Malta Baby & Kids Directory: Days Out

Welcome to our Malta Baby & Kids Days Out directory filled with ideas of Malta’s Beaches, Beach Clubs & Lidos, Boat Excursions, Bus Rides, Train Rides & Pedicabs, Farms, Museums, Picnic Areas, Public Parks & Gardens, Restaurants with Play Areas, Seaplane Tours, Theme Parks & Tours for children.

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Educational Outings for children during the Summer Holidays

 

 

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Malta Tourism Authority list of events

 

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8 reasons to catch the bus with your children 

 

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Heritage Malta 

 

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Most Popular "Children Friendly" Restaurants in Malta and Gozo

 

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Keeping kids entertained in restaurants

 

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Best family friendly heritage Malta sites 

 

Living on such a culturally rich island means that children start becoming aware of our heritage at a very young age. Hence, it can never be too early to start exposing them and channelling their curiosity in the right direction. Heritage Malta, the National Agency for museums, has made it one of its priorities to make culture accessible to all audiences, including the young.


Museums and sites that will definitely prove fascinating for kids are:

 The National Museum of Archaeology – Megaliths carved with plants, animals and spirals are sure to leave children open-mouthed. Cartoons that explain at a glance what is written in the text, and hands-on displays, will ensure that children are never bored.

 The Grandmaster’s Palace – Rows of armour lining the rich corridors and rooms will definitely be awesome for children. Careful though, some might want to become knights themselves after such a visit!

 Għar Dalam Cave and Museum – Elephants? Rhinoceroses? Where else can you see them if not here? In miniature, skeletal forms of course! Let children wonder at how much fun it would be to go back in time and bring home a live one to replace your beloved pet.

 Malta Maritime Museum – Pirates, treasures and ships are a sure fire way to spark a child’s imagination. Here you will find these and so much more!

 Ta’ Kola Windmill (Gozo) – Step into an authentic windmill and show your children how the massive machinery used to produce the flour in the food they eat daily works!

Saint Paul’s Catacombs – Legends? Mysteries? Bring a torch with you and put on Indiana Jones’ shoes so together you uncover the secrets hidden in the bowels of the earth. These and many other sites and museums are just waiting to be discovered. And if you want your children to become fully rounded and culturally aware human beings we only have one suggestion to put to you, and that is to start them young on the path of cultural discovery!

  

 
 

 

 Explore Malta by bus

 

Words by Jessica Mula – Marketing Executive at Malta Public Transport

 

“The wheels on the bus go round and round…” says a children’s song – probably one of the songs that comes to every young person’s mind when they get on a bus. Just hop on, and the big wheels will drive you around to explore Malta and its beautiful surroundings.

 

 

Travelling with Malta Public Transport is ideal for families with young kids! On every bus, there is space where one can stow pushchairs, while drivers can lower the buses to allow easier access for parents with pushchairs. Drivers can also assist with pushchairs if need be. On every bus there is also space for stowing baggage, which is very practical for women travelling with children and bulky items.

 

Children up to 4 years of age travel for free and those between 4 and 10 years can register for a personalised yellow tallinja card which has no photograph. Families who would like to explore the Maltese Islands may also make use of the Explore Card, which offers unlimited travel for 7 days at any time of the day. Another cost effective way of getting around the Maltese Islands is with the 12 Journey Card, which offers 12 journeys on the bus for one individual or which may also be shared by a group.

 

Malta Public Transport just recently launched a mobile app called tallinja. This app provides up-to-date bus information about the time of arrival of the next bus at any chosen bus stop, thus making travel easier for families. For more information visit the official website at publictransport.com.mt

 

Get there by Bus! On a lovely summer’s day families can enjoy Malta by bus and visit various places together.

 

One cannot miss the capital city of Malta, Valletta, as it has so much to offer. One of the places one should visit is The Upper Barrakka Gardens with it’s amazing view of the Grand Harbour (Route 133). Visiting Valletta will let families delve into Malta’s rich historical past and be swept away by the stories of all the museums, the churches andthe palaces. Parents can enjoy shopping in the Capital while the children can have a good time playing around the dancing fountains at St. George’s Square (Route 133). The bus service to Valletta is very frequent, thus making it one of the easiest locations to reach.

 

The Ta’Qali National Park (Routes 56 & 186) is the place to be for an enjoyable picnic and a place where the children can enjoy a good run, freely, and in a safe environment. Close by, you will also find the Crafts Village, a vegetable market as well as the Malta Aviation Museum.

 

As many may already know, the Maltese Islands get very hot during summer. So what should one do? Just spend a day relaxing at one of the nice beaches that our beautiful country has to offer! During summer, Malta Public Transport can easily take you to the beach, with several routes travelling to many beaches. Altought it may seem like a long journey, going to Għadira Bay (Routes: 41, 42, 49, 101, 221, 222, 250 & N11), only takes 30mins by public transport. Another advantage is that you would have no parking hassle as the bus will stop you very close to this pretty-looking bay.

 

Kids love a visit to the Malta International Aquarium in Buġibba (Route: 45), a new and exciting place having 41 tanks that include reptiles and amphibians, as well as Mediterranean and exotic fish from the Indian Ocean. It is also practical to visit by bus as there is a bus stop just outside the venue. Spend a day at Popeye’s Village (Routes: 41, 42, 49, 101, 221, 222, 250, X1 & X1A) and let the family experience the famous film set and its exciting fun rides. Kids will love it! To visit these places and others, the bus is your best option!

 

 

 
 

 

 

 Seasonal Outings for families around the maltese Islands

 

 Bearing in mind Malta’s mild, unpredictable weather, families living locally need inspiration when looking for outings which can keep every member of the family happy, all year around.

 

Spring is one of my favourite seasons to enjoy all that the Maltese archipelago has to offer. The days start to get longer - which brings a welcome respite to the cold, dark winter days, breathing new life into the islands. As the chance of rain diminishes, outdoor pursuits become more feasible. Enjoy the simple pleasure of taking the ferry across to Valletta, to appreciate a wander around the stunning capital city. Kids of varying ages love to chase pigeons through the gardens of Upper Barrakka, while the parents take a load off and savour the impressive views. Though be sure to take a change of clothes with you for the rugrats, as the dancing fountains, spouting temptingly out of the square in front of The Grandmaster’s Palace, is almost impossible for the children to resist! Public gardens also come into their own as we gear up for the warmer weather, and San Anton and the neighbouring Kitchen Garden is a great place to while away a lazy afternoon. Malta has seen an increase in the amount of quiet, shady outdoor reading spots-like the public literacy gardens set in the Bir Miftuħ area of Gudja. Combine instilling a lifelong love of literacy with an outing by joining your nearest lending library. What better way to set a good example then to enjoy some healthy refreshments and an interesting book ensconced in nature.


Summer is a no brainer for families living in, or visiting, the Maltese archipelage. After all kids, sand and water are a timeless marriage made in heaven! Keep costs to a minimum by packing your own snacks, and plenty of iced water. Children do not need to tan so remember to invest in a total protection sunblock, or U.V. gear.T hen click on a dot along the coastline on your Google map, look up directions, and off you go! These long, idle beach days are a mini holidays in themselves, as you make childhood memeories which your family will treasure forever. Try to steer clear of the sun’s harmful midday rays by either putting the younger kids down for a nap on a sunbed in the shade, or by taking a break from the seaside to pay a visit to one of the many family friendly heritage sites which the Maltese Islands have to offer. The newly opened War Museum, recently relocated to the spectacularly renovated Fort St.Elmo, is sure to fire the imagination of young minds! Take a staycation and spend the day at Popeye’s Village – exploring the famous film set, taking a boat trip and playing a round of mini golf, which will surely see you all reluctant to leave at closing time.

Autumn heralds in the start of a new scholastic year, so weekday excursions tend to be closer to home - bicycle rides along the promenade to the local playground for an hour or so, or a trip to the closest indoor playcentre on those rainy days. On weekends pack the picnic basket and plaid blanket and head out to the craggy countryside. From nature walks with Malta Gerographical Society to kite flying, there is plenty for enterprising families to discover. Treat animal lovers to a visit to the Wildlife Park Malta, and give youngsters the thrill of experiencing African wildlife up close! What better way to spend a languorous Sunday afternoon than grabbing the extended family members and treating yourselves to lunch at the extensive Montekristo Estates,  enjoying their  wide range of food options and budget friendly prices. This time of year is ideal for a spot of impromptu camping by the seaside, as although the sea is still warm enough for a dip, the pesky mosquitoes have buzzed off! Join a cycling club and take long, enjoyable weekend morning rides in the company of like-minded families, working up a healthy appetite while you keep fit and get the whole family moving. Late in the season bargain hunters will be rewarded for their patience with cheap prices for weekends on the sister islands of Gozo and Comino; or at an all-inclusive resort in Malta. 

A huge thunderstorm at the end of the school holidays usually signals the start of the winter season.  Winter, though mild and temperate in Malta, tends to be a challenging time for parents looking to entertain their children. Locals are likely to be put off going out by even the slightest threat of rain, which comes from being spoilt by agreeable weather for the majority of the year! Indoor playcentres are the obvious choice, although beyond the age of eight most children then seem to outgrow them. Older children up to tweens prefer gaming arcades and interactive simulators. Lasermaxx at Baystreet in Paceville has something for all age groups to enjoy, from bumping cars to lasertag to retail therapy on Sundays! Those in the know, hurry to bag a spot to spend the night at ‘Bethlehem in Għajnsielem’. During the festive season this incentive of recreating the atmosphere surrounding the birth of Jesus is gaining popularity. Culminating in the arrival of the three kings, there are a few limited huts where you can give the kids a truly unique experience which you could always follow up by a night in one of the nearby hotels to scrub up!

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Fun for Kids with Heritage Malta

Museums and heritage sites are great fun… if empowered to share their story in a stimulating and entertaining way. Any visit to a heritage attraction is unavoidably bound to impart some kind of knowledge, and given that people stand a better chance to learn more in circumstances of positive engagement the experiences on offer must prove to be genuinely entertaining. Since its inception in 2002, Heritage Malta (the National Agency for Museums, Conservation and Cultural Heritage) has been striving to bring the heritage resources entrusted to its care closer to the general public through a rethink of the display and interpretation modes, the introduction of adequate visitor amenities, the crafting of a comprehensive outreach programme and the hosting of events. The list is appreciably long and is beyond the scope of this short contribution.

It must be stated, nonetheless, that most of our museums and sites boast of a fully-fledged programme of thematic educational events ranging from storytelling to crafts and cooking workshops. Suffice to note that during the forthcoming scholastic year, Heritage Malta shall be offering some 250 thematic events for organised school groups. This programme has been designed to cater for a wide audience, the entire age spectrum from pre-grade pupils to post secondary students, and the mixed abilities of the prospective participants. A parallel outside school-hours programme will run for culture card holders.

Besides, Heritage Malta will keep enhancing its annual programme of family-oriented events. Families have, significantly, become one of the fastest growing segments of museum goers in the Maltese Islands and beyond. This is not surprising at all. In an age where social interaction is increasingly being challenged by the prevailing hectic lifestyles, visits to heritage resources are metamorphosing into ideal opportunities for parents and children to talk, explore and learn together - essentially, some quality time.

The coming months are particularly interesting. Further to the recently opened Fort St. Elmo (which incorporates the refurbished National War Museum), Heritage Malta shall be inaugurating Fort St. Angelo and opening up some twenty catacombs at the St. Paul’s Catacomb complex. We hope you will find the time to visit and experience these national treasures.

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Fun attractions for kids

Words by Andrea Critien – Malta Baby & Kids Directory

1.    For all aspiring 'Nemos', 'Aerials' and 'Capt Jack Sparrows' the Malta National Aquarium boasts 26 display tanks with mainly Mediterranean fish such as grouper, sea bream, sea bass, Mediterranean rays and octopi. The tanks also feature artificial replicas of historical artefacts found around the Maltese shores. Kids are in for a real adventure with the water walk through tunnel which will allow them to admire closely the fish species from the Indian Ocean including a black tip shark. Kids are guided through an interactive touch pool on how to handle urchins, starfish and crabs and taught about the nutritional habits of fish. Sleepover parties and diving-with-the-fish are also in the pipeline to give kids a surreal experience. (Days Out – Theme Parks)

2.      You need not be the Lone Ranger or an aspiring cowboy or simply wait to have a party to organise a group  of  friends  and  head  off  for  some  fun  time  at Sunflower  Stables.  Various  crafts  are  offered  to different ages – the younger kids can prepare a horse mask while the older ones have different horse games like ‘pinning the tail’. All kids just love the interaction with real live farm animals like goats, rabbits and chickens; they can also enjoy plenty of cart rides pulled by friendly ponies. (Parties - Party Venues).

3.     For aspiring soldiers a visit to Fort Rinella in Kalkara is a must! Malta’s liveliest museum where history comes to life daily from Monday to Sunday at 2.30pm sharp. Volunteers dressed as late 19th century Victorian soldiers will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with lively and colourful historical re-enacting. The tour starts with the firing of an original Victorian cannon (which you can also fire!). This is followed by a live demonstration of how the fort would have been defended during an attack. The group is then directed into the fort only to be challenged by the sentry guarding the gate. More displays will take place inside the fort including military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. Opening Times: Monday - Sunday: 9.30am- 5.00pm. Catch buses no’s 3 and 213 to the Fort from Valletta. www.wirtartna.com

4.      Visit  Malta’s  leading  Artisan  Market  –  Malta  Artisan  Markets  -  selling  authentic  local  artisan products including arts and crafts and artisan food products direct from the artist and producer. The market offers creative kids’ activities with the artists and is a great place to mix and mingle with friends and family. Look up Malta Artisan Markets on Facebook or www.maltaartisanmarkets.com to discover when and where the next market will be held. (Shopping – Shopping Information).

5.  The BirdPark Malta is discretely nestled in Salina and is home to over 200 species of birds and other animals the park is a must for all those who have nature at heart. Flamingos, pelicans, swans, storks owls, cranes, parrots and many other amazing birds from around the world thrive happily with a variety of friendly mammals and reptiles. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about bird plumage cycles, flight, habitat, displays, song and calls, territory and pair formation, nests and eggs, migration and much more, whilst having the chance to observe and interact with wildlife. (Days Out – Themed Parks)

6. The Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park has a Visitor Center which is equipped with hands-on display together with a family area which includes educational activities for all the family as well as a “nature trail” for both tourists and locals, thus encouraging walking tours across the magnificent scenic countryside that this location has to offer.  

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Most Popular "Children Friendly" Restaurants

Voted in The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta & Gozo – annual restaurant survey. 

Every year as part of The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta & Gozo regular diners out vote for their favourite ‘children friendly’ restaurant. The top rated restaurant wins the Children Friendly Award sponsored by The Malta Baby & Kids Directory which is presented at the annual Restaurant Awards Ceremony gala dinner.

 

 

 

 

Top Survey rated restaurants as voted by regular diners out:

iPlace  

Mamma Mia   

The Boat House        

The Avenue

The Villa 

Il-Veduta 

Tal-Familja 

Tarragon      

Piccolo Padre   

Medina 

Baia Beach     

Beppe's  

Tal-Kaptan, Waterfront

Stone Crab     

Pintonino

Palio’s 

Le Bistro

Ta' Marija      

Trattoria AD 1530

Ta' Karolina 

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Top Ten Playgrounds in Malta and Gozo

Words by Crysta Darmanin – Malta Baby & Kids Directory

As a mother of two children under ten, I consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to local playgrounds. At first, whilst living in Sliema, I found that -due to the easy accessibility of the promenade and the choice of local swings, I had become complacent to venture further afield. This was mostly due to the fact that I couldn't bear to lose my hard won parking space! It was only after my second child was born, when we were forced to move out of our tiny flat, in the north of the island, due to lack of space for ride alongs, bicycles and scooters; that I really began to discover which were the top ten playgrounds on  the  island.  Thanks  to  the  embellishment projects part  financed  by EU funding, the options for entertaining our offspring have widened considerably from when I was growing up.

The largest, and one of the newest must be the recently rehabilitated Sant’ Antnin Family Park, built on the site of a former landfill, in Marsaskala. Spread over 80 tumoli of land, this park is sandwiched in between the Inspire Foundation and WasteServ. Next to the visitor’s centre, it boasts ample parking, in front of which children are immediately drawn to the rock climbing wall, which requires pre-booking. A short distance uphill, through hedge mazes, leads you to various playgrounds for a variety of ages and abilities, including an outdoor gym and picnic area. The feeling of wide, open space is unparalleled in Malta, and there is surely something for everyone to enjoy. Next to the older children’s play area, a small but popular football field is located and further down you get to the equestrian area and Dog Park. This vast expanse of open space is an unusual find in Malta, and it has the added bonus of rarely feeling overcrowded. There are also some new water features as an added bonus for the children, and the young at heart!

Slightly smaller in size, but packed with exciting equipment and ample opportunities to get soaked -the B.O.V  Adventure  Park  in  Ta’ Qali is  very popular, especially at the weekends. This playground is grouped into areas for various ages and abilities, and the equipment is fun and safe. The turfed area is attractive to families with infants, and sunbathing  couples. Their walk-  through fountain is one of the main attractions of this playground, so remember to pack a swimsuit, change of clothes and waterproof shoes for the kids, when you visit! The lack of shaded areas means that this park becomes a ghost town during the day in the summertime, but springs back to life by late afternoon. It’s proximity to Ta’ Qali National park, which makes an ideal spot for a picnic, and the Petting Zoo ensure that a visit to this playground could easily be extended  into a  fun, family day out. Contrary to most local playgrounds, the  Ta’ Qali Adventure Park boasts a cafeteria, with outdoor seating and ample toilet facilities. Although bicycles, scooters and skates are not permitted in the park-they may be ridden just over the fence in the picnic area. At the back of the park are an outdoor gym and five-a-side football area, where you will often find ice-cream and doughnut vendors. Parking just outside the entrance, on both exits of the park, helps make this park a hassle free outing for all concerned.

The Buġibba promenade has recently benefitted from a playground just behind the Aquarium, which is in keeping with the nautical theme. It has climbing  frames, swing sets and slides which are located conveniently close to the cafeteria in Pjazza San Pawl, where parents may enjoy relaxing with a cup of tea, whilst still keeping a watchful eye on their offspring. The views of the open sea make for an idyllic setting. Since this playground is the relatively ‘new kid on the block’, it is best avoided at the weekends, until the novelty wears off; and is rather unpleasant on blustery days, due to its lack of shelter from the prevailing winds.

Pembroke boasts one of the best playgrounds in the north of Malta, set in a picturesque valley down by the water’s edge, and ample easy access parking.  It  is  recommended  to  take  your  child’s  favorite personal  mode  of  transport  with  you  when  you  visit-bicycles, scooters,  roller  blades  or  skateboards-depending  on  their  age;  as there is a wide, open amphitheatre conveniently located adjacent to the  car  park.  To  one  side  lies  a  sand  football  pitch,  which unfortunately  bears  the  brunt  of  littering  and  is  quite  pebbly,  and turns  into  slime  post-  rainfall  –  but  do  take  your own  ball  if  your child  is  partial  to  joining in  the  beautiful  game. On the lower level lies a state-of-the art playground for young children, with equipment combining firm favorites-such as a roundabout, with innovative equipment –like the swinging disc. On the upper level, accessible either from the steep stairway or via the ramp around  the side, there is a landscaped garden space unlike anything which  I have come across locally. Therein lies a small play area for toddlers, a stream meandering through grassy rocks and a shaded seating area for the grownups. Favorite activities of my children are to attempt to skim rocks across the man-made river -and hop across the stones through the water until one of them falls in! The toilet facilities are fantastic, and well kept. Adults can take a load off since their children will keep themselves busy skipping alongside the stream. Unfortunately, there are two glaringly obvious downsides to this park. Firstly, the water feature is sporadically switched off, thus turning  the  stagnant water into a smelly swamp which  attracts mosquitoes and  is a health  hazard. Secondly, and most predominantly, the obvious lack of refreshments available necessitates the need to take provisions with you. Authorities take note- what us mum’s want from an outing is a cup of tea and the newspaper while the kids waste their energy! Though occasionally the doughnut van shows up and does a roaring trade in take-away hot beverages served in tiny Styrofoam cups.

With toddlers, finding a suitable playground can be a challenge, therefore it is best to try and find small areas which cater specifically for the under five’s.  One  such playground  is  located  in  St.Andrew’s  garden,  next  to  the  tennis court. The area is enclosed by fencing, and the gate entrance is kept closed to deter the rugrats from running into the street. Large, low, plastic  equipment is  easy  to  use  and  safe,  and  many  parents  bring small  ride  alongs  and  bubble  mix  to  keep  the  kids  entertained. Mummies be warned though-bringing along your own refreshments is a must! 

Another small village gem is the Ħal Lija Park, located in the heart of its quiet residential area. A very conscientious park attendant keeps the place up to scratch. Located inside the playground, you will find a tennis court and a bowls pitch. There is no need to bring a football with you, as there are plenty to choose from in the sought after pitch. The usual fare of swings sets and winding slides is set in a lovely garden, complete with traditional Maltese café serving ‘te fit-tazza’ (tea in a glass). 

A hidden gem which I happened upon, quite by accident, is the public playground in Paola. The surrounding trees provide some shade and the large space hosts a variety of imposing, modern jungle gyms, playhouses and climbing frames, molded into fantastical shapes. This playground is really a feather in the cap of the East of the island, where previously public spaces were frequented by unsavory characters, whose litter rendered the area unsafe for children. In contrast, Ġnien Pawlu Boffa is a top notch playground.

On the Coast Road, across from the water park in Baħar iċ-Ċaqgħaq, in a modest square parallel to the main road, lies a lovely little area just in front of the local parish church. The main attraction here is the water installations-so parents, be warned and bring bathers, a towel and possibly some flip-flops along with you for your charges. Herein you will find a modern take on jungle gyms, playhouses and swing sets. The playground is located in a residential area, but seems to attract an older age group, which helps keep the noise level to a minimum.

Sliema residents are spoilt for choice with the latest addition to public spaces at Ix-Xatt ta' qui-Si-Sana. George Bonello Du Puis garden is excavated below street level, providing shelter from the prevailing winds, as well as minimizing the effect of the imposing structures. The outdoor gym equipment is surrounded by grassy hills, providing visitors with a rare opportunity to lie on the grass, and their children find it all the better to roll down the hills! High webbed climbing frames, infants’ teddy bear reclining swings sets and a fountain sprouting from the ground make this the most sought after outing in the northeast of the island for a spot of family fun. Mobile kiosks and coffee shops are within easy reach of this playground. The older playground on the Sliema promenade, next to it-Torri, pales in comparison to this shiny new addition. 

An inventory of recreational spaces for families would not be complete without giving our sister island a mention. Close to Ramla l-Ħamra, lies a peaceful playground, where the old style basketball game provides entertainment for children of all ages. The quaint swing sets, slides and see-saws near Ġgantija are in sharp contrast to the recently refurbished, spacious Xagħra playground, complete with roundabout and plastic climbing frame for the kids. Last but definitely not least, the public area in Munxar deserves a special mention for its excellent climbing frame, swing sets and outdoor gym - a vain attempt to encourage the grown-ups to work out, no doubt!

To recap, Malta's public areas have really come a long way from the decrepit swing sets, merry-go-rounds, slides and see-saws of the previous millennium. Nowadays, the sophistication of the equipment has risen to meet families’ high expectations. Modern playgrounds aim to give better quality of life to busy parents, as well as embellish their surroundings, while providing safe, recreational spaces for families to visit.

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Malta Tourism Authority events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria International festival - music for all

 

11/06/2014 - 17/07/2014 Victoria - Gozo 

In Guardia Parade - Historical re-enactment of a military drill

 

06/07/2014 Vittoriosa (Birgu)

Malta Artisan Markets - A market of hand made food, arts & crafts

 

06/07/2014 La Laguna, Smart City

Maritime Senglea International Festival - A city of History, Culture and Traditions

 

11/09/2014- 14/09/2014 Senglea (L-Isla) 

Malta Artisan Markets - A market of hand-made food, arts & crafts

 

12/09/2014-13/09/2014 Senglea (L-Isla) Waterfront

A Night in 'Casal Fonraro' - The baker's village

 

20/09/2014 Hal Qormi 

In Guardia Parade - Historical re-enactment of a military drill

 

21/09/2014  Vittoriosa (Birgu) 

Żejt Iż- Zejtun - A folklore event celebrating the start of the olive picking season

 

27/09/2014-28/09/2014  Zejtun

In Guardia Parade - Historical re-enactment of a military drill

 

28/09/2014 Vittoriosa (Birgu)

Notte Bianca - Largest festival in Valletta

 

 04/10/2014 Valletta

The Mdina Grand Prix 2014 - The annual event of competitive motorsport

 

09/10/2014-12/10/2014 Mdina

Birgufest - The city of Vittoriosa relives its past

 

10/10/2014-12/10/2014 Vittoriosa (Birgu)

L-lmqabba - Biss Bil-Ħila - Musċi, food, entertainment, games and traditions 

 

12/10/2014  lmqabba 

Military Mtarfa - Celebrating Mtarfa's military history

 

18/10/2014  Mtarfa 

The Rolex Middle Sea Race - The offshore classic of the Med

 

18/10/2014  All Maltese Islands 

Chocolate Festival - A chocoholic's delight!

 

18/10/2014  Hamrun

Festa Fuħħar - Pottery Festival - Crafts, food, music and entertainment

 

18/10/2014 Birkikara 

Allarme - Historic re-enactment a full military parade

 

19/10/2014  Vittoriosa (Birgu) 

In Guardia Parade - Historical re-enactment of a military drill

26/10/2014 Vittoriosa (Birgu) 
     
     

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"Blue Flag" beaches in the Maltese Islands

Words by Andrea Critien - Malta Baby & Kids Directory

Over  recent  years  The  Malta  Tourism  Authority  (MTA)  has  taken  the  role  of  beach management around a number of local beaches.  To meet international standards in safety, bathing  water  quality,  services  and  environmental  awareness,  the  Blue  Flag  requires applying 100% of the BLUE FLAG criteria and the Beach of Quality (BOQ) requires 70%. Through sustainable beach management operations, locals and tourists benefit from the good use of the coast while respecting the natural environment. 

The Blue Flag Programme helps in highlighting the beach product to international recognition.  It helps to encourage achieving higher results in water quality and the overall awareness of the coastal eco system.  It is operated by FEE (Federation of Environmental Education) represented in Malta by Nature Trust.   Malta joined the BLUE FLAG Programme in 2006 with St George’s Bay and achieving the first Blue Flag in 2009. To date awards have been achieved for: 

1. St. Georges Bay (SGB) - Blue Flag

2. Bugibba Perched Beach (BPB) - Blue Flag

3. Mellieha Bay (MB) - Blue Flag

4. Qawra Point - Blue Flag

5. Ramla l-Hamra (Gozo)- Blue Flag

6. Għajn Tuffieha - Blue Flag

7. Golden Bay (GB) - Beach of Quality

8. Fond Ghadir - Blue Flag

9. Paradise Bay Hotel Resort Cirkewwa- Blue Flag

Blue Flag Awards help in giving our beaches a professional outlook on an international level standard.

 

To keep abreast with any updates please log onto http://www.mta.com.mt/blueflag

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Be responsible in the sun

Always apply sun protection generously, 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. Any less, radically reduces the protection effect. Even sun protection with high SPF does not grant full protection. Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight and protect them with a high sun protection factor (> SPF30) and appropriate clothing.  Avoid midday sun. Generally one application is sufficient but consider another application after extensive sweating, swimming or towel drying. 

The normal cocktail of perfume, emulsifiers and preservatives contained in sun protection products may  increase  the  risk  of  sun  allergies  and  "Majorca  acne".  Ultrasun  does  not  use  perfume (exception:  After  Sun,  Daily  UV  Hair  Protector),  emulsifiers  or  preservatives  (thanks  to  their "airless" dispensers). The "airless" dispensers also enable you to use 100% of the product inside and ensure that the product has a long shelf life of 24 months after first being opened.  The gel lotions based on liposome technologies (Family, Glimmer, Face SPF30, Face SPF30 tinted, After Sun) and clear sports formulas offer a unique, non-sticky sensation on the skin and are easily absorbed.  Furthermore,  despite  their  high  protection  factors,  the  Face  SPF50+  and  Extreme SPF50+ formulas also offer a particularly pleasant consistency that is not too thick. Your personal sun account tells you the maximum length of time you should expose your skin to the sun each day. Each separate period of time you spend in the sun adds up over the course of 24 hours. Reflection means that even in the shade your account is continuously debited.

ULTRASUN professional Sun Protection is locally distributed by A.M.Mangion Ltd.

Available from leading pharmacies.

For more information: www.ultrasun.ch or www.ammangion.com.mt - T;23976000

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Family Fun

Words by Crysta Darmanin  - Malta Baby & Kids Directory

The Maltese Islands have endless visitor attractions, activities and events to keep children entertained and not always at a huge expense. We asked Crysta Darmanin our Malta Baby & Kids team member to suggest her favourite choices to take children aged five and eight and family in Malta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a splash and participate in water based sports such as snorkeling and fishing which don't cost more than the price of the equipment needed.

Sporadically, on a Sunday or Public Holiday, Heritage Malta opens its museums and galleries to the public for free. 

Chadwick lakes are always fun, especially after the rain, though the catching of tadpoles is no longer permissible! 

Malta’s clement weather ensures that the opportunity to organise picnics amongst like minded friends is plentiful, and Melita Salina Gardens are the new kids on the block for this free family outing. 

While it may be a challenge for cyclists to find safe places to ride, the skate park in University roundabout is strictly for the older bunch of thrill seekers, who prefer to practice their moves on trick bikes and skateboards. 

Pet lovers may take their canine companion to the Dog Park, either in Ta' Qali or Marsaskala. 

During the summer holidays, Buġibba promenade opens up a free water park-which features differently coloured sections, reflecting the height and age of the children. At certain times of day there may possibly be a queue, but since each session lasts twenty minutes before the next turnover, the wait is not long and a visit to the water park is certainly worthwhile!

A day wandering around Valletta, a UNESCO world heritage site, is not just for tourists-and children love feeding (or chasing!) the pigeons at Upper Barrakka Gardens. 

The newly opened Majjistral Nature and History Park, next to Golden Bay, is freely accessible on foot and is the perfect place for exploring, with gorgeous views over the bay. 

Buskett Gardens, a unique small but lovely woodland, is perfect for a spring time day out with the kids. 

Mdina is as safe as houses for children, since the roads are open only to residents and due to the meandering streets the few cars which do drive in are extremely cautious. 

Carnival in February is a treat for children who enjoy a noisy atmosphere, especially those who enjoy dressing up in fancy costumes, and nothing beats watching the floats and grotesque masks parade down Floriana in the Gran Finale. 

Gozo's coastlines like that at Dwerja with the Azure Window and Fungus Rock, or the weather worn shapes on the coast at Qbajjer, make for great excursions for all the family, especially at sunset. 

The Kitchen Garden across from San Anton public gardens in Lija has recently been extended, and offers plenty of free entertainment for youngsters.

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Top Ten Best Beaches for Children in Malta and Gozo

Words by Crysta Darmanin - Malta Baby & Kids Directory

The Maltese archipelago has a wealth of both rocky and sandy beach options for families to choose from. Locals and visitors alike are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing which beach to go to for a relaxing family day out. During the summertime we take to the beaches in our droves, and despite our best efforts to avoid the midday sun, weekends tend to mean long, hot days frolicking by the seaside. Children seem to like nothing better than the combination of water and sand to play in-especially as they are given a free reign to get as messy and wet as they desire!

It is worth trying to make it down to the beach as early in the season as the weather permits-even if the sea is too cold to take a dip in. My favorite months for going down by the sea are May and October; the former because school going children will be gearing up for exams and the latter as locals tend to get bored of the beach by then. Luckily, the plentiful Maltese public holidays present ample opportunities for day trips to Gozo, and a visit to some lovely seaside picnic spots. Mġarr ix-Xini is a quiet inlet located between Xewkija and Sannat. The small pebble bay is set in a cosy gorge surrounded by cliffs and caves. It’s crystal clear water makes this an ideal spot for snorklers and divers to explore a variety of caves tunneling their way through the steep, rocky cliff face. The Mġarr ix-Xini kiosk serves up fresh catch of the day in an atmosphere which is hard to beat, and extremely child-friendly.

Back to Malta, underneath the Aquarium lies a small shack of Ta' Fra Ben. This modest venue is a great place to sit and have an ice-cream, or if their limited outdoor space is full, take a hobża and a drink down to one of the numerous stone benches dotted around the rocky hill, descending into the bay. The real attraction here is the view, looking out watching the sun set over the tiny island a few meters out to sea. A concrete path leading down to a ladder makes swimming easier than risking tender winter soles on the jagged rocks jutting out treacherously. This is an ideal spot for an early evening swim, although it may be difficult to persuade your children that it’s time to leave!

My most cherished sandy beach has got to be the picturesque Ġnejna Bay. The drive down from the village square alone, showcasing Maltese landscape at its best is enough to make you glad that you made the effort. Ample parking, a stone's throw away from the sand, makes it easy to carry down the numerous bags of sand toys and paraphernalia which we mummies inevitably find ourselves carting around on a day out to the seaside. In season, a large raft is anchored in the middle of the bay-so that for those who endeavor to venture out, jumping in and climbing out can while away the time. For those of you who dislike having to wade through seaweed and step over numerous pebbles to enjoy a swim-the short walk to the facing rocks has a ladder hanging down into the sea which may simplify getting wet. A long way off the beaten track, awaits the aptly named Paradise Bay. Best tackled with the aid of some manpower, the eager trudge down to this sandy seashore quickly turns into a sweaty trek upon your departure. The long-standing management of the restaurant and cafe servicing the bay are extremely well organized and endeavor to put their best efforts into making their visitors experience an outstanding one. The sand is raked on a regular basis, toilets and showers are reasonably priced and I have even witnessed staff fishing out jellyfish with a net! Recently the addition of a jellyfish net makes the task of keeping sea pests at bay far easier.

More of a challenge to locate, let alone to get to, the deep blue sea at St. Peter's Pool at Delimara Point is by far the most secluded family friendly seaside spot that I have come across. Pack your trekking boots though, and leave the elderly relatives at home, as the narrow dirt track proves challenging if you encounter a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, and have to face a standoff to see who will be the first to give in and have to reverse the entire length of the road first! I speak from experience as my husband refused to budge when he came bumper to bumper with a pickup truck-and it was only when the two large men pulled out a couple of beers from their picnic cooler that we acknowledged defeat! Be sure to bring everything along with you in a cold storage bag, as there is nowhere to buy anything within the vicinity of the beach. Sporadically, you might come across some enterprising individuals- either selling cold bottles of water in the car park- or hear the welcome fog horn of the ice-cream speed boat meandering along the seashore, or the one who, in my opinion, takes the prize for most original business acumen - the omnipresent doughnut seller- this time trading from his craft in order to offset the cost of his day out! It is a difficult climb through prickly shrub to reach the shade of this smooth rocky bay, but well worth the hassle. Unless you intend to take shelter from the sun under the overhanging rocks around the bay, best bring a portable parasol along also.

Upon setting sight on Blue Lagoon, whether looking around you in awe from aboard a boat, or gazing down in awe from the surrounding Comino hills-you might be forgiven for thinking that you may have inadvertently landed on a film set. Just out of season, a youth charitable institution organizes round trip kayak tours from Paradise Bay to the Blue Lagoon - by far the best way to visit Comino with your kids! The arduous crossing is rewarded with a long awaited plunge into the refreshing waters of the Blue Lagoon, with just enough time to explore the caves and climb to the top of the hill overlooking the tiny patch of sand-before heading back again. The children can tandem with an adult, and enjoy the challenge as they tend to think of it as a 'race' rather than a marathon, thus bringing out their competitive streak! Also, the added bonus of toned biceps goes down very well with the parents.

For those of you who like to do a little something more than just swim, Blue Grotto in Wied iż-Zurrieq has short boat trips around the surrounding caves, which provide family fun for both young and old alike. The shoreline of the inland sea has been covered by smooth concrete, and swimming is marred by the boats mooring a little too close for comfort. The real attractions here are underwater- so strap on your flippers and snorkel and take your young ones through the cave to the open sea! 

The largest sandy beach , divided into three sections , it is easy to see why Mellieħa has become an obvious choice for Sunday beach day outings, when up to three generations of relatives meet up for some summer fun. Parking can be difficult during the high season, so it is worth getting there early to secure a place along the promenade. Every local family has their favorite spot on the sand-and ours is alongside the Adira Sailing Club-where we hire sun beds and an umbrella and take turns sitting around the tables reading the weekend newspapers. The children run wild way out into the sea, going from shallow to deeper back to shallow once more before the sandy sea bed becomes too deep to reach. On shore, sandcastle competitions compete with burying each other in the sand and just standing still while tiny fish oblige you with a pedicure! The best time to go is a late afternoon on a weekday, as this popular beach can easily become crowded. The floating water gym is a great alternative to the usual sandy beach pursuits, as are the paddle boats for hire. We stay in the vicinity of the bar, with facilities and a snack bar downstairs, and an outdoor seating restaurant upstairs.

Once again our sister island wins hands down in the sandy beach category with the much renowned Ramla il-Ħamra. This long stretch of red sand is surrounded to one side by hills , offering trekking opportunities for the more adventurous children who wish to explore the craggy rocks jutting out near the shore close up. The refectory style tables set amongst large trees offer much needed shade and a couple of nearby cafes ensure you will not go hungry. Another top notch sandy beach-especially for a springtime picnic where the kids will keep themselves entertained and busy without much assistance from your end!

Mistra Bay, accessible by car via a detour leading off the main road from Xemxija to Mellieħa, has a considerably less touristy vibe than most of the other local sandy beaches, as you will need your own transport to reach it. Driving uphill from the sandy beach, make like a local and abandon the car wherever takes your fancy to walk down-lock, stock and barrel-to the rugged water's edge. Quiet and great for those who don't mind roughing it, the steep cliff edge makes jumping in to the sparkling Mediterranean the easiest way to access the cool, clear water. Portable parasol, plenty of water and snacks are necessary to turn this off the beaten track experience into a successful family excursion.

It is thanks to the picturesque surroundings of local beaches, coupled with the peace of mind that the safety of the surrounding Mediterranean Sea has to offer, which help to make The Maltese Islands a dream beach destination for locals and tourists alike. 

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Essential Check Lists for kids 

Essential Check Lists

Being organised is the name of the game if you want to enjoy quality time with your kids while ensuring  they are set up to have fun times and happy memories with their friends. Andrea Critien a Malta Baby & Kids team member and mum of two, John aged 10 and Kristina aged 18 has put together some essential check lists which will assist you with this task!   

And do take a look at page  for ideas on how to entertain your children on car journeys. These games can also be utilised on the day and will add to the fun!

 

SLEEP OVER CHECK LIST

Is your child going to spend the night at his or her friend’s house? This list will help you to pack everything your child needs for this very special event:

-          Sleeping bag

-          Pillow

-          Teddy bear or a favourite comfort toy

-          Pyjamas

-          Flashlight

-          Slippers

-          Clothing for the next day (underwear, socks, top, shorts or pants and sweatshirt or jacket)

-          Toiletry bag (toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, soap, shampoo, hair brush or comb)

-          Medicine, if necessary

-          Glasses or contact lenses, if necessary

-          Phone or contact numbers

 

PICNIC CHECK LIST

Planning a picnic with your children? This picnic list will help you not to forget the essential
items and enjoy a great time out with family and friends:

-          Blanket or picnic mat

-          Wet wipes or kitchen roll

-          Forks, spoons, plates and cups

-          Knife

-          Food (such as finger food, kids love it)

-          Cold beverages and water

-          Rubbish bag

-          Some toys like a ball

-          Suncream, if hot weather, and hats!


BEACH CHECK LIST

Planning a fun day at the beach with the children? Here are some things to bring to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing:

-          Sun protection (sun cream, sunglasses, hat and spare t-shirt)

-          Swim suit

-          Armbands

-          Swim nappies for the smallest ones

-          Towels

-          Slippers

-          Beach toys (bucket and spade)

-          Water

-          Complete change of clothes

-          Shelter or sun umbrella

 

HIKING CHECK LIST

If you are thinking of taking your children on a hiking trip? Here are the ten essentials for safety, survival and basic comfort:

-          Map and compass

-          Sun protection (sun cream, sunglasses and hat)

-          Insulation (warm clothing in winter and a light vest in summer)

-          Flashlight

-          First-aid kit and some wet wipes and tissues

-          Matches or lighter

-          Knife or multi-tool

-          Food (biscuits, some fresh and dried fruits)

-          Water bottles

-          Shelter (tent or tarp)

 

 

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25 Great Things to do with the Kids

 

The Maltese Islands are steeped in history waiting to be explored…

1. Go Cave hunting and discover the earliest evidence of human settlement 144 metres down (though only the first 50 are open to visitors) at Għar Dalam in the South of Malta where you can view the life size skeleton of a prehistoric dinosaur.  Open Mon to Sun 9am to 5pm. www.heritagemalta.com

2. Step into Indiana Jones’ shoes and go Temple hunting and explore some of the oldest temples in the world including Ħagar Qim or Mnajdra in Qrendi. Once in the area you can go on an exploration and walk down along the cliffs to Wied iz-Zurrieq (valley) for a snack at one of the local bars. Look out for the photo of the 26-foot great white shark which was caught off the coast only 20 years ago! 

3. Go on a Roman trail… and visit the Dumvs Romana and St Paul’s or St Agatha’s Catacombs in Rabat or San Pawl Milqi in Burmarrad (this site is open only by appointment), or the Roman Baths at Ghajn Tuffieha. www.heritagemalta.com

4. Step into the Knights of Malta boots and visit the Grand Masters Palace and armoury packed to the gills with armour, swords, helmets and halberds – a spectacular arms collection bound to impress young aspiring Knights.  www.heritagemalta.com

5. See how Malta’s nobility lived and visit Palazzo Falson in Mdina – there are guided tours tailored for children or visit the delightful Casa Roca Piccola in Valletta. www.palazzofalson.com,

 www.casaroccapiccola.com

6. For aspiring soldiers a visit to Fort Rinella in Kalkara is a must! Malta’s liveliest museum where history comes to life daily from Monday to Sunday at 2.30pm sharp. Volunteers dressed as late 19th century Victorian soldiers will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with lively and colourful historical re-enacting. The tour starts with the firing of an original Victorian cannon (which you can also fire!). This is followed by a live demonstration of how the fort would have been defended during an attack. The group is then directed into the fort only to be challenged by the sentry guarding the gate! More displays will take place inside the fort including military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. Opening Times: Monday - Sunday: 9.30am- 5.00pm. Catch bus no 4 to the Fort from Valletta. www.wirtartna.com

7. See how kids lived and survived during the 2nd world war in underground air raid shelters built beneath the Vittoriosa bastions at Couvre Port. If you are feeling peckish stop and have a snack along the marina or at one of the bars within the city square. Open 9.30am - 4pm. www.birgu.gov.mt 

Planes, perhaps no trains but boats and automobiles…. 

8. Flying machines once flown by magnificent men can be viewed at the Malta Aviation Museum located on the site of Ex. RAF Station Ta' Qali (aka Ta' Kali). Try your hand at the controls of a BAC 1-11 passenger aircraft and walk around the restored and preserved war aircraft including a spitfire, tiger moth and Hawker hurricane. Catch bus 86 from Bugibba, bus 65 from St Julians bus terminus and bus 80 & 81 from Valletta. Bus Route number 65 is located just outside the Malta Aviation Museum Complex. Bus Numbers 80, 81 & 86 stop 7 minutes walk away from the museum, follow installed directions throughout the way. Opening Times: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, 15 August, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. www.maltaaviationmuseum.com

9. Ahoy captain!  Jump on board a traditional local frejgatina wooden boat and sail across Grand Harbour, departing from next to Customs House in Floriana to Vittoriosa marina.  Once on the marina visit Malta’s maritime museum housed in the former British Naval Bakery. There are several exciting exhibit rooms including the engine room machinery of the Anadrian, a steam-driven grab dredger built in 1951 for Malta. You can see a collection of detailed ship replicas and paintings illustrating 19th and 20th century vessels, together with an array of colourful ship badges organised into thematic and chronological sectors as well as navigational charts, nautical instruments, weapons, uniforms, anchors, maps, models and other artefacts dating from 1530 to 1798. An entire room is dedicated to traditional Maltese sea crafts and other objects that indicate popular traditions and Malta’s long-standing maritime vocation. Open daily: 9am-5pm; Last admission: 4.30pm. Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, Good Friday. www.heritagemalta.com

10. Brmm, Brmm, Toot, Toot your heart out at the Malta Classic Car Museum which covers approximately 3000sqm and is jam-packed with over eighty cars and motorcycles.  The premises also houses a cinema, a comfortable cafeteria, gift shop, thousands of model cars and memorabilia. The museum is situated quite close to the Qawra bus terminus, in Tourist Street, Qawra. Open Mon to Fri 9am-6pm.  Saturday & Public Holidays 9am-2pm www.classiccarsmalta.com. Bus No’s. from Valletta  49, 58, 59, 449, 499. Bus No’s. from Sliema 70, 652.

11. For Bob the Builders of this world…discover how Maltese houses were built. The Limestone Heritage in Siggiewi traces the progress of Maltese culture throughout the ages, as seen through the different buildings, monuments and artefacts carved in stone, dating back to the very first free-standing structures of 5,000 years ago. You can also carve your own souvenir in stone and keep it as a memento of your visit!  Open Mon to Fri 9am - 3pm, Saturday 9am – 12pm, Sunday 9am-11.30am. Catch bus 89 from Valletta Terminus.  www.limestoneheritage.com.

12. For the aspiring detective why not pay a visit to the relatively unknown, meticulously set up Police and Crime Museum at the Police HQ in Floriana. You can join a guided tour given by the Curator who will give a detailed explanation of every object on show.  Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.  Tel: 2122 4001

13. Head for Gozo and enjoy a 5 to 6 hour fishing programme with expert Gozitan fishermen who will give you tips and show you techniques in this popular sport.  You can either board their brightly painted 'Luzzu' fishing boats, bearing the Phoenician 'eye of Osiris' on the prow or else, if you are a small group, you can sail the 'frejgatina'. The programme includes deft techniques in bait-fishing and 'finger fishing', using a pliable rod three to five meters long, not necessarily with a reel. The boat trip can be arranged for the morning (usually from 9am until 3pm) or for an afternoon (usually 4pm until 9pm). A morning programme would usually start with a meeting, and then head off to the seashore to fish, a boat ride by the cliffs and in one of the impressive caves together with a traditional lunch with the fishermen. As for your catch? Take it home with you or cook it fresh there and then! www.ambjentahjar.org 

Get active…

14. Feel the wind in your sails and learn to sail it’s real fun and now it can be done by everyone! Various clubs around the island accept children from about the age of 8 up. Best to call and check in advance, look up Sailing in Sports Activities within the director.

15. Fancy meeting Neptune down in the depths of Malta’s Mediterranean sea – try a scuba diving session from one of the scuba diving centres. Some clubs accept kids from the age of 8 years but best to call and check in advance. (Scuba Diving in Sports Activities).

Get in touch with nature… 

16. Trek through Malta’s beautiful countryside and go on a one and a half hour guided nature walk at il-Majjistral Nature and History Park. Walks start at 10am near the Golden Bay bus terminus and finish there around 12.30pm. Bookings can be made on walks@majjistral.org 

17. Take a hands-on approach to farming and experience an idyllic day in the tranquil life of a local shepherd with your own hands-on involvement in the feeding and milking of the sheep as well as your input in the process of Gozitan cheese-making. Depending on the season, you may assist or observe manual sheep shearing up close. An authentic traditional lunch with your host is included in this event, featuring a wide variety of local produce ranging from Gozitan cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, crusty oven baked bread and a rich local dish ensuring that your day will be a memorable one! Organised by the Ager Foundation www.ambjentahjar.org 

18. Muck in and visit a traditional Maltese farm and organise a group of at least 10 to visit the huge selection of animals at Ghammieri Farm including ponies, horses, goats, sheep, cows and birds. Take a picnic and let your kids play on the swings there. Definitely worth a visit. You will need to phone ahead and book your trip.  Open between 8am and 12.30pm daily.  www.mrah.gov.mt 

19. Go Bird Watching at Bird Life’s Ghadira Nature Reserve in Mellieha, next to Malta’s most popular sandy beach. This reserve is of ecological importance since it’s a wetland and salt marsh habitat. This area is a haven for birds and the protection it enjoys ensures that as the seasons change, Ghadira hosts a variety of animal and plant life, some of which are rare and endangered and given special protection by the European Union. From November to May, Ghadira and Is-Simar reserves are open to the public. BirdLife volunteers lead guided walks along the nature trail. Open Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-4pm. Public Transport from/to Valletta: Buses 44 & 45. Bird Life Malta also have their own kids & teens club which organises nature activities, most of which are outdoors, like bird watching, hiking, tree-planting, boat trips and visits to nature reserves. Teenage members also go camping, bike-hiking and night hiking. www.birdlifemalta.org 

20. Marvel at the beautiful falcons at the Malta Falconry Centre and learn about these birds of prey and Malta's ancient falconry tradition which dates back to the 13th century when emperors from all over Europe sent their royal falconers to get the highly prized Maltese falcons. In the aviary collection you may see a peregrine falcon, a vulture as well as a bald eagle. Display times are at 11am and 2pm. The facility has ample parking, an outdoor picnic area of approximately 9600 squared metres as well as a cafeteria. www.maltafalconrycentre.com  

21. Delve into the world of bugs and beasties at the Museum of Natural History in Mdina, housed in the 18th century Magisterial Palace of Justice. There you can see important collections which hold over 10,000 rocks and minerals, over 3,500 birds, bird's eggs and nests, 200 mammals, over 200 fish species, thousands of local and exotic shells and insects. The fossil collection is also worth looking at, it contains a number of large fish, numerous species of sea urchins and other marine fauna found embedded in limestone rocks. Open Monday to Sunday: 9am-5pm; Last admission: 16.30. Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday. 

22. Make Malta Green and participate in the 34U campaign – book your family on a tree planting activity. www.mrah.gov.mt 

23. Sand castles are fun throughout the year. We’re blessed with great weather provided wind is not blowing strongly! And above all it’s free of charge and during the winter you’ll probably have an entire beach to yourself! So go for it … whilst there you can let the kids get all messy with their paints – all they need is to gather some pebbles or shells or whatever takes their fancy and let their imagination run free.

Get Cooking…

24. The Hilton’s Executive Chef Joe Vella and his team will teach your little ones how to prepare a packed lunch (much needed), picnic food and party food for all those parties to be had. Cookery classes are held between May and September for children aged 8 to 12. Check out other exciting cookery classes in Malta.

Get Creative…

25. Get hands on and go to a pottery class and create something fantastic to take home.  Look up various classes in the Art, Craft & Pottery classes in the Activities section.

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25 Great Things to do with the Kids

 

The Maltese Islands are steeped in history waiting to be explored…

1. Go cave hunting and discover the earliest evidence of human settlement 144 metres down (though only the first 50 are open to visitors) at Ghar Dalam in the South of Malta where you can view the life size skeleton of a prehistoric dinosaur. Open Mon to Sun 9am to 5pm. www.heritagemalta.com

2. Feel the wind in your hair and discover different parts of Malta's fascinating history by going on an open top double-decker bus trip. Journey to the north or south of the island and hop on and off wherever you fancy. www.maltasightseeing.com

3. Go on a Roman trail… and visit the Dumvs Romana and St Paul’s or St Agatha’s Catacombs in Rabat or San Pawl Milqi in Burmarrad (this site is open only by appointment), or the Roman Baths at Ghajn Tuffieha. www.heritagemalta.com

4. Step into the Knights of Malta boots and visit the Grand Master's Palace and armoury packed to the gills with armour, swords, helmets and halberds – a spectacular arms collection bound to impress young aspiring Knights.  www.heritagemalta.com

5. For aspiring soldiers a visit to Fort Rinella in Kalkara is a must! Malta’s liveliest museum where history comes to life daily from Monday to Sunday at 2.30pm sharp. Volunteers dressed as late 19th century Victorian soldiers will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with lively and colourful historical re-enacting. The tour starts with the firing of an original Victorian cannon (which you can also fire!). This is followed by a live demonstration of how the fort would have been defended during an attack. The group is then directed into the fort only to be challenged by the sentry guarding the gate. More displays will take place inside the fort including military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. Opening Times: Monday - Sunday: 9.30am- 5.00pm. Catch bus no 4 to the Fort from Valletta. www.wirtartna.com

6. See how kids lived and survived during the 2nd world war in underground air raid shelters built beneath the Vittoriosa bastions at Couvre Port. If you are feeling peckish stop and have a snack along the marina or at one of the bars within the city square. Open 9.30am - 4pm. www.birgu.gov.mt 

Planes, perhaps no trains but boats and automobiles…. 

7. Flying machines once flown by magnificent men can be viewed at the Malta Aviation Museum located on the site of Ex. RAF Station Ta’ Qali (aka Ta’ Kali). Try your hand at the controls of a BAC 1-11 passenger aircraft and walk around the restored and preserved war aircraft including a spitfire, tiger moth and Hawker hurricane. Catch bus 86 from Bugibba, bus 65 from St Julian's bus terminus and bus 80 & 81 from Valletta. Bus route number 65 is located just outside the Malta Aviation Museum Complex. Bus numbers 80, 81 & 86 stop 7 minutes walk away from the museum, follow displayed directions. Opening Times: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, 15 August, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. www.maltaaviationmuseum.com

8. Ahoy captain!  Jump on board a traditional local frejgatina wooden boat and sail across Grand Harbour, departing from next to Customs House in Floriana to Vittoriosa marina (see page 76).  Once on the marina visit Malta’s maritime museum housed in the former British Naval Bakery. There are several exciting exhibit rooms including the engine room machinery of the Anadrian, a steam-driven grab dredger built in 1951 for Malta. You can see a collection of detailed ship replicas and paintings illustrating 19th and 20th century vessels, together with an array of colourful ship badges organised into thematic and chronological sectors as well as navigational charts, nautical instruments, weapons, uniforms, anchors, maps, models and other artefacts dating from 1530 to 1798. An entire room is dedicated to traditional Maltese sea crafts and other objects that indicate popular traditions and Malta’s long-standing maritime vocation. Open daily: 9am-5pm; Last admission: 4.30pm. Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, Good Friday. www.heritagemalta.com

9. Brmm, Brmm, Toot, toot your heart out at the Malta Classic Car Museum which covers approximately 3000sqm and is jam-packed with over eighty cars and motorcycles. The premises also houses a cinema, a comfortable cafeteria, gift shop, thousands of model cars and memorabilia. The museum is situated quite close to the Qawra bus terminus, in Tourist Street, Qawra. Open Mon to Fri 9am-6pm. Saturday & Public Holidays 9am-2pm www.classiccarsmalta.com. Bus no’s from Valletta  49, 58, 59, 449, 499. Bus no’s from Sliema 70, 652.

10. For trainspotters who are not too fussy take a trackless train tour from the Roma Villa in Rabat outside Mdina and tour Rabat and the vicinity including Mtarfa for an 8km/ 30 minute tour. www.melitatrains.com

11. For the aspiring detective why not pay a visit to the relatively unknown, meticulously set up Police and Crime Museum at the Police HQ in Floriana. You can join a guided tour given by the Curator who will give a detailed explanation of every object on show. Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Tel: 2122 4001

12. Head for Gozo and enjoy a day exploring the area of Xaghra where you can visit Ggantija one of the oldest temples in the world and then on to Calypso's cave and Ninu's cave where you can discover the stalagmites and stalactites and then on to the lovely Toy Museum in the village centre.

Get active…

13. Feel the wind in your sails and learn to sail it’s real fun and now it can be done by everyone! Various clubs around the island accept children from about the age of 8 up. Best to call and check in advance, look up Sailing in Sports Activities within the directory page 130.

14.  Go rock climbing with the family on a fun family package where you can have a fun climbing experience or spend a full day learning the basics of climbing. www.outdooractivitiesmalta.com

15.   Fancy meeting Neptune down in the depths of Malta’s Mediterranean sea – try a scuba diving session from one of the scuba diving centres. Some clubs accept kids from the age of 8 years but best to call and check in advance. (Scuba Diving in Sports Activities).

Get in touch with nature… 

16. Trek through Malta’s beautiful countryside and go on an organised walk or treasure hunt with Nature Trust Malta. www.naturetrustmalta.com

17. Take a hands-on approach to farming and experience an idyllic day in the tranquil life of a local shepherd with your own hands-on involvement in the feeding and milking of the sheep as well as your input in the process of Gozitan cheese-making. Depending on the season, you may assist or observe manual sheep shearing up close. An authentic traditional lunch with your host is included in this event, featuring a wide variety of local produce ranging from Gozitan cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, crusty oven baked bread and a rich local dish ensuring that your day will be a memorable one. Organised by the Ager Foundation. www.agerfoundation.com

18. Muck in and visit a traditional Maltese farm and organise a group of at least 10 to visit the huge selection of animals at Ghammieri Farm including ponies, horses, goats, sheep, cows and birds. Take a picnic and let your kids play on the swings there. Definitely worth a visit. You will need to phone ahead and book your trip. Open between 8am and 12.30pm daily. www.mrae.gov.mt

19. Go Bird Watching at Bird Life’s Għadira Nature Reserve in Mellieha, next to Malta’s most popular sandy beach. This reserve is of ecological importance since it’s a wetland and salt marsh habitat. This area is a haven for birds and the protection it enjoys ensures that as the seasons change, Għadira hosts a variety of animal and plant life, some of which are rare and endangered and given special protection by the European Union. From November to May, Għadira and Is-Simar reserves are open to the public. Bird Life volunteers lead guided walks along the nature trail. Open Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-4pm. Public Transport from/to Valletta: Buses 44 & 45. Bird Life Malta also has its own kids & teens club which organises nature activities, most of which are outdoors, like bird watching, hiking, tree-planting, boat trips and visits to nature reserves. Teenage members also go camping, bike-hiking and night hiking. www.birdlifemalta.org

20. Marvel at the beautiful falcons at the Malta Falconry Centre and learn about these birds of prey and Malta’s ancient falconry tradition which dates back to the 13th century when emperors from all over Europe sent their royal falconers to get the highly prized Maltese falcons. In the aviary collection you may see a peregrine falcon, a vulture as well as a bald eagle. Display times are at 11am and 2pm. The facility has ample parking, an outdoor picnic area of approximately 9600 square metres as well as a cafeteria. 

www.maltafalconrycentre.com

21. Delve into the world of bugs and beasties at the Museum of Natural History in Mdina, housed in the 18th century Magisterial Palace of Justice. There you can see important collections which hold over 10,000 rocks and minerals, over 3,500 birds, bird’s eggs and nests, 200 mammals, over 200 fish species, thousands of local and exotic shells and insects. The fossil collection is also worth looking at, it contains a number of large fish, numerous species of sea urchins and other marine fauna found embedded in limestone rocks. Open Monday to Sunday: 9am-5pm; Last admission: 16.30. Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday. 

22. Make Malta Green and participate in the 34U campaign – book your family on a tree planting activity. www.mrae.gov.mt

23. Sand castles are fun throughout the year. We’re blessed with great weather provided wind is not blowing strongly! And above all it’s free of charge and during the winter you’ll probably have an entire beach to yourself. So go for it … while there you can let the kids get all messy with their paints – all they need is to gather some pebbles or shells or whatever takes their fancy and let their imagination run free.

Get Cooking…

24.   For the aspiring Jamie Oliver’s of this world Nick and Alex from the Hungry Catering company will teach groups of 8/10 kids aged between 8 and 12   

Get Creative…

25. Get hands on and go to a pottery class and create something fantastic to take home.  Look up various classes in the Art & Craft in the Activities section (page 93).

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23 GREAT THINGS TO DO WITH THE KIDS

Venture into the Great Outdoors… 

Trek through Malta’s beautiful countryside and go on an organised walk or treasure hunt with Nature Trust Malta. www.naturetrustmalta.com

Take a hands-on approach to farming and experience an idyllic day in the tranquil life of a local shepherd with your own hands-on involvement in the feeding and milking of the sheep as well as your input in the process of Gozitan cheese-making. Depending on the season, you may assist or observe manual sheep shearing up close. An authentic traditional lunch with your host is included in this event, featuring a wide variety of local produce ranging from Gozitan cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, crusty oven baked bread and a rich local dish ensuring that your day will be a memorable one. Organised by the Ager Foundation www.agerfoundation.com (page 83).

Muck in and visit a traditional Maltese farm and organise a group of at least 10 to visit the huge selection of animals at Ghammieri Farm (page 84) including ponies, horses, goats, sheep, cows and birds. Take a picnic and let your kids play on the swings. Definitely worth a visit. You will need to phone ahead and book your trip. Open between 8am and 12.30pm daily. www.mrae.gov.mt

Go Bird Watching at Bird Life’s Għadira Nature Reserve in Mellieha, next to Malta’s most popular sandy beach. This reserve is of ecological importance since it’s a wetland and salt marsh habitat. This area is a haven for birds and the protection it enjoys ensures that, as the seasons change, Għadira hosts a variety of animal and plant life, some of which are rare and endangered and given special protection by the European Union. From November to May, Għadira and Is-Simar reserves are open to the public. Bird Life volunteers lead guided walks along the nature trail. Open Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-4pm. Public Transport from/to Valletta: Buses 44 & 45. Bird Life Malta also has its own kids & teens club which organises nature activities, most of which are outdoors, like bird watching, hiking, tree-planting, boat trips and visits to nature reserves. Teenage members also go camping, bike-hiking and night hiking. www.birdlifemalta.org

Marvel at the beautiful falcons at the Malta Falconry Centre and learn about these birds of prey and Malta’s ancient falconry tradition which dates back to the 13th century when emperors from all over Europe sent their royal falconers to get the highly prized Maltese falcons. In the aviary collection you may see a peregrine falcon, a vulture as well as a bald eagle. Display times are at 11am and 2pm. The facility has ample parking, an outdoor picnic area of approximately 9600 square metres as well as a cafeteria. www.maltafalconrycentre.com

Delve into the world of bugs and beasties at the Museum of Natural History in Mdina (page 90), housed in the 18th century Magisterial Palace of Justice. There you can see important collections which hold over 10,000 rocks and minerals, over 3,500 birds, bird’s eggs and nests, 200 mammals, over 200 fish species, thousands of local and exotic shells and insects. The fossil collection is also worth looking at, it contains a number of large fish, numerous species of sea urchins and other marine fauna found embedded in limestone rocks. Open Monday to Sunday: 9am-5pm; Last admission: 4.30pm. Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday. 

Sand castles are fun throughout the year. We’re blessed with great weather provided the wind is not blowing too strongly! And above all it’s free of charge and during the winter you’ll probably have an entire beach to yourself. So go for it – while there you can let the kids get all messy with their paints – all they need is to gather some pebbles or shells or whatever takes their fancy and let their imaginations run free.

Planes, perhaps no trains but boats and automobiles…. 

Flying machines once flown by magnificent men can be viewed at the Malta Aviation Museum located on the site of Ex. RAF Station Ta’ Qali (aka Ta’ Kali). Try your hand at the controls of a BAC 1-11 passenger aircraft and walk around the restored and preserved war aircraft including a spitfire, tiger moth and Hawker hurricane. Catch bus 86 from Bugibba, bus 65 from St Julian’s bus terminus and bus 80 & 81 from Valletta. Bus route number 65 is located just outside the Malta Aviation Museum Complex. Bus numbers 80, 81 & 86 stop 7 minutes walk away from the museum, follow displayed directions. Opening Times: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, 15 August, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. www.maltaaviationmuseum.com

Ahoy captain! Jump on board a traditional local frejgatina  wooden boat and sail across Grand Harbour, departing from next to Customs House in Floriana to Vittoriosa marina. Once on the marina visit Malta’s maritime museum housed in the former British Naval Bakery. There are several exciting exhibit rooms including the engine room machinery of the Anadrian, a steam-driven grab dredger built in 1951 for Malta. You can see a collection of detailed ship replicas and paintings illustrating 19th and 20th century vessels, together with an array of colourful ship badges organised into thematic and chronological sectors as well as navigational charts, nautical instruments, weapons, uniforms, anchors, maps, models and other artefacts dating from 1530 to 1798. An entire room is dedicated to traditional Maltese sea crafts and other objects that indicate popular traditions and Malta’s long-standing maritime vocation. Open daily: 9am-5pm; Last admission: 4.30pm. Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, New Year’s Day & Good Friday. www.heritagemalta.com

Brmm, Brmm, Toot, toot your heart out at the Malta Classic Car Museum which covers approximately 3000sqm and is jam-packed with over eighty cars and motorcycles. The premises also houses a cinema, a comfortable cafeteria, gift shop, thousands of model cars and memorabilia. The museum is situated quite close to the Qawra bus terminus, in Tourist Street, Qawra. Open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday & Public Holidays 9am-2pm. Bus no’s from Valletta  49, 58, 59, 449, 499. Bus no’s from Sliema 70, 652. www.classiccarsmalta.com

For trainspotters who are not too fussy, take a trackless train tour from the Roma Villa in Rabat outside Mdina and tour Rabat and the vicinity including Mtarfa for an 8km/30 minute tour. www.melitatrains.com

For the aspiring detective why not pay a visit to the relatively unknown, meticulously set up Police and Crime Museum at the Police HQ in Floriana. You can join a guided tour given by the Curator who will give a detailed explanation of every object on show. Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Tel: 2122 4001

Head for Gozo and enjoy a day exploring the area of Xaghra where you can visit Ggantija one of the oldest temples in the world and then on to Calypso’s cave and Ninu’s cave where you can discover the stalagmites and stalactites and then on to the lovely Toy Museum in the village centre.

Get active…

Feel the wind in your sails and learn to sail it’s really fun and now it can be done by everyone! Various clubs around the island accept children from about the age of 8 years and up. 

Venture to the new Adventure Park in Ta'Qali set on a section of the former runway at Ta'Qali, this exciting new addition to Malta includes an Interactive water fountain where water jets shoot up as children step near them, and a rope course of two storeys high for the older children . 

Fancy meeting Neptune down in the depths of Malta’s Mediterranean sea? Try a scuba diving session from one of the scuba diving centres. Some clubs accept kids from the age of 8 years and up but best to call and check in advance 

The Maltese Islands are steeped in history waiting to be explored… 

Go temple hunting and explore some of the oldest temples in the world including Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park , two of Malta’s most visited prehistoric megalithic temples which both now boast a Visitor Centre equipped with hands-on displays and a family area with educational activities for all the family. www.heritagemalta.com

Go cave hunting and discover the earliest evidence of human settlement 144 metres down (though only the first 50 are open to visitors) at Ghar Dalam in the south of Malta where you can view the life size skeleton of a prehistoric dinosaur. Open Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. www.heritagemalta.com

Get scared silly and go on a small group tour, especially designed for kids aged 6 to 15 years, of the ancient cities of Malta including Valletta, Mdina and Birgu and hear spooky stories of days of old when Knights were bold. www.yourmaltaguide.com

Step into the boots of the Knights of Malta and visit the Grand Master’s Palace and armoury packed to the gills with armour, swords, helmets and halberds – a spectacular arms collection bound to impress young aspiring Knights. www.heritagemalta.com

For aspiring soldiers a visit to Fort Rinella in Kalkara is a must! Malta’s liveliest museum where history comes to life daily from Monday to Sunday at 2.30pm sharp. Volunteers dressed as late 19th century Victorian soldiers will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with lively and colourful historical re-enacting. The tour starts with the firing of an original Victorian cannon (which you can also fire!). This is followed by a live demonstration of how the fort would have been defended during an attack. The group is then directed into the fort only to be challenged by the sentry guarding the gate. More displays will take place inside the fort including military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. Opening Times: Monday - Sunday: 9am to 5pm. Catch bus no 4 to the Fort from Valletta. www.wirtartna.com

 

Fun and exciting ideas to keep your kids entertained

From the time a child learns to walk confidently he is engaged in boisterous activity. Apart from burning up surplus energy he is practicing and improving his running, climbing or pedalling skills.
Constructive play building bricks, stacking one on the other and interlocking them
Solving a puzzle requires mental dexterity 
Children enjoy splashing paint on paper. This fun activity prepares them for drawing and writing.
Learning to love a story – the parents’ role in introducing books is an important one. Do not confuse reading with teaching. Every child should be surrounded by colourful and attractive books in the home and these should be easily accessible so they can be taken without asking. Read to the child from their books and ensure they are sitting next to you to see the written work and the pictures. Do not be afraid to read a story over and over again. Children love repetition and enjoy certain parts of vivid and colourful words.  Children have retentive memories for stories  and can remember word for word what is being said to them in story form.  They will apparently read from a book because they have memorised the contents of the page. This is the beginning of reading.
On fine warm days try keeping your child absorbed through outdoor play. Simple home made toys are fun for both parent and child. Try building your own toys from cardboard boxes such as castles or tunnels. You can fill these up with windows to peep through keeping your child absorbed through out.
Most young children take easily to water and an inflatable pool in the garden will help to prepare them for their first visit to the beach or swimming pool.  They should not, however, be left unsupervised.
A home-made swing: an old car tyre makes a safer swing than the conventional type with its hard seat. A tyre with a single rope is also easier to fix in position and cost much less!
Dressing up : imitation of adults is part of a child’s development. Children love wearing cast-off clothing. Stack these items carefully. The length of the garments should be adjusted for them not to trip over. Reject clothes with cords around the neck and shoes that are too big or have high heels.  Ideally dressing-up clothes should be kept on hangers, because an untidy assortment of creased garments jumbled in a box will not inspire creative play.
Past games like hopscotch, ring a ring a roses, chasing games, chain and circle dancing, marbles and skipping, ball games.
 
Indoor party ideas.
Follow my leader (age 4 upwards)                 Pass the Parcel (age 4 upwards)
Musical Chairs (age 4 upwards)         Jumping the River (age 4 upwards)
Musical Lucky Dip (age 4 – 10)         Jumble Sale (age 4 upwards)
Ball in a Bucket (age 4 upwards)         Fish Race (age 4 – 10)
Bunny Hop aka Kangaroo Relay (age 5 – 7)     Over the River (age 5 – 11)
 
 

Is your pool baby safe?

 
Parents today should be aware of the potential danger their backyard swimming pool poses to young children. 
Statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children under age 5. We can’t imagine the traumatic circumstance of losing one’s child to drowning. Due to the severity of the pool drowning problem, parents need to be aware of their options for preventing their child from reaching the swimming pool. Most experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that a barrier fence around the swimming pool (pool fence) represents the safest option for keeping your little ones safe. Using a pool fence as the necessary pool barrier to prevent access to the swimming pool provides the following advantages:
 
 
1. A pool fence prevents your child from reaching the pool. 
2. A barrier pool fence allows others to use the swimming pool while keeping younger children safe and      away from the pool.
3. You are still able to enjoy the beauty of the water. 
4. Cleaning of the pool is easier compared with swimming pool covers 
 
Protect-A-Child's removable mesh pool fence gives parents the best of all worlds. It provides excellent protection for children, is very attractive, and can be installed in a variety of configurations while being fully removable. 
 
With Protect-A-Child Pool Fencing installed, rather than a danger zone, your pool and patio become an outdoor play area to be enjoyed by the entire family.
 
 

 


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