If your kid is under the age where cultural activities like museums, theaters and sports come in play than you might find it difficult to travel to St-Petersburg.
Russians love kids and there are plenty of things to do with your little ones in St-P, but according to Western standards it is not exactly a child-friendly city. You will find high chairs, kids corners and playgrounds anywhere you go as well as kids stores and entertainment programms - there is no flaw here. But to my taste most of them are way to bright-busy-loud for kids. I'm also not a big friend of permanent entertainment and try to find balance between kids and parents activities.
With parks and green areas located mostly outside the city center and with playgrounds squeezed in between busy streets (let's forget about crazy colors and the smell of rubber under the burning summer sun) it doesn't make it easy for the parents, especially if you are a visitor.
With our 2,5 year old daughter Olivia coming along there is always a challenge to find child appropriate places. In this I want to share with you my Summer 2018 catch of favorite locations and things to do in St-Petersburg with a 2,5 years old kid.
I often hear parents saying that they are scared of flying with their little ones. I also know that many prefer staying home instead of 'taking the risk'. Of course I undestand the worries (been there too), especially if it's the very first flight. But I think it's better to invest the energy into preparations instead of wasting it on thoughts 'what if'. For the past two years of being a mom I got some experience on traveling with a kid and can honestly tell you that flying is actually the easiest part of every journey (but this is another story).
So let me share with you my 5 simple tips on flying with an infant, the ones I have been following since our daughter flew for the first time in her life when she was 3 months old and the ones I follow since, slightly adjusting the conditions as she keeps growing.
Rotorua - New Zealand's geothermal paradise is famous not only for it's hot springs, but for maori culture as well. One of the best places to learn about Maori lifestyle and traditions as well as whitness the power of Mother nature is Te Puia. One can spot errupting geysers and walk the beautiful Whakarewarewa geothermal valley in less than a day.