A myriad of fun, safe and interesting activities makes Armenia an ideal place to enjoy with your family. In Yerevan, one of the world’s safest cities, there are plenty of things to do with your children – whether they crave the knowledge bursting from the museums, or the thrills of the water park and amusement rides peppered around the city. The Yerevan Zoo has 2,600 animals of 190 different species, including an aquarium with over 800 fish! There are rare birds and large mammals such as tigers and bears, as well as a special exhibit on snakes.
Children across the globe are increasingly detached from the outdoors. A family experience in Armenia rejuvenates and reenergizes everyone, including the bitterest adults, and reignites wonder, innocence and curiosity. There is a wide variety of summer camps, including those held annually at TUMO and UWC, as well as smaller ones up in the forested mountains of Hanqavan, Aghavnadzor and Tsaghkadzor. You may choose to explore the countryside and the multitude of historic monuments and amazing scenery, and there are multitudes of easy and completely safe routes that can be hiked, or traversed on horseback, that will really give your children vivid experiences of nature. Many outdoor centers have opened up these past years offering a variety of activities, from zip-lining to rock climbing, all carefully and safely managed to ensure the most enjoyable rush of adrenaline anyone could hope for. See the joy on your children’s faces as they land, open-eyed, hair blown back, smiles reaching from ear to ear, after launching out into the vast Lastiver Gorge, on a series of zip-lines stretching almost two kilometers at heights of over two-hundred meters!
In winter, the slopes of Tsakhkadzor become the learning grounds for children of all ages, and from all over the world, to learn how to ski – the small resort, affordable prices, and gentle slope of the tracks are ideal for any child taking trying to control their first carve. For the youngest (and oldest, there’s no age limit!) a special tubing run has been built next to one of the slopes that allows you to slide down the mountain in a big rubber ring.
In the hot summer months, locals and tourists flock to Lake Sevan, to get away from the heat and surf the waves on the backs of jet-skis. Stay for a few days, at one of the many resorts or in a tent on the shoreline, to unwind and let your kids be kids. The friendly staff are always looking for ways to entertain and provide activities for the youngest. Sit back with a glass of wine, or better yet, join in the fun!
If you are looking for a more educational experience for your family, know that cultural life in Armenia is very accessible to all. Culture has always been intertwined with Armenian life, cities such as Shushi and Dilijan were historic bohemian centers for music and art, and thanks to Soviet and post-Soviet influence this is now materialized in the plethora of music halls, jazz bars, theaters and galleries that are almost within a stone’s throw of one another. Listen to the upbeat, distinctly Armenian jazzy reggae of Reincarnation at the Reincarnation Hall, or head down to Mezzo for the soothing sounds of Armenian jazz. Khachatryan, arguably one of the most world-renowned Armenian composers, has half of the Opera House named after him, where international and national orchestras often perform musical masterpieces.