You’ve decided a holiday is needed but the thought of travelling with the kids means you might need another holiday to get over the hassle and experience of keeping them occupied while you try to relax. A holiday with the kids needn’t be stressful, in fact it can be one of the best holiday experiences your family can have. Here are five top tips to ensure your family holiday with the kids delivers everything for everyone.
- Let them in on the secret
While it may be tempting to leave the news of the holiday as a surprise, letting your kids know about the big day can alleviate stress or fear, especially if your holiday includes first time experiences such as air travel. Plan to show your children pictures of where you are going weeks before you leave and then chat them through what they can expect to see and do on your trip.
Buy their own luggage bag and let them start packing, taking into account what they will need while they are away from home. On the day of your travel give them some responsibility such as ensuring the toiletries are packed and their room is clean before they go. If you have more than one child in the family, spending some quality time with them before the holiday one-on-one will let them feel well connected and heard and should assist keeping everyone in check, while you are away.
- Keep kids moving
Be sure to check out the available activities for your kids at any potential holiday destination. At Champagne Sports we are kid and family-friendly. Our fabulous Little Explorers Kids Club play destination is situated in the activity area, and offers a selection of stimulating activities for the kids along with a jungle gym and scooter track to keep them active! For the slightly older kids we also offer golf, swimming pools, putt- putt, tennis courts, bowling green, trail running, mountain bike trails, gym, spa, basket ball, volleyball, badminton, squash court and the Cathkin Trails.
- Have an emergency bag
We don’t mean just medical supplies, all though that is probably a good addition. Ensure your emergency bag is something you can quickly take with you wherever you go and whatever activity you are involved with for the day. Your emergency bag should include things like snacks, refreshments and changes of clothes for accidents or in case there is a sudden change in weather. A wonderful suggestion for any emergency bag is contact numbers for family doctors or paediatricians to ensure you are well prepared for any eventuality.
- Travel smart
One of the most difficult parts of a holiday is the travel to and from your holiday destination. Even if you are planning on a cruise holiday, getting to and from the ship can sometimes cause frustration and boredom. Be sure to pack in plenty of activities such as books, colouring in tasks and toys. One of the most valuable entertainment devices for travel is a tablet or portable DVD player to keep the children engaged and quiet while you concentrate on getting the family arriving safely. Be sure to invest in a set of good quality headphones, often the smaller inner ear headphones are not appropriate for younger children, can harm their hearing and may fall out, causing more frustration.
- Be involved
One of the most common statements from parents is that, “they grow up too quickly.” While we know you are looking forward to unwind on holiday, don’t miss the opportunity to create a lifetime of memories with the people who mean the most to you. Get involved with their activities and play, have fun and most importantly enjoy your time with your kids.
At Champagne Sports Resort we have numerous activities for the family to enjoy together as well as offering some areas to take a break and unwind from a difficult work schedule. Check out some of the holiday activities on offer and book your family holiday today.