Top tips on how to maximize family bonding time on your break away
A break away is a great opportunity to get the whole family together and engage in some well-deserved bonding time. Often, our day to day lives can be so busy between work commitments, routines and tight schedules that we miss the opportunity to engage in quality time together. But of course, organizing to take the whole crew away for the weekend can be a little trickier than it sounds. None the less, following just a few simple steps, you can ensure that you maximize the fun and minimize the fuss on your next family break away.
A seemingly obvious but very important part of ensuring a great trip for all. Planning your itinerary in advance will ensure that stress on the day is minimal and will also avoid any arguments about what activities you’ll all be doing. Instead, you’ll have agreed in advance as to how you’ll spend your time. You can even get the kids involved in the planning, meaning everybody feels included and knows what to expect.
Engage in some fun activities
A family break away is a great time to try something new. Trying out a new activity that you may not do at home will get everybody engaged, enthusiastic and having a great time. Why not try Skill Zone where you can team up in groups of up to 3 and challenge each other to a range of sports activities including rugby, basketball and soccer. Or head to Jump Zone and jump away the stresses and strains of everyday life. You could even set up at family tournament at Rainforest Adventure Golf with a designated prize for the winner. There are so many activities for children of all ages near the Beacon Hotel, the choice is yours!
Include something for everyone
So your idea of a great day out might not be exactly the same as your six-year-old child’s, but hey that’s what family breaks are for – learning how to compromise. If the youngest of the family dreams of taking a trip to rainforest adventure golf but mum or dad would rather take a long mountainous walk, why not do both? You’ll all get to try something new. Most importantly, each family member will get a chance to give their input to the itinerary.
Don’t ditch the digital
It’s highly likely that the kids (and mum and dad) are usually glued to their digital devices. Rather than banning the iPads and leaving the kids at a loose end, why not get involved in their digital worlds. Assign a child photographer to use their devices take snaps of the family adventures or get the kids to take you through their favourite games and apps.
Switch off the work emails
Easier said than done but nothing is more distracting than a pinging phone taking your attention away from your family bonding time. Even if it’s only for a few hours throughout your trip, turning off your emails will allow you to give your full attention to spending some well-deserved time with your family and is also a great way of ensuring you relax and take some time out from your everyday routine.
Don’t forget to relax
While it’s always tempting to jam pack as much as possible into your short break, overdoing it may not be the best idea. After all, tired kids are more likely to be cranky kids. Schedule some time to simply relax in your luxurious room in between all the activity or enjoy a quiet drink in the restaurant or bar. Treat the little ones to a cosy hot chocolate as you all take time to unwind and chill out.
Mishaps can happen! And it’s okay.
Although you may imagine the perfect family break where everything runs super smoothly, in reality, mishaps are likely to happen. The key is to not get too flustered if they do. Remember, children are likely to be highly excited and it is completely normal to have the occasional disagreement or tantrum along the way. Resolve it as best you can and move on. There’s far too much time to be spent having some well-deserved family fun than to be dwelling on any hiccups along the way!