10 Fun Things to Do in Delhi, India with Kids

Old Fort, Delhi
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With 25 million people, visiting Delhi with kids in tow can seem overwhelming. However, this colorful, bustling capital city has lots to do and see for kids of all ages, with options ranging from fun paddle boating to interactive workshops and learning about India. Here are our top picks of things to do in Delhi with kids.

01 of 09

Play at Children's Park at India Gate

Boating at India Gate, Delhi.

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India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India

Delhi's famous landmark, India Gate, is a well-known war memorial that was built in memory of the Indian soldiers who fought in World War I. What you may not know is that there's a fantastic 10-acre Children's Park nearby. It was renovated in 2002, and now offers an assortment of games, play equipment, digital library, musical fountain, theater, and amphitheater. The whole area is beautifully illuminated at sunset.

02 of 09

Watch Craftspeople at Work

Costumed Chhau dancers (from Purulia in West Bengal) performing a traditional dance, Crafts Museum.
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Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Phone +91 11 2337 1887

Delhi's inspiring Crafts Museum has a rural ambiance that is great fun for kids. It consists of a Village Complex with 15 structures from different parts of India, crafts demonstrations by 50 artisans in residence, and galleries ranging from textiles to tribal craft. Children can run around and explore, as well as watch the craftspeople at work. Bonus: Crafts can be purchased at discounted prices! There's also a popular cafe on the premises.

03 of 09

Try Street Food and Marvel in the Colors at Dilli Haat

Colorful clothing being sold at Dilli Haat

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Lal Sain Mandir Marg, Virender Nagar, Janakpuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110058, India
Phone +91 11 2561 2181

Not just one of the best markets in Delhi, Dilli Haat offers a colorful dose of culture that your kids will love. Craftsmen from all over India come to sell their wares at stalls here. The kids can find out about handicrafts and have a fun time bargaining with the shopkeepers while you shop. If they're feeling adventurous, they can try food from different regions in India at the food court. Enjoy regular cultural performances, including folk dances, as well. There are now three Dilli Haat markets across Delhi.

04 of 09

Drive a Train at the National Rail Museum

Train at National Rail Museum, Delhi.

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Service Rd, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
Phone +91 11 2688 1826

The National Rail Museum is an ideal place to take kids (and adults) who are train enthusiasts. Spread over 11 acres, it showcases India's extensive rail heritage. There are about 100 indoor and outdoor exhibits including static and working models, signaling equipment, antique furniture, historical photographs, and literature. The royal rail cars, which are also on display, are notable. One car, called the Prince of Wales Saloon, was built in 1875 for royal members traveling to India. Kids will love the train joyrides, 3-D reality experiences, and interactive train simulators.

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05 of 09

Get Hands-On at the National Science Center

National Science Center entrance
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Bhairon Marg, Near Gate No.1, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Phone +91 74286 93710

A renowned center of learning for kids of all ages, the National Science Center is one of the largest of its kind in Asia. It features seven galleries over eight levels. They cover science and technology heritage, the information revolution, human biology, prehistoric life, fun science, emerging technologies, and water. There are working science exhibits, a number of hands-on displays explaining the laws of physics, a multimedia center, and 3-D films.

06 of 09

Visit a Uniquely Indian Theme Park

Kingdom of Dreams, Delhi.

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सभागार परिसर, Sridevi Road, near IFFCO Metro Station, सेक्टर २९, गुरुग्राम, हरियाणा 122001, India

If you don't mind traveling to Gurgaon, Kingdom of Dreams is well worth it. This vast live entertainment destination is one of the top theme parks in India. It encompasses both Indian culture and performing arts. Kids will love the experience of Culture Gully—an elaborate air-conditioned boulevard featuring pavilions from various states, themed restaurants, crafts village, and street performers. Entry to Culture Gully is 600 rupees (around $8.50), as of 2019, but the full amount is redeemable on food.

07 of 09

Stroll in the Spacious Lodhi Gardens

Shhesh Gumbad Tomb in Lodhi Gardens

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Lodhi Rd, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
Phone +91 11 2464 0079

Delhi is starved for open space, so the scenic Lodhi Gardens are worth a visit. This 90-acre park on Lodhi Road is popular with runners, walkers, and of course, families. The garden is dotted with 15th-century Mughal tombs which kids will love to explore, while adults should be sure to bring their binoculars—the urban bird watching here is great! Pack a picnic and have lunch there too.

08 of 09

Tour Gandhi's Former Home

Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi

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Even young kids will enjoy the Gandhi Smriti museum, where they can learn about the country's most famous leader, Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi lived here for the few months of his life, before his assassination in 1948. While the museum houses traditional displays of photos and memorabilia, kids should head upstairs for the digital multimedia exhibition, which includes hands-on activities, like playing harp or starting a train's engine. 


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09 of 09

See Animals in Deer Park

Deer in Delhi.

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Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Another breath of fresh air from overcrowded Delhi, Deer Park, near Hauz Khas Village, offers visitors another experience unique to Delhi: the opportunity to see animals! Deer Park has deer (obviously) but is also home to peacocks, pigs, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Kids can explore Mughal tombs or just play on open grassy lawns, dotted with trees. 


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