Winter is a tough period of the year. And for families with kids, it is even tougher.
Why is that? Putting aside that the weather is usually not preferred, aka either rainy or gloomy, we need to think of methods to entertaining the kids at home. During the whole almost always raining December, I scratched my head many times to figure out something fun to do together with Andrea, but at the end finding that we both stayed in front of the computer watching cartoon.
January has been a much better month comparing to the past one, as it is warmer and we’ve finally recovered from a devastating flu, which knocked down every single family member (from the kid to the senior). With fully charged energy, we start to fully use our weekend and did a few family day trips around. It feels so great back to the “exploring new places” mood after the dormant season.
🐟 Acquario di Genova | Genova, Liguria
This is a recent visit, and has been our favorite one!
The aquario is well maintained and tidy. There are various kinds of ocean animals to be seen, and the best part is that they looked alive! Before going there, I was a bit resistant to visit such “zoo” concept place. And because I’ve seen few small sized acquario before with fishes so depressed swimming inside the tank, I felt sad when thinking of acquario. But this time I was as excited as the kid.
Starfish, penguins, dolphins, and sharks, etc. It is an eyes-opening experiences for young generations.
Age suggested: 3 years old or above
🍎 FICO Eataly World | Bologna, Emilia-Romagna
We went to FICO Eataly World at the beginning of January.
Food plays an essential part in Italian family, so letting the people learn more about what we eat is important. FICO Eataly World is a theme park by Eataly, where presents the concept of slow & tradition of Italian food and their production. There you can learn more knowledge and essential information of certain local specialties of different regions in Italy, also shop for some high quality products and make your own cuisine at home. And why it is also a kids-friendly place is that inside the park there are playgrounds to entertain them. Also if your kid is old enough to ride a bicycle, he/ she can even rent one and explore the food theme park on the wheels.
Age suggested: 3 years old or above
🏎 Ferrari Museum | Maranello, Emilia-Romagna
Knowing that my son is a fun of cars, we couldn’t avoid bringing him to the Ferrari Museum near Modena in Emilia-Romagna.
The museum archives various models of Ferrari from the very first one to the latest. Besides, there are also stories of the founder, the introductions of the previous racing drivers, and presentations of the Ferrari cars that made the F1 winning records, etc. As a total outsiders of automobile, I was only able to enjoy seeing the design and the crafts of the cars, but my husband and my son had a good time reviewing them.
For a boy of 3 years and half, he lost his patient after 15 minutes inside the museum. For this reason, I would say this place is recommended for kids above 5 years old, who could eventually appreciate more about the work. But as a souvenir, my kid got his own Ferrari after the visit.
And to make the trip more interesting, we also stayed one night in the Ferrari hotel near by: Maranello Village. It was a Ferrari themed hotel, with a real F1 Ferrari race car presented at the reception, Ferrari-red carpet all over the ground, as well tons of Ferrari related posters/ photos on the wall, etc. For kids who are into automobile, it could be an interesting experience.
Age suggested: 5 years old or above