A visit to Mumbai is incomplete without a visit to any of its famous beaches and when it comes to beaches, Juhu Beach is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai with kids. Yes, it is definitely crowded, and it will be best if you kept your kids within your line of sight.
At the same time, Juhu Beach offers kids a very unique experience of childhood – far away from videos, cell phone games, and technology – a throwback to the 1990s when playing cricket and football, watching monkeys dance, and enjoying Ferris Wheel and Merry-go-rounds were the most popular pastimes.
The wide stretch of beach on the north end of Juhu beach is perfect for outdoor sports; on weekdays and early morning weekends, you can find groups of children having the best times of their lives playing cricket. In the evenings, there are rides on horse-drawn carriages, toy stalls, balloon vendors, dancing monkeys, and much more, making the Juhu Beach one of the most ideal places to visit in Mumbai with kids – especially for full-fledged fun.
Make sand castles, play with the sand, jump into the waves and much more!!! You can even enjoy water sports with your kids, now that the Maharashtra Maritime Board has launched water-based rides such as Banana Ride, Jet Skis, Flying Fish and more!!
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Introduce your kids to the wonders of nature with a rendezvous at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It is one of the largest national parks to be located within a city and offers many opportunities to view wildlife such as Lion, Tigers and Leopards in a natural setting.
In addition to wildlife viewing, visitors have the opportunity to cycle, trek, and visit the caves within, making the Sanjay Gandhi National Park one of the more ideal places to visit in Mumbai with older kids as well as young ones.
There are many ways that you can experience this park with your young kids. Hop on to a toy train and marvel at the experience of being within a jungle as it chugs its way around the national park core area. Sign up for the Lion & Tiger Safaris to see the Big Cats up-close while being safe in your vehicle. Visit the Crocodile farm, the mini-zoo and the boating area to round off the fun.
Families with older kids can have even more fun trekking through the nature trails, bird watching, and Rock Climbing. You can even rent cycles at the gate and cycle to the Kanheri Caves, a set of ancient rock-cut caves that date from the 1st Century BCE to 10th Century CE. These caves are adorned with Buddhist sculptures and stupas.
Once a Buddhist monastery, these caves are now popular places to visit in Mumbai with kids and without kids as well.
Prince of Wales Museum
This one is mainly for families with older kids. One of the top museums of Mumbai, the Prince of Wales Museum offers a wonderful learning experience on various subjects.
The Galleries are beautifully organized and include sculptures, Prints & Photography, Art from the Himalayan regions, China and Japan, European and Indian Paintings and much more.
Indian miniature paintings and Arms & Armour have separate galleries. And there is one section exclusively devoted to Natural History, which includes representations from many species – endangered and extinct.
Elephanta Caves is a great place to visit in Mumbai with kids older than 8, especially, if you want to let them know more about the historical landmarks of India. One of the most ancient cave temples of India, the Elephanta Caves are a set of rock-cut caves located on an island, off the main coast of India.
The series of caves are adorned with sculptures pre-dominantly devoted to Lord Shiva; there are a few Buddhist stupas as well. Year ago, before the arrival of the Portuguese, these caves were places of worship. Today, they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visited by tourists from India and other countries as well.
One of the main highlights of an excursion to the Elephanta Caves is the Ferry Ride across the sea – to and from the caves. Concessional Child fares for the ferry, nominal entry charges for all citizens of India and SAARC countries, and a toy train at the Elephanta Caves pier all combine to make the Elephanta Caves rank as one of the good places to visit in Mumbai with kids.
Essel World, Water Kingdom & Bird Park
For kids, a holiday is incomplete without a visit to the theme parks. And Mumbai never fails to delight its young visitors with its famous trio – Essel World, Water Kingdom & Bird Park.
Advertised across India as one of the leading theme parks in the country, Essel World and its adjoining Water Kingdom have been entertaining families with kids in Mumbai for years now.
There are rides for every age group – thrilling roller coasters and drops as well as gentle rides for the tiny tots. With rides and experiences that the whole family would enjoy, the Essel World has marked itself as a top place to visit in Mumbai with kids.
Find your way through the Alibaba Adventure Mirror Maze or take on the newest ride – the Virtual Reality Tunnel Twister – a formidable ride that combines the thrill of a roller coaster ride with the intrigue of a Virtual Reality experience. Take a Kangaroo Hop drop or hang upside down at the Hoola Loop. Caterpillar, Crazy Cups, Go-karting, Merry-go-rounds, and Dodgems – the classics are there too!
The Water Kingdom in the adjoining plot is another great attraction for kids and adults alike. Families with kids can have great fun at the Lagoon, Goofers Lagoon or the Wetlantic, where the water levels are high enough to be enjoyed by kids under adult supervision.
Older kids and adults seeking more thrilling experiences can hop on to slide through What-A-Coaster, a water ride with one of the tallest vertical drops in the country – seven-storeys high at a speed of almost 65 km per hour!! A rain dance zone adds to the magic of the Water Kingdom.
The newly-opened Bird Park is another part of the Essel World Theme Parks that has further enhanced the theme park’s appeal as a top place to visit in Mumbai with kids.
Spread over an area of 1.5 acres, the Essel World Bird Park offers its visitors amazing opportunities to see and interact with many unique birds. The park has been divided into different zones that recreates the natural habitats of the various birds. All-in-all it is quite adventurous and offers a perfect balance to a day of crazy fun-filled rides.
Although Adlabs Imagica is not exactly located in Mumbai, it is too big and popular an attraction to be missed out on this list of top places to visit in Mumbai with kids. This major theme park is located on the Khapoli-Pali Road, just off the Mumbai – Pune highway; regular bus services from different locations of Mumbai make the theme park easily accessible from Mumbai.
The complex is vast and has so much to see and do, that it is impossible to do it all in a day. The main Adlabs Imagica Theme Park in itself has numerous rides – for little ones and thrill-seeking youngsters alike. There are shows ranging from acts by street performers to acrobats, hip-hop dancers and magicians. A lavish food court caters to the hunger pangs that strike after so much excitement.
In addition to the main Adlabs Imagica Theme Park, there is a Water Park, Snow Park, Gaming Zone, and an area dedicated to visual allusions – which all combine to make the complex a top place to visit in Mumbai with kids. The Water Park is as popular as the main theme park and offers many rides with differing difficulty levels – all with the aim of catering to kids of all ages – and adults young at heart! The Snow Park lets you take a break from the heat with experiences at a stunning -5 degrees.
KidZania Mumbai, much like the other KidZania centres across the globe, offers an enriching experience to its kid visitors. Give your kids a wonderful insight into the various career options commonly available. Little ones will love the charm of playing the role of a fire fighter attending a fire call, the wonder of being in charge of an ambulance, or the most popular chor-police played with an actual police station, jail, and police uniforms.
Older kids can explore their creative selves at the Pottery Studio, Art School, Animation Studio and the Actors Academy. Visit the Driving School to gain a licence and use it to drive a car down the Driving Street. Visit the Music School, Energy Conservation Hub and the Aviation Academy are the other popular stops that make the KidZania Mumbai a top place to visit in Mumbai with kids.
Role playing activities specific to Mumbai include Bollywood Actors Academy, Dabbawala, House painting, window cleaning, Party Hub, Resort, Security Services and more.
Kamla Nehru Park
The recently-renovated Kamla Nehru Park in South Mumbai is yet nice place to visit in Mumbai with kids. A sprawling park with a view of the sea, an iconic Ladies Shoe landmark that has been there since decades, and lots of greenery, the Kamla Nehru Park is a delight for youngsters and adults alike. Kids aged 12 and below can enjoy climbing the larger-than-life shoe structure.