There’s no better way to enjoy the complicated and rich history of Russia than through a good tour. But dragging small kids from one ancient ruin to another restored church can become tedious, and children feel tortured instead of enlightened. Keeping that in mind, when we visited St. Petersburg and Moscow with our two boys, 9 and 11, we looked for companies that presented their cities in ways every member of a family could appreciate. Here are the ones that did it best.
Like Israel, a powerful current of Jewish culture runs through the Caribbean island nation of Curaçao, even as it stands as a place whose appeal is universal. Although the island is predominantly Roman Catholic, those born and raised on the island appreciate their families’ personal Jewish roots and connections, and are as thirsty for knowledge as are many Jewish visitors who enjoy heritage travel. Even if a given attraction, such as downtown Willemstad’s Plasa Bieu (“The Old Market”) or the Children’s Museum, is not inherently Jewish or even religious, chances are you’ll stumble upon something that can be traced back to Jewish families who found success on the island over the generations.
If you share the sentiment it’s never too early to expose kids to the joys of a great museum, we’re with you. Instilling a love of discovery is a true gift. When my son was young, we spent countless hours perusing the dinosaur bones and archaeological exhibitions at Denver Museum of Nature and Science. One of my son’s favorite corners was an area set up as a replica of a Gold Rush-era gemstone mine, with a tunnel leading past real, glittering gems, minerals and giant natural crystals.