The Ultimate Family Nature Trail, BC

The Ultimate Family Nature Trail, British Columbia British Columbia is a great place to track down all the kids’ favourite animals By JW Patrick Like most children, our three-year-old has the entire animal kingdom ranked in order of preference – with his premier league comprising mostly the scary ones with really big pointy teeth. Current title-holder is the Grizzly Bear, ever since he heard about one rudely interrupting his uncle’s fishing trip in British Columbia.  The arrival of Wuncle David’s baby provided the perfect opportunity to combine a family visit…

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Holgates Silverdale Caravan Park, Lancashire

A high quality holiday park in the Lakes For our weekend in Cumbria, we stayed in a luxury static caravan at the award-winning Silverdale Holiday Park. Just off the M6, with views of Morecambe Bay, Silverdale makes for an excellent weekend break or stopping off point on a long trip south. You can pitch your own tent or caravan or rent a static caravan or camping pod. Silverdale Holiday Park is very family-focused, with secure entry, a large swimming pool (plus toddler pool and a sauna), an all-day family-friendly restaurant…

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And Granny comes too. How to handle a three generation holiday!

In these difficult economic times, there is a growing trend for families to take their holidays all together: grandparents, parents and grandchildren. It makes perfect sense. Share the costs with people you know and trust, bring your family closer together and create happy long lasting memories – especially for young children.   Ideal some would say, but be aware there can be pitfalls…

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Top 10 Tips for Surviving Airports with Kids

Young children and airports – not always a happy combination. Of course, there’s nothing in the world quite like being met off a flight by your kids but travelling with them, well, that can be… stressful. Airports are just inherently exciting to kids of all ages, the plane landings, the take-offs, the general buzz and activity, the uniforms, all those nooks and crannies, the cool shops and the ride-on luggage trollies, screens to see, buttons to push. Then, all we ask them to do in this purpose-built adventure land is to stand…

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Top 10 Tips for Long Car Journeys with Kids.

Are we nearly there yet? In the last 5 years my family has undertaken three epic family road trips around Europe (from Scotland to Portugal, and from Scotland to Croatia twice). 1) Treat the car journey as the start of your holiday. The key to a successful long car journey with kids is to think of it as the start of your holiday and make sure you all enjoy it. This is a chance to spend family time together, to talk, to share each other’s time, ideas, music etc. (Our book, the Family…

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