blogchatterA2zA for Amsterdam in The Netherlands | Kids Friendly Travel Destination | A2 Z April Challenge 2019 for Blogchatter


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Amsterdam is one of the vacation potentials in European cities. It has endless activities for your kids which will make you fall in love with these cities. I know, you might be wondering that Amsterdam is known as the ‘Sin City’ and it might be the reason you have stopped yourself from visiting this beautiful city. But, with the sincere effort of the Government and Tourism Board,  Amsterdam is completely changed its vibe and making it family friendly travel destination. So let me take you to journey in Amsterdam with Kids.


Best Time to Visit 

Between the month of April and May or September and November is considered as the perfect time to plan your getaway in Amsterdam

Things to do in Amsterdam with Kids

Here are the top attractions that you and your family will love during your vacation period in Amsterdam. Make sure to not to miss it.

  • If your kids love animals, then you should surely make a visit to ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
  • Enjoy some family time at one of the famous parks in the Netherlands, Vondelpark in Amsterdam
  • Take a ride in the friendliest train, Thomas De Trein in Amselpark, located in the outskirt of the city.
  • Pet or feed to the animals with your kids at the Amsterdam Forest.
  • Learn about the famous Dutch painters with your kids at the Van Gogh Museum.
  • Get the unforgettable experience of learning and entertainment altogether at The Amsterdam Dungeon
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the sight seeing with your kids at Canal Cruise Amsterdam.
  • Let your kids experiment on their own with fun filled science related activities at Discovery Corner in Amsterdam.
  • Explore the beauty of the city at the man-made island, KNSM island in Amsterdam.
  • Shop for your kids and their favorite toys at the Scheldestraat.
  • A golden chance to visit Anne Frank House with your kids.
  • Spin around the city with your family by renting bikes or bakfiets.amsterdam


Popular Places to Dine in Amsterdam with Kids

Here are the list of Kids friendly restaurants during the visit to Amsterdam.

  • Blender Amsterdam

Let your kids play and explore with a great variety of healthy and delicious to hog on with your family.

●      MiniChiChi Café

You can spend a relaxing time and sip your favorite coffee while your little ones enjoy their play-time.

  • Pancakes Amsterdam

 Amsterdam is famous for savory and fluffy pancakes and your kids will surely tempt to order another plate.


Kids Friendly Hotels in Amsterdam

If you are planning to visit or currently in Amsterdam, then you should take a look at these family friendly hotels for the comfortable stays.

  • Lloyd Hotel (4/5 ratings)
  • Ibis Amsterdam City West (4/5 ratings)
  • Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – Sloterdijk Station (4/5 ratings)
  • Campanile Amsterdam (3.5/5 ratings)

 Trigger your kid’s curiosity by visiting Amsterdam Museum and other historic places. It will be surely an wholesome learning experience and a great time to make your family bond stronger.

amsterdamLet me know what you think about the place or got any tips for travelling Amsterdam with your kids, then drop your suggestion in comments below. And stay tuned for the next alphabet of A2ZChallenge 2019.blogchatterA2z

Read my Last years challenge for blogchatter #A2Zchallenge : https://blogsikka.com/blog/adventures-with-kids-travelwithkids-blogchattera2z/




Time to Share the Theme for A to Z April 2019 Challenge #AtoZChallenge

I am so delighted to announce that I will be competing again in the Annual Mega Blogging Challenge i.e., A to Z April 2019 Challenge. From several parts of the world, various bloggers will be uniting to play this challenge. Sounds excited, right? So let me reveal my theme as Best Kid Friendly Travel Destination.

I have always relished the idea for engaging in such challenges and I strongly believe that every blogger should take out their time to partake in it. There are 4 P’s that are the main motives for participating in this challenge. So, let’s check it out.

Promotes Creativity: There are a plethora of articles on the internet and almost everyone has to say the same thing. I can concede that it is tough to write on something which isn’t accessible on the internet. Participating in such themes encourages you to think out of the box and generate exceptional content for the users as well.

Push Forward: Drafting on such themes can be overwhelming and challenging at the same time. It gives a kick to your brain to think of something new and originate a brand new content.

Peace of Mind: I have always fond of writing articles and blogs on my website. Engaging in this challenge makes me feel completed and contented. It makes me believe that I deserve a pat on my back.

Perfection: Have you ever heard, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?” Yeah right! Such challenges questions my ability and creativity and when I transcend these challenges it leads to one step closer to perfection.

I  participated in these challenge from last years and I have really loved the way how it turned out. I am pleased about the fact that I can strive to render a unique piece of content to my followers which always give them a chance to come back. If you’re new or haven’t checked the links of the previous participation, then you can do it now.


The theme for this year’s A to Z April 2019 Challenge is Best Kid-Friendly Travel Places All Around the World.

The Reason behind the Chosen Theme

The summer time is all around the corner. And what’s the best time of the year to plan a family vacation? 

Just like my daughter, every other kid is excited about their summer vacation. I know, most of the parents are thrilled to take out their kids to make the most of their vacation period. But, fancying a perfect vacation spot can turn out to be a little stressful and confusing. But don’t worry! I am here to help you out with the list of best Kid Friendly Travel Destination.

So, this April, I am going to share the best travel destination which is completely apt for your kids. It will help you to plan hassle free destination with your little ones. Subscribe to my newsletter, so that you can get notified whenever I upload a new vacay destination. And yes for more updates follow @blogchatter on Twitter and other social platforms. Last but not the least stag tuned to my tomorrow’s First post of April #A2Zchallenge .

In the interiors of Leh Ladakh! Exploring continues on Day 5

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 5

The very next day i.e. on day 5, after having breakfast they packed their luggage completely and then left from their tent rooms to visit some of the few places left to visit of Nubra Valley and then will continue their journey back towards Leh. Among those few places left to visit one of them was the most famous, oldest and the best surviving Monastery of Nubra valley of Ladakh named as Diskit Monastery.  The main attraction of that Monastery was the gigantic statue of Lord Buddha built on top of it. It faces the Shyok River towards Pakistan.

Leh LadakhAlmost all tourists who come to Nubra Valley love to Visit Diskit Monastery and experience the magnificent view of Nubra valley from the top of the Monastery. This Diskit Monastery was constructed during the 14th century by Changzem Tserab Zangpo but the construction of a huge 100-foot statue of Lord Buddha was started in the year 2006 and was inaugurated by the well-known priest of Ladakh Dalai Lama in the year 2010. After that almost all tourist visits this Monastery and like the huge magnificent statue a lot. The main part of this Monastery is a prayer hall which has several images of fierce guardians and it also has a huge drum inside it. Since this Monastery was situated at the high altitude it gave very unique and magnificent view of nearby villages and other scenic beauties. My sister and their friends loved this place a lot and also clicked memorable pics.

Leh LadakhSince we all Ladakh is famous for its religious and cultural festivals and also has a rich heritage of folk dance, so the tourists who love to know and enjoy the Ladakhi folk dance and its music do watch the show held by the local people for entertainment purpose. Even my sister and their friends took the tickets to watch the Ladakhi folk dance for some Rs.100 per person.  Four females performed on four songs which were all different with completely different attire. The dance they performed was though very simple but were very charming and enchanting,  basically, the female dancers were singing songs by themselves with just one person playing drum sitting on one side. The songs they were singing were in Ladakhi language, not understood by any one of them, which was obvious. But still they enjoyed the folk dance very much and the best part was that they all requested that drum player to play the famous Ganpati dance music and Garba dance music for which he was hesitating first but then played for all of them, which became an extra enjoyment for them.

Leh LadakhAfter enjoying this they all left for Leh with beautiful memories of Nubra Valley. On the way back they stopped at the point named as Khardung La pass which is believed to be the highest motorable road in the world. It is situated at an altitude of 5,359 meters and is about 39.7 km away from Leh.

All the tourist’s vehicles traveling to Nubra valley from Leh or vice-versa stop at this place to enjoy the mesmerizing view from such a high altitude and for photo clicks. Since it is at high altitude many tourists face the problem of low oxygen level and so should carry oxygen cylinders with them. This place had an Indian Army post and a temple. After leaving this place they reached Leh in the evening with lots of beautiful memories having completely tiring and adventurous journey. After having dinner, they were advised to take rest. Since we were having another tiring and traveling day the very next day waiting for them.

Read Day 1 of our traveling in Leh Ladakh 

Read our fun tour on Day 2 in Leh Ladakh

Do not miss the fun Day 3 Leh Ladakh post!

And, here’s Day 4 in Leh Ladakh

‘I am taking my Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter’ #MyFriendAlexa and my topic is Leh Ladakh diaries. Today is Day 5 of the itinerary. Wait for all other days as I finish this challenge!

Vacations with kids

Vacations are those days usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. It is a leave from regular work for a specific trip or journey. During my childhood days, I used to desperately wait for the vacations because during vacations we used to visit our grandparents at our native place.
When I think about my vacations as a child, the life we lived in the village with friends and the food and environment we experienced, cherishes my childhood days and I realize how much we had fun during vacations at that time period which our children of present generation fail to experience.
flying with kids
Nowadays, the scenario has completely changed, people from villages have shifted to live the lifestyle of the cities, there are hardly few people who are still staying in the village areas waiting for their children and Grandchildrens to visit them during their vacations. When no one stays at a native place the question to take our kids at the native place doesn’t arrive.
flying with kids
At present, the parents, today are making their kids join different classes to keep them all time busy. So, the kids of today’s generation just can’t differentiate between vacations and working days because for them all days are same. According to me, this is not completely correct, at some point you are spoiling your kids childhood, you are trying to make them smarter than their age, you are forcing your kids to move with the competitive world forgetting that they are just kids and it’s their age to live without tensions and enjoy each and every day.
It’s not like that you should not send your kids to different classes and make them perfect or should keep them update but the only thing is everything should be done at a proper time and with proper management. During vacations you should allow your kids to enjoy their life on their own, should allow them to do whatever they love to do, through this you will not only get the chance to know the hidden talents of your kids but at the same time you will allow your kids to live stress free life during vacations.
Vacations nowadays are filled with assignments and projects from school whereas in our times we do used to have assignments but they were fun to do. Those assignments were more of learning and gaining knowledge.
The scenario has changed completely when we talk about vacation, nowadays we plan the foreign tour, well in advance according to children’s vacations before going to the native place and enjoying with cousins and living native life.
I still miss my native place where I used to take my pets like cow and Buffalo for morning walk and feed. The most amazing part was diving in the small well. Plucking mangoes, Imlis, custard apple from any farm used to make us run like cats and dogs.
Wish  I get those lovely moments again with angel.

PS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is V,  so our article is related to vacations with kids.

Trekking with Kids

Our busy life, tight schedules often leave us with little or no time for our family and kids. I think every person should find ways to spend quality time with your family and the best way to contribute happiness and bring a smile to our loved ones is to take them on trips. One of the best way to help your family understand their environment, tradition, culture, the meaning of adventure and thrill is by taking them on trekking holidays and I think there is no other better place than India.

trekking with kidsIndia indeed has great family trekking places that teach us the importance of nature’s conservation, about different landscape etc. Doing a trek in India also helps us to realize the happiness lies in small gestures and basic things to experience rather than in materialistic things.

Trekking is another word for walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring the scenic beauty. Trekking involves walking through the hills and camping and carrying all basic requirements like food, clothes and shelter with you. Kids and even the youngsters love to go for the trek. You should plan a complete family trip to a place which involves trekking because the experience you will get will be breathtaking. You will love and enjoy to the fullest.

Is it possible to enjoy trekking with kids? Before having kids, trekking was one of my favorite activities whenever I used to travel. I still cherish the memories of climbing mountains and hiking through forests with friends, it was bliss. Despite the physical challenges, it is always one of the best ways of relaxing and experiencing new things. I believe every child should trek.

Travel agents nowadays also provide a complete service for the kids while treking. They keep useful stops with some inevitable snacks for them. Also, few games on the way of treking so that kids can enjoy and their trekking journey becomes more interesting. They provide necessary things for kids and also provides first aid facility whenever essential.

If you like to go on the trek but have to take kids with you, it becomes difficult to handle if kids are of small age. Here are some tips you can follow to solve this problem.

  1. Choose your trek destination wisely.
  2. Allow your kids to stretch themselves and be comfortable.
  3. Pack plenty of food and water.
  4. Start your trek early in the morning with all the protection you required.
  5. Take the camera with you, because the snaps you click will help to motivate your kid in future.
  6. Pack a basic first aid kit.
  7. Take plenty of rest when you going on a trek with the kid.
  8. Have a good company and enjoy your trek experience.

Yes, its true your journey might not be that simple when you go for the trek with kids because there are a lot of potential problems involved in it like will they walk? Will they allow a porter car to carry them? And what if they get sick? And many like this but if you take proper care and plan your trip wisely you will surely have a memorable trip.

blogchatterPS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is T, so our article is related to trekking with kids.

Read more on 6 best places to visit in Kerala for your vacations


Sight Seeing with Kids

Everything has beauty in its own but you can feel and know it only when you see it, is what I believe. Be a traveler, not a tourist, try to gain knowledge from it, try new things, meet new people these are some of the keys to understanding this amazing world. This is what you should teach your kids too.

Selfie with FamilySightseeing means the act of visiting and seeing places and objects by people, especially during holidays. Depending on your interest and the distance you can go for sightseeing using any means of transport. Going for sightseeing during weekends and during holidays is followed by a majority of people nowadays.

There are many beautiful sightseeing places in India and each one is just beautiful in its own way. India has most of the ancient and exotic cultures which makes it exciting for sightseeing.  Mumbai city is well-known for beautiful places to visit. I myself a resident of Mumbai enjoy staying here and hardly miss any weekend going for sightseeing with my family especially with my kid.

SelfieBeing a born and brought-up  Mumbaikar, chances are that your school or parents paid homage to every typical sight seeing with kids spot in Mumbai city, but today when asked to our kids they turn up their noses for those places which we loved exploring with our family. Many just throw up with words and say there’s nothing exciting for kids in Mumbai but since I am a Mumbaikar and have visited a majority of places here so know it that Mumbai city is rich in its heritage and uniqueness.

Points to be considered when you are going for Sight Seeing with kids

  1. Choose the best time to go, which is convenient for you and your kids too.
  2. Choose the best place, the place in which your kid is interested.
  3. Be prepared to be flexible, to face new things happen during the journey.
  4. Take necessary stuff of your kids with you for the journey.

When you go for sightseeing on weekends especially with your kids, it means planning much in advance and pacing yourselves differently, no doubt they will have a lot of fun and will even get a chance to gain new experiences. You should take a very comfortable means of transport for traveling. To avoid them becoming a bookworm and to give them live knowledge about different places, you should send your kids to different educational trips.

family at tajmahal

 There are several benefits of going for sight seeing with kids:

  1. They get a chance to visit new places and gain more knowledge.
  2. When you take them to museums for a visit, they become more familiar with Indian cultures and traditions.
  3. Visiting historical places with your child helps them to expand their knowledge of what they are learning in school.
  4. If your child is very much interested in any of the particular place you visit, ask him/her to carry a notebook to note down the information which he/she learned from that place.

The benefits you and your kids can reap by visiting different places especially nature, historical places and the museums are immeasurable.

PS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is S, so our article is related to sight-seeing with kids.

Rides with Kids

Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul, is a famous saying. It is true for those who love to live life with some adventures and amusement. You should make sure your kids have interest in outdoor play too. Rides with kids make a kid feel relax and refreshed.

Jet SkiesBeing a mother of a six-year daughter I know how crazy kids are today to visit amusement parks and enjoy new and different rides there. From my busy schedule, I have to manage time to take my daughter to the park so that she can enjoy playing rides available there. Yes, it is true it is not possible for everyone to have amusements parks near your residential area because the establishments of amusement parks with new and exciting rides require a lot of areas and also money.

Since I am staying in Mumbai, I find myself pretty lucky in this case because we Mumbaikars are blessed with famous Essel world and Imagica to enjoy several rides for the people of all age groups. Yes, it is not always possible to visit those places frequently but yes we can plan and visit those places with entire family especially with kids. By planning a one day picnic to amusement parks you will get a chance to try and enjoy several rides. I myself feel like going and enjoying the rides which make me live my childhood days again.

For the small children who are not ready for big rides for them, Kiddie rides are available which are especially for small kids. Some of the famous Kiddy attractions nowadays are the Heliport, a unique helicopter tower ride, the Go Gator a friendly kid-sized roller coaster and also a speedway racing car. There are also coin-operated amusements rides which are available at different amusement parks, malls etc where you can take your kids to have a new experience.

Taking your kids for rides involves a lot of risks if not taken proper care of them. The most common way children got hurt is by falling off or against a ride and in that case, they can even hurt their necks, head or can damage their face. Rides at restaurants and malls can be more dangerous for young children because they have a hard surface and lack child restraints.

Jet Skies Not all the kids love rides because many are scared and many don’t have the confidence or some may also have health issues like giddiness and vomiting. So, here at this point, I would like to give few suggestions: Depending on the age of your kid, they are allowed to go on a particular ride so right from the beginning you should make your kid enjoy small rides so that he/she can gain confidence and enjoy rides at every particular age. As a mom, I keep proper note of the strengths and weakness of my kid and then allow her to go on rides accordingly. One should not force your kid if he/she is not interested in rides, as I mentioned before not everyone likes to go on rides.

PS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is R, so our article is related to Rides with kid.

Overnight Travel

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”  by anonymous.

People love to travel at their own comfort. Many people love to travel at night and many don’t like. Different people have a different perspective on this. Presently, with a complete busy life, people nowadays prefer to travel during the night to save their daytime and to utilize their night time. Doesn’t traveling at night always affect your health…? I think it does because night time is the time made for rest, it is the time when the majority of people take rest after a long tiring day so that they can have a fresh and healthy morning a very next day. Overnight travel has both pros and cons.

But there are also some people especially the youngsters they love to travel overnight just for the sake of enjoyment. But isn’t it risky to leave your children to travel overnight..? almost daily we hear the news of drink and drive and rash driving by the youngsters especially during nights. Also, most of the accidents happen during night travel. Yes, it is true you should nurture your child in such a manner that he/she can be independent but care should be taken that they should not cross their limits.

If considering it in a positive manner, Overnight travel turns to be fruitful in many cases. Like, by early arriving in the morning, you have the full day for sight-seeing and on the other hand if you reach in the afternoon or later, your almost half the day is wasted and the remaining day you prefer to stay in the hotel room and take rest. Also in the case of day to day traveling it is better to travel overnight and reach your destination early morning so that you get the entire day to finish up with your work.

What if you have to travel overnight with kids? The situation will be completely different, you will have to think from the point of view of your kids. If kids night sleep is disturbed, your very next day will be completely ruined and so will your trip. So, when you are planning an overnight travel with kids you should take care of few things.

  1. You should make sure your kid is not tired and completes his/her sleep before the day on which you are about to travel.
  2. You should make sure to take kids favorite music albums or lullaby so that they get sound sleep.
  3. Your kids should be completed well before going on a trip.They should be ready to face the situation.
  4. The destination and the mode of transport you choose for overnight travel should be of your kids choice if possible.(they should be comfortable with it.)
  5. If you  have new born or a toddler always make sure you carry essential things .

As with every new day the night comes, with many advantages, the disadvantages cannot be neglected. If not emergency you should avoid night travel especially when you are with kids.


PS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is O, so our article is related to Overnight Traveling.


Navigation is the term of art used by navigators to perform navigation tasks. In a broader sense, it means any skill or study that involves the determination of position and direction. There are several navigation techniques which help to locate the navigator’s position. Being a traveler mom ,my most of traveling goes in understanding and navigation. This helps to plan the drive so as to get safe and smoith journey .

Today, because of the presence of satellite navigation and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), to travel by roads have become much simpler. Remember the days when we used to ask directions from roadside tea-stalls or any passing people to reach our destination, but this is not the case today because the electronic gadgets with navigators provide you the views of the even the smallest lanes of the remote locations. Benefits of using navigation:

  1. It gives a real-time location and also enables users to chart routes on your immediate position.
  2. Just you need to type your destination and the device selects the shortest route to reach there.
  3. Traveling to new places becomes easy.
  4. While traveling if you are in need of something or if you are in an emergency, it is easy to find the nearest chemist, ATM’s, restaurants or hospitals or any other service.
  5. Navigation applications have proved to be a handy tool for traveling and searching.
  6. Another great benefit of these applications is connectivity.
  7. The other thing is it saves a lot of your time and gives you a lot of comfort regarding everything.
  8. To help with navigation, there are several applications which are easily available in the market and that too free.

Navigation applications and other uses of smartphones are also used by the kids and youngsters too at a very extreme level. Care should be taken of your kids so that they don’t misuse the service provided by the navigation applications. As we all know every coin has two sides if any modern inventions not used properly and for genuine and known reasons can also prove a curse to you.

PS: I am participating in blogchatter A2Z challenge and today’s letter Is N ,so our articles is related to Navigation  application.

        From last year itself I am watching Atoz challenge by blog chatter, but never took a pain to understand what is this exactly, but this year I went to whole website and understood what is Atoz challenge by blogchatter.
       The first thing I did was to sign up immediately I saw the link for Atoz  challenge by blogchatter.
         After reading the terms and conditions I could understand that this exercise will add good content to my blog which other wise I won’t write as I need some motivation to write always. 
      Since my blog is based on travel with kids I chose my theme for Atoz challenge by blogchatter same topic.  Which I’m happy to reveal as Travelling with kids 
In this series I would be sharing all the tips related while we travel with kids.
I’m already prepared mentally and started writing well in advance so that I don’t miss any day as I want to complete the challenge any how.
        As I know this Atoz challenge by blogchatter will boost my confidence as well as make me write more and more and gradually I will get habitual to writing.
 What Is Atoz challenge by blogchatter
People who don’t what Is Atoz challenge by blogchatter, let me explain to you.
Atoz challenge by blogchatter is challenge for blogger and writer to write 26 articles related to one theme, where on April 1st of 2018, you have to write articles which starts or has major keyword with Letter A. And on 2 nd April with letter B and so on… So except 4 Sunday of the month, you have to write on next letter of Atoz challenge. This challenge will make your blog more specific and your writing niche will be discovered more.
Not only this you get to read more and more people blog and meet new people to understand what’s happening in the industry.  .
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