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Children and Italy: Do they Mix?

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Children and Italy: Do they Mix?

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The thought of including your precious bundles of joy on your much longed for European getaway may fill you with feelings of dread, but it doesn't have to be that way. All it takes is a bit of preparation and some local knowledge to ensure your family holiday goes off without a hitch.

If you and your brood are heading to Italy in the near future, let us help you get your trip off the ground with this run down of the best family-friendly activities in the area.

Gardaland is three attractions in one - an amusement park, a hotel and a themed aquarium. Take the little ones along to Gardaland Park, which has the longest history in Italy. Located on the banks of Lake Garda, the picturesque park will impress parents and kids alike with its stunning scenery along with thrilling attractions. Areas are built around significant historic times and geographic locations, so there's even an opportunity to coax the kids into a bit of learning! Let them burn off some energy on the Blue Tornado roller coaster or get wet and wild on the Jungle Rapids. There's something here to suit every age group, and who knows, you may even enjoy yourself more than the kids!

Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium is also a must-visit. Themed settings mimic environments such as the Lake of Garda, River Sarca and Red Sea, and there are 5,000 specimens for you to discover. Interactive panels can help teach your young ones about the different marine life, which includes freshwater turtles, sharks, clownfish and more amongst a collection of 100 different species. 

Cooking lessons
It's no secret that one of the best things about Italy is the food. Rather than letting your kids interrupt your culinary journey, why not include them in it? One of the best ways to do this is by involving them in a cooking lesson where you can both learn the basics of Italian pizza making or pasta creation. Some classes combine cookery lessons with information about the Mediterranean diet and healthy eating, while others include adults-only wine tastings that you will relish. How many kids can head back to school and say they learnt how to make pizza in Naples?

Explora Children's Museum
The Explore Children's Museum, also known as Explora il Museum dei Bambini, which is located in Spazio Flaminio. Everyone from tots to young teens will love the hands-on atmosphere here, with four sections to experiment in and explore. A big focus is put on learning through playing and socialising, with a miniature town set up for young kids to pretend to be a grown up for the day. Bookings are recommended, so make sure you plan your trip in advance to avoid disappointment.

National Museum of Science and Technology
Milan's National Museum of Science and Technology is perfect for the whole family to enjoy, with quirky scientific exhibitions keeping everyone entertained for hours. Leonardo da Vinci's left and right brain are celebrated here, with life-size replicas of some of his most famous inventions. 

Supervise your kids as they operate a drilling machine, parachute and cannon, and peruse the 15,000-strong collection of technical, scientific and artistic objects throughout the museum. As well as being visually spectacular, the collection gives you an insight into Italy's development over time, with massive strides made in technology and science. There are also frequent talks and experiments carried out here, so keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to get involved.
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