No sooner are the kids back at school after the Christmas break, is it time for them to take another week off school as the February Half Term beckons. While many families will be happy to chill out at home for the duration of that week, others will be tempted to head off on an adventure and a trip to London will certainly provide plenty of fun for kids of all ages.
Travelling to the Big Smoke may be a little daunting to some, particularly if they have never travelled to the city with kids in tow before. However, if you are well-prepared and ready to take everything in your stride, chances are you’ll have a whale of a time, with minimal stress. Here are some top tips from a guest contributor to help you and the brood enjoy a couple of days in the capital without any associated hassle. As a Londoner myself, I definitely recommend our city as there are so many things to do – including lots for free.
Recently, I have been sharing my tips here about keeping the kids entertained while travelling on long car journeys. My boys have not yet been on a plane! Hopefully this is something we will get the chance to do soon, as we all love travelling and there are so many places on my list that I would love to go and explore as a family!
I’m sure loads of people must be busy taking toddlers on holiday at the moment though, as it is peak season! So I have a guest post to share with you from a fellow mum of three about her tips for surviving the plane.
Taking Toddlers on Holiday: Surviving the Plane
The weather in the UK has been surprisingly beautiful so far this summer. However it is hard to enjoy it when you are stuck behind a Hoover, or in my case, driving to the office every other day. Personally, despite the soaring temperatures at home, I still want to get away, and plan to book a last minute deal at the close of the summer holidays.
Currently we are undecided as to where we will venture, it will predominantly depend on the price tag, but I am hopeful we can snag a last minute bargain for the Canary Islands or one of the quieter resorts in Lanzarote.
I have already started preparing for the plane…
My three children are not known for sitting down quietly for long, thus any journey in a confined vehicle in the clouds requires intense preparation.
The Pound Shop
This store is my saving grace for the aeroplane. I invest a minimum amount in ‘tat’, wrap it up in tin foil and pop all the prizes in a bag. When we are airborne, the children are allowed to have a ‘present’ every fifteen to thirty minutes dependant on flight times.
It is a treat that works a treat.
The day before we fly, I always take the little ones to the library in search of new reading material. I always pick up a couple of extra novels for myself in blind hope that this will be the trip where I get to read on a sun lounger.
The kids are allowed to select three books each and aren’t allowed to open them until we are on the plane.
This normally keeps them occupied for a good thirty minutes or so.
Food is always my final resort. A little bit trickier since my eldest child was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. However she is safely through the toddler years so she doesn’t need as much cajoling to sit still and behave.
For my toddler, I climb on board with a backpack full of treats. Starting with raisins and other bits of dried fruit and ending with chocolate buttons and crispies, for if and when I get desperate.
We have not been on a flight yet that has put me off going on one again!
By Jane Blackmore, writer and blogger. Mother to three, frequent flyer.
This is a guest post in association with TravelZoo
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