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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

How To Do Museums with Kids

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How To Do Museums with Kids

Amber Hunter

While it may be easy to get a little one's attention, it's holding onto it that can be difficult. Pair a short attention span with the daunting idea of a museum visit and it could seem like a disaster waiting to happen. However, we know of a few tips and tricks so you can leave worry behind as you head out on a trip that's sure to be rewarding for both you and your kids!


GET A GUIDE

If it's the first time at a museum for both you and the little ones, it's well worth it to hire a tour guide. If you luck out and get a good one, the tour will be informative and entertaining enough for both you and the kids. Context Travel offers intimate tours and our own Henley had a wonderful experience with her tour guide in London. (And if you're hard pressed for time, audio guides can be a great alternative)!

FIND AN INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY

Once in the museum, keeping things interactive with the kids is sure to keep both you and them happy. So beforehand, prepare an activity--whether it's a scavenger hunt, quiz at the end, or something of the like--to keep them entertained.  

PICK A SECTION

Sometimes it's worth planning a route beforehand, especially one catered to your child's interests. Certain museums like the Louvre or the Met are just too large to tackle in one go. Better to go for a short time and a good experience than hit a wall of lethargy half-way through the day.  

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FAMILY PROGRAMMING

If you're stuck for ideas on an interactive activity, check out the museum's offerings online. For the bigger museums, there's a good chance they offer some kind of kid friendly experience. For example, the Met has the program #Metkids which gives kids an interactive map of the museum as well as other activities.