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If you want to have a pleasant, relaxing, wine-fuelled Roman interlude that is... I bought this for my nine-year old daughter and then spent 3 days being marched all over Rome while she figured out every possible permutation of itinerary and points scores (also tremendously good for her math). Half of me was thrilled she was so inspired and half of me wanted to take it to the very heart of the Colosseum (4 points), stab it, burn it and gouge its eyes out :) This book is like sightseeing crack, perfectly pitched at 3rd to 6th graders, and Ms Aragon has pulled together some really interesting facts and cool things to locate, which kept the interest not just of my grade schooler but also of her exhausted parents. Thank goodness we only had three days to spend in Rome and very good walking shoes. Seriously you buy this book at your peril. Caveat emptor!
We looked for ways to keep our 9 year old interested during our family trip to Italy while we took many tours to explore the city! He absolutely loved this, and it kept him engaged and interested during the tours. Our tour guide even went out of her way to help him find things in the book.
We are currently in Rome using our mission book and we are LOVING it! All 4 of our kids (6, 8, 11, & 13) are having a blast looking for details and learning about the city of Rome. I couldn't have picked a better way to do the city. We have traveled many places in Europe and this book has given the kids a way to remember what they've seen and learned. It certainly makes it feel as if the trip was worth it for them as well. I only wish we had learned about this book before we visited London and Paris! We will be purchasing any city mission book for cities we visit in the future!
I got this for a trip to Rome when my daughter was 6. It helped to keep her entertained at some major tourist sites where she would have ordinarily been bored. In fact, we ended up staying longer at some places because she really wanted to find more items. I would say this is a good book for kids in elementary school. The older kids can do the scavenger hunts on their own. The younger kids will need you to read it for them if they aren't yet fluent readers. I enjoyed doing some of the activities with my daughter. It got me to notice some things I definitely would have missed otherwise, such as the drainage system in the Pantheon. I also like that the book is thin and light and packs easily.
Mission Rome is the third "Mission" book our family has completed (last summer we completed Amsterdam and Paris). We traveled with four children, ages seven to twelve. The Mission books give the kids a sense of purpose when we travel and distract them when they get cranky. We use metro rides or lunchtime to preview the next area that we're headed to and read the information in the book. I'll admit that occasionally the adults have to pull their interest in, but we motivate them to find all of the points with promises of gelato. They get pretty excited when they find what they're looking for. I appreciate how the books painlessly weave learning into the tasks so the kids are picking up a little history as they go. We only wish that there were more Mission books available.
If you have tween kids and are heading to Rome, this book is a godsend. Let's face it, churches and museums aren't that interesting when you're a kid, but this book's "missions" are just comprehensive enough to keep an 8-11 year old occupied at most of the city's famous sites, while not overwhelming him or her with information. Our daughter is 9 (and 1/2, as she reminds everyone) and has been racing around the city trying to amass as many points as possible. We definitely have seen some things that I doubt we would have without the information in this book. Take, for instance, the obelisk in the Piazza della Minerva around the corner from the Pantheon. Do you know what animal is supporting this particular obelisk? Neither would our family, if not for Mission Rome!
While seemingly designed for tweens, I think this book would also be a great buy for slightly older or younger kids. The older ones might act like they're too cool, but I'm betting they'd get some useful information and amusement from it while the younger ones would definitely enjoy it, perhaps just a bit less independently from their parents.
This book transformed our kids' vacation experience! Instead of dragging bored kids around, we had enthusiastic, engaged participants. I wish there were one for everywhere we travel. It was fun and informative for the grown ups too! None of the activities required us to adjust our plans; it all fit seamlessly into the sightseeing we wanted to do. Our kids are 11, 7 and 4 -- it was fun for all of them.
we went on a 2 week European vacation where we saw/did A LOT!!!! we were worried that our son would get very bored while we looked at all the museums and history and such. these books (we bought one for each city we visited) were a God send!! He read the book on the way there to prepare for his "hunt" then he was very attentive to EVERYTHING around us, looking for his clues, monuments, etc. At one point, he even told us some facts that he learned from the book that we didn't know! To the makers of this, PLEASE write more for other places, I LOVE THESE!!
We absolutely LOVE these books! We had previously used the Mission Paris book, so we knew that this one would be great as well. Using these books makes a trip even more of an adventure for our kids. They love searching for things around the city while learning about them at the same time. We just wish that there were more cities available. As a military family stationed in Europe, we would use these books in every city we visit if they were available.
These are so much cooler than I thought they'd be! I was expecting a basic scavenger hunt with obvious clues and was just hoping that it would help my son stay focused while on our trip. Instead I found a well-written, thoughtfully-planned, unexpectedly delightful resource that adults have as much fun following as their kids. We also bought the Paris one and it's just as great. I'm definitely buying these for all of our future trips, what a fantastic idea and so well-carried out.