What 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.
I. Tourist attractions for kids in Hanoi
I. 1. Colourful 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.
- 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.
I. 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.
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.
I.3. Learning opportunity for kids at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Visiting Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is another great thing to do with kids in Hanoi. Your children are sure to learn a lot from
There are numerous cool artifacts featuring 54 official ethnics of Vietnam such as traditional costumes of each ethnic or performing arts.
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
- 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.
I.4. Good fortune for kids at Temple of Literature
This is a favourite destination of many Vietnamese kids at school age.
My parents and teachers used to organise day trips with Temple of Literature included before examinations. I came here to this first official educational institution of Vietnam with a hope for high grades.
It is not superstition but firm belief for good fortune. There are chances that visiting Temple of Literature will bring luck to your children’s academic success!
Opening time: 07:30 – 06:00 (summertime) | 08:00 am – 06:00 (wintertime)
Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
- 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.
I.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.
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
- 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.
I.6. Thu Le Park (Hanoi Zoo)
Thanks to lush green grasses, giant trees to small plants and flowers, Thu Le Park vibrates such relaxing feelings.
Up to 700 animals of more than 100 species such as Indo-Chinese tigers, lions, leopards, elephants, and hippos are being reserved here. Particularly, your children themselves can see 40 endangered species listed in Vietnam Red Book as well as animals from Europe, Africa, America and Australia.
Other exciting outdoor activities and games offered include boat driving, rollerblading, speed train and bubble houses, etc.
Opening time: 07:00 am – 05:30 pm (summertime) | 07:00 am – 05:00 pm (wintertime)
Address: Ngoc Khanh Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000
- Do not let your kids cross the barrier for their own safety.
- Make sure your kids will not tease, scare, throw stuff at or feed the animals.
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II. Activities for kids in Hanoi
II.1. Going by cyclo
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.
Note: You should negotiate with the rider in advance for the most suitable price.
II.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.
You can take your kids to Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre for water puppet shows.
Opening time: 03:00, 04:10, 05:20, 06:30, 08:00 every afternoon and evening
Address: 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Note: Tickets are sold out well in advance, so you had better book yours right after arrival.
II.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.
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.
Opening time: 08:00 pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Address: 87 Lang Ha Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi
- There is a discount for children and for buyers of 2 or 4 tickets.
- You can book online for 10% discount.
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.
Opening time: Usually from 08:00 am – 09:00 pm
- 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.
II.5. Playing at the park
There are a bunch of cool activities at the park. Children need large space so that they can enjoy themselves the best.
Local kids also love to go to the park with their parents. While skating or biking around, family members manage to talk and share daily stories at the same time.
- Lenin Park 28A Dien Bien Phu Street, Dien Ban Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
- Ly Thai To Park Dinh Tien Hoang Street, French Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Nghia Do Park Playground Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Dich Vong Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
III. 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 with kids in Hanoi. We hope that this list will assist you and your trip during the stay in Vietnam.