Top Tips For Travelling With Kids This Half Term

Most of our guests who travel with kids have children aged eight and above – the right age for a game of eye-spy the iPad – just as well we have complimentary Wi-Fi on hand to entertain.

Whether you’re looking to tour the capital city sights in London, splash out in Bath, sleep in the shadow of a castle in Edinburgh or discover Dundee – our family-friendly Apex Hotels are the perfect base for a family weekend getaway.

But we also know that getting there can be a challenge. So here are a few top tips to make the journey run a little smoother. We’ve also thrown in some fun recommendations on what do to once you arrive.

Snacks

A goody bag of snacks is important for any car journey – not least because a full mouth is (usually) a quiet one.

Service stations can be costly. The range of snacks is uninspiring with little in the way of nutritional benefit.

A little planning the night before, and you’ll have a goodie bag full of tasty and healthy treats for travelling with toddlers – or teenagers. You’ll find some great tips here.

Car games

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? When the 4G fails and the sat nav has you taking a huge detour, fall back on these tried and tested car games.

Top five city break activities

We asked families that stay with us in order to find out the top activities for parents and their little ones, and have come up with our recommendations for the best places to go with kids near a few of our top locations during a family getaway. Here they are:

Taking an open-top bus tour

City Sightseeing offers hop-on hop-off bus tours across the world. The Edinburgh tour remains one of the most popular and is a great way to see this beautiful city. Just make sure you pack a woolly hat if you decide to sit on the top deck.

Spending time at museums or galleries

The UK is blessed with some of the best museums and galleries in Europe. Many of them take care to offer youngsters something special. One hidden gem is Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, the McManus.

The attraction hosts a special calendar of workshops and exhibitions for kids.

#mirryn taking in the artwork

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Seeing a show or a concert

London’s theatre scene is unrivalled. There’s something for all the family. Read about the best for kids here.

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Getting outdoors on a visit to a local park, zoo or city farm

With more than 800,000 visitors every year, Edinburgh Zoo is one of Scotland’s busiest attractions. Over 80 acres of parkland is home to more than 1,000 rare and endangered animals including rhinos, sun bears, chimpanzees, tigers, the UK’s only koalas, the world famous penguin parade and – who could forget? – the pandas.

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Enjoying fantastic family meals

The teams at our family-friendly hotels know that mealtimes are important. Especially while enjoying time away on a family break. That’s why our family hotels offer a kids stay and eat free offering with fuss-free children’s menus.

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