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Updated on August 15, 2009
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Kids. You got to love them because you certainly can't leave them. From the biggest kid, who may call himself Dad, all the way to the baby in the buggy, they all want entertaining all of the time, and especially in the holidays. So get them into some fun.

Having a party? You got to have some ideas for all ages and you have to find where to get all the stuff and where to go to make sure you're a party popper, not party pooper!


Fun doesn't just happen. Head out with no plan and you're heading for trouble. Plan the day and aim to get out of the house early (miss the traffic), think where you're going to go plus where you can stop for food breaks. And do make sure the place you're heading to is actually going to be open.

Let's face it you probably don't want to go to Noiseland even if the kids do. But they may not like your idea of a good time either (Snoozeland). So try to decide on somewhere you might all be happy. Best thing is to pick a place that isn't just one thing but has options on site, that way you can all go your own way during the day.

Okay so no one can agree where to go. Time to make a deal. Something active this time, something laid back the next time. Keep a record to reduce arguments. And don't pick spots that are too far away, because a long drive can result in some very short tempers all round.

We all know that fun is rarely free. That theme park might give your bank balance a bit of a roller-coaster ride or make you feel a little sick. So it might be best to stick to a budget. Take your own picnic, it's more fun and saves money for rides and keeps the kids away from those nasty fats. Or go the whole hog and head for the park with your sarnies packed. Fresh air makes for happily tired kids and the food tastes better too.

Any parent knows that a hungry kid is a tetchy kid, so don't get caught out. Pack plenty of power snacks like fruit and nuts to avoid aggro. You can dole them out when the going gets tough and sneak a few for yourself too. Best thing is yon won't be giving the kids a sugar rush, just a slow energy injection.

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Huge paddling pool!


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