For inquisitive families
Become a citizen-scientist – Florida’s Paradise Coast
Named one of 100 Places That Will Change Your Child’s Life by National Geographic, Florida’s Marco Island is the perfect place to get up close and personal with the ocean’s liveliest creatures – dolphins. Families can take a ride on the Dolphin Explorer to observe these marvellous creatures and partake in the only research of its kind that engages and involves members of the general public. Assist the crew by spotting dolphin pods and noting their behaviour before handing the data to onboard biologists. Get more information via paradisecoast.com.
Where to stay: Located on three miles of pristine coastline, the JW Marriot Marco Island offers an abundance of activities and adventures for kids of all ages. From a children’s day camp to activities the family can do together, including beach volleyball, sailing excursions and a cycling tour on Marco Island.
Travel back in time to Japan’s Samurai City – Noboribetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture
With links to the renowned Japanese warrior, Date Masamune, the samurai-themed town of Noboribetsu allows visitors of all ages to experience the Edo Period. The town features period houses with trap doors, mazes, haunted houses and more. Visitors can even dress up as Samurai or Geisha, take part in Edo period martial arts and watch recreations of iconic battles from Japanese history.
Where to stay: The Daiichi Takimotokan Hot Spring Hotel offers seven different types of heated pools and an indoor shopping area. For more information, visit takimotokan.co.jp/en.
Get hands-on at the Seattle Children’s Museum – Seattle, Washington
Seattle Children’s Museum is designed for children up to 10 years old and features a range of hands-on exhibits and experiences to spark curiosity and imagination in little ones. Children can learn about nutrition and food groups at a mini replica supermarket, The Market; get building at the Dunn Lumber Construction Zone, or learn about different countries at the Global Village.
Enjoy a host of creativity at the Carnegie Science Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
There is no shortage of innovation in the city of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Science Center is open all year round to showcase the latest trends and discoveries in the world of science. Children can create a robot at Roboworld, test their speed at the SportsWorks exhibition, and come face-to-face with ancient mummies and artefacts at the Mummies of the World exhibition (on display until April 19, 2020).
Where to stay: Conveniently located, The Westin Pittsburgh offers family rooms at an attractive price and is a short walk from most of the major attractions in the city. You can discover more at visitpittsburgh.com.