Parents want to give their kids the world, and, with increasing globalization, many are now taking that literally. “More and more families are traveling with children at ever-younger ages,” says Memphis-based Virtuoso travel advisor Samantha Ripper, “in order to immerse them in new cultures.” Here are three tours that will beguile – and broaden – young minds.

Buddying Up in Zimbabwe

Wilderness Safaris recently expanded its popular Bush Buddies program, which pairs children with a dedicated mentor, for safaris in Africa’s Zambezi region, including Zimbabwe’s newly remodeled Chikwenya Camp. Set within a private concession bordering Mana Pools National Park and overlooking a floodplain favored by mega mammals, the camp now features two family units among its seven luxury tents.

Kids Will Love: The array of exciting activities, tailor-made to their interests – learning animal calls, frogging on nighttime safaris, and painting with natural dyes, to name a few.

You’ll Love: Adult time for a mindful walk in the woods or a soak in the spa bath, and knowing your stay sup- ports education for local children.

Kidding around on an African safari. [Photo: Mickey Hoyle] / Featured image: Exploring at Yellowstone National Park. [Photo: Cavan Images/Getty Images]

Cubs in Cowboy Country

Tauck teamed up with filmmaker Ken Burns for an eight-day Wild West adventure that has families blazing trails to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and touring South Dakota’s Black Hills and a working ranch in Wyoming.

Kids Will Love: Riding horses at the ranch, roasting s’mores around campfires, and spotting wildlife on a float down the Snake River.

You’ll Love: Snapping photos of weathered 1890s homesteads in Grand Teton’s Mormon Row Historic District and spying Yellowstone’s most famous geyser while staying at the iconic Old Faithful Inn.

Junior-Designed India

Seeing the world through children’s eyes is easier when they’re the ones planning the trip. Enter the Kids Kouncil, Big Five Tours & Expeditions’ new junior think tank, which helps design the company’s family-focused tours. Big Five president Ashish Sanghrajka calls the new Kouncil-approved 12-day India trip “one of the coolest programs we’ve ever created.”

Kids Will Love: Learning about tiger conservation in Panna National Park, making puppets in a Jaipur workshop, and interacting with rescued elephants near Agra.

You’ll Love: Touring New Delhi on Segways, seeing the sun set behind the Taj Mahal, and watching your kids interact with local villagers in Panna.

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