My Sociology of the Family class went to The Blue Planet to observe family life in Denmark. The Blue Planet is rated one of the top family-friendly attractions in Copenhagen, so we went to see how they accomplished this.
We met with one of the event managers and heard about how the aquarium focuses on educating through story telling, rather than just giving the straight facts. Children retain so much more information if it is shown and told in an entertaining and exciting way. The aquarium staff has a group of storytellers that guide you through the different areas of the attraction, and there is a theatre with educational shows.
We also observed the small things that make a big difference, such as locker rooms, wide spaces fit for strollers, nursing and changing areas, step stools for children to see, a touch pool to learn by feeling different small sea creatures, and spaces created for children to crawl through and explore.