Celebrated Sunday 12th May in 2019 in the UK, rather than the November date observed by the UN, National Children’s Day focuses on protecting the rights and freedoms of children. The day is also a brilliant way to celebrate your own kids by taking them out for a special treat or, better yet, going on a family trip filled with exciting activities geared towards children.
Here’s a taste of just some of the wonderful family trips you could plan to celebrate National Children’s Day and make some memories that the entire family can cherish for years to come.
There’s nothing like a weekend getaway for the entire family to really celebrate National Children’s Day in style. For lovers of the outdoors, the Lake District National Park has some brilliant family-friendly activities on offer, making it the ideal destination for a family trip.
As many of the hotels in the Lake District are family-friendly – and even allow dogs – you can plan your trip around the most fun activities without the worry of them being too far away from where you will be staying. The list of activities on offer includes a variety of water sports, the via ferrata at Honister Slate mine – and of course, plenty of hiking and scrambling opportunities.
For families with younger children, aquariums provide a thrilling alternative to theme parks, allowing the kids to explore strange and wonderful creatures they would otherwise never see. With dozens of different aquariums around the country, you’ll be sure to find one close enough for you to conveniently travel to for the day.
To make the most of your family trip to the aquarium, don’t forget to do some prep work beforehand to get the kids excited about your visit. It’s worth spending some time researching the different creatures you’re likely to see at the aquarium. It’s also worth preparing them for the fact that it will be dark – if you know that this is something your child is still scared of.
These days, most aquariums offer touch tanks and daily talks, so there will be plenty of activities to keep the little ones busy as you make your way around the attraction. Don’t forget to check what talks are on ahead of your visit as these can be a fantastic break from walking around the aquarium and give children a chance to rest their legs so they don’t tire themselves out too soon.
The UK is home to some world-class museums that are filled with exhibits which children of all ages will find fascinating. What museum you choose to visit will depend on what interests your kids as well as your location. From incredible specimens like Stan the T-Rex at Manchester Museum to the nostalgia-filled collection of toys at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, there’s no shortage of fascinating things for children to marvel at and learn about.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax is another popular choice for family trips, especially for those with children aged 11 or under. Featuring interactive areas explaining topics like physiology, the digital world, space, and domestic life, the interactive museum offers an immersive experience that is difficult to match anywhere else.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
A must for any Potterhead, the Harry Potter Studio tour in London is sure to delight the entire family with its detailed sets and numerous props from the films. Located next to the studios where much of the Harry Potter franchise was actually filmed, the studio tour does a great job of bringing the magic to life for the entire family to enjoy.
While the studio is definitely not a cheap day out, it’s perfect for a special treat. The tour itself takes place across two large stage sets backed by an outdoor lot where you can make your own way through and explore the many wonders housed on the premises.
Highlights of the Harry Potter studio tour include the set of the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, and the magical Diagon Alley, where many children have no doubt dreamed of visiting to buy their own wand. There’s also a selection of animatronics from the movies, including the eerie prop of a foetal Voldemort that will delight and scare children in equal measure.