School holidays. These words evoke a combination of emotions from parents namely trepidation, anxiety and happiness especially if you have a nice trip planned out. The modern family usually has both parents working so any school break above two days is a bit of a conundrum. How can we keep them entertained? What are we going to do with them for an entire six weeks? Will they notice if I quietly slip away in the dead of night and return when school starts? These are questions parents have all asked. And, I’m sure many a child too... especially the last one. The yearend holidays are almost upon us and we have an issue full of fun activities for the kids to take part in and to give parents some respite knowing the kids are happily occupied.
Start with our list of fun things to do (p8) – almost one per every day of the holidays! Then move on to our feature on holiday camps (p17), and finally check out which hotel to head to on your next holiday based on how awesome their kids’ clubs are (p48). All this may sound that parents are constantly finding ways to get rid of their kids while they’re on holiday, but it’s only because they care how well they spend their time during their well-deserved break!
With the festive season speeding towards us, don’t do what I do every year – buy gifts a week before. We found some amazing little brands offering artisanal, quirky items (p14) that will not only be loved by the person receiving it but make you look like you have excellent taste. You’ll also be happy to know that we think kids spend too much time on their devices, so have a look at our Shopping feature (p32) and its suggestions of how to entice kids to actually play.
This is our last issue for 2017 so here’s to a new year filled with happiness, health and calm nerves to deal with all the shenanigans the kids will probably be getting up to.