While there are fewer things that are better or more exciting than taking a family vacation, keeping children entertained during both the journey there and the break itself can be difficult to do. Of course, children are well known for their short attention spans and the need to be engaged in activities at all times.
We looked at how you can make this happen and ensure that this years’ family vacation is one of the best ever.
Go Somewhere Child Centric
It is truly frightening the volume of parents who still insist on taking their children to places that are not particularly child friendly. Sometimes, it often makes us think that the children are viewed as something of an inconvenience.
To keep your youngsters entertained on vacation, head somewhere that provides plenty of things for them to do. By this, we do not just mean children’s clubs in the resort where they can be left with the rep, either.
Many popular destinations market themselves as being ‘child friendly’ these days, whether it is due to the in-resort entertainment or the number of activities one can do around the town.
What did you enjoy doing when you were younger? Keep that in mind when choosing your holiday resort.
Pack Up the Toys
While a vacation for adults means escaping from our lives for a short period, children are not so keen on the change and will instead be more likely to spend the time away wishing they were at home.
Get around this by packing your child some home comforts, such as their favorite toy. You could even treat them to something new to mark your vacation, perhaps a doll that could be their new friend and help your child to enjoy the experience even more.
Whether your children take an existing doll or figure, or you choose to buy a new one, having their favorite toys with them will keep them happy and make them more likely to want to explore the unfamiliar surroundings you have visited.
Use the Facilities
Okay, so while we said you shouldn’t pack your children off to the resort kids club at the drop of a hat, it cannot be denied that sending them there a few times will be fun for them – just make sure it is not every day!
As much as your kids love you, they will be grateful for the opportunity to interact and play with people their own age for a couple of hours during the week. Playtime with parents just is not the same!
A vacation can be a daunting, unfamiliar time for a child. Make it as easy and as fun as you can for them, and they will look forward to next year’s journey as soon as they get back from this one!
This article was written by Kate Carson, a woman that has definitely had her share of opportunities presented to her when she had to assist in the preparation and planning of baby showers for friends and relatives. Just as she does with many of her other articles that deal with gifts ideas for girls and other similar experiences, Kate was able to find an efficient way to use her own experiences in order to assist so many other women work through their own.