There are lots of things to do in Bangkok with kids. The city has a variety of family-friendly attractions, playgrounds, and activities to suit kids of all ages.
Kids are welcome in most places. Thai’s like children and are particularly fascinated by western children. The modern shopping malls and some attractions offer complimentary pushchairs and have modern toilets with baby changing facilities. Out on the streets, if you have younger children, slings are better than pushchairs as the pavements are often blocked or damaged. It also makes it easier to get on public transport. Breastfeeding in public is frowned upon so try to do it in private.
Food & Shopping
Foodwise, there are many western restaurant chains in the malls, if you don’t want your kids to eat spicy food. Most chain restaurants have high chairs for young children. The supermarkets are well stocked with diapers, milk formula, and baby food. Department stores usually have a whole floor donated to kids clothes and accessories. There are branches of Mothercare and Toys”R” us at Central World and Iconsiam.
Parents should apply a mild mosquito repellent to children’s exposed skin after dark though bites are irritating and not dangerous.
Popular Kids Attractions
One of the cities best attractions is Sealife, an aquarium in Siam Paragon Mall. It features over 8,000 sea creatures including sharks and penguins. The best part is the glass tunnel where you can view sharks close up. If you’re brave enough you can even dive with sharks. There are several shows including penguin and sea-lion feeding.
Bangkok for Kids – Museums
Art in Paradise is an interactive 3D art museum where you can literally “put yourself in the picture”. Great fun for kids and adults and you can take some memorable “crazy” photos to remind you of your trip to Bangkok. Madame Tussaud’s features its famous waxwork collection of well-known characters as well as some cool interactive shows. Great for selfies with your idols.
Bangkok for Kids – Animals
The city’s Zoo has now closed, though it’s planned to reopen next year in a new location. Safari World is a wildlife park on the outskirts of the city. There is a good collection of animals, mammals, reptiles & birds including lions, tigers, elephants, zebra & giraffes. There are lots of shows including a dolphin show, elephant show, orangutan boxing, a bird show, and a cowboy stunt show. If you want to visit, it’s best to take an organized tour which includes transport, tickets, and lunch. If your children like exotic animals, the Snake Farm & Crocodile Farm may interest them.
Elephant Parade is an elephant conservation charity. They have painting workshops that allow you to design and paint your own elephant. Great fun for families. Find out more by clicking on the pictures below.
Best Kids Playgrounds in Bangkok
The best playgrounds in Bangkok for kids are KidZania, Bounce, Funarium, and Imaginia. KidZania is an educational play center where kids can learn about and role-play a range of professions. The focus is on developing essential life skills such as decision-making, money management, and teamwork. KidZania is for children from 4 to 14 years. Parents can join some of the activities.
Bounce is a trampoline park suitable for kids from six years old as well as adults. There are different zones for each age group. There are also zip lines, a climbing wall, and a freestyle jumping area. Good for burning up kids energy!
Funarium is the largest indoor playground in central Bangkok catering for kids from 1 to 13 years old. Kids can burn off energy running, jumping, climbing, crawling and sliding. There are also art and craft activities such as painting & papercraft. A cooking corner where kids can learn to cook Thai food and a sports area with bicycle track & rollerblading.
Imaginia Playland is an indoor play center featuring interactive activities where children have to think and use their imagination. The activities are most suitable for younger children from 3 to 10 years old. Activities include drawing, painting, storytelling, climbing and even mixing music! Find out more by clicking on the pictures below.