UN Children's Tour
The Guided Tours Unit officially launched an exciting Children's Tour for elementary school children in February 2013. The tour is tailored to children aged 5 to 11 years. During the 45-minute tour the work of the Security Council, and issues such as the promotion of human rights, disarmament, peacekeeping, and the Millennium Development Goals are explained in a fun, simple, and "kid-friendly" way.
A weekly UN Children's Tour is scheduled at 4:15 p.m. every Thursday. Tour tickets will only be available through online purchases. Please note that each child/children must be accompanied by an adult or a chaperone. Therefore, please ensure that you purchase the required number of tickets for children ($9 per child) plus the required number of adults accompanying the child/children ($16 per adult). Click here to purchase tickets for the next available Children's Tour.
New York City Elementary schools, private and public organisations, with groups larger than 45 school children are kindly requested to contact our reservations team via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for booking assistance.
Please note that tour tickets will not be sold on UN premises and a guided tour ticket for visitors is required to enter UN Headquarters. With new public access regulations and limitations, group bookings (15 persons per block) for guided tours must be purchased online. Queries can be addressed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about our Children's Tour:
With the help of a "UN Compass" and accompanied by the "UN Kids" - Peeka, Ibrahim, Lei Lei, MP3, Elena and Luis - children aged 5 - 12 years will have the opportunity to explore the United Nations with fun and ease. Interactive games, quizzes, puzzles and more will help young visitors understand the work of the Organization and how it relates to their daily lives.
Together with their parents or teachers they will hear about children from all around the world who face challenges such as hunger, natural disasters or diseases, and learn what the United Nations is doing to help them overcome these difficulties.
The United Nations Children's Tour will provide a fun and memorable experience!
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Kids come to UNHQ to have fun and learn
Visitors' Services celebrated this year's Universal Children's Day, in cooperation with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, with fun and special activities for children in the Visitor Centre at UNHQ. Around 400 children from different New York and tri-state area schools (including UNIS) participated in the activities throughout the day.
After their special kids’ guided tours, young visitors were invited to explore the U.S. Fund for UNICEF table with activities and learn about being Global Citizens. Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division, DPI, welcomed some of the young visitors and reminded them of the importance of learning languages and being open-minded and tolerant. “This is your day,” he said. “You can make a difference and help make the world a better place.”
In the Kids’ Corner, children could draw their impressions about the UN, get a temporary peacekeeping tattoo, pick up some UN Kids stickers and meet the UN Kids. Children could decide to take their drawings home or leave them to be displayed in the UN Kids’ corner in the Visitor Centre.
The UN Postal Administration donated postcards and UN stamps and the Women’s Guild handed out a Children Creed poem rolled like a diploma and inflatable paper balls. The UN Bookshop had the new UN Kids calendar on sale and many young visitors were interested in the larger-than-life Lego model of the UN Headquarters (smaller versions available on the UN Bookshop online store).
UN Kids are six cartoon characters that were developed for use on special guided tours for children aged 5-12. The goal is to engage younger audiences in a creative and interactive way to share information about the UN and its work around the world. Each of the UN Kids represents a different geographic region and speaks one of the six official languages of the UN.
The Guided Tours Unit officially launched the Children's Tours in February 2013. During the 45-minute tour children and their parents/guardians and teachers learn about the United Nations in a fun, simple, and "kid-friendly" way. A “UN compass” with interactive games, quizzes, puzzles and more help young visitors understand the work of the UN and how it relates to their daily lives.
They hear about children from all around the world who face challenges such as hunger, natural disasters or diseases, and learn what the UN is doing to help them overcome these difficulties. The interactive material further aims to provide children with ideas for how they can stay involved after their visit to the UN and become true global citizens.
Children's Tour Reviews
By Juliana Rosa, United Nations Tour Guide
The recent launch of the United Nations Children’s Tour on 11 February was a very significant accomplishment of our Guided Tours team at Visitors’ Services. It was quite thrilling to finally see the fruitful realization of a project which has been in the works for over a year - especially with the tireless hard work and dedication of my colleagues Karin Orantes and Maki Takazawa.
Launch day was a big day for all of us, and true enough, we were all a bit nervous because even though we had been testing the children’s tour for several months, we now had all the new printed materials and hands-on activities to use on tour. As I guided my first group of 8 to 10 year-olds, my anxiety gradually disappeared and the day turned out to be just fun, really! I sat on the floor with the children, teachers and parents and guided them through the puzzles; we drew in the activity booklet and played different educational games - all while talking and learning about the work of the United Nations. Children are generally extremely eager to learn and super excited to be at the United Nations. Whether I was talking about the Escopetarra, doing the peacekeeping role-play, or telling real stories about children and the Millennium Development Goals, everyone seemed to be having a good time. The children in my group were especially intrigued by our "UN Kids" characters - Peeka, Ibrahim, Lei Lei, MP3, Elena and Luis - and each of them had stickers, postcards and a washable peacekeeper's helmet tattoo to take home as a souvenir!
Having to tailor and adapt our language to explain the work and the challenges of the Organization to children can be quite challenging. I believe the newly created materials and props are extremely helpful in conveying the main ideas. In my view, they allow the children to relate to and better understand complex issues such as child soldiers, peacekeeping, human rights and extreme poverty. Indeed, it was truly a rewarding experience and a very memorable day for me; and I feel that it is the tour guides who will be learning and profiting the most from this enriching experience!
Juliana is from Brazil
By Ankelit Woldemicael, United Nations Tour Guide
The 11th of February, when the Visitors’ Service officially launched the United Nations Children’s Tour, was not the first time that I had the opportunity to give tours to children. What is different now, however, are the materials which have been created for the new children's tour that are used to facilitate the learning process of the children while taking a tour of the United Nations.
Children’s tours are the hardest but the most rewarding for me. It takes much energy to explain, for example, what the General Assembly is all about or the complex concept of International Territory. However, thanks to the materials we use such as the UN compass activity booklet or the “UN Kids” characters, I am excited and feel a sense of self accomplishment because the children get it.
As challenging as it is to get my message across to children about the work of the United Nations, they are my preferred audience, because they normally come up with simple and creative solutions to world problems, whereas adults tend to have an already formulated opinion of the Organization’s work and impact in the world.
Ankelit is from Eritrea
By Maki Takazawa, United Nations Tour Guide
A 10 year old saying “This was the best day ever!” after a tour of the United Nations just makes my day. I have been having a lot of fun giving Children's Tours. However, it can be very challenging, especially when it comes to language and crowd control. Their observation skills and curiosity have surprised me many times. Seeing their imagination and creativity emerge through the activities on our tours is very inspiring and simply amazing.
The making of our Children’s Tour started in June 2011 with a basic idea of accommodating children with child-friendly games and activities and has developed into today's Children’s Tour with its own activity booklet and specially designed characters the “UN Kids”. It took a lot of dedication and passion of many people involved to launch the Children's Tour. I am very proud and honoured that Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, officially launched the Children’s Tour on 11 February 2013 with special guest, Ms. Monique Coleman, UN Foundation’s Girl Up Champion.
I hope as many children as possible will have a chance to learn about the work of the United Nations through this tour and be inspired by it.
Maki is from Japan