I’m not one for sacrifice, but when it comes to planning a family holiday I, like most parents, buckle under the pressure of satisfying my child’s every perceived need. When endless theme parks, water parks, zoos and museums no longer cut it, these six adventures may just send you packing.
As more and more accessible and less expensive modes of travel – along with increasing international co-operation – have opened up the globe to those of us seeking fresh family holiday challenges, the new possibilities seem endless. River rafting, abseiling, wilderness hikes, jungle boating, rock climbing, cattle drives, staying on a mozzarella farm, swimming with sea lions, trying-out as a bush tracker, chef, cowboy, or dog-sledder. These sort of trips will inevitably test your family’s abilities and endurance. At the same time they will help to promote independence, a willingness to try something new and a sense of achievement – all so important to children and (more importantly) your sanity.
This May sees the launch of the ‘Smile Club’, a tailored facility for children at Villa San Michele, Florence.
Go Ape offers children the chance to step outside their comfort zone whilst enjoying the beauty of the British countryside. The UK’s leading forest adventure company – with 28 giant outdoor sites nationwide – junior adventure-lovers get to glide through the air on zip wires, swing through the trees on Tarzan swings and negotiate tree-top ladders and wooden bridges. Kids are fitted with a harness and given full safety training from an experienced instructor before tackling the course without supervision. Go Ape Tree Top Adventure three hour adventures are suitable for participants aged 10 years old or above, are at least 4ft 7in (1.4m) tall and weigh under 20.5 stone (130kg) Go Ape Tree Top Junioris a fun-filled one hour adventure for junior Tarzans of all abilities. The course is aimed at children aged between six and 12 years old, however anyone over a meter tall can also enjoy an experience involving canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles. Young adventurers can weave their way through a network of 20 looping obstacles including the Spiders Web, Log Balance and Jungle Crossing and finish on a high with one awesome zip wire.
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