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10 of the Most Family Friendly Vacation Destinations in Europe

10 of the Most Family Friendly Vacation Destinations in Europe

Are you starting to plan your next family vacation? There is a lot of buzz about Europe these days. A strong dollar and weak euro, great prices on airfares and rising hotel prices in North America and lowering hotels costs in Europe has made travel to the continent quite a deal as of late! Loaded with fairy tale castles, quirky museums, amusement parks, stunning architecture, bikes and boat rides, a trip to the Europe offers all of the makings for the best family vacation ever! With so much to see and do it can be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go! I’ve put together a list of ten of the most family friendly vacation destinations in Europe to make your trip planning a litter bit easier.

1. London, England

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    Why go? How can visiting families go wrong in the city that gave us Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit, and Paddington Bear, really? Oh, and don’t forget the Royalty, giant Ferris wheel and famed architecture. Another great thing about visiting London is its mind-blowing museums and the fact that admission to see most of them is free!

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    • The London Dungeon
    • The Natural History Museum
    • St. James Park and The Changing of The Guard
    • The Tower of London

    2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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      Why go? Amsterdam is a well-known destination for grown-ups, but in reality, it’s filled with tons of fun for kids big and small! With with cool museums, historical treasures and outdoor fun in sweeping parks, not to mention all of the biking and boating, Amsterdam is absolutely overflowing with things for families to enjoy!

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      3. Paris, France

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        Why Go? Who doesn’t love fresh baked baguettes, croissants and silky crepes, oh my! Paris is not just for lovers; it’s for everyone. Little ones will love the pastry shops on every corner and you’ll enjoy how easy it is to get around on the Metro and the view of the Eiffel Tower from every vista in this truly amazing city.

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        • Jardin Luxembourg
        • The Catacombs
        • A trip to the top of The Eiffel Tower
        • The Museum Of Natural History

        4. Berlin, Germany

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          Why go? Ever evolving Berlin offers so much urban adventure for families to enjoy! Voted most fun to visit in the world in 2014, Berlin seems to go out of its way to make families feel welcome. With oodles of Kindercafes, sprawling green spaces, exciting playgrounds, all steeped in rich history and tradition there is no shortage of fun things for families to do in Berlin!

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          5. Prague, Czech Republic

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            Why Go? The city of a thousand spires is like something straight out of a storybook! Kids will love hearing the Astrological Clock chime, exploring Prague Castle, and gazing at The Dancing House. Meanwhile, parents will appreciate great beer, gothic architecture, and seriously cheap prices.

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            • Prague Jewish Museum
            • Walk the Charles Bridge
            • Petrin Park
            • Prague Castle

            6. Barcelona, Spain

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              Why Go? Barcelona is electric! Bright colors, ornately bizarre architecture, spicy smells, sweet sounds, and delicious tastes will confuse, delight and inspire like something from Suess or Alice in Wonderland. The famous street in Barcelona, La Rambla, filled with performers eating fire or swallowing swords will both excite and delight the kids. Not to mention the myriad of museums dedicated to chocolate, invention and hands-on science experiments! There is something to amaze and enthral everyone in your crew in Barcelona.

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              7. Vienna, Austria

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                Why Go? Where should I start? In addition to being among the best in the world for its public transit system, Vienna goes out of its way to cater to kids! With its architecture, opera; delicious food—from schnitzel to Sacher torte, Vienna will have your family waltzing the streets until the end of your stay. This culturally rich city has a lot to offer families who want to create the best travel memories.

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                8. Rome, Italy

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                  Why Go? Gladiators, gelato, and absolutely stunning architecture in this city rich in ancient history and cutting edge cuisine. Ahhhh Rome, the locals adore children and food. What more could you ask for?

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                  • Free walking Tours
                  • A look inside the Colosseum
                  • A visit to Vatican City
                  • The Trevi Fountain

                  9. Dublin, Ireland

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                    Why Go? Irish eyes aren’t the only thing that will be smiling when your family touches down in Dublin! The welcoming locals will have you all grinning from ear to ear every day of your stay. With a warm and friendly culture, no language barrier (besides the cool accent), Dublin is fun and easy to visit for aspiring adventurers.

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                    10. Brussels, Belgium

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                      Why go? Brussels is one of the best for family travellers! The fun loving locals see the humor in life making it a great place to visit with kids. Stunning medieval architecture blends with colorful murals and quirky sculpture, a little boy peeing is the mascot for the city for goodness sake! Brussels is not as busy as Paris or London but has all of the same allure, which makes it even more appealing for family travel.

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                      Studies show hotel rates are on the decline in Europe and Airfares are more affordable than they have been in years! With great family friendly destination choices, there has never been a better time to book a family trip to cities like Paris or Rome. Where do you want to take the family?

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                      Last Updated on November 18, 2019

                      30 Fun Things to Do at Home

                      30 Fun Things to Do at Home

                      I’m BORED! Have you ever heard someone in your family use those words?

                      Most of us have.

                      I barred that word from my house. Whenever someone said they were bored, I gave them two options:

                      First, there is always work that can be done. Secondly, find something to do.

                      There are always creative things that we can do at home. You just need to put some thought and imagination into your day.

                      The list of enjoyable things you can do is inexhaustible. I am going to share 30 fun things to do at home. Some of the events are best done at appropriate times of the year. Enjoy!

                      1. Have a Costume Night

                        Generally, the only time we can get away with putting on costumes is on Halloween. It is so entertaining to put on a costume and play.

                        Host an evening where everyone has to dress up in a costume. (Some costume ideas here!) Eat your dinner that evening all dressed up. Play games and just have a party. You can even make it a “themed” costume party by choosing a time era or movie characters. Shape it to meet your interests.

                        2. Throw an Indoor Picnic

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                          Set out a picnic blanket and basket of food and eat your dinner as though you were having a picnic. Just having variety in your family life brings you closer together as a family unit. Events like this are often the catalyst for a fun-filled evening.

                          3. Have a Christmas Party (*In the Summer)

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                            Set up some Christmas decorations and have a Christmas celebration during the summer.

                            Prior to this event, buy a few Christmas presents to give to an organization that accepts donations for families in need at Christmas time. Have wrapping paper on hand. Wrap up the gifts, while thinking of the joy they will bring to some little girl or boy at Christmas.

                            This serves to make your family mindful of others. Everyone in the family will be excited when Christmas comes and they can donate the gifts that you wrapped in the summer. It’s unique to have a Christmas party during the summer.

                            4. Host an International Dinner Night

                            As a family, pick out a country you would like to learn more about and are interested in. Find cuisine that is unique to that country. Prepare a dinner that would be served in that country.

                            The family can even find clothing that is worn in the country and wear it to dinner. Each family member would be responsible to bring one fact about the country to share at dinner time. For example, you could choose Mexico. You could serve tacos, enchiladas,and arroz con pollo.

                            Everyone could wear sombreros to dinner. Plan for an evening of creative learning time!

                            5. Film a “Newscast”

                            The technology that exists today is awesome. Smartphones come equipped to make videos.

                            Set up and make a newscast of events that are going on locally or events that are taking place in your family circle. This will also help everyone learn to speak in public. Doing this at home is an unusual way to interact as a family.

                            6. Have an Indoor/Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

                              Everyone loves hunting for hidden things. Type up a list of things that need to be found and give everyone a list. The things can be inside your home or even outdoors around the yard. Put a time limit on how long they have to locate the articles.

                              Be creative. You can even put some things in the form of clues, so everyone has to figure out what the object is. Have a small prize for the winner.

                              7. Learn to Do Nail Art

                              Nail art is the “in” thing right now. You see people with their fancy nails everywhere. With some patience, you can learn to do this at home. Spend time practicing this. You can find kits and tools for this at department stores and drug stores. It is relaxing to sit around painting nails and compare the outcomes.

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                              8. Plant Seedlings

                              Planting seedlings and watching their growth is rewarding, as well as educational. You would need to do a bit of research as to what would be the best time to plant. The time frame fluctuates between various types of plants. Most plants take 3-15 weeks to mature to a level to be transplanted into a garden. You would want to know what type of plants you are planting and the time needed. It brings great joy to watch them develop and bloom once they are transplanted into a garden.

                              9. Host a Themed Movie Night

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                                There are many movies that have sequels. Pick a genre that your family would enjoy. Plan for a whole evening of back-to-back viewing of the movies. Make sure you have plenty of popcorn and snacks on hand! If you want to be really creative, find props that go with the movie and set them out. You can even make a dessert that matches the movie theme. May the force be with you!

                                10. Play Games

                                Board games are an excellent way to have fun at home. There are so many options to choose from. Some of our favorites include Ticket to Ride, Catan, Sequence, and Risk. These are just a few of the many varieties out there. Go to a local game store and see what appeals to the taste of your family.. The great thing about board games is that you are able to interact with everyone while playing. Let the games begin!

                                11. Film a Cooking Show

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                                  Have you ever watched the cooking shows on TV? Cooking is a hot topic. In fact, cooking shows are so popular these days that there are networks that only broadcast shows about cooking.  Pick out a recipe you would like to try. Pretend you are hosting your own cooking show and video it. Make sure the whole family participates, in one way or another. You are certain to have a lot of laughs while watching your family episode.

                                  12. Make Christmas Cards

                                  Homemade Christmas cards are unique and special. Craft stores and department stores sell supplies that you can purchase to make beautiful cards. Use your creative skills and have an evening where you all come together and make Christmas cards to send to your family and friends.

                                  13. Make a Scarecrow

                                    Autumn is never complete without the fun of making a scarecrow. Rustling in the fallen leaves and stuffing them into old clothing brings out the kid in everyone.

                                    One time while visiting my grandfather, I thought it would be fun to make him a scarecrow for his yard. I never imagined that he would come out and start making it with me. He was well into his 80s, and yet the joy in his eyes when we made that scarecrow together was a memory I will always cherish.

                                    For those who like to be different, you can always make an indoor scarecrow at any time of year, using newspaper or paper towels as stuffing.

                                    14. Have a Karaoke Night

                                    Plan an evening of karaoke. This is a great way to spend family time together. PlayStation and Wii have several options to pick from. From experience, this is an evening of lots of laughter and joy! Everyone loves to sing…even those who might not have a singing voice like to bust out at karaoke.

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                                    15. Do a Puzzle

                                    Puzzle-making is a calming way to spend time together at home. Hours can be spent finding just the right pieces to add to the puzzle. The best part is when you see the finished product. This isn’t a one-night activity, so set aside a place that the puzzle can be undisturbed. You can find mats that roll your puzzle up when you aren’t working on it. If you have a spare table that isn’t used daily, you could have it there on display and readily available to continue on.

                                    16. Play with Lego

                                    I am sure you have seen some amazing pieces of art made with Lego. Of course, not everyone has talent enough to make huge projects with Lego. Fortunately, the pleasure isn’t limited to your ability to build great things. Regardless of what you build, simply be creative and let the kid in you come out.

                                    17. Make Jewelry

                                    Learning to make jewelry isn’t that difficult. You can find many links on the internet that will teach you how to make earrings and necklaces.

                                    Visit your local craft store or department store and purchase some tools and supplies. Take your time and visualize what you want the finished product to look like. The jewelry you make can also be presents to give away. That is, of course, if you can bear to part with what you made.

                                    18. Host an English Tea Party

                                      Some of us can remember being a little girl and having tea parties, chatting with our imaginary friends and sipping tea. Now that you are older, why not have a real tea party? Have the family dress up in their best outfits and host an English Tea Party. There are guidelines, recipes, and even games to play on the internet. Do a bit of exploring and planning, then host the perfect tea party at home for your family.

                                      19. Plant Bulbs

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                                        There are two times of year that bulbs can be planted. In the fall, you can plant spring bulbs such as tulips and daffodils. Alliums, agapanthus, cannas and some other summer bulbs can be planted in early spring. Set aside an appropriate time and plant bulbs in your yard. You will reap rewards when you see the sprouts starting to come up. Your yard will look lovely with the flowers blooming.

                                        20. Read a Book

                                        The art of reading aloud has lost its popularity. Pick out a book that would interest your family and have an evening each week that you read the story aloud. Take turns reading out loud. Interact about what is going on in the story line. This can be your own family book club.

                                        Looking for books to read next? Here’re some self-help books to read, and here’re some great books for fiction lovers.

                                        21. Have a Water Balloon Fight

                                        This activity is best done outdoors in warm weather. This is an “action” activity that brings out the youthfulness in all of us. Depending on the size of your family, you can have teams for this. Fill up as many balloons as you like with water. Go outside and aim for your target. Run, laugh and have fun!

                                        22. Learn Yoga

                                        Yoga is so beneficial for every age group. As a family unit, learn yoga. Once again, there are many learning tools for this. You can find videos at your local library. This is a refreshing way to enjoy healthy interaction as a family.

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                                        23. Invent a Writing Code

                                        Invent your own code and write messages to each other. Take the alphabet and transform it into symbols and signs to represent each letter. It’s exciting to come up with your code. Once it is created, give everyone a copy of the code, and begin writing messages to one another. It will be interesting to translate words into the special code you made.

                                        24. Have a Photo Shoot

                                        Gather together some props and outfits and take family pictures. Make sure each member has individual shots as well. Acting as a professional photographer, be creative in the photos you take. Take funny pictures. Take serious pictures. Take candid shots. The joy of digital photography is that you can take as many photos as you like and delete what doesn’t work. Make sure you add props to make it interesting!

                                        25. Learn Calligraphy

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                                          Learning a new technique is always interesting. Calligraphy is a well-known type of writing with special pens. Craft stores and department stores have kits designed to assist you in the learning process. Write out poetry or some of your favorite quotes. You never know, you might acquire a talent and be able to frame some of your work.

                                          26. Have a BBQ

                                          It’s always enjoyable to have a barbecue. You can cook up your food and eat outside. After you are finished, have a campfire and tell scary stories. Remember how fun it is to sit around a campfire telling stories. Make this happen in your yard. Enjoy the night sky. Most of all, enjoy each other!

                                          27. Invent Your Own Board Game

                                          Discuss what type of game you want to make. Design the board together. Make the rules that will need to be followed. Make the game pieces that you will need. Play the game that you invented. Coming up with the game and the rules you want to make is an awesome time of interaction with one another. The results of your collaboration will be so exciting to view and play.

                                          28. Have a Spa Night

                                          Plan an evening where you can do an at-home spa night. Light candles, put on relaxing music, and make your atmosphere resemble a spa. You can do facials, manicures, and pedicures. You also can have bubble baths. Schedule it so that each person is doing a different thing and rotate the process. Your family will enjoy this time of pampering and relaxing.

                                          29. Play Charades

                                          This game has existed for such a long time and yet it never grows old. You can buy charade games already packaged. However, feel free to make up your own.

                                          Each family member can contribute by writing down charades on index cards. Watching your family members act out the charade while the others are guessing is guaranteed to be a night full of fun and laughter.

                                          30. Make a Family Scrapbook

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                                            Choose an assortment of family pictures taken during different events. Compile these photos into groups and begin to make a scrapbook. Perhaps you want to focus on a special trip your family took or another meaningful event you wish to document. The ideas for creating your family scrapbook are endless. Personalize this and make it your own; after all, this is your story!

                                            I hope that out of this list you will find some new things that you want to try at home. We have already done most of the things on this list as a family, and we look forward to doing the few that are left. Have fun and make some unique family memories that will be remembered for years to come.

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