to spread out and for some separation by age (keeping the older kids apart from the toddlers). Parents can engage directly with the kids or let them enjoy a play date while talking with other parents at the onsite cafe (don't come expecting anything fancy) or bringing a picnic lunch, or just snacks and drinks. We discovered this on a play date only after almost three years in Brussels, despite it being not far from where we lived. If we'd known about it sooner, we'd have been there much more often.

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  • Perfect Size Museum for Grade Schoolers

    Reviewed 31 July 2016

    The museum is a mid-sized facility, and while it may leave adults craving more substance, the visuals given by the dioramas helped my kids (5,8) put the landings at Omaha Beach in a little more clear context. It also was the perfect length for them, in that it took us around an hour to get through the whole thing. In that way, the kids glean what they can from it without getting too oversaturated or bored with details. Children under ten are admitted free, which is good since I think they have the most to benefit from this type of museum.

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  • Great day visit for families

    Reviewed 31 July 2016

    While admission is not cheap, it is worth a visit if you have a full day to spend - and a good deal if you want to come back, since they sell deeply discounted return visit passes if you buy before leaving the park (a few attractions on Tenerife offer this). Our kids are fans of the animated films Rio and Rio 2, so for them seeing the blue McCaws was a highlight among the hundreds of parrots to be seen. Although the main theme is obviously parrots (Loro being Spanish for parrot), the park offers much more, including a dolphin show, and aquarium, and a fantastic penguin exhibit. We stayed half-way across the island, but this was still worth a visit. For those without rental cars, package visits with bus transportation are possible from many resorts. Multi-park discount ticket deals for water parks and other attractions include Loro Parque tickets if you want to book a variety of activities on the island.

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  • Very Well Done Museum

    Reviewed 31 July 2016

    Hands down, one of the best museum experiences I have had. This museum somehow made learning about Monks in the 13th century fun, interesting, and educational. The exhibits not only were educational, but beautiful. The aesthetic work put into each exhibit made me want to see and listen to each one. The audio guide lent a child's perspective by letting the visitor listen to a virtual interview between a child and a 12th century monk who explained the answers to the child's questions. My two kids (then 4 and 7 years old) also enjoyed the museum. Highly recommended for anyone passing through this part of Czech Republic.

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  • Educational and Fun

    Reviewed 30 July 2016

    I brought my two kids (5,8) to help acquaint them with the Battle of Waterloo. There were some really good exhibits. The content of the audio guides was very detailed but tended to be at the high school level. Nevertheless, my kids insisted on listening to all the audio points they could find. There were interactive paintings, exhibits for all ages, and a very informative "4D" film about the battle. The ticket also gave you access to the famous lion mound and the "panorama," a painting which is similar to the Gettysburg "cyclorama" in the USA. At the top of the mound, for an extra fee, there was a "5D" virtual reality goggle headset that allowed you to observe the battle from the top of the mound. It really helped to put the battlefield in context, even for my 5 year old. The restaurant mentioned above is outside the museum itself, but clearly affiliated with the venue.

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  • Great for All Ages

    Reviewed 30 July 2016

    Took my two kids (5,8) and their nanny (18) today and we spent about 5+ hours at Technopolis an could have easily spent more. The four of us cost about 50-60 Euros. The place is well maintained, clean, and over 95 percent of the exhibits are functioning properly. My kids didn't even realize that five hours passed. The cafe was well stocked with warm and cold dishes. The only thing I could offer is that they could try to give a little more variety to the warm dishes. The nanny enjoyed herself and so did I. Comparable to just about any quality science center in major metropolitan areas.

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  • Kids had a great time, and so did I

    Reviewed 30 July 2016

    I first visited during a business event booked in the museum and knew right away I had to come back with the kids. They are not particularly into cars, but still had a great time seeing especially the very old, the very unique (like floating cars or old electric cars), and the fast race cars. There are just enough that kids can sit in or climb on to keep it from being only a passive activity. One complaint is that the food service closes well before the museum does - the kids got hungry and we couldn't get them anything without leaving the museum. Still, it was enjoyable for all - and very convenient to the metro and other public transportation (and also has plentiful parking). Seeing the museum can be combined with seeing the adjacent Cinquantenaire & the military museum. It's also a short walk to the many restaurants around the Merode metro station or the European Union district (Schuman Metro).

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  • Not just a dance performance

    Reviewed 28 July 2016

    I've been to various luaus but this one was quite different because it was very educational. First of all, the location of the Smith's Garden is amazing and you get to tour it upon your arrival learning about various trees and exotic birds. Then, before a dinner, there is a special ceremony (Imu ceremony) during which we learned about the Hawaiian cooking method called Kalua, where a pig is cooked in the underground imu oven (we ate this pig during the dinner and it was very tasty). During a dinner (which was extremely well organized and offered various traditional Hawaiian food) we listened to Hawaiian music and learned how to dance hula. And finally, in the outdoor amphitheater, we watched the luau performance which included dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Philippines, New Zealand, China and Japan - all the nations that influenced Hawaiian culture. The whole atmosphere at the Smith's luau was very relaxed and family-oriented and my kids (6 y.o.) really enjoyed the whole experience .

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  • Fantastic experience on the Kona coast

    Reviewed 25 July 2016

    My family loves the west coast of the Big Island north of Kona, and Hilton Waikiloa has become one of our favorite spots. We got a good rate going a couple weeks before Christmas. The rates shot up starting a week before the holiday, and it was also less crowded when we arrived than when we left. We stayed in the building overlooking the Dolphin Experience lagoon, which also had great ocean views. We thought our kids were just a bit too young for the dolphins at 5 years old, but kids that age with more comfort in the water might love it. We rented a car to help explore the island more, but there was plenty to do right at the resort as well. There is good beach access and a number of good pools, but the kids' favorite spot was the beach along the lagoon, which had calm, sheltered salt water and plenty of turtles and fish swimming around. We were also able to rent paddle boats to cruise around the lagoon (they also have paddle boards for adults and older kids). There are a variety of restaurants and we enjoyed the tram system (air conditioned) and the taxi boats that carry passengers from building to building throughout the large property. The luau was pretty good. We didn't use the kids' club more than one morning, but they did enjoy it.

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  • Great base for exploring north coast of Mallorca

    Reviewed 25 July 2016

    We were there a bit before the start of the season, so were not able to take full advantage of the numerous outdoor pools on site (the kids did brave the children's pool a little). It was still a great experience, since the children loved the kids' club and we enjoyed the gym and spa. After mornings spent there, we still had time to take the rental car out to explore all parts of the island (especially the north coast). If staying here and not planning to stay at the hotel most of the time, we strongly recommend renting a car. Taking taxis around the island would quickly coast more than a car rental and you may want to explore the caves to the east, the aquarium and old town in Palma, the old trains and tram in the mountains of the west, and the lighthouse on Cap de Formentor. I think it earns 4.5 of its 5 star rating.

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  • Good local playground

    Reviewed 24 July 2016

    It is a very nice playground and my kids (6.y.o.) really like to visit it. The only thing we don't like is that in the summer the playground can get really, really hot (that's why I gave it 4 stars) as there are no trees there to hide from the sun. The location of the playground is fantastic - right next to an inner-city lake. You cannot swim in it but you can rent a paddle boat in the summer. Also, there is a nice cafe nearby (just next to the lake) so you can go there and rest or have an ice-cream.

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  • Fantastic indoor playground

    Reviewed 24 July 2016

    Wonderful solution for rainy days in Brussels. Stardust Park is huge and offers various activities that can occupy your kids for hours. If your child is older you can relax in the Park's cafe/restaurant while your kid is having fun. This place can get really busy sometimes so if you want to avoid the crowds try early hours, school days, or sunny days :)

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