Traveling to London, Amsterdam, Paris or New York with your family this year? Sure, you can buy a guidebook for ideas of things to do and see, but wouldn't you rather get the inside scoop not just from a local, but from a mom who knows the ins and outs of getting the most out of the city with children in tow? Babyccino Kids City Guides to the rescue! We're thrilled to have Babyccino Kids with us today to share some of their favorite things to do from some of their very own stomping grounds:
The women of Babycinno Kids, an international collective of mum bloggers representing Amsterdam, London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Malibu and Melbourne, write about great finds in their cities all year long (as well as their favorite tried-and-true products, crafts and recipes) and they've created resourceful guides for some of the best things to do and see with kids in London, Paris, New York and Amsterdam. They've put together a mini-guide for each of these cities for Ohdeedoh readers below; once your appetites are whet, visit Babyccino Kids for the full city guides!
For a quintessential London day out, head to Regent's Park. You can visit the Hanover Gate Playground and adjacent Boating Ponds or the London Zoo – both will excite your kids. Afterwards, walk over the canal to Primrose Hill – take a walk up to the top of the hill for great views of the city, and a stroll down the main street for a bit of shopping. Don't leave without stopping into the trendy children's boutique, Elias & Grace!
For a fun family day in Amsterdam, rent a bakfiets and cycle to the Tropical Museum, where a colourful display of cultures from around the world will capture your children's interest as much as yours. Artis, the Zoo, is beautiful and very nearby, as is Burgermeester for an upscale hamburger in a cool and kid-friendly setting.
For a very Parisian day out, head over to the Marché des Enfants Rouge, an international food market in trendy North Marais district. It's a great place to grab a brunch or lunch and pick up some great food. In the streets nearby, you can find the children's clothes emporium Bonton, the must-see lifestyle shop Merci and the lovely little boutique Wowo. After the shopping, have a play in the park at the Square du Temple just up the road on rue de Bretagne.
NEW YORK CITY
For a food-filled summer's day in New York, swing by the Chelsea Market and pick up a sandwich, fresh fruit and a treat from Eleni's cookies…then head out for a picnic up on the Highline Park. Afterwards, take a walk on the Highline up to the 23rd Street exit and pay a visit to Chelsea Piers where there are tons of things for kids to do including an outdoor carousel, a skate park, bowling alley and a nearby playground. There you can take in the sights of the Hudson River and feel a bit like you've escaped the hustle & bustle of the city.
Thanks Babycinno Kids!