No, it’s not a typo.
Travelling with children can be amazing fun, and I do it solo and have been since I flew to Paris with my twins when they were one, (something I probably wouldn’t recommend now that I’ve done it).
These are my favourite locations so far:
1) The Gold Coast: Once children are around 5, they are old enough to enjoy the theme parks, a touch older and it’s even better. Seaworld is the obvious choice first time around as the kids love the marine life and if you have children of different ages, younger ones can simply watch the shows. There is so much cheap accommodation on offer, staying in an apartment with children is the obvious choice and enables you to eat healthy food at home when you want to. Restaurants all cater for children, and there are some fabulous places to eat.
2) Melbourne: I know, it’s not an obvious one, but you can have a lot of fun with children in Melbourne. The trams make travelling with children very easy and fun. The city’s laneways are a haven of food venues to be explored, the city’s many parks are gorgeous for long walks and Captain Cook’s Cottage was much more of a hit than I anticipated. The yarra river is also a great place to explore, and the Saturday markets are fun. There is so much from Luna Park to gorgeous beaches. It is a jam packed destination if you want it to be. Stay in an apartment.
3) Paris: watching my twins play with toy boats in a lake in the Luxembourg Gardens was one of life’s great moments. The park itself has a sensational playground, great outdoor restaurants, and during a week long stay, we visited 4 times. Simply walking the streets of Paris is an experience for people of all ages, and presents endless opportunities for stunning once in a lifetime photos. The department stores Le Bon Marche and Le Printemps have fabulous toy departments, and the French cuisine offers plenty of options for children to experiment with. Notre Dame and the Ilse St Louis- surrounding island is another way to spend a perfect afternoon. With the famous Le Berthillon icecream stores on the island too, everyone is happy.
4) London: Hamleys toy store is one of the best in the world, and a great place to explore. A highlight in London is High tea, and Fortnum & Mason do amazing spread as does the Ritz. Both have child friendly options. The London Eye is unforgettable, as is a walk around Parliament Square eyeing off Big Ben.
Harrods is the only department store my children approve of, as everything from the food hall to the toy department gets them excited. A few years ago, Harrods had the best pet store in the world too, and it’s a shame that has gone.
Hyde Park complete with squirrels is gorgeous any time of day, and the Princess Diana Memorial Playground is just beautiful and has some sensational play equipment.
Catching a musical is always a hit with children, and the V&A Museum, is one of the city’s top 5 attractions, and for good reason. Just up the road from Harrods, it has some amazing visiting exhibitions all year round, as well as sections for each country packed with relics, history and information. Often there are art and craft activities specifically for children in one or two sections.
I could rave about London for hours, but don’t hesitate with children of any age.