Despite having a population that has fallen recently, Tokyo is an amazing place for families, with countless activities indoors and out, as well as generous ticket reductions for kids. Playgrounds are a serious business here, check out these free ones and for a day out consider Niko Niko park which is fenced in and even has a summer beer-garden you can make the most your kids running wild. There’s a free Moomin-themed park in Saitama which is as magical as you would hope. For interactive museums and art galleries this guide will have you covered; from earthquake simulators to gas science museums, there’s something for even the most curious of minds. However if it’s thrills, nostalgia and bizarrely flavored popcorn they’ve got their tiny hearts set on, fear not, Tokyo Disneyland and the equally fun Tokyo DisneySea don’t have to break the bank—here’s our guide to saving where you can. Although, the more traditional Japanese theme parks can offer a great day out, without the queues and high prices, Hanayashiki in Asakusa is a great alternative. When you’re tired out, themed cafes are a great way to take a break and keep the kids entertained, with numerous characters served up in foam and sugar forms, from Alice in Wonderland in Shibuya to Pom Pom Purin in Harajuku, and of course the ridiculous Monster Cafe which does birthday parties and is very child-friendly. If they miss the pets or just really love rabbits, an animal cafe could be a great plan—with our guide to the animal cafes and ethical alternatives here, (although keep in mind that some have age restrictions). Whatever it is you need—you’ll have plenty of choice in Tokyo!