Child feeding elephant in Thailand

Our top 10 kids experiences: From Gladiator school and turtle patrol to volcano boarding and reindeer sleighing

Every child (and every family) is different. That’s why our experiences can be adapted and tweaked in order to meet your everyday needs, ensuring you have the best family holiday possible. We’ve scoured both urban and remote corners of the world to bring you a family-sized sampling of tried-and-tested experiences so your kids can get involved and engaged with the destination you’re travelling to. Whether they’re after a cultural, adventurous or educational activity, we’ve handpicked our top 10 kids experiences for you to browse. If you’re still undecided after reading these 10, visit our family travel page to browse our other experiences sorted by age, season and most popular. 

Gladiator School, Rome
Gulfoss Waterfall, Iceland

1. Enrol in Gladiator school at the Colosseum

On this family adventure to Rome, delve deep into Roman times and register at Gladiator School for the day. From the grounds of Rome’s mighty Colosseum, your kids will learn all about the history of gladiators, dress the part in traditional garments and go head to head in an epic battle between families. Armed with a dummy sword and shield and an expert instructor by their side, the more you lose yourself in character, the more atmospheric the amphitheatre becomes. If your children are fans of Horrible Histories, make sure you pack Rotten Romans; they’ll be bursting to read up on the beastly battles after their eventful morning.

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2. Tour Iceland’s Golden Circle via super jeep

The Golden Circle: one of the most beautiful sightseeing routes in Europe. After a leisurely breakfast, you and the kids will be picked up for a super jeep tour of Southern Iceland. Gulfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and Haukadalur Valley’s Geysir; the list goes on. The first few sites will get you familiar with the rich, geological beauty of Iceland and after a few hours of exploring the icy landscapes, you’ll reach Langjökull Glacier, where whizzing across the glacial planes via snowmobile is the norm. With a friendly guide by everyone’s side, gliding across the fresh snow is fun for every member of the family – whether the grown-up kids are driving you, or you’re driving the little ones.

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Ninja lesson in Tokyo
Chiang Rai elephants

3. Learn martial arts with a private Ninja lesson in Tokyo 

This jaunt to Japan will take you on a journey to one of Tokyo’s smartest neighborhoods to visit a karate Dojo that plays training ground to many martial art legends and even fashion maestro Yohji Yamamoto himself. It’s here that you and the kids will learn all about the spiritual side of Ninja and receive martial art lessons from one of Japan’s most legendary sensei. This immersive experience will see the kids jump straight into character, donning an authentic Ninja costume and handling impressive Ninja weapons. After sizing up the blowguns and throwing stars, you’ll learn the ropes of meditation, ancestor veneration and the concept of Ku (“no-self”); a central belief of this historic practice.

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4. Mahout training in Chiang Rai

On this trail through Thailand, we’re dropping you in the northern province of Chiang Rai. Your family will be collected by a private guide who will take you on a journey to a traditional Mahout village to learn how to ride an elephant. During this unforgettable experience, you’ll be led on a path through the dense Thai jungle, learning all about the elephant’s friendly nature, before the finale that all the children love getting involved with here. Under the watchful eye of local experts, they will get the opportunity to feed and bathe the gentle giants in a local river, securing a magical bond with some of the most lovable and friendly animals on earth. Don’t worry; there are baby elephants that need bathing too.

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Marrakech sidecar tour
Finland reindeer sleighing

5. Take a scenic drive to the Agafay Desert via vintage sidecar

While on a family escapade in Morocco, we’re whisking the family away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for an afternoon tour of Agafay Desert’s lunar landscapes. Located just outside the city, your driver will lead you on a journey through ancient underground aqueducts, 16th-century Koranic schools and authentic Berber villages via vintage sidecar. The wonderful thing about sidecar tours out in the desert is if your children have any special requests or a slightly different route in mind, just let us know and we can arrange it. Finish the day in style and arrive on camelback to a luxurious desert camp for the evening. You can leave your guidebook in the dust.

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6. Head out on a reindeer safari in Saariselka, Lapland

There’s plenty of moments to enjoy the peaceful wilderness of Finnish Lapland; one being on a sleigh led by reindeer. Cuddled up next to your kids, you’ll slowly wind your way through the snowy forest in awe of the amazing scenery and majestic creatures ahead of you. After some time spent in the sleigh and feeding Rudolph’s friends, you’ll return to the Reindeer Farm to cosy up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a plate of cookies, while the reindeer herder share stories about life in Lapland. This is the perfect winter wonderland adventure.

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Don't fancy Gladiator School?

If a Ninja lesson or Mahout training isn’t your kid’s style, fear not. We’ve got plenty of other experiences perfect for keeping the children engaged and entertained for hours on end.  Click the button below to check out more of our bespoke experiences and find the best-suited trip today.

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7. Volcano boarding in Nicaragua

We’ve coupled up Central America’s youngest volcano with a sturdy sandboard to bring you our new favourite sport: volcano boarding in Nicaragua. After a 45-minute hike to the scenic summit of Cerro Negro, you’ll soon begin the adrenaline-inducing descent back down – standing or sitting; the choice is yours. Surfing ash, not molten lava, sandboarding down Nicaragua’s cinder cone volcano isn’t quite as terrifying as it sounds. However, it’s definitely not one for the faint-hearted. Up for a challenge? See if you can beat the record speed of 51 mph. 

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8. Turtle conservation in Antigua

This adventure to the sunny shores of Antigua, will see children of all ages have the opportunity to play an active and exciting role in the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project, lending a hand to the island’s conservation efforts. After arriving on the offshore island of Jumby Bay, two expert researchers will give you a warm welcome with some fun facts to get the brains working, before signing the kids up for ‘turtle watch’. In-between learning about the cute creatures and tracking their progress, the kids will patrol Pasture Bay Beach on the lookout for hatchlings making their shore to sea journey. Nothing will compare to the feeling of seeing your first turtle.  If you’re lucky and keep your eyes peeled, you may even lay eyes on a mother clambering up to the beach to lay her eggs.

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Hawksbill turtles in Antgiua
Sandboarding in Nicaragua

9. Gain behind the scenes access to the Changing of the Guards ceremony at Westminster City

Kickstart your morning in London with a visit to the City of Westminster, taking a stroll through the Royal Parks and stopping for a photo outside Buckingham Palace. At Wellington Barracks your private guide will steal you away from the busy crowds and into the parade grounds for an exclusive viewing of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. After the little ones have tried on a bearskin, a visit to the Royal Mews is a must. You’ll lay eyes on the fabulous working stables, home to the Royal Family’s collection of elegant coaches and carriages.

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London, Change of Guards
Australia Uluru

10. Camel ride through Australia’s red dune country

Join a camel train through Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with the two rock formations as a stunning backdrop on this fun-fuelled trip to Australia. If the kids are up for an early start, journey out on a sunrise trail or if you’re after a lie-in and a leisurely breakfast that’s okay too; simply opt for a sunset trail. Guided by a private cameleer, the children will get to know their camel well, hearing all about the animals’ quirky names and stories along the way. 

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Still undecided?

These aren’t the only experiences we have for you and your kids to enjoy. Why not try pasta making in Italy, zip-lining in Costa Rica or kayaking in Norway? Check out our family travel page to search by season or age to find the perfect itinerary.

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