11 Things to do in Hanoi with KIDS – Recommended for Family Travelers

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - October 18, 2018

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.

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All the things to do in Hanoi with kids will be break down into 2 parts:

  • Attractions that are friendly with kids
  • Fun and active activities to do with kids

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Now, let’s find out what are the things to do with kids in Hanoi with some of the first friendly attractions

Friendly attractions – Things to do in Hanoi with kids

1. Explore colorful stores in Hanoi Old Quarter for kids

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

Impressive lamp stall in Hanoi Old Quarter

Note:

  • Since your family will mainly walk, you had better prepare comfortable clothes and trainers for your children.
  • Bringing a hat and applying sunscreen is necessary, especially to prevent intense sunlight during summertime.

2. Folk games for kids at Hoan Kiem Lake

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

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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3. Learning opportunity for kids at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

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

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

Note:

  • You do not have to pay the entrance ticket fee for kids under 6 years old.
  • English and French guides are available with required addition charge.
  • You need to pay a fee for taking pictures.
  • Water puppet shows are held every day at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 02:30 pm and 04:00 pm for up to $4/person.

4. Explore the history of Vietnam in different destinations

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

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

Note:

  • You need to dress yourself and your kids with suitable and smart clothes with no shorts or hats/caps.
  • You do not have to pay the entrance ticket fee for children under 15 years old.

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

Note:

  • You need to dress yourself and your kids with suitable and smart clothes with no shorts or hats/caps.
  • Small kids or faint-hearted kids might not be suitable to go in there

5. Botanical Garden

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

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

Note:

  • Visitors to Hanoi Botanical Garden have the responsibility not to destroy plants here.
  • Since you are going to a park, it is best to prepare comfortable clothes and shoes for your children.

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Fun and Active Activities – Things to do in Hanoi with kids

1. Taking a cyclo ride

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

Family trip to Hanoi on a cyclo

Note: You should negotiate with the rider in advance for the most suitable price.

2. Watching water puppet show

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 show

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.

3. Watching IONAH Show Hanoi

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

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

Note:

  • There is a discount for children and for buyers of 2 or 4 tickets.
  • You can book online for 10% discount.

4. Hanoi Street Food Tour with Local Guides

Hanoi street food tour

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.

5. Making pottery at Bat Trang Ceramic Village

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.

Be a potter in one day at Bat Trang Ceramic Village

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.

6. Have fun at Ho Tay Water Park

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 all children

Water park for every children

Opening time: Usually from 08:00 am – 09:00 pm

Address:

  • Ho Tay Water Park No.614, Lane 612, Lac Long Quan, Nhat Tan, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
  • Vinpearl Water Park Royal City Floor B1 R3 Vincom Mega Mall Royal City 443/72 Nguyen Trai Street, Thuong Dinh Ward, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi

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.

Related tours

There are Old Quarter Tour and City Tour to some of the above-mentioned attractions. Customised tours are available, too. 

  • Old Quarter Tour: Hoan Kiem Lake – Ma May Ancient House – Hanoi Old Quarter – Dong Xuan Market
  • City Tour: Hoan Kiem Lake – Hoa Lo Prison – Temple of Literature – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Tran Quoc Pagoda

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.