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This children's museum in Rome is amazing. It is even better than the Children's Museum of Manhattan in New York. The exhibits are easy to understand and the staff speaks very good English. There is also an outdoor area where kids can play. A fun way to spend an afternoon, especially if its raining out!
When you're done grab a delicious Sicilian rice ball (arancini) at Mondo Arancina, just down Via Flaminia heading towards the Piazza del Popolo. They're so yummy and stuffed with delicious meats and cheeses just like my Sicilian grandma used to make!
Tell kids the history of the Colosseum (leave out the really gory bits for the younger set) and history comes alive for them here. My daughter especially loved the book of ancient sites with the overlays that you can buy from many of the souvenier stands. Each page shows a picture of what a site looks like now, and then the overlay shows what it looked like in ancient times. Truly amazing and helps the children (and parents!) get a better idea of how splendid Rome truly was.
Grab some fresh bread, salami, cheese, juice, a bottle of wine for Mom and Dad and head over to the Circo Massimo for a wonderful picnic. It is super easy to reach by public transportation. There are many families picnicking here, groups playing casual pick up soccer games, and lots of room for the kids to run around. Not to mention the views of the ruins nearby are outstanding. After the picnic, take a short walk over to the Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth)!
Have your kids been truthful? Are they brave enough to put their hand in the Mouth of Truth? A fun must-do in Rome. If the ocarina maker is outside, buy one - a beautiful handmade souvenier thats like a little flute shaped like a triangle that the kids will have fun playing with long after the trip is over.
Just wander around the streets of Trastevere, it is really quaint and beautiful. Let the kids lead the way, get lost together exploring the pretty winding streets and don't forget to stop for gelato along the way.
Don't forget to throw your coin in the fountain before you leave Rome, so that you can return one day. It works! My daughter and I threw our coins in for the first time in 2005 and returned two years later!
There is a wonderful cat sanctuary here that cannot be missed by animal lovers. The beautiful cats lounging amongst the ruins is really a sight to see. This was one of the highlights of my 6 year olds stay in Rome, she could have spent hours with the kitties!
Have your kids count the steps as they climb to the top of this monument, known by locals as "The Typewriter" or "The Wedding Cake". Its close to the Foro Romano and Colosseum, and its so enormous you really couldn't miss it even if you tried. When you get to the top you are rewarded with a splendid view!