A holiday with kids is not about spending endless long lazy days on the beach, watching the sunset while sipping tropical cocktails, dining beneath the stars at classy restaurants and sleeping till late in the morning in your own private pool luxury villa in Phuket… you may get away with it for a day or two as long as the jetlag is still working on the kids, but soon after, those little rascals will want to jump, run, play, splash and get entertained. As parents, you will need to find a good balance with a holiday planning that suits both you and the kids. Here are some great activities for them active kids to do during your family holiday in Phuket:
This activity is for kids above 8 years old. Kids who are up for a thrilling water adventure in the open-air. At the Anthem Wake Park, you will be waterskiing on a 50.000 sqm sweet water lake in the beautiful lush tropical greenery of Phuket. This cable wakeboarding park offers rides for beginners and pro’s, young and old, promising a great exhilarating day out for the whole family.
How to make any kid happy as he/she can be? Take them to a water park where they can swim, slide and splash all day long. Splash Jungle Water in Phuket has something for everyone, also for the littlest family members. While the older kids will love sliding down the Super Bowl, the Boomerango and more colourful slides, the toddlers can safely play in the Kid’s Aqua Play Pool. The park also features a wave pool and a 335-meter lazy river where you can grab a tube and just let the water take you down the stream. Splash Jungle Water Park is part of the Grand West Sands Villa Phuket, located at Mai Kao Beach. Check it out!
Always wanted to fly in the sky? It sure is every kid’s dream! At Kidzsole Flying Trapeze, you can have an actual ‘flying without wings’ experience. It’s safety line you’ll be counting on instead of wings, and you will need some of that good old courage. Kids can overcome their fears, giving a boost to their self-esteem and they will also learn to do some great acrobat tricks. Located right on the beach in Mai Khao, all family members are up for an unforgettable experience… that’s right, mum and dad can also join in for a lesson and for sure they will love it, too! You will be guided by professionals so no need to worry – you will be safe and sound and who knows it might inspire one of you to become a Cirque du Soleil artist one day in the future. Kids can even join the Ninja Warrior Circus Training for the full-blown Kidzsole Flying Trapeze experience.
Jump till you can’t jump anymore at the 50 Fly! Trampoline Club Phuket. Bounce, laugh, and play all day, the Trampoline Park is fun for kids of all ages. Check out the Fun Zone if you like playing games such as football or basketball on a trampoline court or learn some tricks at the Acrobat Zone. Super fun, indeed! Kids will be so tired that parents can have a romantic, undisturbed in-villa evening with candles, wine, chocolates and a movie or whatever. Just perfect!
The adventure just doesn’t stop, at Flying Hanuman Phuket you can zipline through the treetops of the island’s tropical jungle. There are 28 adventure platforms, 15 ziplines, one skyrail and 2 sky bridges. Fun and exciting for everyone and it’s an eco-friendly activity too. The minimum age for kids is 4 years old.
6. Go Multi-Centre!
Finally, if your kids get bored and run out of things to do in Phuket, or you simply want a change of scenery, the good news is you’re close to so many other Asian destinations. Why not turn your trip into an epic Asia multi centre holiday? You have Malaysia and Indonesia within touching distance to Phuket. Take a cheap internal flight or even a scenic ferry ride to tick some more South East Asian destinations off your bucket list.
Written by Stephanie of Villa-Finder.com
“Ho, ho, ho!,” says Kris Kringle as he walks past the holiday decorated empty corridors in school. It’s summer and it’s holiday season. The kids are out, but Kris Kringle has an important task at hand. He’s got to make sure the kids have their Christmas school gift when they return.
Now that has Mr. Kringle in a dilemma. With too many students and a budget crunch, how can he manage to get a gift for everyone? Well, that’s pretty simple – he’s got to think of gifts that are both valuable and affordable – like Christmas candy bags, perhaps? But that would damage the children’s teeth after they’ve already had too much sweet during the festive season.
So, what could Mr Kringle do? We’ve got a bunch of ideas he could try:
Personalised Water Bottles
Water bottles work for kids of all ages. Plus, it’s something that will remind them of staying hydrated as the summers get hotter. Water bottles are cheap and available in a variety of shapes and colours. You could choose different ones for different types of students or simply get the same design in different colours. Use a Sharpie or alphabet stickers to put each student’s name on the bottle and there you have it – a special, personalised gift from Kris Kringle for the school kids.
Now this is something school kids can enjoy in groups. These good to play games like Monopoly, Scrabble, The Logo Board game and more are a great form of building knowledge and having fun. A board game for each class and Mr. Kringle will still have a lot of money in his pockets to spend elsewhere. Besides, these fun games are going to make all the school kids remember this Christmas well, thanks to his generosity.
A Healthy Treat
Treat the school kids to something that tantalises their taste buds and makes them thankful for summers. Think something like the honeydew sorbet to beat the heat or Santa strawberries for fruits that are fun to eat and pleasant to look at. If nothing else works out, let them dig into some delicious homemade cookies and milk – nobody can deny that. Just be a little careful with the kids who’re lactose intolerant.
The Homework Pass
All you need to do is get print outs of one of the countless “homework pass” templates available online. The Homework Pass allows students to skip homework of their choice by simply attaching the pass to the submission page. Nobody likes homework and Kris Kringle knows that well. It’s about time the kids had the freedom to choose the homework they do not want to do.
These are probably the most inexpensive things that can be given out as Christmas gifts to kids at school. Even if you don’t feel like spending money on it, you can DIY them – drawing in the forces of creativity that allow you to come up with fun and interesting bookmarks for kids. Plus points if you can personalise them in some way!
There you have it, five great ideas for Kris Kringle gifts for school without exceeding your budget. You better start working before the Santa’s workshop closes down for Christmas!
Any mother or parent knows that it takes practically no time at all for kids to get into trouble. Whether you’re at home, in the store, or on vacation, it’s crucial to keep a constant eye on what your children are doing.
Even in the home, dangers lurk. Most parents know how to keep hallways, cabinets, bedrooms and other areas of the home clear from hazardous or dangerous materials. There are other dangers, however – many that go unnoticed at first glance – that could be just as risky for small children.
Let’s keep our kids safe by looking at some of these home child hazards you might have never considered.
Heating and Cooling Elements
Any mother would naturally be cautious with children around traditional home heating solutions such as fireplaces (in fact, bestelectricfireplaces.net reports that the number one reason for replacing a traditional fireplace with an electric fireplace is due to child safety concerns).
Despite these valid concerns, other heating and cooling elements in the home can pose risks. One example is vents on the floor which can snag, catch, or cut small children who slip or fall on them. Another example is the outdoor HVAC unit itself, which poses an even greater risk of injury or death if left unchecked.
Strings from Blinds
While at first blinds might appear to be very safe around children, they can quickly turn into a hazard. The strings coming off of blinds can get wrapped around a child very quickly and lead to very unfortunate circumstances. If a child also decides to eat one of the strings, it will most certainly become a choking hazard right away.
It is reasons like these why child safe blinds should be installed in a home. Motorized blinds are a suitable option to try and solve these issues. They have no strings or pieces hanging off of them. In fact, motorized blinds in New York City have a great catalogue of blinds that are child safe and not expensive at all.
Every parent knows how crucial it is to position infants and small children properly when sleeping in their own cribs. Unfortunately, many parents incorporate elements that can be downright dangerous.
Excess bedding materials such as bumper pads and large comforters can distort the natural surface of the sleeping space, providing an opportunity for small children to suffocate in the worst-case scenario. Make sure you use firm mattresses, eliminate excess bedding, and tuck any blankets both around the child and the mattress.
Household pets are often members of the family like everyone else, but their presence alongside small children can cause unexpected hazards.
More than 100,000 children are hospitalized each year due to bites from dogs alone. While a dog may seem like the most likely cause of a childhood injury from a pet, other pets such as cats, snakes, and even pet rodents can be just as harmful.
In addition to bites and scrapes, some other factors to consider include allergies, diseases carried via pet waste, and parasites such as fleas and tapeworms.
It’s not just what is in the home that can be hazardous: it is what’s outside as well. Especially true for older homes, wooden walkways in the form of stairs, porches, and other surfaces can actually be quite dangerous for small children.
Besides the greater risk of tripping on planks or falling down stairs, older flooring tends to bend and loosen, potentially leaving rusty nails and tacks extending from the floor. One wrong step and a visit to the doctor for a tetanus shot might become necessary.
It can be easy to remember to keep dangerous chemicals, sharp objects, and other obviously hazardous materials away from small children. However, there are hundreds of minor risks around the home that mothers might not immediately realize. From scrapes and bites to splinters and even suffocation, it’s vital to keep a vigilant watch on your children – regardless of how safe a room or space might seem.