This year is the perfect time to cross items off your family’s bucket list. As you put your plans together, your children’s dreams – and those of your own inner child – may play a role. We’ve all dreamed about dancing ballet on stage, stepping on the moon, or prancing around a castle in a pretty dress. With your travel plans in the infant stage, why not incorporate those fantastical dreams into your next trip?
Here are four of the best family travel experiences that will let you relive your childhood dreams, including dancing with the American Ballet Theatre at ABTKids night in New York City and scuba diving along some of America’s top beaches. These ideas will bring you closer to your children and inspire them to live in the moment and enjoy quality time with the family, away from technology.
Experience the Magic of Dance in New York City
American Ballet Theatre’s ABTKids performance invites you to witness the enchantment of dance and share it with your children. This one-hour performance is specifically crafted to introduce young audiences to the beauty and wonder of dance. The show is narrated by a member of the artistic staff, offering an exciting and educational experience where children are the stars of the show. ABTKids highlights kid-friendly segments from the company’s vast repertoire and is tailored to children aged 5 to 12. Tickets for the ABTKids performance are available at the Metropolitan Opera House box office in New York City, online, or over the phone.
Embrace Your Inner Artist in London
Looking for educational opportunities while on the road? A recent survey by GetYourGuide shows that 64% of travelers in 2023 yearn to learn something new. Kids and adults will quench their thirst for knowledge at London’s Serpentine Gallery at The Royal Parks. Multimedia artist Tomás Saraceno presents a fascinating visual commentary on climate change through his collaboration. After the visit, return to 45 Park Lane, a Dorchester Collection property that commemorates the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III with artwork by Hormazd Narielwalla.
Dive into Adventure in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL
Destin-Fort Walton Beach offers families an array of outdoor adventures, from stunning sunsets to sugar-white sand and crystal-clear waters. The adventure doesn’t stop on land; underwater activities are equally thrilling. Whether you opt to snorkel along the artificial reefs to observe and safeguard marine life or go on a guided scuba excursion, your family is sure to make memories. Crystal-clear waters allow families to easily spot dolphins, redfish, crabs, sea horses, and even sea turtles! The Discover Scuba program by Scuba Tech or Emerald Coast Scuba’s Little Adventures allows kids to test the waters and learn the fundamentals, try on diving gear, and dive into a shallow area near the Destin Jetties. This half-day experience is ideal for children aged 10+ and is the perfect introduction to the world of scuba diving.
Let Your Inner Pro-Athlete Shine in Jamaica
The Tryall Club, a villa rental community in Montego Bay, Jamaica, offers children aged five to twelve the chance to join the Kids’ Club Program and experience a range of fun-filled activities. From arts and crafts to body art painting, beach and lawn games, board games, karaoke, musical and in-house games, nature tours, and jewelry and picture frame making, there’s something for everyone. Additionally, kids can participate in sports activities, storytime, tie-dye, and t-shirt design painting. The nature tour takes children on a journey to explore the diverse bird species, wildlife, and native flora, fruits, and vegetables found on the property.
Where Will Your Dreams Take You Next?
There’s no limit to the fun your family can have while traveling – so long as you keep an open mind! While traditional beach vacations can be relaxing, challenge your little ones to try new things this year. By dipping a toe into a new world, you and your family will create memories that are sure to last a lifetime!
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Chelsea DeAngio is a freelance writer based in Greensboro, NC. Inspired by a rootless childhood as a Navy brat, she enjoys traveling every chance she gets. Pop culture often drives her trips. Whether channeling her inner Lady Mary at Highclere Castle in the UK or noshing on nachos at Showgirls filming locations in Vegas, Chelsea is always in search of a little silver screen glitz.