Finding out how other parents parent their kids around the world is fascinating! There are sometimes many similarities, but often there are things that are just so different! That is the beauty of travelling – exposing yourself and your kids to an entirely different culture and finding ways to connect and learn from each other. That is the concept of this travel series – My City (with kids!) – to encourage families to travel together exploring the globe and finding out more about how kids live around the world.
Every few weeks I share an interview with a parent about their home town – hoping to inspire and inform your travels.
This week it’s the turn of Akansha who has called Delhi, India home for over 25 years. She lives there with her daughter, aged 3, and today is sharing more about all the best things to do with kids in Delhi.
Planning a vacation with kids is not a child’s play! But, when it comes to India, there are a plethora of child-friendly things to do in Delhi. India’s capital city offers innumerable activities that make you rekindle the fondest memories you might have of your childhood.
Luring with the best of sights and activities, Delhi must be visited to be believed. The charming metropolis has a lot in store for travelers of all kinds and of all ages.
Here is a list of kid-friendly things to do in Delhi that will definitely bring a smile to your child’s face.
Top 10 child-friendly Things to Do in Delhi
1. Explore the Garden of Five Senses
The Garden of Five Senses is not just a park, rather, it is a place offering many entertaining activities. Notable attractions within the garden include a spiral walkway, troop of elephants and much more. An amphitheater and Neel Bagh add to the charm of the place.
2. Visit Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
Presenting a unique spectacle, the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is an iconic landmark. Spanning over a huge area, the temple is one of the best places to visit in Delhi. Get insights into the life of Swaminarayan through a short movie. Enjoy a boat ride while discovering various aspects of India. Spend time with your kids soaking in the charm of the temple.
3. Enjoy at the Kingdom of Dreams
Next, on our list of things to do in Delhi with kids is enjoying at the Kingdom of Dreams. Famed as one of the top theme parks in India, this destination beguiles. Taking you on a mystical sojourn, the place presents the best of the modern and contemporary India. Besides this, visit the Cultural Gully, India’s first-ever skydome featuring the cultures of fourteen Indian states coupled with their cuisines and state arts.
4. Delight in a joyride at the National Rail Museum
Remember how much you loved the train ride when you were a child? You can make your child do the same by taking him to the National Rail Museum. Witness the bigger version of Thomas the tank engine and delight in riding it. Apart from the joyride, you will also get a chance to get glimpses of India’s extensive rail heritage. Pay special attention to the royal rail cars adorning the museum. In addition to all these, the interactive train simulators and 3-D reality experiences will leave you spellbound.
5. Plan a picnic at the Children’s Park
Meant especially for the kids, the Children’s Park is replete with swings, equipment and slides of all sorts. There is also a Children’s Library here. The close vicinity to the India Gate makes for a cherry on the cake, as you get to explore two attractions simultaneously.
6. Pose with the wax statues of your favorite celebrities at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Undoubtedly, India’s Bollywood stars and prominent personalities from all around enjoy a worldwide reputation. Fulfill your child’s wish of getting a photograph with their most cherished Bollywood personality by paying a visit to India’s first Madame Tussauds Museum. Enjoy the multisensory experience that transports you to a fantastic world while walking amidst the most amazing lifelike wax statues.
7. Evoke the genius in your child at the National Science Centre & Nehru Planetarium
If you want to add a learning experience to all this unlimited fun, then the National Science Centre is for you. Allow your child to learn the principle of science at his own pace as he crosses the eight levels of the museum. Sit back and watch their young minds race in various directions. While on your family vacations in India, motivate your children to think out of the box and work wonders. Another fun thing to do in Delhi is to take your child to Nehru Planetarium where they can explore the universe.
8. Spend a fulfilling day at the Amusement Parks
An excursion to the amusements parks in Delhi is one of the things your kids will love. Featuring enthralling rides and activities, these entertaining places are sure to raise the fun quotient to the next level. Visit Adventure Island, Worlds of Wonder and the kids’ favorite, Appu Ghar to add of touch adventure to your holidays. This is a destination sure to thrill.
9. Marvel at a fine-collection of dolls at the Shankar’s International Dolls Museum
Toys, especially dolls grab everybody’s attention. Girls share a special bond with their dolls. Keeping this mind, take your kids to visit the Shankar’s International Doll Museum. A wonderland for children, the museum is a home to 6 500 exhibits from around 85 nations all dressed up in beautiful attires.
10. A day out at the National Bal Bhavan
A hub of intriguing activities and attractions, the National Bal Bhavan facilitates an interactive environment to nurture the young minds. Several interesting workshops, a Traffic Park, skating park, cricket ground and museum allow children to pursue their passions.
Partaking in all these kid-friendly things to do in Delhi is will certainly create a very memorable family holiday. Find out more about the best child-friendly holiday destinations in India on Akansha’s blog.
My City – Delhi (with kids!)
How long have you lived in your home town? I have lived in Delhi for 25 years.
How old are your kids? My daughter is 3 years old.
Our favourite spot to visit as a family in our home town is Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple.
My kids favourite outing in our home town is Children’s Park
The most iconic place in our home town to visit (that the kids will also love) is Kingdom of Dreams
Our favourite family-friendly good weather outing is Picnic at amusement parks.
Our favourite family-friendly BAD weather (indoor) outing is Exploring Shopping malls.
The best free outing in our home town is India Gate
Our “insider” tip for visiting our home town is Fulfill your shopping spree and savor scrumptious food.
The best family-friendly restaurant is Jungle Jamboree
Be sure to try this kid-friendly local dish Dosa at Sarvana Bhawan
The easiest way to get around with kids is Car or cab. You can also take your kids for a metro ride, but only during non-peak hours.
The best family-friendly neighbourhood to stay in is Aerocity and Lutyen’s Delhi
Akansha Negi frequently writes at India Travel Blog. She shares her passion of travel and love for various Indian destinations. If you are planning your holidays in India, browse through her write-ups.
All images supplied by guest writer.