In recognition of International Children’s Day this weekend, we searched far and wide for the best trips and adventures for children. Open up their minds to new cultures and experiences and turn the world into their playground with these wonderful excursions:

Water Parks and Whales in Tenerife

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This lively destination is packed with hotels offering amazing amenities, restaurants to suit even the fussiest eaters and beautiful beaches on which to splash around and build sandcastles. As for excursions, don’t miss Siam Park, frequently cited as the best water park in Europe and home to the largest man-made wave in the world and an incredible list of spectacular Siamese-style slides! Once you’ve splashed your way through Siam Park, take a trip up Teide, the island’s inactive volcano, or head on to the Loro Parque zoo to spot more than 4,000 parrots, as well as dolphins, sharks, orcas, penguins, tigers, and many more exotic animals.

Gladiators and Gelato in Rome

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Rome is a brilliant choice for children, with tons to keep little minds occupied and some very kid-friendly local fare! The Roman Gladiator School is a great place to start the adventure, where children will dress up and learn to fight like gladiators, all while learning about the Coliseum’s gory but fascinating history. Once they’ve built up an appetite, picky eaters will love the local pizza and pasta, as well as the delicious gelato that can be found around every street corner.

The Villa Borghese gardens are another popular stop for the children – rent bikes or segways, feed the birds, visit the zoo, or just play in the open space. No matter what you choose to do here, the kids will have a wonderful time!

Cable Cars and Toboggans in Madeira

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You get a bit of everything in Madeira: fantastic weather, sparkling seas and…cable cars? Because of its rugged landscape, Madeira is packed with cable cars so kids can take in the island’s incredible views from every angle! Many of the cable cars lead to picturesque hillside gardens, perfect for playing hide and seek. For a unique experience, head all the way up to Monte, and take a toboggan ride back down the mountain!

If you’re a family of animal lovers, then you have to take a boat and go whale watching or book a horseback trek from Quinta do Riacho!

Cooking and Touring Tunnels in Gibraltar

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Gibraltar is the ideal spot for a laid-back family holiday. Youngsters will be happy snorkelling in the turquoise waters or trying out the destination’s wealth of water sports. However, for the more adventurous, explore Gibraltar’s amazing underground tunnel network that used to be home to soldiers in WWII.  For the older children, take a short drive to Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen, where they can learn to cook paella and other local delicacies. You’ll never have to cook again!

Pirate Mutinies and Mythology in Crete

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Crete has a rich local culture, by which children and parents alike will be fascinated. Water babies can spend days in the water, enjoying the Lido and Limnoupolis water parks. If you need a break from the water, get up close to more than 250 species of marine life at the Cretaquarium and try a day buccaneering with a pirate ship cruise from Rethymno.

Children will be captivated by the stories of Greek mythology, which will be brought alive with visits to the Palace of Knossos, home of the Minotaur, and the Diktean Cave, the birthplace of Zeus, with its staggering stalactites!

Next time you plan a trip, take the children in tow. There’s so much for them to learn and see and do – seeing just one small piece of the world will inspire them to explore so much more.

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