15 Best Things To Do In Bangkok With Kids
Thinking of visiting Bangkok with kids? Great choice! Bangkok is a city that is loaded with attractions for children, despite the crowds and traffic. Use this guide to suss out the best attractions in Bangkok for kids and make memories on an unforgettable holiday and look for local experiences to get the most out of your trip to Bangkok with children. Don’t forget to check out the essential top travel toys for travelling with young children, as well as the best travel strollers to make your city trip a breeze!
Why not make your Thailand trip with kids a twin-centre break and visit Phuket, the vibrant beach resort south of Bangkok?
Explore the most fun venues in Bangkok such as the exciting theme parks (we LOVED Dreamworld- here’s our review), thrilling games arcades: indoor playgrounds and exhilarating outdoor attractions as well as magical Unicorn themed cafes. Check out this Bangkok itinerary for more ideas of what to do in Bangkok.
Before you go to Thailand do check out our complete packing guide for Thailand– you don’t want to overpack, or miss out essentials! If you’re planning on spending time in the city without children, check out 25 more brilliant things to do in Bangkok.
Thailand Travel Tips
You have two options when it comes to flights- get a stopover so the kids can stretch their legs and have a break from the plane, or do it in one swoop. We’ve done several 15+ hour flights including one 36 hour journey with a 3, 6 and 7 year old and we’ve nailed the best travel toys for toddlers! It is a good idea to time your arrival for the morning and make it relaxing for them the first day to allow jet lag to wear off- you might need this article on fixing jet lag in babies & toddlers. Allow for several days before your children adjust to the change in time, temperature and culture- Bangkok is hot! Plan a Bangkok itinerary before you get there so that you can enjoy one major activity each day and get plenty of time to rest and relax. Keep in mind that the weather can be humid and it can rain at any time, so keep your children cool and comfortable and well hydrated (see the Thailand packing list for recommended water bottles etc).
Best Indoor Playgrounds For Children In Bangkok
Kids love to play, and where better to do it than an air-conditioned indoor playground in Bangkok. Some good options are Funarium Playground, Kidzania, Imaginia Playland, Snow Town and more. Spread across vast spaces, there are innovative activities that are full of fun and excitement. Imaginia is free and is like a mini Kidzania, we loved it! Kidzania is the latest addition to the ‘edutainment’ scene and is fantastic for younger kids as they pretend to take on different jobs. Snow Town offers 30-40 cm of artificial snow for the children, and they can have a great time getting some respite from the heat!
More Things To Do In Bangkok With Kids
There is a ton to see and explore here and here are some of the most favorite activities for the whole family.
Siam Paragon Cinema
Patrick and I spent a lot of time here during monsoon season, and what an amazing cinema the Siam Paragon is- it’s great value and you can choose seriously luxurious options including sprawling sofas and waiter service during the film! Remember to stand during the montage of the King before each film (everyone else will be doing it too), it is very important in Thai culture.
Khao San Road
Walking down the Khao San Road can be fun for the whole family- it was certainly emotional for us bringing our three children here as it’s where we got engaged over a decade ago! There are lots of clothes stalls, tailoring shops, pad thai stands and more eating good places to eat as well as a bit of tourist tat. It’s right by the river so why not take a cheap taxi boat to your next destination?
Hop on a water taxi to see Bangkok city from a different angle. The taxi is cheap, quick and has upstairs and downstairs seating so you can choose how exposed to the elements you’d like to be (we st up top and the kids loved it!)
Oh, my. We had the pinkest, sparkliest, most brilliant time at this unicorn themed Bangkok cafe. With rainbow candy floss and pink waffles, unicorn onesies to dress up in and jewel-studded sofas, this is an absolute must for kids who are into sparkly magic! See our full post about the Bangkok unicorn cafe here.
Ride A Tuk Tuk
You can move for this traditional Thai transport in Bangkok, and riding on tuk-tuks was our children’s favourite part of our visit to the Thai capital city. There are no seatbelts and the driving can be a bit “eek” so be sure to get one with secure sides to hold on to, and ask your driver to slow down if it’s too racing-driver style for you!
This is a fantastical, magical theme park with rides and attractions for all ages. Lots of characters walk around the park for photo ops and there are upside-down worlds, a 3D cinema, live shows and of course fairground rides and rollercoasters. Our kids absolutely loved it here and we stayed from opening until closing!
Spot Monitor Lizards
In the local parks that run along the river you can often spot large monitor lizards basking in the sun. We even spotted one eating a snake while the children played on swings- not something you see every day (or ever!) in London parks!!
Another area that all families love is Terminal 21, which is based on the airport theme. The different terminals in the shopping Centre will lead you to different countries. You can visit Tokyo, San Francisco, London, Istanbul, Rome and many other countries in a day!
Bounce Inc Bangkok
Let your kids get out all their excess energy in this huge trampoline park, a neon ‘bounce revolution’. Those over three years old can bounce, climb and scramble to their heart’s content while adults chill at the sidelines or give it a shot themselves!
Art in Paradise
This is an exciting attraction at Esplanade Shopping Mall on Ratchada road and we had a fantastic couple of hours here. It is excellent fun not just for children but adults too! Spend your time posing with the 3D pictures and the visual illusions that are truly mind-blowing.
Flow House Bangkok
If your child is interested in learning how to surf before hitting Thai beaches, just head for the Flow Park. The whole family can join in the fun and learn a new sport thanks to the artificial wave machine. Children can jump straight into a body board and channel their inner surfer. Those watching clap and cheer encouragement, which is quite a nice way to start a surf career!