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City Breaks With Kids Things to Do in Seoul With Kids

Seoul and Korea are not known as being the most popular travel destinations in the world, especially not with kids. The country has so much to offer and is incredibly safe, has great public transportation and has loads of unique activities which are great with kids. Take Seoul, for example, a booming mega city. 

South Korea does have extreme weather. The best time to visit South Korea is during the spring or autumn when you can avoid the heat of summer or the bitterly cold winters. Many tourist sites close on Monday’s in South Korea so do check in advance. If you are on a Seoul city break with kids, then this guide will take you through some of the must-do family-friendly attractions, playgrounds, and entertainment experiences, ensuring an itinerary packed with educational sightseeing, fun adventures, cultural immersion, and kid-friendly restaurants and shopping spots.

Visit the Grand Park & Zoo

Address: 102 Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Seoul is filled with parks, the Grand Park has a huge zoo and petting zoo and the entrance fee only costs 4$ per person.  Take time to visit the Children’s Museum and play on the amusement rides.

Seoul Land Theme Park

Address: 181 Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Next to the zoo, is a stunning rose garden and Seoul Land, which has over 40 different rides, great for kids of all ages.

Seoul Forest Park

Address: 181 Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

The Seoul Forest Park has bunnies and deer that can be fed and the parks along the Han River have outdoor swimming pools open in summer, playgrounds and mini car rentals. 

Visit kid friendly museums – indoor activity

Many museums in Seoul have their own kids version or offer stamp tours and treasure hunts. The Children’s Museum at the War Memorial of Korea is a great example. Other museums which have a section specially tailored towards kids are the National Folk Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Korea and the Gwacheon National Science Museum.

Seoul also has many museums which are great for young and old, most of these are very interactive and will no doubt leave a lasting impression on your little ones. The best ones being the Teddy Bear Museum, Alive Museum and Dynamic Maze, Figure Museum and the Trick Eye Museum. 

Museum Locations:

The Children’s Museum at the War Memorial of Korea – 29 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea – 37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Gwacheon National Science Museum – 110 Sanghabeol-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Teddy Bear Museum – 31 Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea

Alive Museum – 12 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Dynamic Maze – 43 Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Figure Museum – 3 Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Trick Eye Museum – 2 Seogyo Plaza 20 Hongikro-3gil, Mapogu, Seoul

COEX aquarium – ideal indoor activity

Address: 513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

The Gangnam area, which lies south of the River Han, has loads of activities which are great with kids. There is the COEX aquarium, one of the biggest aquariums in Seoul. 

Lotte World Theme Park & Lotte Tower

Address: 240 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Lotte World, an indoor and outdoor theme park, is considered one of the major recreation parks in Korea. With its own indoor ice skating rink, a hotel, swimming pool, and a Disney-like castle, it offers a diverse range of attractions for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re seeking thrilling experiences, family-friendly fun, or entertaining entertainment, Lotte World has it all. It’s a perfect kid-friendly activity to avoid extreme weather and particularly enjoyable for toddlers, providing an unforgettable experience filled with fun and excitement.

Next to Lotte World lies Lotte Tower, the 5th biggest tower in the world with a glass bottomed observation deck on the 123rd floor and Lotte Aquarium. 

If you are in need of a stroller, most museums and parks have their own which can be rented or you can rent a stroller at the airport upon arrival and bring it back when leaving the country. The best time to travel with young kids is in spring or autumn. Summer temperatures can reach 40°C or over and winter temperatures can drop as low as -15°C. 

Another alternative theme park is Everland Theme Park, but as its mostly outside, choose favourable weather!

Gyeonbokgung Palace. seoul with kids
Gyeonbokgung Palace

Gyeonbokgung Palace – UNESCO Heritage site

Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hire a hanbok (traditional Korean outfit) to gain free entry and walk through this beautiful replica building, courtyard, and admire the changing of the guard. It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in Korean culture while also providing a unique photo opportunity for your itinerary. Afterward, explore nearby shops and restaurants to complete your cultural experience, and perhaps indulge in some souvenir shopping or authentic Korean cuisine.

Visit Artbox 

Its not an ordinary stationery shop but one which will appeal to teens who love shopping! A huge array of washy tapes, pencil cases, and really cool stuff that they will want to buy! Leave some space in your case if you intend to stop by here.

Visit a Themed Cafe

Hello Kitty and the Princess Diary Cafe are perfect for younger kids and I know my two would find Ddo-Ong, a poo themed paradise, hilarious! Food is even served in miniature toilets!

About the author

My name is Marie, I am originally from Belgium but am now living as a travel blogger based in Seoul, South Korea. My blog is all about South Korea and covers everything from traveling, lifestyle, K-Beauty and more. Korea is much more than just Seoul and this is something I want to convey through my posts and inspire people to explore the rest of this stunning country. For more things to do with kids in Seoul see here.

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