The summer break is just around the corner and we bet you and your family can’t wait to step off that plane in a warm and sunny country. Once you’re finally on your holiday though, how do you keep both adults and kids entertained and happy? Here’s a few of our favourite holiday activities to make sure everyone has a good time!
Relaxing by the pool and soaking up the sun is probably high up on the agenda for your summer holiday. However, lazing around all day and reading a good book might not be everyone’s idea of fun, so why not head out for the day to the nearby water park? At Siam Park in Tenerife, kids and adults alike can take a leap of faith on the Tower of Power! This thrilling ride shoots daredevils down a 28 meter drop straight through a fish and alligator filled aquarium! For the faint hearted, there’s also a lazy lagoon you can drift down and a beach to sunbathe on!
If you’re heading further abroad, Typhoon Lagoon is a year round favourite in Orlando. This Disney themed waterpark has a truly tropical feel where you can wallow in the gentle waves of the surf pool all day long. Listen out for the blaring siren throughout the day though, when the relaxing waves turn into 6 feet high swells! Perfect for any budding surfers out there wanting to catch some waves!
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Getting out into the countryside of your holiday destination is a great way to see your new surroundings away from the pool. Pick the right place to go on a walk and going on a hike can be a fun family activity for everyone. Follow trails by waterfalls in the Jura region of France or head up into the mountains of Morocco to see fantastic views of Northern Africa. If you can find a tour with food included that will be a sure fire win with the kids and we’re guessing the adults too!
Family time at the beach is a must do activity for most folks on a summer holiday. There’s the cooling sea if you fancy a refreshing dip, warm sand to spend the day on and you can always take a football if you fancy a bit of a kick around. To make things a bit more interesting though, why not head to a sand sculpture contest? The best one to go to is in Antalya, Turkey. Artists come from around the world to showcase their talents in this summer long festival. Expect to see life like sea creatures carved into the sand or huge lifelike dragons that look like they’re straight out of a film. It might just inspire your kids to unleash their inner sand artist!
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Cities are busy, hectic places in the summer and can be a potential nightmare if you’re going with a young family. One of our favourite things to do in cities like Barcelona or Paris is to jump on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour! This way you can see all the great sights on an open top bus, without having to do all the exhausting walking. Most bus tours also tend to give a commentary on the surrounding area, which means the kids will get to learn a thing or two as well!
It is most kids’ dream to have a fun filled holiday at Disneyworld. Visiting Mickey and Co. is the trip of a lifetime and one that adults will enjoy just as much as the younger generation. Florida is the queen of theme parks and if you stop in Orlando you have Disneyworld and Universal Studios, where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has just opened, right on your doorstep!
However, if you don’t fancy the long flight, hop across the channel to Paris and head to the French version of Disneyland. Here you can whizz around Space Mountain and have fun on the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast!
Okay, so it may not be for everyone but doing some sort of sport on holiday is a great way to get all the family involved in a holiday activity. Whether it’s trying out that local go karting track or grabbing a surf board to ride some waves with the kids, there’s usually something for everyone. If you’re stopping in the countryside, or anywhere near some cycle paths, hire a bike and see some of the local area! Menorca and Majorca have some great places to cycle along the coast with plenty of food stops along the way!
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By Emma Hart – Outdoor adventurer and Harry Potter Geek at icelolly.com
Published on 22nd July 2014
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