We all know Xi’an packs a cultural and historical punch, but what if you’ve got little kids with you? There are a surprising amount of places, both in and outdoors, that both children and the whole family will enjoy. Here’s the round up:
Shaanxi Nature Museum
The SNM’s collection contains over 20 thousand specimens, some dating back to 3.7 billion years ago! There is a lot to be found here, that will interest the young mind in four different exhibition areas: Nature Hall, Technology Hall, Fulldome Theatre and Outdoor Exhibition Areas.
Don’t miss the huge glass sphere in the Science and Technology Exhibition Hall that represents the “sun”, and the crescent shape in the Natural Exhibition Hall that represents the “moon”. The museum is hands on, and offers up the chance to learn about dinosaurs, butterflies, spiders, parrots, and more.
陕西自然博物馆于2008年1月5日开馆，有科技、自然两大展馆，2万余件标本在此安家。Shaanxi Natural Museum was opened on January 5, 2008. The museum includes two pavilions of science and nature with more than 20,000 specimens.
Opening hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Ticket Prices: 20 – 40 RMB
Address: No. 88 Chang’an South Road, Yanta District西安市雁塔区长安南路88号
LEHUA City 88°C Spring Water World
Who doesn’t love water parks! Especially in Xi’an’s scorching summers. This Hot Spring Resort has it all, from outdoor venues to indoor venues. The outdoor area consists of themed areas such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Underwater World, Tropical Rain-forest and Sea World – which is mainly for children. The indoor consists of four floors in the kingdom of Atlantis including a playground area, spa area and Korean-style sauna area.
As you can see, there is something for everyone. If you’re lucky mummies can relax in the spa, whilst daddies can take the children around, or enjoy themselves.
Tickets: Student ticket: 160RMB
Adult ticket: 230RMB
Child ticket: 60RMB
Opening hours: 10:30 – 18:00
Address: No.1, East Section of Fengjing Avenue, Jinghe New City, Jingyang County, Xianyang City, Shaanxi Province
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Fountain Show
The big wild goose pagoda fountain is located in the North Square of Dayan Tower. It is the largest sculpture square in Asia. There are two 100-meter-long group sculptures, 8 groups of large-scale figure sculptures, and 40 relief sculptures.
At night, it might be a place to bring the kids – it gets lit up like a Christmas tree, with blaring tunes to match. The shows are mainly set to classical music, with brightly coloured choreographed light and water displays.
Even though many city squares have regular music fountain shows, this one is a must go as it is the most grand and the most pretty sight.
Opening Hours: All day
Music Fountain show time:
Saturday & Sunday & Public Holidays 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:30 (21:00 in the summer)
Bus: Take bus No. 5, 19, 21, 22, 27, 41, etc. in the urban area and get off at the “Dayan Pagoda” station and walk for 2 minutes
Subway: Take Metro Line 3 and get off at the “Dayan Pagoda” station, and get out at Exit C.
The equipment is routinely overhauled on Tuesday, and it is closed during the day
Xi’an QinLing Wildlife Park
Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park was founded in 1954 and moved to the foot of Qinling Mountain in 2004. It is the largest bird park and the largest panther base in the country.
Pandas, takins and golden monkeys are the main animals to be found as a characteristics of the QinLing mountain. Apart from animals, you can explore the nature through wandering along flowers, lakes, mountains, trees, birds and various others.
The beast area is known for making tourists’ hair stand on end. There are over 200 predators raised there including Siberian tiger, African lion, brown bear, black bear, a wolf and various others. Sometimes the tigers run after tourist busses, creating a “hair-rising” experience for the family!
Ticket Price: Adult – 100RMB (1st March – 30th November)
Child – 50 RMB (1st March – 30th November)
Address: 1st Le Hua Road, Xi’an District 西咸新区乐华一路
Qujiang Polar Ocean Park
Covering an area of 11.5 acres Qujiang Polar Ocean Park is one of the largest ocean theme parks in China. It comprises of multiple functions including polar ocean experience, leisure and entertainment, and science education, among others.
There are penguins, polar bears, polar wolves, dolphins, sea lions, seals and other lovely polar animals. Children would definitely enjoy this experience as they can explore different aquatic shows and wander around.
Time: 09:00 – 17:30
Stop checking tickets: 16.00
Address: No. 1, Qujiang Second Road, Yanta District, Xi’an
1. Tourists who do not have a smartphone need to make an appointment with the help of their family. After the appointment is successful, the reservation telephone number and valid certificate are used to cash the ticket at the ticket window of the scenic spot, or to enter the park with their ID card.
2. Children (less than 1.2 meters, including 1.2 meters) enter the park without appointment and accompanied by their parents.
Air Factory Trampoline Hall
This place is for you if you don’t mind working up a bit of a sweat! The giddy, childlike joy of going for a bounce on trampoline is one that comes with excitement and happiness. If the weather is not suitable for outdoor activity, this is what you need to look for.
The air factory trampoline covers an area of more than 1,000 square meters. It is a large-scale trampoline mechanism integrating fitness, leisure and entertainment. It has a variety of recreational areas and is the largest indoor trampoline park in Xi’an so far, perfect fun for a family day out.
Ticket Price: ￥104
Address: 50 meters west of Heyi Hotel Fenghua Road, Weiyang District
Hancheng Lake Kayak
Hancheng lake is close to the site of Chang’an city of Han Dynasty. Bring your family to enjoy the unique landscapes on both sides of the lake by carrying out rowing activities as well as take pictures in an antique picture boat. This comes with a spectacular charm of small bridges and elegant classical gardens.
* Rowing activities are at an extra cost
Opening hours: March-August: 06:00-22:00;
September-next February: 07:00-21:00.
Ticket Price: Free
Address：Intersection of North 2nd Ring Road and Zhuhong Road, Weiyang District, Xi’an City
Tourists who do not have a smartphone need to make an appointment with the help of their family. A maximum of 5 people can be reserved at one time.
Xi’an elite growth youth outdoor sports camp
This camp has youth golf, sailing, canoeing, fencing, baseball and softball, rugby and other sports training. Different projects with different prices are suitable for parents and children to participate together.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Address：No. 2011, Expo Avenue, Baqiao District, Xi’an
Party Day Indoor Fun Park
This cool hidden place in the mall at Luo Ma Shi is the home to a variety of activities, including virtual golf, archery, bowling, laser tag, and many more family-friendly activities. For a single entry price, you can float between whatever activities spark your interest for a set time limit.
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00
Ticket Price: 90RMB
Address: 6F Of Mingsheng Shopping Mall, Luomashi Street
Qinling New Zealand Farm
Qinling New Zealand Farm was established in 2013 to provide visitors with a brand new New Zealand farm experience. Here visitors can interact with animals, enjoy the plants, and have fun planting and picking as a family.
Ticket Price: 300RMB/Day
Address: Shangjianzi Village