5 Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

5 Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Going on vacation is exciting for everyone involved but finding activities to suit the whole family can be a little tricky. Entertaining children, teens and parents isn’t as hard as you may think, and there are plenty of activities that are sure to impress everyone. Here are the top 5.

Whale watching tour

Whale watching is the perfect holiday activity for everyone, there is no fitness level or age requirement and even small children will get enjoyment out of seeing the spectacular whales in their natural habitat. Whale watching tours normally vary between 2 – 6 hours so there is plenty of options to suit your requirements and holiday schedule. Whale watching tours are both breath-taking and educational with quality tours offering an abundance of interesting facts on the whales and their surroundings. Put whale watching at the top of your family vacation itinerary today and don’t forget the camera!

Theme park adventure

Theme parks are great for the whole brood, they provide an entire days entertainment for both young and young at heart. There is still plenty to do even if adrenaline pumping roller-coasters aren’t your thing, take a spectators pass and check out the more reserved areas while the kids explore the rides. There are even areas for children under 5 in most parks and great cafes to have refreshment stops as the day progresses. Check out the amusement parks in the area you are visiting for a great fun-filled day out.

National museum tours

Wandering through a national museum doesn’t have to be boring; all ages can get enjoyment from a guided museum tour. Learn all about the region’s history while the children enjoy ‘hands on’ areas, a great way for kids to have fun while learning! Museum tours are educational and interesting and you can choose to see as much or as little of the museum as you like.

Day at the beach 

If your vacation in planned anywhere near a beach during summer there is no chance of boredom with the array of beach activities available. Relax on the sand while older children splash about in the water or try some of the many beach activities, such as blow-carting, wind-surfing, kayaking, body-boarding or even sand castle competitions. Hitting the beach is a great way to spend quality time with the family, while still having a blast on your vacation.

Horseback riding

Although this activity isn’t a good choice for children under 6 it is still a fantastic day out if the kids are a little older. Take a horseback trek on the beach or through a forest and enjoy getting back to nature. Horse treks are relatively inexpensive and the trek duration can be anywhere between 1 hour to overnight camp outs, the options are endless. If you have smaller children, consider a petting zoo instead with pony rides.

The most important thing to remember when taking as family vacation is to plan ahead of time and decide on the activities together. Getting the kids involved guarantees they will be open-minded to trying new things which will make the experience more pleasant for everyone. Have a great holiday, bon voyage!

Resource Box:  Whale Watch Kaikoura is one of the most acclaimed South Island attractions, attracting visitors from near and far.  Pay a visit and find out why this tops the list of things to do in NZ for so many visitors. Image by n Muffet

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