The benefits of holidays with kids clubs
Holidays should be a great time for the whole family to come together and have fun relaxing away from the pressures of work and school. Everyone looks forward to their time away from home but when the holiday finally arrives it is not always everything we have hoped for. Problems start because family members often have different expectations for the holiday. You may want nothing more than to spend the holiday relaxing by the pool but your kids often have very different ideas about how they want to spend their time.
Why choose a kids club?
One popular way of dealing with this situation is book a holiday somewhere that runs a kids club for at least part of the time so that the kids can enjoy getting active and being with people their own age and you’re able to relax and spend some time in adult company either resting or going out and enjoying yourself.
Holidays with kids clubs have many advantages but your need to make sure you pick one that suits your needs as the kids clubs vary among themselves and don’t all offer the same level of provision.
For some parents the main benefit of booking their holidays with kids clubs is that they don’t need to spend all day entertaining their children. If that is your primary concern then most kids clubs will work well for you but it is important to check on the hours for which the clubs run as some finish quite early in the day and others take a break at lunch-time. It is important that you are available to look after your children after the club has finished for the day as you still have the ultimate responsibility for them.
For most parents there is more to a kid club than keeping their kids out of their way. Parents usually want to ensure that their children enjoy family holidays and want them to have fun not just spend a few hours with a holiday babysitter.
In most cases parents don’t have to worry as kids normally get as much benefit out of holidays with kids clubs as their parents do. For them part of the attraction is spending time with other kids learning new skills and trying out activities that they would be unable to experience at home.
There are a few things that it is worth checking before committing yourself to a holiday with a kids club that you know very little about:
1. What is the age range of children catered for?
Most clubs have a set age range they will cater for. Make sure that your kids are the right age for you could get to your destination and find that you have to amuse your own children after all.
2. Is the kids club is well attended?
Few children will be happy in a club if they are the only child present or if there is no-one else in their own age group. Is also frequently true that if a club is poorly attended then it is not considered very highly by other visitors on family holidays so you will want to satisfy yourself that they are actually providing adequate activities for your children.
3. Find out what activities are planned and ensure they are all covered in the price.
Most kids clubs are either free with your accommodation booking or a fixed price for each day or week of your stay. Some clubs however do like to offer extra activities for an additional price so make sure when you sign up for the club that your know exactly what to expect to pay.
If you always ask these questions before you settle on a club both you and your children will be able to enjoy the benefits of holidays with kids clubs every time you travel.