If you’re anything like us, right now you’ll either be counting down the days until your summer holiday, or you’ll be frantically looking to book before all the best deals are gone. Yes folks, summer is just around the corner and we just cannot wait! Now is the time to start planning, and one thing that is always at the top of our must-prep list is keeping the kids entertained. There are only so many hours that they can spend in the pool (although I’m sure they’d stay in the water 24/7 if we let them!) and we all need a little break while we’re away, so kid’s entertainment is definitely a must for us! We never really book holidays with kids clubs in mind, but we do recognise the importance of chill out time away from the sun, so I’ve put together a quick guide on how to keep kids entertained on holiday. Do let me know if you have any tips to add!
Research the entertainment facilities before you leave
Your holiday depends on you being organised! You will need to research whether or not there is a play park nearby and if you can easily get to the amenities you know your kids will like. You will need to take board games and colouring books and other bits and pieces that travel well with you, in case there aren’t any where you’re going. Pool toys are great idea (if you can’t buy these where you’re going) and don’t forget books too.
If your holiday destination has a kids club and you want to use it, make sure you plan out your days to make the best use of it. Its a great idea to make a loose schedule, then at least you know you’re in with a fighting chance of keeping the kids entertained!
Take your Netflix with you
Ok, so disclaimer. We do not go on holiday to watch TV, but as I’ve already mentioned we do all need a little quiet time too. Watching TV is often the best and easiest way to get little ones to come in from the sun and chill for a while, and if you’re in a villa it’s the ideal option for a little down time. If there isn’t a TV where you’re staying, it’s a really good idea to take a MacBook or iPad (or similar) with you so that you can stay connected and so that the kids can watch a little TV when they need to.
One of the most frustrating things about travelling abroad is not being able to access the programs that your little ones like to watch. This is the reason why using a VPN is such a great idea, because you can access your own Netflix account without being charged a penny for it. For example, if you’re traveling to the US this summer (lucky you!) then you can use a VPN to log in to your own account and create a chill out hour identical to what your child is used to at home. Genius!
Geo-spoofing and using a VPN is all new to me, but I think it’s something we need to get on board with this summer. This article in The Guardian describes a VPN as a “virtual private network” and has some really good information on it all. Additionally, NordVPN says you can “keep access to your favourite websites and entertainment content, and forget about censorship or bandwidth limits.” which sound perfect to me.
If you’re not sure which VPN to go for, this article lists the current top five.
Let them be bored…
So you’ve spent x amount on your summer holiday and then the kids tell you they’re bored… perfect. No, really. Sometimes kids need to be bored in order to unlock their inner imaginations and sense of play- so don’t panic. Just pick up your book and tell them to find something to do. They’ll eventually do just that, I promise.