要知道有些地方在小朋友長大後就變得不可愛、不夠好玩了喔 . . .
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
適合年齡：2 – 8
In its large, colorful art studio with lots of natural light, kids create the most amazing projects. They might be tissue-paper collages (like the ones that grace the pages of Carle’s works), layered paper drawings, or a craft that relates to a special event or temporary exhibition (Madeline at 75 will run from November 15 to February 22). “My 6-year-old son, Jack, loved making the collages, and he’s not typically interested in crafts," says Cindy Leahy, a mom of two in Marshfield,Massachusetts. “Our 2-year-old, Kate, played in the space’s toddler area with artsy magnets and blocks." The museum also has a library with thousands of picture books; stop by there for staff-led storytime. Outside the library, don’t miss an Instagram-worthy photo op: a giant, two-sided Very Hungry Caterpillar reading cubby. Take a scavenger hunt through galleries featuring Carle’s original artwork plus some from other picture-book creators.
Legoland Discovery Centers
Like a cool children’s museum, these centers, located in Atlanta; Schaumburg, Illinois; Grapevine, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Yonkers, New York; and Somerville, Massachusetts, woo little Lego fans with building contests, short 4-D movies, soft play areas, and building workshops. Some locations also include a Lego Friends area, a Duplo section for toddlers, and a Star Wars exhibit.
The David F. Bolger Playspace
適合年齡：3 – 8
For your budding acrobat, The Ringling (of circus fame) recently opened this imaginative playground that’s attached to its free Bayfront Gardens. Designed by a German manufacturer, the playground features basket-like swings, colorful Bouncing Flowers (aka mini trampolines), and a three-story, 12-foot tunnel slide that kids climb up using nets and ladders. Toddlers will like a house with a small slide and splash area with a waterfall.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
適合年齡：2 – 9
The largest children’s museum in the country — with five stories of fun — does a great job of engaging toddlers and pre-tweens in the same exhibit. “For instance, in the Dinosphere, a parent could help a 3-year-old try on a dinosaur costume while still keeping an eye on her 8-year-old who is talking to a paleontologist about a real dinosaur fossil," says Kim Harms, director of public and media relations. But the earlier you make the trip, the better. The museum’s centerpiece is Playscape, a massive exhibit on the third level just for children 5 and under as well as their siblings. Kids can launch balls from the Reaction Contraption, see things fly through the Whirly Twirly Tower, and grab a net and explore the pond habitat. Thoughtful conveniences like hand-gel stations, family bathrooms, child-size toilets, and nursing rooms, right in the space, make the outing less stressful for you.
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
適合年齡：2 – 6
Started as a tree sanctuary, this park has become a haven for the stroller crowd. “One of my biggest regrets is that I waited until my kids were 4 and 7 to do it,: says Peter Hartlaub, pop-culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. “I thought it was going to be cheesy, but it was awesome." Most of the park’s gentle rides are themed around fruits and veggies, so your kiddos can twirl in garlic bulbs, spin in strawberries, or hop on the mushroom swings. “You don’t have to worry about teenagers mowing down your kids and there’s never much of a line," Hartlaub says. The park also made getting on the rides easier for families with strollers by eliminating turnstiles. Last summer, it opened a water area where kids might get sprayed by a flower or misted by a pop-up geyser. Check the park’s calendar before you go — in the fall, it’s generally open only on weekends.
The Polar Express Train Ride
適合年齡：4 – 9
Inspired by the classic holiday book, railroads in more than 30 cities nationwide (including Durango, Colorado; Newport, Rhode Island; Williams, Arizona; and Miami) typically offer hour-long rides that feature a reading from the book and a visit with Santa. Many of the railroads also supply a cup of hot chocolate and cookies as well as a gift from Santa — a sleigh bell (just like in the story).
Walt Disney World and Disneyland
Your kids might never outgrow wanting to hang out at Disney’s parks, but there is a short window when their reaction to meeting their favorite characters is so joyful and endearing that it’ll make it worth all the time and money you spent to get there. Economics are on your side now too: If you go when the kids are 10 or older, you’ll have to pay adult prices for their tickets and meals. For Disney World, use the free My Disney Experience app to find updated character locations. “You can reserve FastPass+ in advance of your trip; it’s essential to see Anna, Elsa, Cinderella, and Rapunzel in Princess Fairytale Hall — otherwise the wait could be three to five hours," says Len Testa, founder of TouringPlans.com, a website and app that provides itineraries for seeing the parks.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
適合年齡：1 – 8
While this famous aquarium about two hours south of San Francisco appeals to all ages, its incredible Splash Zone section — with crawl-through tunnels, textured walls, and low exhibit windows — caters to young kids. Among the 45 interactive exhibits, kids will find pull-out plush eels to play with next to living moray eels; touch pools with sea urchins, abalones, and other creatures; a dress-up area where they can put on a sea-horse costume next to a tank with actual sea horses, as well as games, knobs, buttons, and levers galore relating to sea life. The exhibit also offers Coral Reef Kingdom, a cornered-off padded section for kids under 34 inches. Combine with a trip to Gilroy Gardens (details on page 34) and make it a long weekend.
The Crayola Experience
適合年齡：5 – 9
冬天的時候，小朋友們想建造自己的雪城堡，玩 ice slide? 就要試試去這裡囉！
At this mountain retreat about 90 miles west of the Denver airport, kids have their own life-size snow castle to explore when they hop off the gondola at Dercum Mountain. “My 9-year-old’s jaw dropped when he saw it," says Amy Whitley, founder of PitStopsForKids.com. “It’s elaborate, featuring tunnels, a lookout tower, ice slides, and an ice-sculpture throne. Take a picture on the throne." The castle is part of Keystone’s Kidtopia program, which also includes Saturday afternoon parades with a mascot and cookies.
Courtesy: Parents magazine