Things to do in Hanoi with kids is the concern of many family travelers to this bustling capital city. You may be wondering how to connect everyone through the journey while taking good care of your children.
Understanding this issue, AZ Local Trip, with years of experience in operating tours for families, has compiled a full list of things to do with kids in Hanoi. Besides must-see tourist attractions, I also include other interesting activities which let your children have fun and learn stuff at the same time.
All the things to do in Hanoi with kids will be break down into 2 parts:
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Hanoi Old Quarter is known for its 36 commercial streets. People sell a lot of Vietnamese original products here.
Your family no doubt has the chance to talk and share a lot while walking together along the street.
I believe that colourful shops and stores in Hanoi Old Quarter can easily catch the attention and spark the interest in your kids.
Impressive lamp stall in Hanoi Old Quarter
Hoan Kiem Lake (or Lake of the Returned Sword) is simply suitable for everyone. Also, your children may want to hear the interesting ancient legend about this lake from the local.
There are many green trees along the way for cool fresh breeze. A lot of Vietnamese kids also come to Hoan Kiem Lake for folk games and skating, etc.
Kids enjoying folk games around Hoan Kiem Lake
Your family will have great time to observe a different lifestyle of Hanoian. Also, your kids can have a nice unique sketch of themselves drawn by local artists around the lake!
And don’t forget to have a yummy Vietnamese ice-cream to start your journey.
Note: It will be most fun if you can go on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The traffic is blocked off and only walking is allowed, so main activities happen at this time.
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Visiting Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is another one of the things to do in Hanoi with kids. Your children are sure to learn a lot from this museum.
There are numerous cool artifacts featuring 54 official ethnics of Vietnam such as traditional costumes of each ethnic or performing arts.
Family trip in Hanoi with kids to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Moreover, your kids may love to enjoy an entertaining water puppet show during the visit. This traditional form of art is performed daily at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
Opening time: 08:30 am – 05:30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday
Address: Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Temple of literature
This is the first university of Vietnam. Coming here, your kids will gain a lot of knowledge of Vietnamese history as well as the education culture and Buddhism culture in Vietnam.
If lucky enough, you will catch a lot of fresh graduate coming here to take photos and to celebrate their graduation.
Vietnamese children’s excitement to visit Temple of Literature in Hanoi
Opening time: 07:30 – 06:00 (summertime) | 08:00 am – 06:00 (wintertime)
Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Hoa Lo Prison
You probably know Hoa Lo Prison by the nickname Hanoi Hilton which the American prisoners used to call it. With your kids, you can walk through the prison and see life-size mannequins depicting the gruesome life the prisoners endured and learn about the Vietnam War.
There’re guides at Hoa Lo Prison. Also, boards and video footage are displayed at each part of Hoa Lo Museum so you can understand more about the whole story of this place. Again, this is not for every kid but might be worthwhile for teens who have studied the war in school.
Opening time: 08:00 – 17:00, everyday.
Address: 1 Hoa Lo Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Hanoi Botanic Garden constitutes a miniature landscape of mountains, forests and lakes. There are many exotic plant species typical of Southern humid rain forests.
I always regard this as a playing-in-learning opportunity for me to visit Botanical Garden.
Kids having fun at Hanoi Botanical Garden with their parents
You can grab such great chance to get your children out of the screen of technical devices and back to nature.
Address: No.3 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Ngoc Ha Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
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Besides walking around central Hanoi, getting on a cyclo (xich lo in Vietnamese) is another amazing option.
The routes around Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Old Quarter or Hanoi French Quarter are rather long for small children. Then, cyclo riders are available so that the trip does not become way exhausting for your kids.
Family trip to Hanoi on a cyclo
Note: You should negotiate with the rider in advance for the most suitable price.
Ever since I was small, watching water puppet shows has always been among my top favourite weekend activities. This traditional form of art is just one of a kind.
Each story is told in an exceptionally amusing way with Vietnamese folk music. Your kids will draw certain simply yet big lessons from it.
Water puppet performance is a must-watch if you travel with kids
You can take your kids to Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre for water puppet shows.
A combination of electronic music and Vietnamese folk music creates a whole new music space. Costumes in iONAH are individually designed with sophisticated details to best suit each actor and actress.
Circus act mingles with other unique art forms, special theatrical effects and modern 3D technology.
Impressive IONAH show will wow your kids
Well, I did hesitate at first because of the high price, and perhaps you are, too. You can read this review before making up your mind: Star Galaxy Theatre and Convention stroke me as professional and modern. It is rare that a theatre in Vietnam massively invests in such modern performing arts. The combined performances of the circus, dance and even the visual system are extraordinary glamorous. Particularly, the show features images of the lifestyle in this capital city. I really hope that every visitor to Hanoi can watch the show at least once.
I am sure not only your children but you yourself will all be deeply impressed by an iONAH show.
Price: 500.000 – 800.000 VND/ticket
Opening time: 08:00 pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Address: 87 Lang Ha Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi
Vietnam food is gaining some popularity in the world in recent years. CNN also listed some of the most delicious Vietnam food that you must try in Vietnam. While you’re in Hanoi, why not spending time to go on a foodie adventure with your kids.
There’re some of prestige FREE Street Food Tour in Hanoi which organized by local student tour guides. You can consider and try this Street Food Tour out. I think that it’s one of the great things to do in Hanoi with kids.
Hanoi is surrounded by numerous handicraft villages, each specialising in their own craft. You’ll find villages dedicated to traditional furniture, ceramics, copper, silk and even snakes.
Bat Trang, known as ‘the ceramic village’, is located 13km southeast of Hanoi and is a true joy for any ceramic enthusiast.
Here you’ll find the potters working the clay, trimming and glazing pots and filling the kiln. Your kids will have a chance to learn and make their own products. Also, you get to take that product back home to you.
If your family travels in the hot summer of Vietnam, kids will not want to miss a water park.
From lazy rivers, pools to rides such as a Ferris wheel and roller coaster will make every child filled with joy! Isn’t it great when all family members enjoy awesome time under cool water together?
Besides, swimming is not only about having fun but also about doing exercises.
Water park for every children
Opening time: Usually from 08:00 am – 09:00 pm
Note: You can prepare swimsuits at home for you and your kids. Otherwise, you can hire at the water park.
No more asking “What to do in Hanoi with kids?”, we hope you can answer the question after reading this post.
There are Old Quarter Tour and City Tour to some of the above-mentioned attractions. Customised tours are available, too.
AZ Local Trip has provided 11 well-selected things to do in Hanoi with kids. We hope that this list will assist you and your trip during the stay in Vietnam.