BANGKOK — Take the mini-people in your life to explore a miniature world, romp with dinosaurs, handle heavy weapons and more Saturday when another special day for children happens.
Saturday is Children’s Day, and parents may wonder where to take their’s to keep them happy and occupied all day. From educational to simply fun, here are eight places in Bangkok to keep them busy.
Children 3 and up can free-jump and slam-dunk on a trampoline or go climbing at indoor park Bounce while parents shop or sip coffee nearby.
Entry is 350 baht for children and students, and 450 baht for humans over 110 centimeters, if booked online.
Bounce has two locations: on the top floor of The Street Ratchada and fourth floor of EmQuartier.
Learn how the Hoover Dam works and aircrafts fly at the largest 1:87 miniature town in Ekkamai.
Opened in December and spanning over 1,000sqm on the second floor of Gateway Ekamai, Stanley MiniVenture features mini-people and mini-structures in 11 themed zones including resource town, an organic farm, desert, cave, beach and a “Very Thai” section which includes a mini-BTS station and Chinatown.
Day tickets are 650 baht for adults and 450 baht for children 80 centimeters to 130 centimeters.
Next to Benjasiri Park lies Dinosaur Planet, where children can get close to living out their Jurassic Park fantasies. It’s more entertainment than educational, but children can walk through a dinosaur garden, watch a live show, tour a dinosaur hatching lab and wait in a long queue for a brief 4D adventure show.
Admission is 400 baht for children 90 to 140 centimeters and 600 baht for adults.
Dinosaur Planet can be reached by foot from BTS Phrom Phong.
In this indoor, child-friendly city on the fifth floor of Siam Paragon, your child can roleplay as a firefighter, TV reporter, dentist or pilot.
A lobby is available nearby for parents to have some cake or sip coffee while waiting for their children.
Prices are 690 baht for 2- and 3-year-old toddlers, 1,150 baht for children 4 to 14 and 690 baht for adults.
5Children’s Discovery Museum
It’s a place where your kids can enjoy digging fossils or building a house out of giant lego blocks.
The Children’s Discovery Museum features a water park, playground, science gallery and Rainbow Town where primary-school children can pretend to be astronauts, mechanics or barbers.
Admission is free. The Children’s Discovery Museum is located in Chatuchak Park and can be reached by BTS Mo Chit or MRT Chatuchak.
6Royal Thai Air Force (Don Mueang)
Dreamed of seeing your child in the cockpit of a Gripen or F-5 fighter jet? What about hoisting a Remington-made shotgun or Heckler & Koch submachine gun?
Saturday’s the day when the Royal Air Force performs an air show at Don Mueang Airport and the army brings an arsenal of toys for children to familiarize themselves with.
This year the Royal Air Force at Don Mueang will display its planes and jet fighters 8am to 3pm. Children will also get to play with army gear from armored trucks and rifles to humvees and helicopters.
The Royal Air Force (Don Mueang base) is located on Phahonyothin Road, behind Don Mueang Airport.
7Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
Dive into a marine world in the heart of downtown Bangkok.
Covering nearly 10,000sqm, the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World aquarium features activities for children including a 4D cinema, ocean tunnel, shark-feeding, boating and diving.
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is located on the basement floor of the Siam Paragon shopping mall.
Galaxies are not so far, far away when they can be learned about through a movie under a 360-degree dome and interactive displays.
Most activities are free Saturday for children at the Bangkok Planetarium, which was recently renovated and features several floors of interactive educational exhibitions in the main hall. It can be reached on foot from BTS Ekkamai.