Holidays with Kids – FOR the kids vs FOR the family

Boy are we learning our lesson.

Not that I’m not UNHAPPY we came on our very first family holiday (note that while we have travelled extensively as a family, both throughout Australia and the world, we’ve never just set up camp in the one spot to relax and enjoy it, thus the newly embraced “holiday” status), but just that, well:

– we chose a place that had tons of kid-friendly stuff to do;
– we wanted to be close to the myriad of theme parks, especially seeing as our family passes expired this week; and
– Trudging from theme park to themepark and then keeping the kids occupied in a tiny cabin even if it is surrounded by kid-friendly stuff is just plain EXHAUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mama Mia.

We’ve already decided to do a post-holiday debrief with suggestions for improvements for next time. My list is already growing:

– an actual, bonafide, awesome kids club that can take them for more than half an hour.
– warmer weather.
– somewhere that can help us parents relax, not just the kids.

Oh and I’ve scrawled ‘alcohol’ somewhere in there too.

Wish you were here!


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  1. June 29, 2010

    Hallelujah, sister!
    We have come to the conclusion that traveling with other families is best – that way you can take turns watching the kids and going away from them for a while…plus, they often entertain themselves. If it’s not possible, consider bringing along a family member – like a cousin or something – to help out. We also figure that making everybody happy is just impossible, so shoot for a 65% glee quotient and be satisfied with that. Hang in there!!!
    xo K

    • July 2, 2010

      Oh man, I am SOOO with you there! We have totally learned our lesson this time round. Improvements aplenty to follow! Mike Harvey just facebooked me this amazing resort that gives you your OWN NANNY for the entire trip! Unfortunately it’s in the Carribean…but you know, with that carrot, this donkey might just make the journey! x

  2. July 1, 2010

    Hi Jenny, Your post made me chuckle! I hope the rest of your stay is more relaxing. My cousin went to Club Med on Lindeman Island with her kids and said it was fantastic. There were activities for the kids, and the adults could relax. It might worth considering for the future.

    • July 2, 2010

      Oooh, that sounds divine! I’m so rethinking the whole “child friendly” thing now and reframing it to “family friendly”! Thanks Wini. x

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