How happy does my child look in front of The Louvre? What are the secrets to having a fun family vacation overseas? Here are five kids tips for Paris that hopefully will resonate with you and your clan.
#1 Keep museum tours to a minimum.
We spent two hours in the Louvre and let the kids take some of their own photos which kept them interested. Stop by the bookstore to let them pick out postcards to send home to friends. If they are not in the mood, change your scenery and get outdoors for them to wiggle around or run free to get out some pent-up energy in between exhibits.
#2 Plan your outings around parks or open spaces for breaks.
Your kids will enjoy having a break, chasing pigeons, feeding the ducks and roaming around. Once they get the ants out of their pants they will ready for more focused sight-seeing.
#3 Choose at least one activity that is solely kid directed each day.
Take them on the ferris wheel, take a boat tour, hunt down the best ice-cream or shop at foreign toy shops to keep them entertained. So they miss seeing one of the large tourist attractions? It’s more important that they have great memories than be forced beyond their limits each day. Besides, it give the whole family a reason to return – to see what you have missed. ;)
#4 Bring their favorite healthy snacks from home in case they need to skip a meal.
Usually I make my kids eat their dinner, but in foreign countries I just made them try bites of everything. If they do not like the food once it arrives, don’t sweat it. Let them eat a healthy snack back at the hotel and catch up on their calories at the next meal.
#5 Make sure you have books, games, puzzles and snacks for long train rides.
The novelty of train travel will eventually wear off and the kids will be bored on long journeys to the French countryside. Be prepared with a backpack full of fun items, snacks and books to read.