For many of us who have a love and passion for history, having children can really put an end to our enjoyment of historical outings and holidays. The thought of taking an unpredictable and perhaps screaming infant around sites can cause many to put their own interests on hold and swap historical sites for soft play, trips to the park and baby groups. However, once the children are past the infant stage, taking children to historical sites and museums becomes one of those things that parents must do for their children to help make them useful members of society. It enriches their lives, educates them, fosters a desire to learn, an understanding of the past and creates a love of history that can last a lifetime. Besides, you’re really fed up with the soft play centres with their deafening noises and dubious smells, and you really want to start enjoying your own interests again.
Activities are available for children of all ages at the Parc de la Préhistoire in Tarascon-sur-Ariège, France.
Salisbury Cathedral Tower Tour – Not Just for Adults
On a Tower Tour at Salisbury Cathedral take the kids up into mysterious roof spaces, and even stand at the base of the iconic spire and look up into it. And there is so much more of interest for children, from historic graffiti to original panes of stained glass. During the festive season, the tour starts in time to climb to the top of the tower to see the Christmas lights over Salisbury below you. Definitely an activity to interest kids … Continue Reading >>
Sunsets, History & Santorini with the Kids
With its dramatic volcanic setting, Santorini is one of the more popular of all the Greek islands. Picturesque villages perched on the edge of the caldera offer much sought after settings for stunning sunsets. Santorini is a dream destination for couples looking for romantic getaways. Popular wisdom suggests that Santorini is not the island for a family holiday. Last October Sarah ignored this advice and explored the island and its history with her family of four. … Continue Reading >>
Taking children to sites can be done, although it can be hard work and you will definitely miss the days when you could just go somewhere with a minimum of planning and preparations. But it is rewarding and well worth doing and will give you, and them, many happy memories (you’ll hopefully forget the times they threw up in the National Trust gift shop, or had a very public tantrum because they weren’t allowed to climb the castle walls).
These are my top tips for taking children around historical sites, museums and on historical holidays – something I do a considerable amount of. Some of these are obvious, others you may not have thought of. I hope they help!
Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of the Iron Bridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire, England.
Costumed characters at the Roman Baths in Bath, England.
Dressing Up in the Salisbury Museum, Salisbury in England.
Gruesomeness in Mdina, Malta.
Teddy in Pompeii, Italy.
Finally, I asked my children what their advice would be to get children interested and well behaved around historical sites. They both said the same thing – bribery. And that is definitely what I would recommend if all else fails.
I hope these tips have been of some use. If you know of any more, contact us – we would love to add your tip here!
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