There is no denying that taking toddlers on holiday can be a challenge, but if planned right, it can be an amazing experience for all the family.
The best advice I can offer is to choose your location wisely and find somewhere that offers plenty of entertainment for the fussiest of toddlers as well as the freedom to explore and enjoy the location at your own pace. This is why I favour the modern
holiday parc for a top-notch holiday stay!
My first tip is to find somewhere that offers toddler friendly holiday’s across Europe,
where you can stay in modern holiday homes that are perfect for a family break.
We have just returned from a half term break at La Croix du Vieux Pont, just outside Paris, which gave us the chance to relax and enjoy the countryside setting and head into France’s vibrant capital city for some culture.
The best thing about Eurocamp parcs is that you can find everything you need on site, so there is no need to go offsite if you don’t want to. At La Croix du Vieux Pont we had the choice of two restaurants, a supermarket, and a bar with live entertainment – the kids thoroughly enjoy the Halloween disco and seeing some of the holiday homes all decorated with spooky decorations.
Of course, there was also plenty for the kids to enjoy, including a covered pool complex with water slides, a water chute and splash park area plus numerous park areas, planned activities and even their own beach!!
Holiday parcs nowadays offer more of a glamping experience than what was
traditionally available. There are now options to stay in mobile homes and cabins, so
no more camping in a sweaty tent and waking up with insect bites!
Our mobile home came with a large wooden terrace and a small garden area with plenty of patio furniture and a gas barbecue, perfect for enjoying the lovely sunny weather.
However, again, some parcs now offer pre-bookable extra’s, such as linen and beach towel hire, cots and high chairs, leaving you more room to pack the items that will make your holiday extra special.
Even though our kids are a little older now, we always try and stay in mobile home / lodge accommodation because it gives them their own space to play during the daytime and they have their own bedroom at night so we can use the kitchen, lounge, bathroom, outside deck and bedroom without disturbing them.
We also find it much cheaper to self-cater, plus are not worrying what our fussy eater, will or will not eat!
Another benefit of staying at a holiday parc is that there are numerous other families also staying close by, with children of similar ages, so chances are you and the kids will form great friendships with other residents, which also helps keep them entertained.
Some holiday parcs also offer day trips to local places of interest for a small extra charge. Our parc was close to Paris and offered a coach service into the city itself, as well as to Disneyland Paris, which is a must visit when staying close by.
We had a great experience staying at a holiday parc – have you visited one before?