Traveling with kids could be a wonderful time for the whole family to bond, eat and care for each other, and thus, the family relationships can be tightened. However, this could be much more complex than solo traveling since there are many things that need to be prepared. In this guide, we will share with you some tips to ease your preparation process as well as some suggested child-friendly destinations to fill your family’s trips with beautiful memories.
A thought-out plan is crucial when you travel with kids. If you want to visit more than one location at once, they should not be too far apart. Once you've selected appropriate destinations and booking hotels in advance, you should inform the hotel that you will come with your kids. Thus, the hotel will have better preparation for your families.
The weather in Saigon is very hot and humid. Therefore, you need to pay attention to children's clothing. Moreover, accessories like hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito spray, and insect treatment cream for children are also the indispensable. In addition, to be more careful, you should also bring some medicines, antipyretic patches, and anti-diarrhea medication for your child.
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These are complexes with various facilities simulating real life. Thus, your kids can experience role-play activities, develop life skills, and find their passion for careers in the future.
Address: 02- 04 Duong So 9, Him Lam Residential Area, Tan Hung Ward, District 7
Weekdays: 8 AM - 4 PM
Weekends and Holidays: 9 AM - 7 PM
Entrance fee: VND 45,000 - VND 280,000
The campus is a duplicate of the real society
Address: Khanh Hoi Park, Hoang Dieu Street, Ward 5, District 4
Weekdays: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Weekends: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Entrance fee: VND 150,000 - VND 220,000
When it comes to career cities in Vietnam, KizCiti is the pioneer
875 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Ward 15, District 10
63 Hanoi Highway, Thao Dien Ward, District 2
Opening hours: 9 AM - 8 PM
Entrance fee: VND 45,000 - VND 240,000, depending on the period of time
Jump Arena is a trampoline park that integrates gym, sports complex, team games, and many other exciting activities; hence, a dream paradise for dynamic little ones. The indoor playground is a perfect spot for your kids to spend their energy without having to worry about the heat of Saigon.
Jump Arena is a trampoline park with many exciting activities
Among all things to do when traveling with kids in Saigon, visiting the shopping malls might be the most convenient way. Almost every shopping center in Saigon has indoor playgrounds and one famous name is TiniWorld, which appears in 20 different malls around the city, especially Coopmart or Vincom. There are also electric game arenas that require you to buy coins before playing.
B2 floor – Vincom Dong Khoi, 72 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
4th floor – Saigon Center, 65 Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 9:00 AM or 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM or 10 PM, depending on the center
Entrance fee: VND 20,000 - VND 120,000, depending on the center
The Snap Café
Address: 32 Tran Ngoc Dien Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2
Opening hours: 7:30 AM - 22:30 PM, every day
Price: VND 100,000 - VND 235,000
The café is a community address that currently attracts many Vietnamese and foreign families. It is spacious, featuring a garden, cold rooms, bungalows with sparkling lights, and a separated kid's area with slides, swings, pipes, and a sand yard. Right when you enter this place, you will feel comfortable and peaceful as if you are in the countryside. There are appetizing foods and displays of handicraft products such as pottery, ornaments, and souvenirs. In particular, The Snap also designs a special menu for kids as well as a kid's fashion store.
The place gives off a countryside vibe
MAD House Café
Address: 6/1/2 Nguyen U Di Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2
Opening hours: 8 AM - 10 PM, every day
Price: VND 35,000
The direction to MAD House can be difficult when you come here for the first time, but the journey is worthwhile once you enter the room. The café not only has beautiful space with Western-style decoration but also a pebble area and a playroom for your children. Another advantage is the well-trained staff, so you will have a satisfying experience that truly deserves the money you pay.
The interior design of MAD House is inspired by Western-style decoration
Coochi Coo Café
Address: 47A Dang Van Ngu Street – Phu Nhuan District
Opening hours: 8 AM - 10 PM, every day
Price: VND 28,000 - VND 69,000
If you are seeking a spacious, clean and well-decorated café for your family, Coochi Coo will not disappoint you. This place provides a variety of food and drinks as well as high-quality toys for children of all ages (even 6-month-old babies). These include dollhouses, rocking deers and small cars, etc. from famous toy brands. In case kids are not fond of the suggested items, there are many English and Vietnamese books, a sand play area, some wheelbarrows, and indoor climbing for them to choose from. What makes the café special is that it provides packaged services for parties. Thus, do not hesitate to contact Coochi Coo when you need a venue for your children's birthday.
With the wide space, cleanliness, and decoration, Coochi Coo will not disappoint you
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Prioritize in the number 1, water puppet show is a must-see show surely bringing you and your kids a lot of fun and offering an insight into Vietnamese culture.
Water puppet was created in the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) in the Red River Delta, an area of Northern Vietnam. Therefore, this form of art greatly embodies the wet rice cultivation and considered a unique intangible cultural value of Vietnam.
Water puppetry in Saigon
A water puppet show is different from others because the stage is full of water. Puppets are made of light wood in order to float on the water. These puppets are stylized, carved, polished and refined with many different styles, embodied their characters. Most of them are cheerful, adorable, and funny. The artisans stand behind the backdrop and control the puppets with the system of strings and sticks that are placed behind the stage and under the surface of the water.
You can watch water puppet shows at Rong Vang and Vietnam History Museum. The duration is about 50 minutes (at Rong Vang Theater) or 20 minutes (at Vietnam History Museum).
The Rong Vang Water Puppet Show
Address: 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
Opening hours: Two performances each day at 5 PM and 6:30 PM
Entrance fee: VND 200,000 - VND 250,000 depending on the seat
For information about the water puppet show at the Vietnam History Museum, check here.
Coming to Artinus 3D Museum is like entering a new art space with the opportunity to capture vivid 3D photos. Currently, the museum occupies over 4,000 square meters divided into 9 different themes: aqua, animal, masterpiece, Vietnam, Egypt adventure, fantasy, giant, strange house, and love.
Inside the 3D Art Museum in Saigon
This museum is home to hundreds of paintings made by 15 South Korean artists. These works are made mainly from lacquer and are painted directly on the wall.
Address: 2-4, So 9 (No. 9) Street in Him Lam Resident Area, Tan Hung Ward, District 7
Monday to Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM (stop selling tickets at 5 PM)
Saturday and Sunday: 9 AM - 8 PM (stop selling tickets at 7 PM)
Entrance fee: varies from VND 200,000 to VND 250,000
Along with this art museum, you can also add other museums in Saigon to your list. Check it out these top art museums in Saigon.
Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden with selected animal enclosures. This zoo was built in 1864 and on the list of one of the oldest zoos in the world.
Saigon Zoo is conserving more than 130 species of animals and over 2,000 plants and flowers. Each year the zoo welcomes over 2 million visitors and becomes a favorite destination for many families. This place is like a quiet oasis right in the middle of Saigon with many big old trees and green grass area. Moreover, the kids love it because there is a children's playground in the zoo and an extra circus show on the weekends. However, although the botanical garden is taken care of carefully, the zoo is not well-maintained.
Family activity in Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden
Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 7 AM - 5:30 PM
Children under 1 meter tall: free
Kids from 1 meter to under 1.3 meters tall: VND 30,000
Adults and children from 1.3 meters and above: VND 50,000
Saigon has public parks available in every district, and they all provide you with green open space. However, only a few of them include a children's game zone - namely Tao Dan Park, Gia Dinh Park, and Le Thi Rieng Park. These parks offer numerous choices for children, from simple ones like merry-go-rounds, seesaw, traditional games to more adventurous ones like roller coasters and bumper cars.
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Le Thi Rieng Park is famous for a myriad of games
Most amusement parks are quite far from central Saigon, but spending a day there is undoubtedly worthwhile. Coming to these places, you can either by a combo ticket or only the entrance ticket then pay for each game. However, the second option usually costs more if you play more than five games in the parks. Therefore, the most recommended suggestion is to buy combo tickets for children and purchase entrance tickets for adults.
This amusement park includes a water park and recreational areas with themes of Buddhism and Vietnamese folktales. The total area is huge and there are many huge Buddha statues, temples, statues of four mythical creatures and Vietnamese historic heroes. It is nice to have a long walk and explore the scenery. In contrary to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, this park does not have as many trees, so you will need to bring along a hat, sunglass, and sunscreen. The entrance fee (with some inclusions to historical and cultural parks and shows) is cheap but you need to pay more for the activities inside. The quality of food is not as good as vendors outside the premise, so you should visit here after lunch or early in the morning.
Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park
Address: 120 Hanoi Avenue, Tan Phu Ward, District 9
Monday to Sunday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Holidays: 7 AM - 11 PM
Free for children under 1 meter tall, accompanied by an adult
Children (1 meter - 1.4 meters tall): VND 60,000
Adult: VND 120,000
See detailed price tickets here.
Dam Sen Amusement Park also includes two main parts inside, the Dam Sen Water Park and Dam Sen Cultural Park. The cultural park is quite run down. However, there are many green spaces, which is good for taking a walk. The water park is better and more crowded, especially in summer. Many kids and local families come here to cool off the high temperature in Saigon.
Dam Sen Water Park
Address: 3 Hoa Binh, Ward 3, District 11
Monday to Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 8 AM - 9 PM
Entrance fee: ranging from VND 70,00 00 to VND 300,00 depending on your height and the types of tickets that you choose.
Address: 48/10 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District.
Opening hours: 7:30 AM - 8 PM
Entrance fee: free
Apart from the mentioned things to do when traveling with kids in Saigon, going to nearby places of this city is a fantastic idea. Depending on the destination, children can enhance their knowledge about the local area and its historical values.
Traveling with kids in Saigon can be very fun and fulfilled, however, the preparation also takes more time to ensure safety for your kids. So just plan your trip carefully and set for your new adventure; all of your efforts will be paid off.
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