Holidays are the perfect opportunity for quality family time. We always like to try new things and different experiences and tick off a few more “firsts” just like we did at Center Parcs back in June. Here we had our first family bike ride, the boys had their first Indian restaurant meal and I had a go on the Segways for the first time.
As way as quality family time holidays also offer a fantastic chance for parents to try out something they have always wanted to, or maybe even never thought about doing but given the chance they jump at it. It is interesting that in an independent study into the extent of family holiday firsts by Center Parcs, of 2000 parents across the UK, 67% said they try their hand at new activities when on holiday with the kids.
Center Parcs is the perfect place to try new activities and enjoy quality family time so the results aren’t really surprising but they are nonetheless interesting and some of the findings hit home for us..
Our youngest, Noah, falls into the 10% of babies who learn to walk on a family break, as he took his first steps in a cottage near Filey at Easter 2010. This photo was taken a few weeks later in at the Peace Gardens in Sheffield where he has really got his confidence…
According to the research parents take first break away with babies at just 4 months old. I don’t know if that applies to their first or second child but with our first it was a little later than this when we had our first family holiday to Wales.
With our second child it was a completely different story and we were taking him away on holiday virtually from birth! He went camping with us at four months.
42% of children are more confident trying new things when they’re away with the family and here is Ethan having a go at fencing with Daddy at Center Parcs.
and us all having a go at sailing in the Lake District…
Children feel brave enough to try a whole host of activities for the first time, whilst on holiday, such as building a sandcastle (37%), swimming (29%), going down a waterslide (19%) and kicking a football (10%). Parents felt this was down to interaction with other children (61%), quality time spent with family (57%) and being in a completely new environment (54%).
Active and adventurous holidays aren’t for everyone however as the study also found that 31% of parents say they’ll never let their child do an activity on their own and 21% of families have never tried anything new on a break.
Do any of these statistics ring true for you?
What new things will you be trying out this half term?