Family travel - Learning experiences

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Family holidays can be great opportunities to learn about the world and its cultures, and there are now plenty of destinations where your trip can include unforgettable learning experiences. Travel expert Nichola West rounds up her top five educational family destinations.


Adelaide Planetarium, Australia

Children can reach for the stars at the Adelaide Planetarium, where an immersive guided tour of the solar system takes place twice a month. Their projected replica of the night sky is the perfect way to learn about the constellations, helping kids get ready to go star-spotting themselves.

National Park Service Junior Rangers, US

This year marks the 100th anniversary of America’s National Park Service, and the perfect way to celebrate this centenary is for children to learn how to become Junior Rangers. The Chesapeake Bay National Historic Trail offers lots of opportunities for kids to get hands on and earn their ranger badge. Follow in the footsteps of adventurer Captain John Smith, learn about the American Indians who lived along this bay, and find out ways to help protect it for future generations.

MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa

Children can learn the skills of a safari ranger at the MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa’s Kruger Park, home to the ‘big five’. From basic survival tips, to tracking animals and even producing a bush breakfast, youngsters work with rangers to get a real feel for the wild.

Jurassic Land, Turkey

Budding palaeontologists will love Jurassic Land in Istanbul, where kids can dig around for eggs and bones in a large digging cave in order to be awarded their palaeontology certificate. The park has over 70 animatronic dinosaurs, a huge museum with real bones and dinosaur eggs, and a large 4D simulator to take a ride in. The perfect mix of fun and learning.

Kids City, Cambodia

The science centre at Kids City in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, makes learning seriously fun. They have over 100 hands-on activities to learn as you play, from travelling to the bottom of the ocean in a submarine to finding out how to support your own body weight with just paper.

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