Take your tot on holiday

Pack your bags and give junior a hands-on holiday he won’t forget anytime soon!


Sure, a getaway is a great way for a family to bond while enjoying uninterrupted R&R. Yet, vacations are also a terrific time to broaden your tyke’s mind — he’ll learn something special about another country or pick up a new skill.  

So, whether your mini-me opens his eyes to a city’s past, culture or even its cuisine, sit tight as SP takes you on a learning journey around the world…

Street markets in Morocco

What Your teensy globetrotter should love the sights, smells and sounds of the Marrakech Souks right at the city’s centre. These labyrinth-like alleyways offer a feast for the senses, with vendors selling anything from sweets to (magic) carpets and spices. Pick up a spangly belly-dancing outfit for your princess’ next costume party or help her choose a little silver lamp to bring home as a souvenir. Also remember to hold her hand firmly as the alleyways can get really congested, since you’re sharing the space not just with people, but also motorbikes and mules pulling carts.

Jemaa el-Fna, a huge open square, is the epicentre of Marrakech where junior will be thrilled by musicians, snake charmers, and may even catch a street dentist doing an extraction (yikes!). Consider hiring a calèche, or a horse-drawn carriage, so your brood can enjoy a fun ride around the square. Game for even more excitement? Head to La Palmeraie (about a 20-minute taxi ride from the city centre) and hop on a camel for an amble through the palm trees. Practice your haggling skills here.

Getting there Fly to Morocco via Turkish Airlines.

Aboriginal life in Australia

What In-depth info about the aboriginal culture can be accessed at the Australian Museum (6 College Street Sydney, New South Wales 2010, 612-9320-6000, www. australianmuseum.net.au), which boasts more than 40,000 artefacts. For a more interactive experience, book a tour package that showcases didgeridoo performances, plus enlightens you on why the boomerang was their weapon of choice.

If you love the outdoors, you’d want to explore Cairns’ Rainforestation Nature Park (Kennedy Highway, Kuranda, QLD 4881, 07-4093- 9033). Sign up for the Pamagirri Aboriginal for more deets on one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures. You’ll also watch the aboriginal dance show, where the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo and wildlife provide a suitable accompaniment against the rainforest backdrop. Your munchkin will also want to try his hand at throwing a boomerang — he’ll get a kick out of seeing that boomerangs do come back!

Getting there Fly to Sydney or to Cairns via Qantas. 

Hawaiian hula dance in the US

What Can’t wait to start swaying those hips? Then sign up for a hula class at the Royal Hawaiian Center (2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu 96815, 80-8922-2299). One of the fiftieth state’s largest shopping malls, it also runs complimentary culture classes on lomi lomi massage, the ukulele and lei-making among others.

Since you can’t visit Hawaii without experiencing this traditional dance form, start your immersion at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu (1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, 80- 8847-3511). Besides boning up on the history of hula, you’ll learn about the origins and traditions of the Pacific Islanders.

Getting there Fly to Honolulu via United Airlines.

Pizza-making in Italy

What Did you know that the word “pizza” was first documented in 997 AD? Needless to say, with a plethora of pizzerias in this country, you can expect to carb-load, which should thrill your tot!

But ensure you’re getting more bang for your buck by only gunning for raved-about eateries like Naples’ Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba (Via Port'Alba, 18, 80134 Napoli, 39-0-8145-9713), widely believed to be the world’s first pizzeria. They cook the pizzas in ovens lined with volcanic rocks from nearby Mount Vesuvius. 

By the way, if you’re in Florence, let your little one make the pie from scratch by signing him up for a pizzamaking class under a chef ’s watchful eyes at MaMa Florence Cooking School (Viale Petrarca 24r, 50122 Florence, 39-0-5522-0101). The best part is, of course, he gets to sample his own crusty treat.

Mums can also attend a three-hour-long adult pizza-making class. Besides prepping the dough, you’ll wise up to the different pizza styles Italy has to offer. While you wait for your pizza to bake, relax on the MaMa patio with some wine. Talk about la dolce vita!

Getting there Fly to Rome via Etihad Airways. Both Florence and Naples are connected to Rome by rail.

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