Family-friendly destinations month by month

 

Life doesn’t have to stop when you have kids, so if you’re longing to jet off with the little darlings, it’s time to think outside the box. Here’s our lowdown on the best destinations.

 

January – Orlando, Florida

Florida is a year-round destination, but if you want to hit Orlando’s theme parks with the kids, January is a great time to do it.

With attractions such as Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort to explore, this destination is a real child-pleaser. The crowds at this period can be easier to negotiate, and you won’t have to queue for as long as you would during peak season. Temperature-wise, expect highs of around 22°C – pleasantly warm but not unbearable, which may work better when travelling with young children.

 

February – Tenerife, Lanzarote

If you can’t wait until summer and want to head off for some winter warmth with the kids, the Canary Islands are always a good bet. Lanzarote, the largest of the islands, offers pleasant February temperatures of around 20°C. It's perfect for paddling and sandcastle-building fun, without having to worry about kids getting overheated.

As well as a host of family-friendly resorts such as Costa Teguise to enjoy, there’s the Timanfaya National Park, with its intriguing volcanic landscapes, to discover.

 

March – St Lucia, Caribbean

Don’t ditch your long-haul dreams with parenthood. Planned carefully, a Caribbean break can work well. Active families should consider St Lucia with the opportunity for rainforest hikes, zip-lining and snorkelling, plus pleasant March temperatures of around 27°C.

Most hotels are all-inclusive, so all your meals, drinks and entertainment are included in the price. It can work out a lot cheaper than you think, especially when the words 'I’m thirsty!' come out of their mouths every half-hour!

 

April – Larnaca, Cyprus

Early spring in Cyprus offers an appealing mix of beach life and sightseeing. In April you could see highs of 21°C, yet take advantage of budget-friendly prices.

The Larnaca region is ideal for children, with Fig Tree Bay Beach providing the perfect patch of sand for little toes. You can also find a selection of family-friendly hotels, with pools, kids' clubs and sporting activities.

There are four water parks dotted across the island, most of which open for business in April, so there are plenty of options for fun days out.

 

May – Ellmau, Austria

If you’re after fresh air and active pursuits, it’s time to consider Austria for a May break. The Austrian Tirol is perfect for outdoor fun, with temperatures around 15°C, plenty of sunshine and the odd shower. Ellmau holidays provide plenty of scope for outdoorsy fun, with 700km of scenic hiking trails providing plenty of scope for adventures and picnics.

Families can also enjoy all the fun of the fair at the Ellmis Zauberwelt amusement park.

 

June – Algarve, Portugal

For a classic summer break, Portugal’s Algarve never fails to impress. Show-stopping beaches and June temperatures sizzling at around 28°C means plenty of beach and pool action.

For a fun packed day out, Zoomarine – a pleasing mix of theme-park rides, a water park and dolphin shows – is sure to please. Dolphin-watching is a thrilling experience, and there are lots of boat excursions available, offering the opportunity to spot these gentle creatures.

 

July – Puglia, Italy

Italy is a classic holiday choice, and welcomes families. Puglia is a charming region, with whitewashed villages and natural delights. The beach resort of Marina di Ugento is popular with Italians and international visitors, and offers a stretch of white sands, nature reserves and colourful ice-cream parlours for afternoon treats.

Your little adventurers will love a trip to Castel del Monte, a 13th-century citadel. The Grotte di Castellana cave network and museum is another great attraction.

 

August – Menorca, Balearic Islands

Sun-seekers will enjoy the dry summers in Menorca, with August temperatures peaking at around 29°C. With beautiful beaches and a low-key vibe, this Balearic island is also rich in archaeological heritage. Ancient Talayotic ruins dotted around the island, and jeep safari tours will take you and the kids on an exciting tour of the best ones.

There are also a couple of small-yet-inviting water parks to enjoy, including the Aqua Center Waterpark Los Delfines, near Ciutadella.

 

September – Porec, Croatia

If you have younger children, September is an ideal time for holidays to Croatia, with mild, sunny days and the promise of beach days without the crowds.

Croatia’s green coastline and fun-packed resorts offer plenty of scope for water sports and day trips. Porec is a popular choice and well-placed for excursions to Rovinj which boasts a well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre. For some underground exploration, kids will love the Baredine Caves, just a 15-minute drive from Porec.

 

October – Costa Del Sol, Spain

October half term can be an ideal time to jet off for a much-needed break before the UK winter kicks in. The Costa del Sol offers an array of activities and the promise of some late-season sun, with October temperatures hovering at around 21°C.

There are plenty of options for days out, too, such as the excellent Sea Life Benalmadena, which has an array of marine life, as well as interactive options. Tivoli World Theme Park is also open in October, although with reduced weekend-only hours, from midday to 7pm.

 

November – Lapland, Finland

What better way to get into the festive spirit than with a trip with the kids to Lapland? The best time to visit is in November and December, when a host of seasonal delights await. Head to Levi for an array of winter-wonderland activities. Pack plenty of hats and scarves and get ready for the excited squeals as you take them to see the main attraction himself at the Santa Claus Village. A trip to see the Northern Lights is a must.

 

December – Christmas Markets, Germany

December is the perfect time for a weekend escape to Germany, with its glittering display of Christmas markets. Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to one of Europe’s best markets. There are lots to choose from, with Heidelberg offering five separate markets located in squares around the city.

You can expect ice-skating rinks, traditional merry-go-rounds and stalls selling brightly-iced gingerbread and a warming glass or two of glühwein for the grown-ups.

 

Experiencing destinations with the kids offers a priceless opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. If you need further inspiration, here's some more information on family breaks.

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