7 Amusing Hangouts for Your Kids
It’s that one, small announcement which sends a flurry of uncontainable excitement in the sleepiest of classes in progress across schools. “HURRAY HOLIDAYS”! The good news of forthcoming vacations is always music to your ears. And although the decibel levels of exhilaration may be a li’l lower at workplaces, mommas-n-papas are no exception to the pre-holiday fervour.
There’s vacation in the air, thanks to some of the approaching public holidays that fortunately fall on Thursdays or Fridays, making for long, lovable weekends. And then there are the full-fledged Dussehra/Diwali/Christmas vacations for some lucky ones! So, here come happy holidays for the happy-go-lucky teenie weenies. How about mommy and daddy dear? Well, you can have ball of a time too but not before you do your homework (for a change!) by planning a holiday for your family. After all, your li’l ones deserve some occasional perks for going through all those grilling academic pressures! Here’s a list of some of the most amusing and amazing hangouts for your kids and your ‘we time’ together.
Dreams and fantasies come true, that’s the world of Disney for you! From awe-inspiring rides and fairy-tale dreamland to education with fun, the Disney theme parks in the US make for a complete package of amusement and entertainment. Chill out with your favourite Disney characters in the Magic Kingdom or live your favourite film theme at Hollywood Studios. For the little champs who love to spend time with animals, there’s the Animal Kingdom. Now that’s gonna be a complete family time for your children and the child in you!
Attractions: Magic Kingdom – Fireworks, musical parades, fantasy lands and Disney characters. Hollywood Studios – Stage shows, blockbuster movie themes, fun rides. Animal Kingdom – Home to 1,700 animals across 250 species, musical, amusing parades, rides with animal encounters.
The marine mammal Ocean Park of Hong Kong is the best pick for all those of you who are mesmerized by the ocean world. Spread over an area of 226 acres, the park features roller coasters, animal-themed exhibits and aquarium with more than 5,000 fish. A large mountain lends an interesting edge to its landscape.
Attractions: 80 rides and other fun activities, 4 roller coasters, world’s largest aquarium dome.
Water lovers whose idea of unwinding is splashing and splattering all day, jet set go to Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort! With a host of water rides and ‘hydro fun’ galore, you can never get enough of it. From pool activities to slides and rides, Schlitterbahn is one of the best water parks in the world.
Attractions: Speed slides, activity pool, water coaster, river tube chute.
When you are on an adventure spree, how can you miss the largest theme park of Germany and the second largest in Europe? Europa is an eclectic mix of joyrides and funny rides, entertainment arenas, fairy-tale castles, jungle rafting, magic cinema, monorail… you name it and they have it!
Attractions: Enchanted Forest, Kingdom of the Invisibles, Children’s World or Viking Land, Lands by country themes
Every time you watch Transformers, are you tempted to get behind the wheel for the fun of thrilling car races?! How you wish you could share the same space with the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park?! Ride The Movies at Universal Studios Singapore, gives you a chance to experience all of that and much more.
Attractions: Rides, shows and attractions themed on blockbuster films and television series, including Transformers: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, Shrek 4-D Adventure.
6. Entertainment Unlimited at PortAventura – Barcelona, Spain
Rides, shopping, food and much more… PortAventura at Barcelona is one of the best holidaying places for the entire family. With themed adventures, aquatic parks and a host of dining options at your service, this is a must visit in your Spain itinerary.
Attractions: Six-themed rides, shows, aquatic parks, shopping and dining.
If you thought the best amusement experience is available only outside India, you are utterly mistaken. India has its very own amusement park of international quality and best safety standards. Located on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, Wonderla features 50 amazing rides, 12 of which are water based.
Attractions: Rides, water rides, musical fountain and laser shows, a virtual reality show, dance floor with electronically controlled rain showers, gentle rides for kids.