Kid-Friendly short break destinations

Kid-Friendly short break destinations – words Alison Webb

As the schools start up again and the summer holidays come to an end it is time for the kids to focus on their schoolwork, adjust to their new schedule and catch up with classmates.

If your child is only just starting school, they will be busy getting used to a new routine, learning new things and making loads of new friends. It’s always an exciting time, for both parent and child.

If you already thinking ahead to half-term, Christmas or Easter break, have a read of some short break destinations that are exceptionally suited for families.

Snowdonia, Wales

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Close to home, Wales has plenty to offer families with children of all ages. Take them up to the Snowdon Summit with a stunning train ride or if they are old enough you can hike down again after having reached the top by train. If your kids are over seven years, Zip World has some fantastic activities to tire them out. How does Bounce Below, an underground playground, sound? How about a Zip Safari where you journey through the canopy of trees? Zip World has even created an underground zip line adventure over for an unforgettable experience.

Wales also has many kid-friendly castles where they can learn about history, but also play and explore old castle grounds. If you’re in the south of Wales, consider a visit to Cardiff Castle. Throughout the year, they organise special events and workshops directly aimed at kids. Or simply keep them busy with the Family Trail where you can explore the grounds, meet characters and find out more about Wales’ history in an interactive setting.

Tignes, France

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Tignes is a great destination for families with children who like skiing and snowboarding. Due to the altitude, Tignes has a very long ski season where you will be able to enjoy an abundance of snow for much of the year. Tignes was actually purpose-built, thus most of the accommodation in Tignes is close to the ski lifts. This means you won’t have to drive or take long bus rides to reach the slopes. For the absolute easiest access to the slopes, book your accommodation in Val Claret or Tignes Le Lac at one of the best family ski resorts. Operators like Mark Warner often offer child-minding services and children’s clubs. This means parents can steal some time away together and enjoy a massage or a swim in the hotel’s spa facilities.

If your children are old enough to start learning how to ski, then why not sign your kids up at one of the many ski schools? If you are worried about a language barrier, you shouldn’t be! Many ski schools offer classes in English so they can learn a new sport and don’t have to worry about not speaking the language.

Rome, Italy

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Although Rome might not be suited for family with young kids, it is ideal for kids over eight. Those with young children may find it a challenge with nappy changing stations far and few between in this ancient city. Also, where British museums often have interactive displays or special trails to keep children occupied, museums in Rome are tailored to a more mature audience and therefore often have nothing exciting going on to keep the younger ones engaged.

This doesn’t mean Rome doesn’t have anything exciting to offer children! To avoid dragging your kids from church to church, schedule a visit to the Gladiator School and Museum. You could even book a two-hour gladiator training. The museum itself is free of charge and is open to visitors every week day from 9.30am to 13.30pm. It displays armour and weapons, various life-size models and children can even try on some helmets and armour. Another guaranteed hit with your children is the Zoology Museum, which has a wide range of fossils, mammals, insects and birds on display.

To make this trip a complete success, don’t forget to take them for some amazing Italian pizza and gelato!

Kid-Friendly short break destinations – words Alison Webb