How to keep the kids happy on holiday

What do you look for when choosing a holiday? Sunshine… Sandy beaches… Fancy restaurants..? Well according to a recent survey, a quarter of parents admit to choosing their holidays based around their children’s desires rather than their own, with nearly 50% saying their kids get an equal say.

With the winter months drawing in, families are starting to plan their Christmas getaways and it would seem that children are having more of a say than ever before about where the family will go on holiday.

From those surveyed, a whopping 38% of children had helped their parents choose their family’s holiday resort, with some aged 12 to 16 even claiming to have booked a family holiday themselves.

Whilst mums and dads want to relax on a beach or see the sights, their kids unfortunately don’t agree, instead opting for holidays with lots of activities like theme parks and water parks. Despite this, 16% of parents admitted to booking the getaways that they wanted, instead of consulting their children with 5% even saying they’d prefer not to take the kids at all!

Are you a parent who likes to keep your little ones happy? If so, take a look at our top hotels for keeping the kids entertained…

4*Paradise Lago Taurito (Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria)


This hotel is a haven for kids and big-kids alike. Set within the Aquapark with 1350 m2 of swimming pools and slides, there’s enough to keep everyone occupied for the entire stay. The hotel is ideally situated in the beautiful, picturesque area of Playa de Mogan and is conveniently located a short distance from the beach and airport – so no long transfer journeys for the kids to contend with!

There is an amazing animation team and entertainment 6 days a week including table tennis, bowls, bingo, pilates, archery, volleyball, tennis, mini-golf, yoga, table shuffleboard, shooting, water polo, darts, tai chi, aerobics and salsa… we could go on.

The Paradise Lago Taurito really does have everything you would expect from a fantastic 4* hotel and even has wonderful bars and restaurants to spend your evenings in while your kids enjoy the mini-club and disco.

Sound ideal? Check out prices here.

4* El Paso (Salou, Costa Dorada)


This comfortable beach hotel is located in the tourist centre of Salou and is sits just outside the gates of the PortAventura Theme Park – where hotel guests have unlimited access. See a show or take on the park’s amazing rides, no matter what you choose, this hotel is ideally located for slightly older children.

Mums and dads can indulge in peaceful relaxation at the enormous pool area while the pirate ship play structure provides hours of entertainment for the youngsters.

The complex offers a large hot tub, a play area, a labyrinth for children and a volleyball court. The Campo Aventura provides entertainment for children from 4 to 10 years. There is also a visitors’ programme for all guests, offering entertainment day and night.

Sound up your (or your kid’s) street? Check out prices here.

4* Sol Principe (Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol)


What makes this hotel special is its focus on entertainment for children of all ages. The hotel has a fun Flintstones theme for its younger guests. These facilities include the ‘Baby Rock’ for up to 4 years old (May – September), the ‘Bam Bam Club’ for children of 5 to 8 years (January – October with minimum of 5 children), and the ‘Roca Sports Club’ for children aged 9 to 13 (May – September). They even have a Flintstones-themed theme park, all of which has been enjoyed by young guests since it began in 2004.

But that’s not all… The Sol Principe offers five outdoor swimming pools surrounded by gardens and terraces and a heated indoor pool for the cooler months. Enjoy table tennis, aerobics, bowls and darts, or take a trip to the stunning beach (which the hotel overlooks). Each evening the Principito terrace even offers a lively show for the whole family.

Like the look of this hotel? Check out prices here.

What do you look for when booking your family’s holiday? Do the kids get a say? Take a look at more deals here and find your perfect family escape!

Written on 8th October 2014 by

Emily Whitehouse

Marketeer and blogger for On the Beach. Lover of all things beachy.

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