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Now that tourist season is in full swing I see a lot of families walking around, even in the downtown business area where I work, which is only a couple of blocks from the White House and the Mall. I'm always curious though to see families with young children. I saw one family with four kids on the metro, all of whom seemed to be under the age of five, and one was a baby. Thankfully Grandma was around to help, but everyone just seemed so exhausted and stressed. I wonder though - do kids that young really understand and appreciate what's going on? Going to museums is hard work, even for adults. Wouldn't it be easier and better to wait til the kids are school age?
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On June 9th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC), four_alarm commented:
I never quite understood this concept either. When I went to Disney a couple months ago, my co-workers brought their kid along. While it was cute to watch his reactions to things and I'm sure he enjoyed himself, I wonder how much he really remembers. They acknowledge this though. Though it was more odd to see infants there.
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On June 9th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I think Disney parks are even harder to justify - at least most of the attractions here are free!
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On June 10th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC), four_alarm replied:
I believe at Disney World (where we went), it's free if the kid is under 2 (which he was).
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On June 9th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
Eh. The very though of going sight seeing with my two kids is enough to make me not want to travel at all. This is primarily why we didn't visit Europe when we were living in London for almost two years. Two kids under the age of three and traveling for leisure do not mix at all. We only traveled when we had to. That's it.
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On June 9th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Your posts sounded tiring enough!
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On June 10th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC), nadyezhda commented:
hmm. It isn't so much about what the kids will get out of it at this age for me. If i go, it's because it's something I want to see, and I take them with me if I think they'll behave. But yes, travelling with the kids is hard work and I take that into consideration when I think about whether I really want to catch an exhibit.
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On June 10th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I'm exhausted going by myself, I can't imagine what it's like with little ones.
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On June 10th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC), burgotastic commented:
I was in China quite a few years ago, and when I went to Beijing and was at the Forbidden City, there were sooo many parents with little kids. The little kids, unsurprisingly, were bored to death, and thus making the experience generally unpleasant for the parents.

One is inclined to question why you wouldn't just take the kids to Disneyland for the holidays, and save up the culture tourism until they're old enough to appreciate it.
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On June 10th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
That's what I'm thinking, although I've gotten various vehement responses on FB from real parents.
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