When travelling with children under 5 it is important that you are assured it will be safe and entertaining experience for your little one, while at the same time providing you the rest that you need! That’s why Teletext Holidays have searched long and hard to bring you this extensive list of fun places to travel with your young child.
Travelling to France on Le Shuttle has numerous advantages for parents of under-5s. It’s quick, relatively cheap and avoids seasickness. Taking the family car means that all the usual paraphernalia can be taken with ease too.
Look for deals on family self-catering holidays, either at campgrounds with all mod cons supplied or at a self-catering resort.
Skiing and Snowboarding, United States
Skiing and snowboarding holidays are a great option, providing either the resort or your travel operator provides childcare – the kids can either play in the crèche or take to the slopes themselves under supervision.
North American resorts are regarded as the best bet for kids, with a good selection of child-sized ski and board rental equipment and dedicated fenced off areas for young learners.
DisneyWorld, Florida, United States
Disney remains most children’s fantasy destination and despite large crowds and high prices it’s a must.
Disney resort hotels have kids’ clubs that take children from four upwards and many of the non-Disney operated hotels close to Disneyworld also cater to kids, with toddlers’ play areas and “kid suite. A wide range of restaurants offer kids’ menus and play areas. Florida’s got a magnificent coastline and great beaches too.
Disneyland Paris, France
You can take the kids to stay closer to home – in Disneyland Paris. It’s got a whole lot of attractions – including Main Street USA, Frontierland and Adventureland. The park, just outside Paris, has all the razzmatazz you’d expect from Disney – with a touch of Gallic charm thrown in.
Famous rides include Pirates of the Caribbean. Book to stay in the resort or look for a family-friendly hotel nearby.
Many lines sail from England so it’s easy to take the baby paraphernalia with you. Expect playrooms for younger children, filled with soft blocks, books and even computers. There should be a children’s pool, or a pool reserved for families.
Choose a ship with a night nursery on board, where your children will be supervised while you go out. Check with your cruise operator for the most family-orientated ships.
Self-catering, Scilly Isles
From the narrow streets and houses of Hugh Town to the old brightly painted passenger boats, the Scilly Isles are child-friendly. Short distances and a lack of motorised transport make them ideal.
The beaches and seas are clean, there’s no need to walk for miles carrying baby gear and children are welcome – even in the salty old pubs. There’s good health care, the shops are well-stocked and many self-catering units have cots. (Check before booking).
Camping holidays, Europe
There are any number of child-friendly camping grounds across Europe. They’ll love the great outdoors, sitting around the camp fire, roasting marshmallows, swimming and feeling free to roam.
Many of the camping grounds or companies offer children’s clubs, divided into age categories, which give parents the chance to sneak off for a quiet day’s fishing. Check before you book and take along some games for those evenings around the fire.
All-inclusive beach holidays, Mediterranean
These can be heaven for parents and kids as most operators will accept babies in their supervised children’s clubs from the age of four months. It’s best to check before you book though.
Kids’ clubs should be divided by age, with separate facilities for babies and toddlers. Make sure the nannies are qualified and check when they close and how they’ll get hold of you if needs be. Toddlers will need carers who can speak English.
New York, United States
New York is just six hours away – so plan travel around your baby’s downtime. Once there, arrange childcare and babysitters through your hotel or check one of the reputable city guides for kids.
Take a walk in Central Park, visit the carousel and children’s zoo and stop at magical toy store FAO Schwartz. There’s the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Children’s Museum of the Arts and Playspace, an activity centre.
Luxury hotel breaks
Luxury hotels now provide facilities to keep the kids happy. Look for creches with staffed nannies and enquire about daytime children’s clubs. Check that the restaurant provides high chairs and children’s meals.
The most suitable will have toddler play areas and special treats like child-sized bathrobes or high tea. Cots and baby-listening services should be provided, and some hotels will supply nappies and baby food.