Ali Donaldson and family take on the new Diagon Alley theme park at Universal Studios, Orlando and share their tips on how to make it the most magical experience possible.
David Thorndike discovers Sabah is a natural paradise, perfect for families looking for adventure and some special animal encounters.
Natalie Gray shares her tips on how to manage some of the most common long-haul travel issues.
Frankie J Holden, Michelle Pettigrove and their daughter Georgia discover the enticing blend of culture and history in Mozambique.
Rich in tradition, ninjas and Hello Kitty, Aleney De Winter
finds out first-hand why kids fall hard for Japan.
With coral-spotted ocean, powdery sand
and French charisma, Madeline Hoskin finds
that New Caledonia is an ideal Pacific escape
you may not have considered.
Andrew Mevissen goes on a father-daughter holiday
to Heron Island, a haven where turtles play, coral
sprawls through the waters and nature rules supreme.
Madeline Hoskin finds that you can give
your kids a holistic education simply
by taking them to our nation’s capital.
Whether your family seek snowflakes or sunshine, Madeline Hoskin
finds Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland are perfect for both.
Exploring volcanic caves and watching opera in
the outback is all part of the charm of Undara,
as Amanda Cranston and her family discover.
Rachel Wherret and family where the third lucky winners in our BIG4 Holiday Parks competition, and they've reported back on all the fun they found at Merimbula Beach.
For a holiday so fun
you’ll never want to leave,
Mark Beretta says it’s hard
to beat Yasawa Island.
Want to find pet-friendly accommodation that
really provides what a pet needs? Ask Frank.
Do you long for new adventures outside of the ‘box’
of everyday life? Fabienne and Warrick Wintle share why
an all-Australian road trip is the perfect family escape.
Seek the sun with Madeline
Hoskin’s guide to April skiing.
How young is too young? Taking youngsters to the
snow has its challenges, but families can learn to
enjoy the experience, writes Debbie Neilson-Hunter.
New Zealand’s mountains are waiting,
and our nearest neighbour has slopes
aplenty, writes Helen Hayes.
Helen Hayes shares how families can stay on
or off the snow in spectacular Queenstown.
Just 12 years old and already ruling the slopes. Our Kids’
Ambassador, Zahra Kell, knows just what it takes to
work your way to the top.
There’s always something new at
Mt Buller and plenty of favourites
to bring families back year after year.
Victoria’s largest ski
area has everything
modern families could
need to create their
dream snow holiday.
A trip to Melbourne's closest downhill snow resort packs in much more than just skiing and snowboarding.
With all the charm
of an alpine village
just 11km from
Hotham, as well as
being the home of
the cheapest family
lift pass in Australia,
Dinner Plain is a
dream for snowseeking
no matter what
age your kids are.
Alex DC chats to Aussie Olympian Torah Bright.
Mount Hotham is
definitely not your
usual ski resort.
For Owain Price, sharing the
slopes with his family is one
of life’s greatest joys. So when
it came time to take his Gold
Coast-based grandkids on
their first ski trip, he knew
just the place…
A Perisher snow holiday is just the ticket for family fun, even if you have teenagers, as Helen Hayes reports.
Two mums and their sons head to the snow for some family bonding time, writes Hilary Doling.
From Indonesian buffets to superhuman GOs, Cara Wagstaff unlocks a world of countless surprises at Club Med Bali.
Junior journo Raffles sits down with the late Steve Irwin's multi-talented daughter, Bindi.
6 hot tips for keeping the kids warm at the snow.
Tips on making the most of your Epic Pass this ski season at Perisher Resort.
For extreme kids, nothing proves your slope-side mettle like a terrain park. We uncover the world’s best resorts for jumping, jibbing and shreddin’ the gnar.
From Faro to Porto and the highlights inbetween.
Neil and wife Samantha Perry take their two daughters to explore the wild life and cosmopolitan cities of South Africa.
Aleney de Winter uncovers the ultimate family Disney experiences in the United States.
For true zoo lovers there are few encounters that top Jamala Wildlife Lodge, writes Lisa Wagstaff.
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Escape with ET
ET hits the sands of one of Queensland's great fishing and four-wheel driving havens, the Sunshine Coast mecca of Noosa.
Touring Tassie with the Perkins Family
The biggest challenge of a Tasmanian holiday is how to pack it all in, as the Perkins family recently discovered. Model mum/TV presenter Symantha Perkins kept a tour diary of their fabulous Tassie adventure.
Celebrity travel with Richard Wilkins
Richard Wilkins has had a long and varied career. New Zealand-born, he was a budding classical violinist until he decided that rock was more his thing.
Celebrity travel with Susie O'Neill
Born in sunny Queensland in 1973, Susie has had one of the most successful swimming careers in Australia's history. During her 10 years of competitive swimming, Susie claimed 35 Australian titles and eight Olympic medals
|Lisa Curry Kenny and Kieren Perkins
Holidays With Kids caught up with Lisa Curry Kenny and Kieren Perkins, to see where they like to go, what they look for in a holiday and what tips they have to keep kids entertained.
Skiing and Snow
Johanna Griggs and Sorrel Wilby told us that a family skiing holiday is the best holiday they've had. With the combination of excellent facilities, fresh mountain air and all that exercise, it's perfect for parents and children of all ages.
Road Tripping with ET
Andrew Ettingshausen and his family take off on a spur-of-the-moment holiday along the NSW coast.
Single Parent Travel - Doing it Alone
We go straight to those in the know - our readers who are doing it on their own - to find your favourite destinations and holiday tips for single parents.
Single parent travel - Wales
Few people can resist the allure of a real castle. In Wales, Sandy Guy found, there are more than 400 of them, all different but equally beguiling. Driving across the Severn Bridge spanning the river of the same name, which separates England from Wales, you are met with the sign Croeso i Gymru – “Welcome to Wales”. Josh, 14, and Tani, 11, loved another Welsh phrase, Gwlad hud a lledrith – “The land of magic and enchantment” – as Pembrokeshire in West Wales is known. This legendary home of King Arthur was to live up to its name as we travelled its length and breadth.
Single Parent Travel - Ireland
Travels abroad rarely go as smoothly as planned for single parent families, but with the “luck of the Irish” on her side, Sandy Guy takes her two children on a journey to the Emerald Isle.
When kids get to that awkward age where they start being too cool to hang out with Mum and Dad on holiday, what do you do? Club Med's Cherating Beach resort just may have the answer, as Kayte Nunn discovered.
Slammin' It - Travelling with Teens
My son and his "crew" live to skateboard. Our mission was to find the perfect teenage venue for my son's 15th birthday. The skate safari idea was the brainchild of my wife, she scoped out the very best indoor skate-park within 150 kilometres - which happens to be a place called SLAM in Tuggerah - an hour and a bit north of Sydney as the crow flies. SLAM is a kind of Mecca for skateboarding and rollerblading.
Travelling with Teens
Living at home with a teenager can sometimes be difficult enough, so how do you survive travelling with them? Here are some hints to help you plan a successful family holiday with your teens.
Vietnam with Teens
I expected rapturous applause when I announced a family holiday to Vietnam, but I was disappointed.
New York with Teens
The bright lights of Times Square - conveniently just a few blocks from our rented apartment - remain the most dazzling memory of New York City for my teenage daughters.
Back Seat Drivers
Julie Miller tells of her ups and downs of travelling with her teenage daugher Joana.
If 'pet friendly' is a factor in your holiday planning, then check out these options that accommodate for furry four-legged friends.
Pet luxury at The Langham
The Langham Hotel, Sydney realises that more and more people are wanting to bring their furry friends along with them on family holidays. They've introduced some serious pet pampering for animal guests!
Holidays with Pets
Leaving a pet at home when going on holiday can mean a traumatic separation - for both pet and owner. As soon as it sees the bags being brought out to the car, the average golden retriever or Irish setter can pull a face to bring a lump to the throat of the most seasoned traveller
Want to know the best places where parents and kids alike can catch a break? Check out this round up of the world's ultimate surfing meccas for all ages.
World of Wonders
The new seven wonders of the world make exceptionally inspirational travel destinations for adventurous families... why not add them all to your bucket lists?
Around the world in 80 plates!
HWK writer Aleney de Winter has raised her young song to be a fearless gourmand - here she shares her tips on how to get kids travelling the globe and trying anything and everything!
Ready... Set... Safari!
Discover the ultimate family-friendly safari retreats that will help all ages immerse themselves in the wonder of the African wild.
Lego at Large
Explore the plastic fantastic world of LEGO across the globe from the brand's homeland in Denmark to Florida.
The world of Walt Disney hold a very special place in every child's heart and it's exciting to learn of the new and exciting additions to Disney Parks and Resorts around the world
Life at full sail
Sharyn Coetsee shares her experience selling up and sailing around the world with her family in tow.
Magical Toy Stores
Toy stores the world over aim to provide the most inspiring and magical experiences for those that visit them, with some having interactive displays and programmes for the little ones to get excited over.
There are zoos all around the world, each offering different experiences for you and your family. Here's our pick of the best zoos the world has to offer with some exciting opportunities for kids.
Terror-rific night frights
Explore some of Australia's most historic locations packed with spooky experiences. They're sure to get the kids interested in history while giving them a good scare at the same time.
Themed hotel rooms
Around the world there are plenty of hotels that have gotten creative, with a huge number of special themed room options on offer. Check out our family favourites here.
The rainforest is without a doubt one of the most precious and beautiful environments to explore. Check out our selection of the best, most family-friendly leafy-green pockets from all around Australia.
High hopes on Australian high ropes
Australia is packed with fantastic options that will see you and the kids swinging, climbing and exploring the treetops with a number of interactive high-ropes courses. Check out some of the best options here!
Adventures for Active Families!
Trying to choose the family path less travelled? Get inspired to trek, climb, swim, dune and ride through some of the most fantastic locations on earth.
Unusual places to stay
Want to break the boredom and branch out when it comes to deciding on your next holiday destination? This selection of unique accommodation choices is sure to capture your creativity.
Follow our lead to track down some of the fastest, highest and most mind-boggling rollercoasters in the world!
Explore and Experience
If you have an adventurous spirit and are looking for a holiday everyone will talk about for years to come, be inspired by some of these great family experiences. Compiled by Amarlie Foster.
Our readers share stories of wild animals, luxurious lodges, exotic landscapes and intriguing cultures - Where else but Africa!
The Meehan family - Chris, Dominique, Nina and Connor - went to Vietnam recently. Holidays with Kids interviews Dominique about their 3-week trip.
Adventure Travel in Europe
Exploring the Pyrenees and Norway’s fjords offers a holiday everyone can enjoy. Active adventures that combine the rhythms of local cultures and remarkable natural surroundings keep everyone engaged.
Adventure TravelDon't think a holiday of adventure is impossible with children - there are countless options that are not only exciting and exotic but also family-friendly.
With today's children bogged down with too much homework, too much time on social media sites and a hectic programme of after-school activities, choose a holiday that will really inspire them.
Bodyboarding - the new surfing!
Kira Llewellyn, nine times Australian bodyboarding champion and winner of the Australian Professional Women's Tour for four consecutive years, shares with us her tips and techniques for bodyboarding.
Off the Beaten Track
If you are looking for a holiday where there is no rushing around, plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and, in some cases, no particular place to go, here are some ideas.
When it's too cold or wet to play outside, then take the fun indoors at one of these great attractions around Australia.
Looking for the best school holiday camp ideas? Then look no further, we've hunted out some of the very best options, no matter what activites your children are into.
News from the Zoos
Exciting new things are happening at zoos all around Australia. From new animals to new attractions and exhibits, there's sure to be something new at one near you.
Fun runs are becoming more and more prominent and with Australian culture becoming steadily more active, there is push for them to be family friendly. Adam Beer give us the run down of those that cater for the little ones.
New Thrills: Aussie Theme Park Updates
Make some noise for the latest from some of Australia's awesome theme parks. From a new baby polar bear at Sea World and cuddly teen tigers at Dreamworld to the new splashtastic action of all-new Wet'n'Wild Sydney!
Up-close with the animals
Do your kids love animals great and small? Why not give them an encounter that will get them up-close to their favourite critters in a range of exciting ways.
Where the FUN shines
The Sunshine Coast is certainly packed with fun adventures that all ages will adore. From food-based fun to adrenaline action and animal encounters. Here we round up a plethora of the joys on offer.
Wonder worlds on the Gold Coast
Get the latest updates from Queensland's many realms of fun that will see your family through the 2014/15 summer period... and beyond!
Dishing up Sunshine
A "foodie's" guide to kid-friendly adventures on the stunning Sunshine Coast.
Test Drive: Paradise Resort
One of our readers brings you the extensive inside scoop from one of Australia's most loved family resorts: Zagame's.
One&Only Hayman Island
A new chapter begins for Hayman with the resort reopening. The exciting new KidOnly Programme is fantastic to keep the little ones occupied on this Whitsunday island paradise.
On the Banks of Brisbane
Everything there is to see and do in and around Brisbane that will make every family member happy.
Packed with stunning scenery and so many things to do, Fraser Island is an ideal family friendly destination.
Pack in the Outback
Outback Queensland is packed with unique, exciting and educational action the whole family can get on board with.
Why the Whitsundays?
It's not hard to convince people that a trip to the Whitsundays is worthwhile, but let us just refresh your memory on just how beautiful of an area it is.
Whether you've got a generous budget or you're looking for a bargain, there is plenty of family fun to be has on the gorgeous Gold Coast.
Adventure, Brisbane and beyond
From beautiful beaches to high life in the city, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast offer a feast of fun activities suitable for families.
Bindi's Animal World
Just say "Bindi" and billions of people around the world will know exactly who you are talking about! Bindi's backyard is one place every wildlife warrior should come visit!
Talk to the Animals
Children these days have a much greater passion for animals. And up in the Sunshine Coast, there's a host of animal activities to keep your kids happy!
Sunshine Coast: Seal of Approval
The seals on Queensland's Sunshine Coast are an affectionate lot. For those fortunate enough to meet UnderWater World's seals, it's only the opener to a fun-filled adventure
Bush bliss at Banjo's
At Banjo's Bushland Retreat in the stunning Hunter Valley families will discover the true meaning of a family escape.
Shoal Bay Serenity
For a perfect weekend or holiday escape along the NSW coast, beautiful Port Stephens sure is hard to beat.
Looking for a great holiday spot not too far from the Sydney CBD? Discover all the family fun on offer in the Macarthur region, just a one-hour drive away.
Coming Up Coffs
Holidays with Kids writer, Rebecca Lawson travels to Coffs Harbour with her family and rediscovers why it is an iconic family beach holiday destination.
Just outside of Sydney you can uncover all the hidden family delights of this stunning coastal destination.
Into the Blue Mountains
Holidays with Kids writer, Rebecca Lawson takes her family for an unforgettable weekend escape in the Blue Mountains. Find out all the best stops when in the area.
Blessed with beautiful beaches, this is one Australian state that deserves to have its coast explored. Check out some of the best surf spots for a family getaway.
Summer in the Snowies
There is more to love about Perisher and Thredbo than just the snow. Discover why it also makes a fantastic summer destination.
Memories of Macarthur
Campbelltown might not be your idea of a dream weekend getaway for you and the clan - but give it a chance and it just may become one.
Q Station - Great Open Spaces & Ghostly Encounters
Think you need to drive for hours to escape the bustle of Sydney? Think again. Q Station is peaceful, pretty and plenty of fun - all with the convenience of Sydney Harbour views! It makes for an excellent, short family break location.
There is a wealth of popular attractions in the NSW capital that are well worth a look - whether you're a first-time visitor, frequentor or a veteran Sydney-sider. Your family will always find plenty to love.
Cooling off in Coffs
Once upon a time a Coffs Harbour holiday conjured images of the Big Banana. These days the array of family activities available between Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads are endless and only limited by your time and spirit of adventure! Michelle Pettigrove reports.
It's Gorgeous in the 'Gong!
Sydney's southern little sister is often overlooked in the rush further down the coast, but there are plenty of reasons to go no further than Wollongong and the Illawarra
Adrenaline rush in Port
A wildlife haven, a natural paradise ... much has been written about the beauty and serenity of Greater Port Macquarie. But for some families, it’s not enough to wander along a deserted beach or pat a koala – they need an adrenaline rush!
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo
Roars ruptured the morning air, momentarily startling us. Their powerful sound leaving no doubt the nearby lions were awake. We were at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, on their Roar and Snore adventure. Our previous evening’s night safari, minus the daytime crowds, meant uninterrupted views of the animals while listening to fascinating facts and amazing anecdotes. This behind-the-scenes perspective made our Roar and Snore tour a fantastic educational experience.
Lismore National Parks
Summer doesn't have to be all about the beach. Limit yourself to the coast, and pretty soon the sand in your swimmers will start to annoy you, along with the hordes of other people sharing your small patch of sand. When you're craving some cool, shaded isolation away from the crowded beaches, you'll definitely find it at the National Parks and reserves around Lismore.
Case Study: Hartley Valley Holiday Farm
Hartley Valley Holiday Farm is a farmstay that familes can own. Just two hours from Sydney, the farm has activities including horse riding, a competition-standard trail bike track, flood-lit all-weather tennis courts, and a swimming pool.
Travel through Big Sky Country
Pack up the car, consult your map and take to the road on a driving adventure holiday through one of NSW's most diverse regions: the New England North West, aka Big Sky Country.
Sunny St Kilda
An ultimate family getaway... just a quick tram ride from the Melbourne CBD? The more you think about all that's on offer here, the more perfect you'll realise it is.
More to Melbourne
The Victorian capital sure knows how to pack in the entire spectrum of fun. Whether your family is into parks, history, cartoons or craft, we help you unlock a bounty of activities.
Discover the joys of Ballarat
Ballarat - Australia's "Eureka" town - is jam-packed with olden day treasures, fun family tours, mazes, history, pancakes and more! Get inspired by all that Rebecca Lawson and her family uncover.
Pieces of Victoria
Victoria is a state of superlatives, but here’s what we think represents the best of the best in the southern state!
A journey to the red centre is breathtaking. James Castrission takes us on his adventure with his young family and discovers the true heart of Australia.
Exploring the Red Centre
Di Smith took a week's holiday to the glorious centre of Australia and rented a campervan at Alice Springs. Camping has been taken to a whole new level!
Northern Territory Adventure
Imagine a strikingly vibrant city blessed with friendly, fun-loving locals and a glorious, sunny climate. Pristine oceans frame the city’s boundaries to the west, rolling hills adorn countryside to the east and a stunning river meanders through the city’s very heart.
Into the Wild
Michelle Pettigrove escapes with Frankie J Holden and their daughter Georgia to the dramatically beautiful Kimberley region.
Imagine a strikingly vibrant city blessed with friendly, fun-loving locals and a glorious, sunny climate. Pristine oceans frame the city’s boundaries to the west, rolling hills adorn countryside to the east and a stunning river meanders through the city’s very heart.
Visit Historic Tasmania
Tasmania may be the least likely place to go on a family holiday, but this tiny island state of Australia holds a few treasures of its own.
Australian Capital Territory
A capital summer
Canberra is always buzzing with an exciting calendar of events for families to enjoy. Take a look at all that's in store in the coming months.
Spring into Canberra
Returning for its 27th year, Floriade 2014 promises to be a colourful flower extravaganza with heaps on the agenda for families.
Crazy about Canberra
Aleney de Winter and family discover there is so much more to the nation's capital than politics, and heaps of it is all about hands-on family fun!
A family trip to Canberra has plenty of activities to entertain the whole family. Here we help you check out all your options.
New Zealand in Frodo's Footsteps
Do your family adore The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit? New Zealand's North Island isn't just a great setting for Middle Earth movie sets - but for boundless holiday fun as well.
Sailing in Paradise
Two families visit the Bay of Islands, an aquatic playground, with hundreds of islands to cruise around and explore as well as quaint seaside villages to visit.
Me, the sea and Fiji
Want to escape the resort and hit the waters on your next Fiji holiday? Here's a round up of some of the best on-water fun you can have in this island paradise.
Take a holiday to Fiji and you expect to find beautiful beaches, sunny skies and smiling faces... but in reality you uncover so much more.
Gems of the South Pacific
The South Pacific is a trove a lesser known island goodies. Check out our rundown to know where you should head for your next family adventure in the Pacific.
Perfect beaches, waters, sunshine and resorts - let us guide you through the wealth of family-friendly options available as you dream up your next holiday in the Philippines.
Best Kids' Clubs in Fiji
Fiji is known to have the friendliest service and the world's best kids' club programs. Here is our selection of the resorts that offer the cream of the very high-quality crop.
Family Friendly Maldives
Lydia C Lee finds out that the honeymoon hotspot of the Maldives can also be a family friendly destination
ET's Fun in the Sun - Fiji
With his days full to the brim with work, Andrew 'ET' Ettingshausen headed off to Fiji for some rest and relaxation with his wife and family.
Postcards from Vanuatu
The island paradise of Vanuatu offers a cultural lesson like no other, just a stone's throw from home.
Norfolk Island: undiscovered family getaway
If you are after a holiday that will transport you back in time to when family holidays were all about spending quality time together and enjoying nature-based activities, Norfolk could be for you
For the perfect island paradise holiday, try the Cook Islands. Polynesian in culture, landscape and heritage, the islands share similarities with neighbouring Tahiti and Samoa, while maintaining a proud and distinct uniqueness.
New Caledonia has held a special attraction for me for many years. I absolutely loved France and was a regular visitor during my three years living in London. I often spent my weekends in Paris and had a true love affair with the city.
Vanuatu - Family Paradise
More and more families are heading for Vanuatu, with is gorgeous beaches, glorious weather, and friendly locals. Cathy Wagstaff and her two daughters, Cara, 10, and Lisa, 9, also found that there was plenty for kids to do as well.
Japan in full bloom
Australian's love a trip to Japan... especially in the winter ski season. However, this nation comes to life like nothing else in the warmer months, and it's certainly worth experiencing.
Monkeying about in India
India isn't just about the Taj Mahal, delicious food and a vibrant culture... venture off the beaten path and you'll uncover a trove of WILD animal and safari adventures, too.
Land of LEGO
Follow one family's journey through the plastic fantastic world that is LEGOLAND Malaysia... and pick up some tips about where to stay, eat and play for when you take a trip yourself.
Readers love Sabah!
Sabah (or Borneo) is rapidly growing as a must-go tourist mecca - and a number of our readers can't stop telling us how great it is! Read their reviews and you're bound to get the itch to go and explore this East Malaysian for yourself.
Mandy Nordstrom and her family recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong and China. Here's what they discovered.
Journey to Another World
When Leisa Gartsky travelled to Cambodia and Laos with her 11-year-old twins there were a few raised eyebrows, but three fun-filled weeks later the family was far richer for the experience.
Beachside in Bali
Families with babies and children of any age are warmly welcomed at this gorgeous five-star resort.
Life's a Beach - Malaysia
With golden sands, luxury resorts and smiling locals, a Malaysian beach holiday will touch you forever and leave you with superb family memories.
Selective Tours - Your China Travel Partner
Selective Tours is a fully licensed boutique travel company. Specialising in China, Tibet, Hong Kong & Macau, Selective Tours can provide flexible small group tours, fun and educational family holidays, 'Mix & Match' city tours for independent travellers, as well as tailor-made tours for families, friends, social clubs, schools and special interests groups.
The Riches of the Raj
India is large and geographically diverse. There are those who would think twice about taking kids to India but as Susan Kurosawa discovered, doing so would be an opportunity for self-discovery for everyone visiting!
Exotic Mauritius - Paradise for Kids
Your children may never have heard of Mauritius. So now may be the time to introduce them to one of the most exotic islands on earth that is also one of the most family-friendly.
Happiest in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a great place for a family holiday. Just ask Symantha Perkins. Here Sam outlines what she, Kieren and their three kids love the most.
Great Wall, Great Holiday!
However you get there, the Great Wall of China is worth it. Up on top, gaze at sweeping views of the surrounding wild hills and walk a very short way along the Wall itself, a 6,700 kilometre-long rollercoaster of stone interspersed with scattered watchtowers.
Bali in Perspective
The warmth the Balinese radiate toward you and especially your kids, I wish I could get that feeling to jump off this page and embrace you. What I will share with you is several families’ views on Bali and why they have chosen this destination and their views on travelling to Bali at this time.
Singapore may well have been designed to suit visiting families. Safe, friendly and compact, hi-tech yet exotic, the country is easy to get around and crammed with attractions.
Because of its geography – long and narrow – there is a great range of climatic and cultural variation in Vietnam. Here are some highlights for children and tips on how to maximise their holiday enjoyment
China for kids
Wonderfully cheap food, electric boats bobbing on lakes, cute animals and plentiful toys make China a great family holiday destination. The country is fun, safe and full of interesting, child-friendly activities.
Hong Kong Disneyland open its Doors
Now that Hong Kong Disneyland has opened its doors – the third Disney theme park outside the USA and the one closest to our shores – the glittering city has another jewel in its crown that will be sure to entrance kids.
It was a dream start to a long-planned holiday. Our THAI flight landed in tropical Phuket early and, with indecent haste, we were lazing by the pool at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa.
Where can you go to visit bear-filled World Heritage national parks, drive for kilometres without seeing another person, eat 17 varieties of seafood in one go, and be guaranteed that the kids will have as much fun as you? Why Hokkaido in Japan, of course – proof that this country has a lot more to offer than high-rises and fast trains.
Are they spoiled brats? No, not really, but as anyone with teenagers will tell you, the peer group is always trumps – and our daughters’ peer groups seem to have done the Thai, Balinese or Fijian resort scene pretty thoroughly.
Travelling with children raises all sorts of problems, not least how to keep the kids happy and occupied while not boring the pants off their long–suffering parents.
Happening Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a vibrant slice of Asian urban life complete with bustle, noise, daring skyscrapers and very fashionable people. And from September, it will be home to the newest addition to the Disney family – Disneyland Hong Kong.
Enchanted by Bali
Bali casts a spell on all those who visit making it almost impossible not to return again and again to unlock her mysteries and uncover her secrets. We explore some of Bali's best features.
Singapore for the Young at Heart
Kids will roar with delight at the Lion City, where there's plenty of animal fun. Amity Roche tells us more about Singapore's wildlife and culture.
The Magic of Mauritius
The Mauritian people, a blend of French, Creole, British, Indian and Chinese, are very warm, lots of fun and fantastic with children making the island of Mauritius, near Madagascar, a very special place for families.
The Philippines: fun for all ages
Voted "the most beautiful beach in the world", Boracay certainly lives up to its reputation - not only for exquisite beauty but for the fantastic array of things to do to keep the most discerning member of the family happy, whatever their age.
With places like The Original Singapore Walk, the Singapore Zoo and Sentosa Island, you will find a myriad of attractions that will appeal to your family in Singapore.
Thailand for Kids
What sort of place would have no hot water, no television and no roads? These were the questions posed by my 11-year-old daughter as we travelled 45 minutes by motorised longboat up Thailand’s River Kwai to the Jungle Raft Hotel.
My Hong Kong Family
Holidays with Kids competition winners enjoy a family holiday in Hong Kong!
Hands on Hawaii
The magic of Hawaii's islands - from Kauai to Waikiki - is sure to create family memories to last a lifetime. Be inspired by these things you simply shouldn't miss out on.
The buzz from Brazil
Brazil is the football capital of the world and with the country hosting the FIFA World Cup there has never been a better time to plan a family trip.
There is so much more to California than Disneyland. From Los Angeles to San Francisco, Tracey Spicer discovers there is so much more for families in Cali.
Island hopping in Hawaii
Headed to Hawaii and needing to choose which islands to visit? With so many great options it can be hard to make any decisions. Let us help you out with our breakdown of six of the most popular islands on offer in this tropical paradise.
Dizzy for Disney
Since 1955, California's Disneyland has been putting smiles on faces with a magical dose of entertainment, excitement and fun. As Helen Hayes discovered, there is always something new to see.
It's official: Holidays with Kids readers love Hawaii. When we asked for your experiences of travel to these beautiful islands we were overwhelmed by the response, with so many readers who couldn't speak highly enough of the natural beauty, family-friendly attractions, great shopping and laid-back vibe! Here's what you had to say.
Lovin' Las Vegas
This is one holiday that’s guaranteed to keep the kids entertained and you’ll love it as well! Where else on the planet can you enjoy all of the attractions of man-made imaginations gone wild after sunset, only to wake up to one of Mother Natures’ most magnificent settings in the truly grand Grand Canyon?
Mother nature at her best. Bored kids? Not on this cruise. Alaska is sure to enchant them. Oh, and they might just learn something!
Pirates of the Caribbean
Today, St Lucia is paradise. There are warm, tranquil waters in which to float and sip cocktails, paddle in the black sand or swim among turtles. There are spectacular dive spots and plenty of museums dedicated to the island’s colourful past.
It's easy to explore San Francisco with kids by foot, cable car or even bicycle. We had spent two days riding the famed cable cars from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Chinatown, the theatre and financial districts, and Union Square, and we were yet to come across any ground that was flat.
If you’re going to LA with kids in tow, you’d better pack some vitamins. The hardest part will be deciding what to choose from the smorgasbord of attractions.
Las Vegas for Kids
With bright lights, thrill rides aplenty, animal attractions and pirate ship battles, Las Vegas offers fun for all the family.
California is undoubtedly the family capital of the world. Nowhere else will you find so many theme parks, water parks, animal parks, child-friendly restaurants and family accommodation.
The trapeze artist swung gracefully through the air, then let his trapeze go, executing a perfect double somersault with pike.
Wish Upon a Star
Disney Parks have always been the place where dreams come true. Check out what's going on around various Disney Parks and their ever-popular cruise line!
Hawaii is the perfect playground for teenagers, writes 17-year-old Cara Wagstaff.
An Italian Summer in Capri
Vintage glamour, classic beauty and Mediterranean charm combine divinely to create a delightful family holiday destination.
The roads from Rome
Italy is prime destination for family travel but planning your trip can be daunting. Take a look at what the experts do and take the guesswork and stress out of where you should go.
The New Forest
Discover all there is to know about this quintessential area of Britain. Wild ponies, Peppa Pig World and a touch of magic make this area truly special for the littlies.
|Christmas in Lapland
Looking for a magicial white Christmas unlike any other? Why not visit Santa's home in Lapland and give the whole family a festive encounter they'll never forget.
Grimm Brothers' Fairytales in Germany
Rapunzel... The Pied Piper... Snow White... they're all tales that have filled the dreams of children for generations. The Fairytale Route through Germany is the perfect way to bring these stories to life.
The kids will love these attractions, the London Eye, the Tower of London, the London Dungeon, Changing of the Guard, London Aquarium, Hampton Court Palace, Natural History Museum, Greenwich – home to the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, Kew Gardens – the world’s leading botanic gardens and the Original London Bus Tour.
Three generations of the Miller family took on Europe head-on. Julie Miller gives us some tips on how to enjoy the holidays with both the grandparents and the kids.
One of the best ways to experience a touch of Italian life is to base yourself in Tuscany. From here you can explore the region and live the idyllic Tuscan dream… and keep the kids happy.
Italy at its best: Tuscany
Tuscany is the quintessential Italy, and if you rent a lovely old farmhouse at Castellare di Tonda you can live right in the middle of it: vineyards, olive groves and rolling hills. The kids mightn’t be impressed with the sense of history, but they’ll certainly love the mountain biking, horse riding and endless days in the sun.
France for Kids
Paris will dazzle your children as well as you, while the rest of France boasts amazing scenery, a rich history and all kinds of activities that appeal to children. One of the most delightful ways to experience France is to take to the water and explore its canals and waterways.
Winter Touring in Paris & London
Europe turned out to be a winter wonderland for the Needham family. Peter, Alice and their two young boys, Felix and Harry, enjoyed Britain's highly changeable weather and France's extreme cold climate.
Having fun in London
The British capital is big, with big attractions and a big history. With some planning, big family fun can be had by all. Perhaps the most important thing to remember when you are travelling with young kids is that if you try to pack too much in, someone’s going to end up in tears – and it’s just as likely to be you.
Mention travelling around the world with two young kids and you’ll get a similar response from most mums and dads with young children. Some will shoot you a knowing ‘good luck’ look and follow it up with a chuckle, while others will shake their heads at your ignorance and ask you straight out if you’ve lost your mind.
Helen Hayes explored land-locked Austria with her family, and found a host of enchanting family experiences in Innsbruck, Hallstadt, Salzburg and Vienna.
Travelling with a Disabled Child
Quentin was six months old and prone in a second-hand English perambulator. We stood in front of Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza. The pram's top was detachable. Several ribs had broken before we left Australia. "You'll probably never live to be able to climb it yourself," my husband said to our severely physically disabled son. "But I'll take you as far as I can."
If you love the idea of sitting back and watching scenery pass you by while the kids amuse themselves, you’ll love train travel. Here are a few of the great train trips on offer.
Train travel is fun for kids and makes for a great holiday in Australia and around the world. Whether it’s a single journey, an extended multi-country trip using a rail pass or a luxury theme route like the Orient Express, train travel is an experience that the whole family won’t quickly forget.
Holidays by Train
You can save a lot of money travelling by rail, as Marc Llewellyn reports in this print-out-and-keep guide to train travel in Europe, USA and Canada.
Maiden voyage to Moreton
First-time cruisers? Discover why a 4-day cruise is the perfect option for people looking to sample a holiday out at sea.
Celebrity Mercury Cruise Ship
Opulence, indulgence, relaxation, fun; whatever your family holiday requirements, the Celebrity Mercury Cruise Ship has your needs covered.
Just picture you and the children drifting along a country canal, watching the scenery float by while you lunch on fresh baguettes, tomatoes, cheese, olives and a glass of the local wine. France is made for canal cruising, and unlike the narrow boats of England, canal cruisers in France give you space to relax.
Houseboat on the Murray River
Cruising on the Murray on a houseboat with a large kitchen/living area is something like travelling in a glass-walled lounge room. The landscape slips by. River folk sitting around breakfast campfires under giant river red gums wave from the bank. Squadrons of swallows skim low over the water ahead of the bow.
Say hello to snow
First impressions do count - especially when it comes to ski experiences. Follow these tips to make sure your child's first snow trip is a memorable one (in a good way).
Olympic hope Anna Segal
We talk to Aussie Winter Olympic hopeful, Anna Segal, and get her chatting about all things slopestyle.
Skiing V Boarding
Is there a winner? We ask a for a mother's view when it comes to the skiing or boarding debate.
South America in winter will provide an exotic twist to your next family ski holiday.
Italians love family - and your family will love skiing in Italy.
Looking for some adventure off the snow? We've got you covered!
From Innsbruck and beyond! Discover the family sweet-spots for skiing in Austria.
Switzerland is renowned the world over for the sweetness of its slopes. We've outlined some great, family-friendly options to help you with your trip planning!
Joys of Japan
Japan has over 600 ski resorts - let us help point you in the right direction.
All About Aspen
Celebrity chef, Neil Perry, takes his family to Aspen and gives us the low down on the good food and great skiing the area has to offer.
Wild West Skiing
Alex, our kid reporter, gives his opinion on skiing in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
Canada's Snow Show
Canada certainly knows snow. Learn more about all the awesome Canadian ski options.
Tops for Teens
Take a look at the best resorts for teenagers in North America.
Here we outline of all the amazing possibilities that await you the next time you consider skiing in New Zealand.
Oz on Snow
Everything you need to know about the Australian ski slopes this season.
Teaming up in Buller
Planning your first trip to the snow? Share the experience with friends at Mt Buller.
Andrew Ettingshausen holidays with his grown-up children... and their boyfriends. He tells us why Thredbo is always a great snow holiday for all ages.
Falling for Falls Creek
Andrew Daddo shares his reasons for faliing in love with Falls Creek on a recent family holiday.
TOP 20 Best Snow Tips
What should you know before you go? Here you'll find a handy list of hints to help you get ready for your next ski getaway.
Sun Valley and Jackson Hole, USA
Combine steep slopes, plenty of soft, dry powder and great childrenâ€™s ski programs and youâ€™ve got the ingredients for an exciting family ski adventure. Kayte Nunn checks out Jackson Hole and Sun Valley.
Holidays with Kids looks at the best of this popular ski region
Fairytale Whistler: As well as some of the best ski runs in North America, Whistler offers good old-fashioned family fun.
Skiing with Kids
Unlike other holidays where activities are divided squarely into those for the kids and those for the adults, skiing is one of the few sports you can do together as a family regardless of age.
Pamela Wright road tests some of Colorado's best skiing destinations, including Aspen/Snowmass and Steamboat.
Canada can work out to be a great option if you want to ski with your kids. What’s more, you get to ski when it’s summer in Australia, and the scenery is even more magical than back home.
With the onset of winter most, if not all, families have children who dream of a true, snowy, winter experience. This dream can be realised at Fall Creek, the ultimate Winter Wonderland for families.
Breaking the family mould
With larger family and intergenerational travel on the rise, we've answered your questions and put together the best accommodation options to suit larger groups.
Brangelina do it, and so can you! Travelling with a big family can be affordable and rewarding, here's what our readers who are larger than average have to say.