>Have you ever been on a rail journey with children? Did your darling child sit quietly in his or her seat for the duration, or like most children fidget with boredom and want to explore the carriage, getting in everyone else’s way?
I’ve been on a few trips with my daughter by rail, usually not particularly long one’s, because as we all know any journey with a bored child is a nightmare waiting to happen. So what can be done to alleviate boredom for the kids and keep you sane? Nothing? Well no actually, take a look at this…….
So what on earth is it I hear you ask? It’s a state of the art, specially designed carriage for children from the ages of 5 to 15 years and their parents. The “Loud Zone”, designed by psychologist Emma Kenny and in conjunction with Family & Friends Railcard, will be split into 3 zones, kids, teens and parents in the middle enabling them to see at a glance (on their swivel chairs of course) exactly what their children are up to.
The younger zone will have dance mats, musical instruments and digital cameras to encourage them to capture images of their journey, with printers so they can take their pictures home with them as a reminder of their day. Where as the teen zone will have ipod and mp3 docking stations, internet access and computers where they can surf the net, and a chill out area with bean bags where they can relax and chat. And with the parents in the middle of the carriage on swivelling chairs offering them a view of the entire carriage, what more could you ask for – comfort, activities to keep the kids occupied and no need to worry about the amount of noise they’re making – noise is positively encouraged!
I’ve never come across a concept like this before and I would definitely consider rail travel with my daughter all over the UK rather than just shorter journeys if we had access to the “Loud Zone”. I think it’s just what is needed to make rail journeys of the future all the more enjoyable for families in the future and should be something that is considered by all of the major rail companies in future.
So what do you think of the concept? Is it a good idea? Would it work? What are your recommendations – what else would you like to see added to the concept to make it work for your own family for your future rail travel?
The first person who contributes their ideas to this post will receive their own Family & Friends Railcard Gift card which is a great excuse to get day tripping on trains, take a much needed holiday or just visit friends and family.
An annual Family & Friends Railcard costs just £26 per year and is valid for up to four adults and four children aged 5 – 15. It allows adults 1/3 off their rail fares and 60% off kids fares for the entire year, which if you use trains as a family is an absolute bargain in my opinion! To obtain your own Family and FriendsRailcard, just click here or be the first to contribute your ideas to this post and receive your own Family & Friends Railcard Gift card!
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