Not always thought of as the most family-friendly city, Bangkok has a lot to offer under-18s.
Rather than a necessary stop on your way to the islands or the cultural north, the Thai capital will be firmly on your itinerary after you discover these 27 kid-centric attractions.
From cultural shows to wet and wild water parks, as well as ‘edutainment’ centers, there are many points of interest to keep everyone from toddlers to teens occupied.
Whether you’re traveling to Bangkok as a stop-over or coming to stay for a month – you’ll have at least 24 options for some family fun in the capital of Thailand!
1. Ride a Raptor – Dinosaur Planet Bangkok
Newly opened in March 2016, Dinosaur Planet is bringing the Mesozoic Era to downtown Bangkok. The “edutainment” center combines the thrill rides of a theme park with an educational slant.
One of the most popular attractions, the 4D Deep-World takes you underground on a 4D adventure where you’ll meet T-Rex! On the other hand, the ferris wheel lifts you high above the street level for a fantastic view of the Bangkok skyline.
Stars of Dino and Dino Farm are great for kids. Here you’ll be able to interact with a set of robotic dinosaurs and children can take a ride on their favorite gentle giant.
For a bit more education, head to Dinosaur District where you and your family can learn all about fossils, dinosaur eggs and the history of the dinosaurs.
Here’s a hot tip: be sure to stay into the evening. After the sun goes down, the Great Volcano and Extinction Live Show entertains audiences with a light show while dinosaurs fight for survival.
Here’s another hot tip: Because we’ve heard reports of long lines and busy attractions at the weekend, we definitely suggest you check out Dinosaur Planet Bangkok during the week.
2. Feed the Barnyard – Alpaca View
An unusual and definitely family-friendly destination, Alpaca View is a petting zoo, karaoke joint, farm and restaurant all rolled into one.
Upon reaching the farm, you’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the Eiffel Tower.
There are models resembling farm houses, Nintendo characters and elephants scattered throughout. Every way you turn, there’s something new to fascinate the children.
Thai food is served in the restaurant, but the main attraction is the animals. Of course, there are alpacas galore. For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting an alpaca, be forewarned. They spit.
There’s also sheep, donkeys, goats, ducks, rabbits and piglets to see. For 20 Baht (USD $0.57) you can buy a bottle of milk to feed the piglets. Alternatively, spend 40 Baht (USD $1.14) and you’ll have food or carrots for the donkeys, sheep, rabbits or alpacas.
Finally, if this whole experience has put you in the mood to sing “Old McDonald Had A Farm,” head over to the karaoke booth where you can yodel the night away.
All together, Alpaca View makes an evening of fun for any family visiting Bangkok
3. Soar Like An Eagle – Flight Experience Bangkok
If you’ve ever wanted to fly a passenger jet, Flight Experience Bangkok is for you. This aviation entertainment center offers visitors the chance to operate a Boeing 737-800NG flight simulator. For most of us, it’s probably as close as we’re ever going to get to flying the real thing.
This activity is recommended for both children and adults. You’ll be able to practice your take-offs and landings, fly from one city to another or fly around your choice of landmark. (Our vote goes to The Grand Palace.)
If you’ve done this before, add some extra challenges to your simulation such as landing in bad weather or programming the autopilot. This Boeing 737 simulator includes state-of-the-arc technology like a high-tech visual system with a high definition projection onto a 180-degree curved screen.
You can fly into any of the 24,000 737-capable airports during the simulation. This activity is recommended for children above age 11, but it’s sure to be a memorable experience for everyone. As a final note, the simulator can seat 3 people, so you’ll be able to watch your kids either soar like an eagle or crash and burn.
4. Combine Learn and Play – Kids’ Edutainment
Sure, vacation is supposed to be fun for kids, but what if your kids could learn about the world while still having the time of their lives? Check out these imaginative playlands where your kids might just learn something new on their break from school.
4-a. What do you want to be when you grow up? – Kidzania
At Kidzania in the Siam Paragon Department Store, kids are faced with a single question: what do you want to be when you grow up? With over 100 activities, Kidzania helps children discover various jobs. They can bottle coca-cola, learn to make hamburgers, roll sushi or fight fires. The possibilities are endless!
Through this process, Kidzania hopes to help children learn financial literacy, social skills, mutual cooperation and respect.
4-b. Hands-on Fun – Children’s Discovery Museum
Similar to Kidzania, but for a younger age group, Children’s Discovery Museum encourages children to discover how the world works through hands-on experiences. It’s a great place for inquisitive young minds!
Check out the science gallery to create giant bubbles while you are on the inside, or dig up dinosaur bones like an archaeologist. Just make sure you leave enough time for all the activities!
4-c. Take Advantage of Technology – Imaginia Playland
A newly refurbished technology-centric children’s center located in Emporium Mall, Imaginia Playland strives for a ‘learning through playing’ experience. There’s a thorough range of activities from art to strategic thinking for toddlers all the way to teens.
There are 19 different areas to take advantage of. Among our favorites are the Time Tube Slider, a giant slide between the two levels – and the Wonder Car, which allows kids to paint a life-size model car using the touch of their finger and a computer.
With the perfect location in the center of Bangkok, this is a wonderful rainy day activity.
4-d. Relax While Your Kids Play and Learn – Playtime Ekkamai
On the top floor of Park Lane Mall in Ekkamai, Playtime Ekkamai is an indoor playground with extra amenities for both adults and kids. There’s a multi-storied traditional play area with slides, but there’s also a trampoline, zipline, obstacle course and various tunnels.
If that isn’t enough, children can also play in the dinosaur excavation site, the rock climbing wall, the balloon pit, the soft ball battle zone or the crafts and cooking stations. For the adults, relax with a foot massage while your children play.
5. Cool Off! – Bangkok’s Water Parks
We all know that Bangkok can feel like you’re living in a boiling pot of water. The good news is that you and your family can have fun, and cool off without leaving the city by visiting these awesome water parks!
5-a. Bangkok’s Secret Water Park – Fantasia Lagoon Water Park
With two identical water parks on top of Mall Bangkae and Mall Bangkapi, Fantasia Lagoon Water Park promises an afternoon of cool fun in downtown Bangkok. The park is split into several different sections, with activities suitable to all ages. There are shallow pools for toddlers to splash around in as well as large water slides for the older members of the family. But if you’re like us, the Lazy River is perfect for hours of relaxation.
There’s even a Pirate Cove area with a pirate ship for exploring! Just don’t spread the word too far. Fantasia Lagoon Water Park is still a bit of a secret!
5-b. Slide Over the City – Pororo Aquapark
Previously known as LeoLand, Pororo Aquapark is located in Central Bangnga department store. The newly renovated water park includes 9 pools and 4 slides with areas suitable to both children and adults.
The most exciting part of this water park is its water slide which catapults you over the street. You feel like you are suspended over mid-air, but it quickly pulls you back in and deposits you back on the roof in the safety of a pool.
While this water park may not be on the same scale as those found in Hua Hin or Pattaya, it’s certainly worthy of a day of cool fun in Thailand’s capital.
6. Play in a Winter Wonderland – Dream World
Dream World is a large amusement park located on the outskirts of Bangkok. The park has plenty of attractions for all ages.
Older children will enjoy the thrill rides. These include the Skycoaster, the Viking, the Hurricane and the Flying Carpet. All four have elements of fast-paced, stomach-dropping movement.
On the other hand, there are rides like the antique cars, bumper boats and a sightseeing train for smaller children.
If you’re looking to cool off, there are two options. First, you might enjoy the water rides such as the Super Splash or the Grand Canyon. But the second option is our absolute favorite! Snow Town is an indoor play area, complete with real snow!