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What travel has taught these well travelled kids.

What travel has taught these well travelled kids.

Without a doubt travel teaches kids so much. From learning about new cultures, to eating new foods, learning new languages and stepping outside their comfort zone. I am a strong believer that travel opens the eyes and hearts of our children and they develop an […]

The best hostel in Taipei.

The best hostel in Taipei.

If you thought staying in a hostel was just for young backpackers then think again! While I did spend many youthful travels living it up while saving money in hostels we have rediscovered them as a family. How does a common room with a cubby […]

Seoul with Kids.

Seoul with Kids.

The city of Seoul in South Korea is an amazing destination for families. I am not even sure what initially made me add it to our travel itinerary but I am so glad we did. The city has terrific public transport links to everything you need to explore which makes it prefect for tourists wanting to hit up the top spots. When we travel we love visiting a few tourist attractions but mostly we love to discover experiences that are a bit outside the box, child friendly and don’t cost a lot of money. We also look for experiences that our whole family can enjoy and that are easily accessible.

Here are our top 5 experiences for families in Seoul.

Seoul Grand Childrens Park.

This is a one stop, has it all kind of place. In the one huge park area you can find playgrounds, water play, an aquarium, petting zoo, amusement park, science museum and more. You could easily spend a few days here and it experiences range from free to a day pass at the amusement park for around $25.

We loved the Inclusive playground right by the water play area. We were thrilled to find a play structure that wheelchair users could navigate and a barrier free whizzy dizzy. There was also a nest swing and supportive swing seat.

We also discovered two other play areas with a big slide and a ropes course.

There are plenty of bathrooms around all with wheelchair accessible bathrooms and parent rooms. Within the female toilets there are also cubicles with kid seats.

There are plenty of places to stop and get drinks, ice creams and food including a couple of restaurants at the amusement park area.

Details:

To get the the Childrens Park we got the subway Line 2 from Hongkik then transferred to Line 7. There is a lift that comes out right by the park entrance ( the Science Museum gate) .

Open 05.00 to 22.00

Zoo open 10.00-17.00

Mustoy.

In the Hip area of Hongdae ( Hongkik)  you will find a small art cafe upstairs perfect for escaping the hot Seoul Summer heat.

My kids loved drawing and creating their very own little characters of the boy named Muskky (Mustoy + lucky) and the girl Musppy (Mustoy + happy). Woody turned his into Ironman and Pepper made a little lady.

Perfect for kids 5 and up ( the recommended ages are 7 and up but Woody had a great time creating his Muskky)

We spent two hours here.

Details:

Open 11.30am -9.30pm ( Closed Mondays)

Address: 1F Kaliope, 344-6, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul-si

Tel: 02-541-9374

Cost: 15,000 W which includes a cool drink.

You can walk f5 minutes rom Hongkik University Subway Station.

Hello Kitty Cafe.

The perfect pink afternoon for any Hello Kitty Fan!

There are several Hello Kitty cafes around Seoul and I took Pepper to the one in Hongdae.

She loved the Hello Kitty themed cafe with pink chairs, tables, walls, everything!

Pepper had an ice-cream ( which included a take home cup) and I had a juice.

Prices from 5,000-10,000 W.

Details:

Open: 9.30-22.30

Address:

18, Wausan-ro 19-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea

You can walk from Hongkik University Subway station.

Hongdae Free Market.

Each Saturday over Summer a creative space comes alive near Hongkik University.

A place to wander and enjoy listening to music and seeing all the handmade items. We loved meeting the artists and the kids got a characticture done.

 

Details:

Open 13.00-18.00

FREE

Drawing cost 24,000 W ( around $30AUD)

Hongkik University Station subway exit.

Eat.

Seoul is an amazing place to try many new foods and my kids loved all the ice-cream and sweet treats while wandering around. When its so hot an ice-cream helps the kids to push that bit farther to make the most of your travel days.

Woody loved the 32cm long icecream which cost 2,000 W and exploring the food market streets of Myeondong.

Have you been to Seoul? what was your favourite adventure?

Riding the Trans Mongolian train with kids.

Riding the Trans Mongolian train with kids.

At home in Melbourne we use trains for commuter use back and forth to work or to explore the city on a weekend. It’s about getting from A to B but when we go overseas trains take on a whole new level of adventure and […]

10 things we learnt living in a Mongolian Ger that will positively change our daily life.

10 things we learnt living in a Mongolian Ger that will positively change our daily life.

Staying in a traditional Mongolian Ger taught us more than we had imagined so much so that we are taking what we learnt on the land and applying it to our every day life at home. 1. Going Green. Our Ger had no power or […]

Self catering ideas while you explore.

Self catering ideas while you explore.

  • We partnered with Tip Top to bring you this post.

One of our favourite things about travelling is trying new foods in different environments.

Being a family of 5 we tend to choose to stay at apartments or houses while we travel. These allow us more space and the opportunity to self cater which saves some of those travel dollars. Having a kitchen when travelling is the best as it means no racing out the door to find breakfast and no dragging kids around in the evening trying to find dinner.

After we have checked in to our new neighbourhood we often head off to the local shops to discover some new and amazing foods. The kids love searching down all the aisles for new and exciting snacks to try. We also love exploring local markets for the freshest produce to enjoy at home. We bring the groceries home to our new place and get creative!

My kids love being able to make their own sandwiches and love choosing new toppings to try. Pepper loves avocado and feta, Cooper loves salmon and capers and well Woody likes to keep it simple with Peanut butter. Lucky the new Tip Top The One Mixed Grains has all the whole grain goodness in the soft bread he loves.

We often make toasted sandwiches as an easy afternoon snack or easy dinner and the kids make up sandwiches for us to take out on adventures, the perfect snack to enjoy at a new found park or playground. It helps us save money as we pack our own lunch rather than spending money on expensive restaurants especially when the kids would rather be enjoying a picnic and making new friends all over the globe.

 

 

How to get a Chinese tourist Visa in Melbourne.

How to get a Chinese tourist Visa in Melbourne.

If you are an Australian heading to China on holiday you need to organise a visa before you go. Just follow these simple steps and you’re passport will be stamped and the visa pasted in ready for you to explore China. I have learnt a […]

Getaway with Airbnb.

Getaway with Airbnb.

We have stayed in Airbnb properties all over the world. We stayed in an apartment in Verona, Italy just around the corner from the best coffee shop in the world. We stayed in  a house in Mittenwald, Germany with outlooks to the Alps. We have […]

Why you should visit New Zealand with kids.

Why you should visit New Zealand with kids.

New Zealand is the perfect country for your next family vacation. With spectacular scenery, pristine nature and it’s compact size New Zealand with kids is the place to create amazing travel memories.

We spent 10 days exploring the North Island of New Zealand. Our kids are aged 12,8,5 and we travel with a wheelchair. It was our first time in New Zealand and we loved everything about it! From beautiful people, rich cultural heritage and adventure sports its the perfect place for your next family holiday.

These top ten experiences will surely have you booking for your dream family trip to New Zealand.

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Exploring New Zealand by Campervan.

Exploring New Zealand by Campervan.

If you are going to explore with a campervan then New Zealand is the place to do it! We had never been camping, caravanning or in a campervan before and honestly it had never really appealed to me. As a young kid we would go […]