Having children does not mean an end to parents pursuing their passion for archaeology and history, enjoying short historical outings and taking holidays in destinations rich in history. Taking young children to archaeological and historical sites and museums can be a joy and delight both for parents and their youngsters. More and more sites and museums go to great lengths to provide activities specifically for their younger visitors. Visiting these places from an early age enriches their lives, fosters a desire to learn, provides understanding of the past and creates a love of history that can last a lifetime.
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.