Half Term City Breaks can be very expensive and require a lot of thought and planning!
The February half term holiday approaches rapidly and parents all over the country will be wondering what they are going to do to occupy their children during what can be a cold and/ or wet week at home in the UK. Most parents will know that if they want to take a city break, or any other sort of holiday for that matter, during the half term holiday they should have booked it months ago. Flight and Eurostar prices are all now very high during half term week, if you can even find available seats at all.
Is it even worth considering taking a city break for a family which includes young children? (by young children I am referring to children under the age of about 12, but excluding infants. For families with pre-school children it is perhaps better to take a holiday more suited to their particular needs. It is possible, however, to find plenty to interest and amuse young children in many cities, as long as parents remember a few simple rules:-
- Don’t be too ambitious and visit too many sights in a day
- Don’t try to walk too far
- Plan regular stops for food and drink
- Don’t try and visit a city known for its cultural highlights if you’re just going to feel frustrated at not being able to visit them
A few cities with plenty to interest children and adults alike are:-
Rome – most children will enjoy visiting the Colosseum and the Forum in particular and will have plenty of fun pretending to be Roman gladiators. They are also likely to love a visit to the long-buried former port of Ostia Antica– here you can wander at will amongst the ruins and imagine life in this bustling port city,
Paris – France’s capital is always a good option for a family holiday. Children will enjoy seeing the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower even if they don’t want to join the long queues to visit the top of the tower! Most children love a trip on the river and a ride on a boat on the River Seine will be no exception, even if it is just the hop on – hop off Batobus which suits the family situation best.
Munich – There’s something for everyone in this Bavarian capital where handcrafted toys are as plentiful as hand-crafted beers. Start your visit in the Marienplatz, the central square in Munich’s Old Town. Stand in front of the Neues Rathaus, the New Town Hall, to see the 100+ year-old Glockenspiel chime daily at 11:00 and 12:00. You can also visit the Toy Museum in the other clock tower, the Old Town Hall. Children will also love a visit to Kids Kingdom in Deutsches Museum; one of the biggest, oldest science and technology museums in the world with hundreds of child-friendly activities.