7 Fun Things to Do in Delhi with Kids

Big Buddha at Kingdom of Dreams in India
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If you're going to be visiting Delhi with kids and are wondering where to take them, these places will keep them happily occupied. They'll be able to do everything from play to learn about a whole range of fascinating things related to India and education as well.

  • 01 of 07
    India Gate and canopy at sunset
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    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, library, musical fountain, theater, and amphitheater. The whole area is beautifully illuminated at sunset.

    • Where: Rajpath, near Connaught Place.
    • Entry Fee: Free!
  • 02 of 07
    Paddle boats with the Old Fort in the background
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    The Red Fort is definitely more famous, but the Old Fort is more interesting. The fort was built to protect the city and has a two-kilometer long wall. It feels a lot like a castle, complete with moat. A high-tech sound and light show is held on the premises every evening. There's also a lake next to the Old Fort where the kids can go paddle boating.

    • Where: Between India Gate and Humayun's Tomb, on Mathura Road. The nearest Metro station is Pragati Maidan. It's located quite close to the Delhi Zoo, which you may also want to visit although don't expect an outstanding selection of animals.
    • Entry Fee: 20 rupees for Indians/200 rupees for foreigners.
  • 03 of 07
    India, New Delhi. Bright strings of toys and mobiles hanging for sale at Dilli Haat crafts bazaar.
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    Not just the best market in Delhi, Dili 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 really 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.

    • Where: Near INA Metro Station in south Delhi, Pitampura in north Delhi, and Janakpuri in west Delhi. Open daily 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., including national holidays.
    • Entry Fee: 20 rupees for adults and 10 rupees for children.
  • 04 of 07

    The National Rail Museum is an appealing place to take kids (and adults) who are train enthusiasts. Spread over 10 acres, it showcases India's rail heritage. There are approximately 100 indoor and outdoor exhibits on display, including static and working models, signaling equipment, antique furniture, historical photographs, and literature. The Fairy Queen Train, which ran from Delhi to Alwar, has been kept at the Museum for many years. 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. The highlight is a toy train that offers rides around the entire Museum. Take a picnic and enjoy!

    • Where: Chanakyapuri. Open from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Closed Monday.
    • Entry Fee: 20 rupees for adults. 10 rupees for children. Tickets for the toy train ride cost 20 rupees each.
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  • 05 of 07

    A renowned center of learning for young kids of all ages, the National Science Center 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 3D films.

    • Where: Near Gate 1, Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., except for Holi and Diwali.
    • Entry Fee: 40 rupees. Kids under five years old, free.
  • 06 of 07

    This interactive museum with a rural ambiance 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 really cheap prices!

    • Where: Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan. Galleries open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Mondays. Craft demonstrations and shops open daily. Closed on Independence Day, Republic Day, Diwali, and Gandhi Jayanti.
    • Entry Fee: Indians, 10 rupees. Foreigners 150 rupees.
  • 07 of 07
    Big Buddha at Kingdom of Dreams in India
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    If you don't mind taking a trip to Gurgaon, Kingdom of Dreams is well worth it. This huge 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.

    • Where: Near IFFCO Chowk Metro Station, Sector 29, Gurgaon (Delhi). Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1 p.m. until 1 a.m.
    • Entry Fee: Entry to Culture Gully is 599 rupees during the week and 699 rupees on weekends. The full amount is redeemable on food. Tickets for shows range in price from 1,099 rupees to 3,999 rupees, depending on the day and seat location. Packages, including accommodations, are available.