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Family fun: breaks to keep the kids happy

Family fun: breaks to keep the kids happy Global Grasshopper

Trying to keep both the adults and the kids happy while travelling might seem like an impossible task, but it doesn’t always have to be. From cool city breaks to more exotic locations here are some of the best child-friendly breaks to suit all budgets and tastes…


Family fun: breaks to keep the kids happy Global Grasshopper

For lovers of city-breaks there are plenty of European hotspots that appeal to children as well as adults. Copenhagen is one capital that holds endless fascination for both fans of Hans Christian Andersen’s storytelling and of course, Lego. As the original home of those famous toy bricks, Copenhagen has arguably the best Legoland of them all, as well as the fairground at Tivoli Gardens and a colourful town backdrop to explore.


Family fun: breaks to keep the kids happy Global Grasshopper

If you like to plan a few seasons ahead then consider every child’s favourite travel destination, Lapland. Here you can meet reindeer and even drive your very own team of huskies. Plus, if you’re timing your winter break with the Christmas holidays,a stop at Santa’s village in Finnish Lapland will be well worth the grins on their faces.

Mediterranean Islands

Family fun: breaks to keep the kids happy Global Grasshopper

Great short-haul destinations for the family include the Balearic Islands, with Menorca and Majorca often praised for their safe resorts, facilities for children and family-friendly atmosphere. For only a slightly longer flight-time, consider the Greek Islands like Crete or Zante this year, which offer beautiful beaches and scenery often at bargain prices.


Family fun: breaks to keep the kids happy Global Grasshopper

2013 is also a good time to take the family further afield, with new flights operating from the UK to exotic locations like Male’ in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Though transport may cost more, once here you can eat fairly cheaply and there are plenty of outings for the kids to get excited about, including visiting wildlife sanctuaries, the Yala National Park and the stunning hillside tea plantations.


Holly’s passion for adventure was first inflamed during a family holiday to Africa at the tender age of seven. With a taste for the exotic, the off-beat and the far flung, her feet have stayed consistently twitchy and a studying for a degree in Japanese and art history only poured more fuel onto her travelling ardor. UK based Holly likes nothing better than unravelling new destinations through the people, the cuisine and the local stories, and a story teller herself, her other indulgences include spoken word poetry, playing the cello, photography and seeking out curios. Counting Japan, Paris, Barcelona and off-the-beaten track family adventures as her favourite travel destinations she’s also a regular columnist for The Green Parent Magazine, an author for Green Books and runs the website Natural Mumma.

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    26 July, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Great places, I’ve had so many friends visit Copenhagen and rave about it. But of course, you should add Australia to the list! If you check out the app Bound Round you’ll see a ton of really cool ideas for kids to do in Sydney and beyond (with games for them to play, too) – but Australia is really a great family friendly country. Quite a trek to get there but so worth it!


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