Ho Chi Minh city ( is the most bustling city in Viet Nam. If you are traveling with kids, this city is a real place for them to explore and enjoy. Besides wonderful Sai Gon street foods, there are lots of kid-oriented activities which will definitely keep your kids entertained in their stay in Sai Gon.
1. Bee Bee Land
This is an activity center for kids from 3 to 12 years old, which is just a few minute ride out of the center city. They have different sections for different ages of children. A climbing wall is a fantastic adventure for 8-12 year old kids. Padded stairs, racing slides, swirling contraption, cars, carts, swings, ball pool, and a lot more activities that your kids can spend hours playing while you -parents can sit back and work on computers or have a break outside the playground.
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2. tiNi World
Here is another wonderful place for kids to spend hilarious hours. They have several branches throughout the city. It costs 100,000 VND for 1 kid with unlimited time to play in tiNi World . The kid’s craft area on the 2nd floor allows little explorers to make sand-pictures, bead bracelets, paint ceramics, or make paler bead shapes. Kids can pick the paler beads, and select their shapes based on a bunch of samples. The staff put the beads in small trays to keep it clean and organized. tiNi World has a huge play area on the main floor with things for kids to climb up and slide down as well as separate rooms with Wifi Games and a quieter play space with dolls and toys for smaller kids. The second floor boasts several room including a reading library, a computer game room, and a craft area. They also had a rock climbing wall. On the third floor, there is a big coffee shop.
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3. Kiz City
This is a perfect mini city for kids to do all their dream jobs. Children can choose dozens of jobs that they want to do in the future and they will be provided outfits, facility and a place for that specific job. Your kids can be firefighters, nurses, doctors, post delivery, bankers, police, etc., or they can do some fun activities like art, ice cream making or learning to drive. This is a fabulous experience for kids to learn about what people do at work. The instructions are mostly in Vietnamese and little in English, but kids are smart to understand all by watching and they will learn a smattering of Vietnamese by the end of the day.
To keep yourself occupied while waiting for kids to complete their jobs, you can find a seat in the air con cafe with meals and snacks. They are all cheap and comfortable. Bringing a book is the best way to buy some time.
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4. Diamond Plaza Bowling
If you and your kids are interested in bowling, it is a perfect option to go to Diamond Plaza Bowling. You can have a relatively quiet place if it is not on weekends or holidays. Therefore, you can freely play as much as you can. And most importantly, it is air -conditioned. Diamond Plaza is where you and your kids with get closer with a down to earth activity of bowling.
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Suoi Tien is a great place for kids to drain out their energy. It is about 15 km away from the center of city. There are many outdoor and indoor activities and a big fun water park for you and your family to spend all day long.
Harry Potter Castle is a scary and crazy experience for kids from the age of 8. Big roller coaster, UFO spinner, 8D movie theater, giant windmill, space ship ride, lazer zone, cable car, magic castle, witch jungle secrecy are what you can have for a crazy fun day out in Suoi Tien park.
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This is the tallest Financial tower in Viet Nam which can be seen from the Center of the city. And this is the best place to take an entire look of Sai Gon. They have drinks and food floors up there. And there is an observing platform when you can entirely enjoy the winds blowing over hairs and admiring the beauty of Sai gon at night.
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7. 23/9 Park
The park is pretty well designed, with ‘cushioned’ flooring like you get in Europe and all the most liked activities. There are some exercise equipment for grown ups as exercise bikes, pull up bars if you feel the urge! Also, there are public toilets and a newly opened McDonalds just over the road, plus a fairly authentic fish and chip restaurant nearby. It's a fantastic relaxing nature spot!
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Let's learn something about the Vietnam war in the War Remnants museum. There are authentic war planes & bomb shells outside the museum, and lots of brilliant old photographs inside. Entry is only 60,000 dong for a family of 5. The museum gets fairly graphic on floor 2 with shocking displays of what Agent Orange did to the Vietnamese. Kids will be fond of taking pictures with aircrafts, helicopters, tanks and more. A trip to War Remnants museum is such a great experience for kids about the Vietnamese history.
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The Independence Palace whose gate is crushed by the tank of the Vietnamese soldiers in the past has become a unqie image when people recalled the victory of Vietnamese soldier againts the American government in Viet Nam. The building and rooms with facilities are exactly what they were since 1975.
For its historical value, Indepence Palace shouldn't be missed if you want to drag your kids around and learn more about the Vietnamese history.
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10. Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi tunnel is one of the most famous historic landmarks which is about 70 km away from Ho Chi Minh city. It is well worth a trip to see the best war construction ever on your own eyes. Kids will be so much excited to crawl through a long underground tunnel to have a look at how the life of Vietnamese soldiers were during the war. War handmade weapons are on displays and you will have a real touch on what had been used in the past. In addition, older tourists can try real AK shoots.
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11. Saigon Polar Expo
Saigon Polar Expo is a brand new ice entertainment venue that has recently opened to the public at Him Lam new urban area in District 7, HCMC. The venue opens from April 14, 2016 to February 28, 2017. This means that Saigon citizen are able to experience snow and ice during summer.
With temperatures of 15 degrees below zero Celsius, the ice playground stretches over 1,600 square meters with a five-meter-high ceiling and 11 sets of scenes, it will be an outstanding theme part of snow lovers.
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The giant features numerous beautiful ice sculptures of different shapes with special visual and sound effects. Guests may enjoy creating snow man, ice sliding, drinking at an ice bar and admiring a photo exhibition.
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Tickets are free for children under 4 years old. For adults, ticket is VND180,000 per person on normal days and VND210,000 on holidays. You can get promotional prices if purchasing tickets at Vietopia at 2-4 Road No.9 in Him Lam new urban zone in District 7, and Tan Dat Thuan trade and service company at 4 Ut Tich Street in HCMC’s Tan Binh District.
12. SC Vivo City
SC Vivo City in District 7 is one of the best hanging place for family with kids. Aside from the Coop Xtra Hypermart , PNC’s Book Cafe will pleases those who love shipping a cup of coffee while reading a favorite book. Starbucks has its store here too.
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The Apple Kids Club and Lego Play is a terrific place to leave your kids and head to watch an iMax movie. Woman may love wandering most of the shops like Diesel, Guess, Gap, Esprit, CK, and Aldo. However, it’s best to get someone to observe them. The playground costs 80kVND per child for unlimited numbers of hours and 100kVND during weekends and holidays.
Vivo City features a bowling alley inside their entertainment center! Funny bowling games are waiting for you there. And on the roof, is the Sky Park which is a perfect place to escape the heat. There are showers there so make sure to bring some extra clothes with you
Vivo City has a number of restaurants to choose from such as, Pepper Lunch, Sumo BBQ, King BBQ, Hot Pot Story, Koh Thai Bistro, and even Vuvuzela! So you don’t worry about what to eat while enjoy your family time here.