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6 Tips When Planning a Stress-free, and Memorable Family Getaway

Holidays are the highlight of everyone’s year. It’s an opportunity to spend time with your family away from the pressures of work and school. You can try new activities, visit new places, and enjoy tasty food without the dread of washing up afterward! Kildare is a great place for a vacation or staycation, especially in the warmer months, so you can explore the great outdoors. Osprey Hotel is a family-friendly hotel in Kildare, ideal for your summer holiday this year. We make travelling with children easy with activities for both adults and children, keeping everyone happy. Book a family fun break in our Kildare hotel that you will remember forever.

1. Limit your time travelling.

The most difficult part of a family holiday is getting there. If your children are not used to long journeys, they are sure to get restless and agitated. Prepare your children for a journey with plenty of snacks, games, and entertainment to keep them occupied for as long as possible. Try to keep your journey time short for your first couple of breaks, building up to longer trips. The less time you spend on a plane or in a car, the better everyone’s mood when you get there! Osprey Hotel in Kildare is a short hop from Dublin and well-connected to the rest of the country.

2. Choose a Family Friendly Hotel

Choosing the right accommodation is vital to a good family holiday. Having facilities aimed at children, kids’ menus in the restaurant and accommodating family rooms make a huge difference to the success of your break. Opt for large, family-oriented rooms that your whole family can enjoy in comfort. Additional facilities like a pool make a family holiday, allowing parents to chill out and watch the little ones practice their technique. Osprey Hotel has a dedicated children’s pool where they can play safely. Highchairs in the restaurant and a varied children’s menu make dinnertime a breeze.

3. Pack Wisely

The last thing you need when you arrive is a last-minute dash to a pharmacy or toy shop because you forgot something important. Plan your packing in advance, making a list of everything you think you’ll need for your trip. Check with your hotel in advance if they provide baby cots, rollaway beds, bottle warmers and other essentials so you can pack a little lighter. Allow your little ones to take one or two important toys with them and pack plenty of colouring and games to keep them quiet during downtime so you can have a minute to yourself.

4. Local Entertainment

An in-house pool will give you hours of entertainment and peace, but you’ll need to plan some extra surprises to entertain little ones. Kildare is packed with child-friendly activities that are equally as entertaining for adults. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor things to do in Kildare just in case the weather is not on your side. You could visit the Japanese Gardens & The National Stud, Lullymore Heritage Park, Stoneybrook Pet Farm, Wallaby Woods, Kildare Maze and much more. There are indoor play centres and a couple of cinemas in Kildare too. Prebook whatever you can to save disappointment on the day.

5. Let the kids take the lead, sometimes.

Children don’t often get to make big decisions. They may get to choose which clothes to wear or what to have for tea but how often do they dictate what you do for the whole day? Make it a holiday to remember, allowing your child to make decisions for the whole family including where you go and what you eat (with a little guidance!). Giving them a bit of control will make them feel much more grown up and help encourage trust.

6. Make it a group trip.

Don’t limit your family trip to just your family! Invite friends or a couple of other families to join you and share the burden. Your children can entertain each other, looking out for one another while you enjoy your break too. Extra hands are great to deal with tantrums and messes or you can take turns babysitting while the rest of the group has an adult dinner or drinks in the bar. Lighten the load by sharing the burden. Book your family stay in Osprey Hotel Kildare and share memories you’ll cherish for a long time after you’ve returned home. Our spacious rooms, family facilities and welcoming team make family breaks in Kildare a breeze.


Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for Osprey Hotel Kildare, a luxury four star hotel situated in the heart of vibrant Naas town, known for their expansive guest rooms and friendly service. This travel buff loves sharing her insights about travel, food, and lifestyle. 

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