Housed in Ottawa’s oldest stone building, the BYTOWN MUSEUM explores Ottawa’s history from the early years of Rideau Canal construction, through the rough and tumble days of Bytown, to its emergence as Canada’s capital and beyond.…
Visiting Ottawa doesn’t have to cost a lot. If you are searching for free stuff to do in Ottawa and cheap ways to explore Canada’s Capital City without putting a strain on your travel budget, we have listed few ways to enjoy the best of Ottawa for free or on a low budget that includes free admission to Ottawa’s museums.…
Grab these free printable road trip games & activities for your next car trip and keep the kids busy!
Creating a Road Trip Binder
The first thing I always tackle is putting together a binder for the trip that’s full of fun (& free) printable activities.
I look for maps & activities that highlight places on our travel route, worksheets that share fun facts about the city we are visiting and anything that gets them writing — like some fun travel journal pages.
This Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids isn’t free but it’s pretty close and it was written by a fellow family travel blogger and my twitter friend Rob from 2TravelDads
Road Trip Games for Kids
Here’s a huge selection of printable road trip games & activities to make things easier for you!
This Road Trip Scavenger Hunt gives the kids something to stare out the window and search on those endless drives in the country. It is a great hands-off game that requires very little from the parents and even the youngest ones can participate.
- Road Trip Restaurant i-Spy Game
- The Great Alphabet Game
- Road Trip Bingo
- The Banana Game
- License Plate Coloring Game
- Name That Tune (just play with the people in the car rather than two big groups)
- Would You Rather?
- Disney Movie Quotes game (for a trip to Disney!)
Inside this Road Trip Journal, you’ll find writing prompts, state fact information pages, map activities and more! This was designed to work for any State in the USA!
Fun Ways to Learn on a Car Trip
Looking for fun Road Trip Games to keep your family entertained in the car? This printable I Spy Scavenger Hunt Road Trip Game is a blast for all ages! Two different versions – perfect for family competitions or use one for each leg of the trip!
Crayola Coloring Sheets– With so many to choose from, your child will never get tired of coloring these scenes!
Restaurant I Spy– Feeling hungry? This game is a great way to pick out a lunch spot!
Playful Printable Road Trip Activities
Printable Disney Road Trip Games. If you’re traveling with a little one, check out my tips for having a stress-free Disney vacation with your toddler. It should help ease some stress before your trip.
Searching for a lost shoe on the side of the road and sparking conversations about what counts as outdoor art is a fun way to pass the time, and even get to know each other a bit better. This road trip scavenger hunt has it all.
Picture Clue I Spy – Here’s a fun twist on a classic game, perfect for toddlers and young children. Print out the picture sheets before your trip and have your child color in the picture as they see it on the drive! For example, when you pass a farm, they can color in the cow!
Organize the Car Games & Activities
I include a 3-Ring Pencil Pouch binder pouch with the following items:
- a nice set of Colored Pencils ,
- a regular pencil & pencil sharpener,
- a pen
- and an eraser.
We also love to have these Storage Folding Lap Desks so the kids have an easy place to read/write during our trips!
Tips for Your Road Trip
- Don’t plan too strictly
- Pack light
- Always carry cash
- Try something new at every stop
- Bring important paperwork
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A trip to the Natural History Museum is the perfect family day out in London. One of the best, if not the absolute best, Natural History museum we’ve been to, the Natural History Museum is a must-see in London with kids.
Plan before you go
The museum is broken up into four zones, each section representing different types of animals and discoveries.
Featuring dinosaurs and massive animals
Learn more about Earth
The evolution of Earth and the relationships between life and their environments
A chance to see scientists at work in the Darwin Centre
You can also download a map here or you can buy one there for £1. I’d definitely recommend a map so that you can quickly work out which lift to use and pinpoint toilets and baby changing facilities.
Take the tube to South Kensington station
Regardless of which direction you are coming from, South Kensington station is the closest to the National History Museum, 200 metres.
Use the Exhibition Road entrance
There are 3 entrances to the museum – Cromwell Road, Exhibition Road
However, Cromwell road entrance is larger and closer to the dinosaurs entrance and has a better view of the main hall once inside.
Make sure your buggy folds up
Children aged three and under can leave items for free in the cloakroom, but pushchairs do need to be folded. It means you don’t have to use the lifts and if visiting during a busy period, you’ll find it much easier to get around.
You’ll probably find that your child is too excited to stay in their pushchair anyway, we hauled ours around with us but our 2 year old didn’t go in it once!
Go in the morning
As most things, the Natural History Museum can seem busy at first but only gets busier as the day goes on. Especially with little ones and guests unsettled by large crowds, it is best to schedule the Natural History Museum as your first activity for the day, followed by lunch and nap time.
Visit the Dinosaurs first
The dinosaur exhibition was absolutely fantastic. A combination of impressive skeletons combined with life-like models and even a robotic T-Rex made the exhibit a highlight of our time in London. I really enjoyed the layout of the exhibit too – following a winding path up and down levels takes the visitor on a cohesive journey through the time of the dinosaurs.
Visitors under 7 years can take advantage of a FREE Explorer Backpack when their parents check one out near the entrance of the Central Hall (must have valid I.D.). Included are kid-size binoculars and explorer’s hat, an activity booklet, magnifying glass, drawing kit, recording sheets and clipboard, plus clues to help complete a challenge.
Don’t attempt to do it all in one day
There is far too much to see to get it all done in one day. Properly, that is. We only made it through the first floor before Munchkin was too tired to settle down and it was getting close to lunch and nap time. Instead of sticking around, we double checked the map to make sure we crossed off all of our Bucketlist exhibits and called it day at the museum.
Personally, there are 2 places I refuse to be at in the afternoon; indoor playareas and museums. They are just too darn crowded. And considering how busy it was when the doors first opened, I knew we wouldn’t have enjoyed ourselves if we stayed.
The Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
Open every day 10.00-17.50
Last entry 17.30
Closed 24-26 December
Entry is free. There is a charge for some temporary exhibitions.
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The Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa, Canada
The Ottawa tulip festival actually named the Canadian Tulip Festival is held for three weeks every May. It is the largest festival in the world Over these three weeks, as the tulip gardens come into bloom, concerts, lectures, and other performances – both indoor and out – are held as the city celebrates the arrival of warmer weather.…
Salzburg, Austria has a certain magic for us. We had to visit before our time in Europe ended. Here is our ultimate guide to Salzburg with Kids.…
Within the confines of the huge Prague Castle complex is an ancient, narrow street with small, colorful houses. Entering Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) felt like walking into a fairy tale village.
The name of the Lane is derived from goldsmiths who used to live there, as can be seen in the house No. 15. In the 16th century, the name “Goldsmith Lane” has been documented which later changed to the present “Golden Lane”.
The Golden Lane was built when an outer wall to the castle complex was added. The houses were constructed for and occupied by Emperor Rudolph II’s castle guards or marksmen in the 16th century.
We also ventured up the stairs to some of the displays. The upstairs portion was a long walk through exhibits of armors and weapons which connected most of the houses on the street. The most disturbing exhibit was the torture chamber room full of instruments that can make most of us cringe.
A visit to the Golden Lane doesn’t take up much time but definitely worth a stop and a stroll.
Some of the houses have been decorated with furniture,
Visiting Golden Lane Basics and Tips
- Entry to Golden Lane isn’t free. Tickets to street can be purchased separately just for the street or combined with the Prague Castle complex ticket. We had the combination self-guided visitor ticket for the castle which was a better deal.
- Tickets: 250czk ($13 USD) for a short visit ticket or 350czk ($18.70 USD) for a long visit ticket and can be purchased at the ticket center across from St. Vitus Cathedral. Family admission tickets are also available.
- Golden Lane is located in the northeast corner of the the Prague Castle complex. Walk along the side of the church and monastery of St. George with the red facade to reach it. There were some signs pointing towards the street.
- Take your time walking around the lane and looking at the room displays closely. The shops are also wonderful for browsing. You’ll never know what interesting things you’ll find.
Location: The Old Burgrave of Prague Castle, Jiřská 6
Getting there: by Metro A station Malostranská, Tram 22 – stop Pražský hrad
Open: daily, Apr.–Oct. 9–18, Nov.–Mar. 9–16 closed 24/12
Admission: 50 CZK (or can be part of your castle ticket Prague Castle Short Tour – 250 CZK), admission free with Prague Card
Opening hours (free entrance):
April – Octoberdaily5:00 – 24:00
Prague is known as the Golden City and always seemed so photogenic and felt like it belonged in fairy tale books. We really enjoyed the few days we spent here over Christmas break. Its architecture, cobble-stoned streets, friendly locals, history and the colourful city has made it one of our favourite European cities. We found Prague to be family-friendly.
Here area handful of free things to do in Prague with kids.
Dětský Island (Children’s Island)
The island’s current name originates from the beginning of the 1960’s, when a children’s playground was built here.
This playground has something for everyone! It caters for toddlers, pre-school kids or schoolchildren. It is located on the island and thus offers some gorgeous views of the city. Children will enjoy watching boats pass through the canal. Mushroom shower is one of the most popular attractions of the park, especially in summer. The playground also includes swings, slides, sandpits, spring riders, a little house, a water fountain, a climbing frame etc.
The northern part of the island features a synthetic turf for various ball games, a tennis court, a petaque and skateboard area. The playground also offers toilet facilities.
Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock
Prague’s Old Town Square is very picturesque with many historic buildings and full of activity. Restaurants, food stalls, churches, and a variety of shops surround the square with many alleyways begging to be discovered.
The Astronomical Clock of Prague rings on the hour, every hour. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating
Walk around the Castle Complex
This vast castle complex dominates the city skyline and where many tourists head to so expect a lot of crowds. But, it’s well worth a visit. While it’s not free to enter the museums, Golden Lane or most of St. Vitus Cathedral, it is still free to walk around, enjoy and explore the castle grounds and admire the striking architecture.
It’s free to enter St. Vitus Cathedral but you are restricted to the front portion area. Visitors must pay to further explore the church.
Cross the Charles Bridge
One of Europe’s most famous and oldest bridge is also a must-see attraction in Prague. Walk the bridge during the day and at night.
30 sandstone statues line the bridge and many of them are fantastic works of art and a lesson in religious history. Grab a guide to the statues and play scavenger hunt with the kids here.
For a small fee of less than a euro or dollar, the two tower bridges are open for climbing for scenic views of the castle and the Old Town area.
Tour the Jewish Quarter.
The Jewish Quarter has: six synagogues, including Maisel Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue and the Old-New Synagogue; the Jewish Ceremonial Hall; and the Old Jewish Cemetery, the most remarkable of its kind in Europe.
You can’t actual enter the monuments without a tour guide or tickets but you are welcome to explore the Jewish Quarter and all the architecture it has to offer.
Visit the John Lennon Wall
The Lennon Wall, or John Lennon Wall, started off as just any old wall, but since the 1980s it has become a tribute to the famous band member. After Lennon’s murder in 1980, his image was painted on this wall opposite the French Embassy along with song lyrics and political graffiti. Despite numerous coats of whitewash from the secret police in the early years, along with the property owners in recent years, the graffiti was always reposted and they have bowed down to the posting of it in recent years.
Sightsee the local Architecture
Prague is home to some wonderful and inspiring architecture all across the city from many different eras. If you want to see some Romanesque architecture check out St George’s Basilica in Prague Castle, for Baroque visit St. Nicholas’ Church in the Old Town Square, Gothic can be seen at the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn and the Old Town Hall, both in the Old Town Square, and for Art Nouveau just look around the city at the many buildings with distinctive features such as faces and flowers in buildings’ facades.
Parks and Gardens
We were quite surprised to see many green spaces scattered throughout the city of spires. There are about 200 parks in Prague and some that have been here for centuries. Urban parks were popular places for families to have picnics, play and sunbathe especially during the summer weekends when we were there.
In the Old Town Square, one of the most dominating features is the stunning Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. This Gothic-style church is instantly recognizable with its two spires; however, you will find a Baroque style largely dominating the interior. Also, rumour has it that this church was the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Take a free walking tour
Prague is a great place for a walking tour with its many romantic and winding streets along with stunning architecture. You’ll find a free walking tour running twice a day in the city with a starting point in the Old Town Square in front of the Tourism Office at 10.45am and 2 pm. This 3-hour tour covers all of the popular sites along with some lesser known areas, all accompanied with inside knowledge. While the tours are free, the guides make their money from tips only so try to contribute a few Koruna.
- Czech Museum of Music – Free every first Thursday of the month from 2-6 PM. It houses a collection of 700,000 items and exhibits on music’s history.
- Prague National Gallery – Free every first Wednesday of the month from 3-8 PM. With over 400,000 art objects, this is the country’s largest art institution.
- Lobkowicz Palace– Free entry on every first Wednesday of the month from 4-6 PM.
- National Technical Museum – Free entry on every first Friday of the month.