Well, it’s safe to say that summer is well and truly over. While it was short-lived, summer was pretty great this year, which makes the sudden Autumnal weather feel that bit drearier.
Luckily, and rather shockingly, October half term is only really around the corner. For parents, not only is this mind-boggling, but it’s also a great time to book a family holiday. If the shorter days and colder mornings have you got pining after those warmer times, why not take the family on a last-minute October holiday!
With that in mind, here are a few family-friendly ideas for those sun worshipers out there.
If you think Rome isn’t family-friendly, think again. Rome is so jampacked with things for kids to do you’ll have a hard time getting them on the plane back home.
Send them to Gladiator School where they’ll train like a warrior for the day. They’ll have a blast dressing up in traditional Gladiator gear and wielding a sword and shield just like they did back in the day.
The perfect way for any Gladiator to end their day is with a pizza. There are plenty of places in the city where you can get your hands dirty making your very own pizza, the way the Italian’s do.
If you’re looking for a little break from the city, cycling in Italy is second to none. With breath-taking scenery and varying routes to take, this is the perfect family activity.
Of course, it’s every kid’s dream to go to Disneyland Florida and what better time of year to visit than October!
With temperatures resting in the mid to high twenties, you’ll definitely feel as though you’re on a summer retreat. Although a trip to Disneyland isn’t the cheapest of options in comparison to other holidays, it’s a once in a lifetime must for any family with little ones.
Also, it’s not just about Disneyland. There is Universal Studios for some movie magic mixed with rollercoasters and an aquatic exploration to be had at Sea Life Orlando.
Costa del Sol, Spain
For something a little closer to home, why not jet off to sunny Spain?
This is a much more cost-effective half term treat which will give you plenty of time to relax and enjoy your time away as a family. Temperature-wise, for October, you’d be looking at anything from the mid to high twenties depending on where you go. That’s still quite hot!
Because Spain is such a tourist hot spot, you won’t ever be short of things to do while you’re there. You’ll have an array of adventures to try out including zoo’s, cable cars, mini-golf courses, sea kayaking – well, the list is pretty much endless.
The Algarve, Portugal
Staying within Europe, another great spot for sun is Portugal. The Algarve is a gorgeous part of the world with aquamarine waters and stunning beaches.
While that sounds like more than enough for us adults, fear not, there are endless amounts of activities on offer for the kids too. Take them out on to open sea for a dolphin-spotting trip followed by an exciting day of discovery at the interactive Children’s Life Sciences Centre.
Maybe you’re after something a little faster paced? No problem, The Algarve has you covered with the likes of Go-Karting, high ropes courses and water sports.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
It doesn’t get much more family-friendly than Tenerife. With temperatures usually hitting the early to mid-twenties in October, you’ll still get your fix of sun without practically melting.
Two of the most popular things to do while on the far-flung Spanish islands are Loro Parque and Siam Park. Both are linked so you can actually buy tickets for both parks at once which takes a lot of the stress out of planning.
Loro Parque is a stunning zoo filled with all kinds of animals from tropical birds to Orcas. The kids will absolutely love running around to all the different enclosures. Plus, it’s actually a great day out for adults too so you’ll enjoy it just as much as they will!
For something a little more action-packed, Siam Park is a gem of a waterpark with countless water slides and rides to keep any aged kid entertained for hours. With extreme slides that pass underneath shark tanks to baby zones, this is an ideal day out for all the family.
So, where will you be heading with your family this October half term?