Top seasonal family friendly holidays whatever the weather

Top seasonal family friendly holidays whatever the weather

Family holidays can offer some of the most enjoyable and memorable times in your life, and sometimes it doesn’t matter where the destination is, the journey with your family holds a special place in your heart. I love family holidays and these below seasonal holiday ideas are, in my opinion, some of the best ways to spend time with the family, whatever the weather.

Taking a trip to the beach

Top seasonal family friendly holidays whatever the weather

(Photo by Tomas Preston, Preston Perfect Photography)

My parents originate from North Cyprus and I have grown up holidaying on some very beautiful beaches there. The beach provides so much entertainment for the family, whether it’s making sandcastles, basking in the sun, or diving into the very refreshing sea on a hot day. Sometimes, a trip to the beach can wash your troubles away and the kids will have a whale of a time playing in the sand and sea. During the Christmas period, places like the Caribbean, Maui, Hawaii, and St. Lucia are scorching in December, so pack up your beach wear and head over for a sizzling Christmas for a change. 

Take a family tour to India


India is like a different planet, and its magic lies within its vibrant culture and nature. From the temples of Varanasi to the marble fortresses of Delhi, you’ll be confident in learning that there is something for everyone to see in India. Touring India with the family will allow you to witness what this vast country has to offer, from the countless temples to the infamous Indian slums. Book a tour with Jules Verne and their expert guides will show you all the hidden gems you might miss if you travelled without.

Having a barbecue

I have grown up with my fair share of dad’s barbiesbeachwearand he makes one heck of a barbecue party for our friends and family. And, we don’t just limit our barbecues to hot, sunny days. Some of our best barbecues have involved cosying up with a blanket and roasting marshmallows in the fire.

Of course, the optimal time to host a BBQ party is in the heat of the summer, but sometimes you just can’t beat watching the beautiful autumn sunset whilst enjoying an intimate glass of red and a juicy steak by the fire! Invite the extended family and make it one barbecue holiday to remember.

Visiting a winter holiday destination

Top seasonal family friendly holidays whatever the weather

Christmas is such a magical time of the year. Families get together to enjoy the festivities and presents are aplenty. There are tons of events open during the winter season, and Santa’s Lapland is one of the most popular destinations for family goers during the Christmas period, often getting booked up in as much as six months in advance. It’s hard to imagine a bigger Christmas treat for kids than going to meet Santa at his own home in Lapland, and the beauty of this experience is that you are going to the real Finnish Lapland, a deep snow winter wonderland above the Arctic Circle.

There are tons of things to do and you can buy packages of three-day or two-night breaks in the first week of December, which include flights, accommodation, and activities. Kids get to meet the real Father Christmas on his snowmobile and older children and adults can enjoy husky dog rides. Visit www.santaslapland.com for more information on what you can do over in Santa’s Lapland, which also hosts a fantastic blog about what Santa is doing now in the offseason.

Take the family on a cruise holiday

Top seasonal family friendly holidays whatever the weather

If you have never been on a cruise before, now is the best time to give it a try. It is virtually impossible to get bored and there is something to do for every age bracket. From swimming pools to cinemas, enjoy your journey by sea/lake in style. There are tons of activities for children to enjoy as well and they’ll love the idea of having a great time while on the move. They will meet many kids their age that they may even end up being pen pals with for life. Cruising can also represent brilliant value for money, as you can pretty much incorporate any activity into one trip, i.e. dining, sports activities, movies, basking in the sun (if you’re cruising through the heat) and any other activity you could think of, the cruise holiday probably has some sort of service related to it. Cruiseagency.com.au offer lots of cruise holiday packages, which can be tailor made to your own specifications. Plus, they offer cruise deals of the week, so you can get the most bang for your buck. Take a look at their website here and start putting together your very first action-packed cruise holiday with the family.

Take a trip to Central London

Top seasonal family friendly holidays whatever the weather
(Photo by Tomas Preston, _07182d8c_)

Ok, so I’m a born and bred Londoner and I don’t visit Central London nearly as much as tourists do. But, when hubby and I decided to jump on the tube one day with our two boys and head over to the heart of the capital, we were amazed at how much we ended up doing, simply by walking around the beautiful City. Open all year round, 24 hours a day, this busy city is bustling to the brim with people from all parts of the globe, visiting spectacular sites and world famous events. Any time of the year, you will be able to catch something going on. If you’re from London, a Zone 1 – 5 Underground Travelcard can take you pretty much anywhere around London for the day, but if you’re from a little further out, then there are a huge selection of family-friendly hotels in London where you can catch a breather with the kids. On a clear day, your first port-of-call should be the London Eye, which offers magnificent views over the Thames and many of the famous London landmarks, like the Wembley Stadium and the Shard. Then a short distance away, you can visit the London Aquarium or head on over to the London Dungeons if you fancy giving the kids a little fright. Don’t forget to take a boat trip from the London Eye to the maritime Greenwich, which takes you through many of London’s most famous sights. The National Maritime Museum is a fantastic place to visit where kids can learn all about the history of seafaring. There’s so much more to do and Google is your friend when planning a visit to London. Or, better still, ask a local and they’ll happily point you to the best places to go with the family. Don’t forget that a lot of London Undergrounds offer lift access, so you can drag your buggies with you too!

Top seasonal family friendly holidays whatever the weather
(Photo by Tomas Preston, _07182d8c_)

So, these are just a few ideas of what you can do with the family, but if you have any memorable family holiday trips of your own, please feel free to comment below and leave us your tips!

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Top seasonal family friendly holidays whatever the weather Leyla Preston (559 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/

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