Travelling with kids can be both the happiest time of your life, and the most stressful. If your kids are occupied and excited, then it's easy to relax. If they're bored, then your holiday can quickly end up turning into less of a break than you were intending - especially if they're very young. Taking care to select the right holiday park can go a long way to preventing this from happening. But what exactly should you look out for? Here's a handy guide to what holiday parks you and your family should visit.
Advertising doesn't lie. No matter how nice a particular holiday park looks, if it isn't explicitly targeted at families and children in its marketing, your children may find little to do there - and you may feel uncomfortable trying to control them around a majority of adult guests. Look for bright colours, the explicit use of children's characters, and photos of young families in the marketing. Spot all that, and you're already onto a winner.
However great the park itself is, your children may get bored if they have to spend most of their break on-site. Make sure you choose a place with plenty of local attractions to visit. Maybe there's a local zoo or theme park to visit? You can always call ahead and ask the park for information about local attractions too. They may have some recommendations for you - and if they do, that's another great sign.
If you can afford to be choosy, then the last thing you should look for are photographs of the park's play areas and other facilities. Does the park have a swimming pool, for example? If so, is it just a basic square pool, or does it have some fun extra elements for children? Sites with expansive play areas will usually advertise them as a main attraction - so if you don't see any pictures, even if the rest of the branding is really kid-friendly, then chances are they're nothing to write home about.
It's difficult to make any guarantees with young children, as all parents will know, but following these tips and doing some quick research about your prospective holiday parks can really help. So long as they have somewhere exciting to run around, play and cool down, then you might be able to snatch at least a few minutes of relaxation!