This is a big plus, especially when traveling with children because it allows you to enjoy the city without wasting too much energy and time moving around.
Be prepared to dive into a world of art, culture, and history in Yerevan's many museums, galleries, monuments, and other attractions.
Definitely check out Silk Road Hotel and cultural preservation hub, where your kids can watch rug weavers at work, see a performance by the Shadow Theater, try freshly baked lavash bread and enjoy a nice meal at the cozy courtyard of the hotel.
Happily the traditional art of puppetry is alive and thriving in Yerevan. The State Puppet Theatre has been delighting its audiences since 1935 with high-quality adaptations of great children’s books by famous Armenian and foreign writers.
A favorite with Yerevan parents Captain Kid's Treasure Island offers a massive indoor playground made for climbing, crawling, sliding and exploring. An expansive food court right by the entrance to the playground allows families to refuel before diving back in for another round of fun.
CITYZEN is a city of professions, with everything a regular city has – streets, buildings, squares, as well as other urban infrastructures, including a hospital, beauty salon, and fire station. And it's run by children! Take your kids for a fun adventure and let them experience what it’s like to learn and work in an adult world through different realistic role-playing activities.
The Geology Museum on Baghramyan Avenue is a wonderful small museum. It houses thousands of minerals and rocks from all over the world. It also has a mammoth skeleton which was discovered in Gyumri.
The Woodcraft Museum celebrates and preserves the legacy of Armenian traditional wood carving. From household objects to elaborate artwork by local artists, the museum will definitely inspire your kids to take up a new hobby!
One of the most beloved museums in Yerevan, Parajanov House-Museum is designed to take the visitors back in time as if the artist still lives there and has just stepped out to run some errands. The great artist's unusual way of thinking, his collection of collages, sculptures, paintings and movie paraphernalia is remarkable and wonderfully odd.
Khor Virap – where Saint Gregory was imprisoned for 13 years – the birthplace of Christianity in Armenia is only a short drive from Yerevan. It's remarkably close to the Turkish border and the view of Ararat is spectacular. The most interesting part of this monastery is the still-existing dungeon of St. Gregory which is accessible down a steep ladder and is pretty hard to climb so make sure you're fit enough and kids are not claustrophobic before attempting the ascent.
Noravank Monastery is my kids' personal favorite. Noravank is a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located about 120 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near Areni, a little town famous for its wine. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The facade of the main church is decorated with steep steps that take you to the second level. The steps are easier to climb up, but coming down may be a bit tricky. Your kids will definitely enjoy exploring the area and might as well find another pit, not so famous as the one in Khor Virap, but, nevertheless, worth checking out.
Tatev Monastery is truly of one of the highlights of Armenia. Whether you arrive there with the Guinness Record-holding Wings of Tatev cable car or drive to the monastery, you get to enjoy the impressive setting - the distant small villages perched on mountain tops, the gorge, and the rock formations along the way. Once in the monastery do take your time and walk with your kids in every doorway, look through every room, to try and appreciate this place. Trying to get there and come back within the same day might be quite tiring for a family. You can plan an overnight stay in Goris, set among caves and cliffs in Armenia’s picturesque south. A short drive from Goris through the historic region will take you to the abandoned cave settlements of Old Khndzoresk. Once the largest village in eastern Armenia with a thriving community, Old Khndzoresk is a favorite tourist destination for its ancient cave dwellings, swinging suspension bridge over a gorge, a famous fountain and much more.