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Expats considering moving to the Thai capital may wonder about how children in Bangkok keep themselves busy. Despite the city's frenetic nature, however, there are plenty of child-friendly activities and attractions in Bangkok.
New arrivals will find that the weather often dictates how expat families in Bangkok spend their time. During the summer, the city's various water parks are full of visitors looking to cool off, while the frequent bursts of tropical rain are perfect for a day of indoor activities.
Outdoor activities for kids in Bangkok
When the Thai summer is in full swing, families can head down to one of the many water parks in Bangkok. Siam Park City is one of the most popular of these. Children of all ages can spend an entire day riding down the slippery slides or splashing in its countless pools. There is also an amusement park with rides and activities to suit all ages. Other popular parks include the Pororo Water Park and Fantasia Lagoon, which is situated on the roof of the Mall Bangkae.
Older children might enjoy the FlowRider at Flow House in Bangkok. Here they can learn to surf in the middle of the city, courtesy of the wave machine. Those who prefer to be on rather than in the water could also take a boat trip down the Chao Phraya River and its many canals.
Indoor activities for kids in Bangkok
One of the most novel children's activities in Bangkok is KidZania, a scaled-down indoor city where children get an opportunity to be grown-ups and take part in the local 'economy'. Here, children can be everything from dentists to mechanics in a controlled environment, learning and having fun while earning in KidZo – the official currency of KidZania.
There is also a wide range of museums in Bangkok dedicated to everything from the human body to Batman – although some of them would be better suited to older children. Those wanting a family-friendly way to learn about their new home should visit the Museum of Siam. Set in a neoclassical building, its combination of old and ultra-modern influences creates a fascinating journey into Thai history and culture.
►Education and Schools in Thailand gives a good overview of the national schooling system.
What do expat families say about family attractions in Bangkok?
"There are a lot of family attractions and activities in the city, whether it’s going to the park, bowling, cinemas, climbing, and many other options. But also, don’t hesitate to leave Bangkok. Just a few hours' drive from Bangkok you have way more options, from hiking in the mountains of Khao Yai to relaxing by the beach in Hua Hin or Chonburi." Learn more in our interview with French expat Matt.
"My son is five, so the plentiful indoor playgrounds are nice. Dreamworld is a good escape for the day if you can put up with the heat." Learn more about living in Bangkok in our interview with Canadian expat Greg.
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