Encourage your tiny tourist
Help your child see his hometown or city through fresh eyes by showing him the local sights and attractions
As the saying goes: familiarity breeds contempt, and that’s often the case when it comes to where we live. All too often we take our hometown or city for granted – blinkered to the many attractions it has to offer. It’s an apathy we can easily pass on to our children, which is why we at Junior are championing the idea of being a tourist at home. So the next time you and your little one are stuck for something to do, why not go sightseeing around your area. Look up your local attractions and pay them a visit – you’ll be surprised at the variety of things there are to do and see.
Better still, if you live in the capital, why not hop on board an open top bus such as those operated by Big Bus Tours (bigbustours.com). There’s a guide or recorded commentary, depending on the route, pointing out interesting landmarks (great for broadening your child’s local knowledge) and dispensing fascinating facts that will probably go over your little one’s head but could come in very handy the next time you find yourself playing trivial pursuits. For example, did you know that London was the first city to reach a population of more than one million in 1811 and remained the largest in the world until overtaken by Tokyo in 1957? No, we didn’t either!
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