This Summer you may be planning a city break with the kids. Whether that’s UK based or abroad, sightseeing will most likely be on the menu.
Let’s be honest, any trip you take with the kids requires meticulous planning, but if you factor in some sightseeing there are more things you need to think about. Firstly there is the task of setting out what sights you’re going to see. Then you have to think about how much it is going to cost you. You also have to factor in lunch and snacks. And let’s not forget those tired little feet. Stressful right? So we here at FQ thought it was about time you had the ultimate survival guide for sightseeing with the kids.
Planning your trip
Your little one won’t be able to walk at the same pace as you so make sure you don’t cram too much into your day. This will help make the sightseeing experience more enjoyable and stress-free for all. So pack less in and keep the little ones happy. If you are travelling as a group of parents and children, speak with the other adults and organise yourselves so that you know when it’s your turn to mind the kids and what sights everyone wants to see.
When you have decided what sights you’re taking the kids to, it’s a good idea to book them ahead of time. This can save you time when it comes to attending the sights. Print the tickets out and skip some of the queues. It will mean you don’t have to worry about screaming children deafening everyone and get things seen much quicker.
If you’re going to be out all day you’ll need to pack accordingly. To save on money and leftover sandwiches, take mini pack lunches with you for the kids, packing snacks you know they will like. That way you don’t have to worry about finding a restaurant that caters to their needs. Take into account the weather. If it looks like it might rain, pack-a-mac to make sure no child gets cranky from being wet.
Finally, give them the camera. Let them take the pictures and encourage them to observe the world around them. This will get them excited about what they are seeing and keep them distracted when you have to wait in line.
The important thing to remember is that it’s about having fun for everyone involved. The more planning you do ahead of time, the less stress you will have on your holiday.