Planning a trip away with your family is both exciting and scary. It can be hard to plan out a holiday that will entertain family members of all ages, but there’s a few sure-fire things you can do that will please (almost) everyone in your family. There are some family friendly destinations that are great to visit, but if you can’t make it to any of these places don’t worry most parts of the world have something to offer, you just need to know what to look for. Here are our suggestions for the best family holiday activities that will ensure you have a great time away:
Go Skiing Together
Skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or iceskating, whatever wintry sport you choose, will be a wonderful way to spend some fun bonding time with your family. There’s few things more fun than learning a new skill together, pushing your boundaries and watching your children excel. If you are more experienced at the winter sports than your children, you can always enroll them in a ski or boarding class so that you can have some time alone to carve up the slopes while they improve their technique.
Have Fun in the Sun
Beaches make for great family destinations as kids can entertain themselves with sandcastle, the older kids can carve up some waves on a surf or boogie board and the other members can enjoy cocktails on the beach. Sounds perfect, right? Through in a bunch of water sports such as jet skiing and you’ve got yourself the perfect summery escape. Bonus points if your children are old enough to go snorkelling, as this is a really fun family activity.
Hit Some Theme Parks
Disneyland, Universal Studios, Wet and Wild… there’s no shortage of theme parks around the world. The great thing about theme parks is that most kids can hardly get enough. They’ll be happily entertained running from ride to ride, thrill to thrill. Parents can join in with the kids and feel like kids themselves again. Planning a holiday to a destination with a theme park or two is a surefire way to keep your kids happy. Failing that, why not find somewhere that has a carnival?
Explore a Good Museum
So long as your child is old enough to walk, chances are they’d enjoy a well designed, hands-on museum. Certain cities around the world are well-known for their impressive collection of museums, such as London, Vienna, New York and Sydney. Planning a trip to a city with a great museum is an easy way to turn your trip into a little bit of an educational pursuit. Bonus points if you can find museums or exhibitions that have an interactive area or display. The Cultural Museum in Bangkok frequently has interesting and playful exhibitions that would easily entertain some kids for hours on end.
Traveling the world with your children is one of the best gifts you can offer them. Use this list of suggestions to inspire a great family adventure together.
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