Tell me if this sounds familiar? We usually learn about great things we could’ve done or visited with our kids an hour or more too late. That’s why I decided to get organized and do my research on time. I stumbled upon a so many amount activities that I can tell you April is going to be a fun month. Here are the top things to do with kids this April.
In search of cherry blossoms
You don’t have to travel all the way to Japan to marvel at the sakura tree – the Japanese word for cherry tree. April is perfect to enjoy the blooms anywhere you can find them and see what all the fuss is about. Find the one closest to you and try Hanami – the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming cherry tree.
Odprta Kuhna – Open Kitchen
The season of the Open Kitchen officially started on the 24th of March. So, for the next few months this is where we’ll be spending our Friday afternoons – indulging in delicious food – absolutely one of our favorite things to do with kids in April.
While our girls are picky eaters at home, the moment we come here, all bets are off, they will eat just about anything.
You can visit the Open Kitchen – food market offering stalls with yummy dishes from around the world. Every Friday from mid-March to October. In case of bad weather it might be canceled.
FRida & freD Museum in Graz has a new exhibition
We visited the fun FRida & freD Museum in Graz, best suited for kids between the ages of 3 to 12 in January. And we all enjoyed the hands on approach.
They are opening a new exhibition on the 1st of April. Circus FRidanella & freDissimo“ for children between the ages 3 to 7 & „My Familiy“ for children aged 8 and above.
Vienna celebrates 300th Birthday of Empress Maria Theresia
With many amazing sights: one of the oldest zoos in Europe, the aquarium located on several floors, to the fun rides in Prater, Vienna is always a great place to visit with kids.
Coolkidz share their top places to visit with kids in Vienna.
But this is the perfect year to visit the Austrian capital as it celebrates the 300th birthday of Empress Maria Theresia. She was an exceptional monarch who reigned for 40 years. Throughout the year there will be numerous exhibitions showcasing her life and work. You can find more info here.
The Ferrari park opens in Barcelona
If you are searching for another reason to visit Barcelona…
Sorry for the interruption but I just remembered the tapas. Sigh. And the kids reminded me of the beaches and hubby loved the architecture. A collective sigh. Yeah, we seriously enjoyed Barcelona with kids.
Ok, but if you might need another reason. I have one: Ferrariland.
Ferrariland part of the PortAventura theme park is an hour south of Barcelona and it opens on 7th of April. It will have Europe’s highest (112 meter) and Europe’s fastest (0 to180 kmph in five seconds) roller coaster.
Pazi Medo – zip line for the adrenaline junkies
From the 22nd of April onward the ride from Zagreb to Split will never be boring again.
We know the road from the Croatian capital to the most beautiful part of the Adriatic sea – Split and beyond by heart. And here are our other favorite pit stops.
We are adding a new stop over in the beautiful Lika region (where you can also enjoy the Plitvice Nationak Park): the longest and fastest zip line centers in Europe.
We love the name – Beware of the Bear. Check out more info and make the reservations if you dare.
The best birthday party is in Amsterdam
You might believe you can throw one hell of a birthday party. But once you see how Amsterdam celebrates their kings’ birthday, you’ll learn you were wrong.
We visited the Dutch capital when they still celebrated the queen’s birthday and it was an amazing experience, but be aware it’s crowded and it’s a crazy time. So, don’t plan to do any real sightseeing on the 27th of April 2017. Leave that for another day. Just wear something orange and have fun.
Celebrate World Book Day with a good book
I love books. I think that needs to be said right at the start. It means everyday is a book day for me.
But the 23rd of April should still be celebrated. We are picking our books, finding a perfect spot and reading. (I wish. Sorry, but my girls will probably be able to do it for only a few measly minutes).
Even if I can find a book as fun as Pop-up London by Jennie Maizels. But I’ll take the few minutes.
Just for Mum and Dad – National beer day
What more can I say – 7th of April is National Beer Day. You probably don’t need any pointers, so I’ll finish with drink responsibly.
And here are 6 Slovenian craft beers to chose from.
Andersen’s Birthday or an excuse to visit denmark
The great Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was born on the 2nd of April. His birthday has also been christened as World Children’s Book Day. Another great opportunity to read or visit Denmark if that sounds better.
Abenteuer Affenberg – monkey time
OK, not a photo of the Monkey Mountain located in Landskron near Villach, Austria. But it’s monkeys – you get the picture.
If you want to be right there in the middle of the enclosure with 150 Japanese macaques and see how they live, Affenberg opens it’s doors again beginning of April.
lEGOLAND nAGOYA opens its doors
I can give you 15 reasons why you should never take your kids to Japan. And in April when the Legoland in Nagoya opens I will be able to give you one more.
Think about it. Do you really want to take your kids to Legoland? They will have so much fun, you’ll end up having to buy them Legos for the rest of your life and you won’t come close to how cool Legoland in Japan was.
Easter in spain
Easter is almost upon us and there are many great celebrations around the world taking place during the Easter week.
Most of them having to do with a lot eggs. In Scotland they do the egg rolling.
Spain has many fiestas, actually each and every villages prepares one. But they say that the most famous ones are in Sevilla, Malaga, Valladolid and Salamanca. So, Spain is definitely the place to be in April.
It’s all about Chocolate in Radovljica
My former hometown hosts the sweetest festival from the 21st to 23rd of April – it’s all about chocolate. Chocolate makers from around Slovenia and the region will get together in Radovoljica and create some magic. Enjoy.
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