Living in Ho Chi Minh City is a pleasure for expatriates: the cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries, business is booming and the economic development of the country is growing, but what attracts the most is the local way of life.
More and more people are settling with their families in the economic capital of Vietnam, and find absolutely everything they need daily, and even beyond.
The children of the post-war generation are more than pampered. They embody happiness and hope for a better future for any parent who has experienced the horrors of war.
Today, children in Vietnam are at the center of all attention, especially concerning their education and their good development.
Every occasion is good to spend time with family: birthdays, good weather, weekends, Christmas, têt…
In other words, Ho Chi Minh City is 100% children-friendly! In Vietnam, the family is sacred!
Green spaces are better and better equipped, and places that stimulate family outings are getting more and more creative!
Sports Activities, Creative Workshops, Cooking Classes, Drawing, Snacks, find the best activities to have a good time with your children!
Where to have family outings in Saigon?
Vertical Academy is right in the heart of the D2 and allows you to work out by climbing indoors.
Classes are offered at all ages as well as accompanied outings.
Address: 789D So 1 Binh An, District 2
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 1:00pm to 10:00 pm & the weekend from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Price: From 170.000 VND / day (material included)
Snow Town Saigon
Snow Town Saigon is quite an unusual place for a tropical country!
It is the perfect place to enjoy powdery snow for luge, snowball fights, taking pictures and many other activities. There’s even a restaurant!
Address: CBD Premium, Dong Van Cong 125, Phuong Thanh My Law, District 2
Opening hours: Everyday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Price: Starting from 150,000 VND
Family Garden is a little part of nature in the heart of the D2.
Family Garden develops the taste for nature and the love for local food. All senses are solicited to learn more about nature. Children can be guided in groups or spend the day with their parents for special events. Discoveries not to be missed!
Address: 28 Thao Dien, District 2
Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park
Located in District 9, this amusement park promises you an unparalleled experience! With its impressive decors inspired by Vietnamese and Buddhist folklore, its shows, its 8D cinema, its many indoor and outdoor activities, its magic castle, its aquarium, its pools and water games and much more, you will have the feel like I’ve changed planets! It’s impossible to get bored at Suio Tien Park, which lists nearly 50 different activities and attractions, not to mention the various festivals and events that punctuate the year. Not to be missed.
Address: 120 AH1, Tan Phu, District 9
Opening hours: Daily 07:30 am – 5:00 pm
Price: Starting at 20.000 VND per activity
Artinus 3D Art Museum Saigon
Discover hundreds of trompe l’oeil works of art created by Korean artists. The Artinus 3D Art Museum is the perfect place for wacky staging. You are sure to leave your day with great souvenir photos!
Address: 02-04 Road 9, Him Lam Residence, Tan Hung Thuan Ward
Opening hours: Daily 09:00 am – 10:00 pm
Price: VND 200,000 (weekdays) VND 220,000 (weekends)
Saigon Pony Club
Saigon Pony Club offers the opportunity to gallop, take care of ponies but also to participate in equestrian competitions.
It is recommended that children be Francophone or Anglophone to maximize learning.
Address: 38, Lane 42, The Vanh Thinh St..Ward. Binh Trung Dong, District 2
Opening hours: Everyday
Van Thanh Park
Van Thanh swimming pool is the place where your children will be able to fight the heat of Vietnam while being close to greenery.
You will be able to walk in family in the park of 77.000 m², which includes a lake of 2 hectares as well as restaurants.
Address: Dien Bien Phu Street, Binh Thanh District
Opening hours: Everyday 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Price: From 40,000 VND / child & 70,000 VND / adult
A must-see place for all saigonese families, the Saigon Outcast is an outdoor space like no other, bringing together a skate park, a bar, a restaurant, and even a climbing wall!
On-site, you can regularly attend a plethora of gatherings and activities such as film screenings, festivals of all kinds (burgers, beer, Songkran …), craft markets, and concerts. This large variety will suit all family members, allowing them to switch from one activity to the next as they wish. Many promotions are available throughout the week, from Happy Hours to special offers for the climbing wall.
Location: No. 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2
Hours: From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM
The Jump Arena is the ideal place to empty your excess energy. With a large space of interior trampolines with multiple ways to exercise (free-jumping, climbing, Ninja-challenge, etc…), it offers a completely secure environment, supervised by a very friendly staff. A refreshment area will allow the less adventurous to wait wisely, or to hydrate and regain strength after the effort.
Address : PMRW+V39, Đường số 9, Tân Hưng, District 7
Opening hours : Everyday 7:30am – 10:30pm
Price : 100 000 VND/h during the week, or 150 000 VND for unlimited time, and 150 000 VND/h on weekends.
Where to have a snack with your children?
The Snap Café, a trendy place with many facets!
The Snap Café regroups many different little shops. There are organic and fair stores (clothing, gifts, decoration, beauty products, products for the house…), various toy stores but also a restaurant area in the shade that can accommodate families, as well as a play area for children, and many other surprises.
Address: Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien, D2, HCMC
Opening hours: Every day from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm
Our favorite ! Gelati lovers will be delighted with this authentic Italian glacier. With 24 delicious flavors (including the incredible Ferrero Rocher) and limited editions, you will return to Dolce Vita more than once… Taste what you want before choosing, and leave with stocks for home!
Address : 46 Nguyen Cu, Thao Dien, District 2
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 am – 9:45 pm
Sweet + Sour
Sweet + Sour is a tea room full of yummy treats and cakes of all kinds!
You can stroll and relax on a very comfortable bench in a country setting.
Address: 9 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Dien, District 2
Opening hours: Every day from 8AM to 8PM
Founded by French entrepreneurs, Marou needs no introduction. In District 1 or Thao Dien, Marou offers unparalleled chocolate desserts and drinks, ice creams, and a gift shop.
Addresses: 90 Xuân Thủy, Thảo Đien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City / 169 Calmette, Nguyễn Thái Bình Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: Every day from 9AM to 10:00 pm (10:30 during the weekend)
Where to find creative activities for children?
Vinspace Art Studio
Arts classes for all! Kids, teenagers and adults all alike are welcome at the Vinspace Art Studio in Thao Dien to undertake weekly classes or summer camps of painting, drawing, sculpting, and arts & crafts. The Studio also offers the possibility to host birthday parties or team-building events.
Address: 19, Street 38, Thao Dien Ward, District 2
Opening hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Beyond eating there, you can also learn how to cook! Children can learn how to make pizza in a fun way, with other children or simply with their family.
Address: 151B Hai Ba Trung, Ward 6, Dist.3, HCMC
Opening hours: Only on weekends
Address 2: Lot MD2, Nguyen Van Linh Boulevard, Tan Phu Ward, Dist. 7, HCMC
Opening hours: Everyday
Duration: 2h on average
Price: 100,000 VND / child & 150,000 VND / adult (before V.A.T)
Star Kitchen is a dessert bar, a cake shop but also a kitchen studio!
Their Japanese know-how is mixed with the richness of Western pastries. They offer a complete agenda of playful and gourmet courses for children, whether for salty or sweet treats.
Address: 8A / 11C2 Thai Van Lung, District 1
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday
Price: Starting at 250.000 VND / class