The kids and I regularly visit the hives without suits (8,6 and 1 yo) and observe from the outside from the side out of the flight path. They get right up close to the entrance and watch the bees land and take off from the landing board. They love pulling the viewing window off and watching the activity also.
I showed my 1 yo yesterday to put his finger in the extraction channel to taste some leftover goodness. He got a buzz out of that. The other 2 also do it. They know to only visit the hive with me or another adult.
If I find a drone, I’ll hand that to them to handle.
When I open up the hive for inspection, the kids just watch from a safe distance. No casualties to date from the above practice.
I do have a spare suit, but none of the kids have shown an interest in donning on a suit or playing space invaders with me…