Holidays change when you have little children – there is no getting away from it. This list of top 10 things to do with pre=schoolers is here to try to help you have the best family holiday possible with enough choice for everyone to be happy, from toddlers & pre-schoolers to parents and grandparents!
|Suitable for a rainy day?
|Playing on the golden sands at one of the many local beaches
|The beaches of the Emerald Coast are perfect for young children. They are clean, sandy and beautiful. The closest beach is Sables d’Or les Pins, which is 10 kilometres, but within a 10-20-minute drive you will find lots and lots of beaches. Here are a few worth a mention: Pleneuf Val Andre, St Cast Le Guido, Caroual Plage, St Pabu, Petit Mont St Michel, Erquy, St Jacut de la Mer. There are also beaches that are good for body boarding, surfing, rock climbing and foraging/crabbing. Just ask us and we will point you in the right direction.
|Emerald Coast Gites Grounds & Pools
The soft play area is where all the little ones hang out and meet the other little ones (if they havent already made friends). Climbing, building, playing whilst the parents have a cheeky tipple at Happy Hour – it all goes on in the soft play area and the little ones love it.
Over the years, the feedback from parents has been wonderful but something they all say, is that it is amazing the freedom the little ones have as the grounds at La Touche are so safe. Most parents say it is lovely for them to be able to open the door and watch their pre-schooler wonder off to find their friends house and knock on the door to see if they are coming out to play. No traffic, no easy exit and lots of toys.
Sometimes the simplest things are the best. We have a ride-on park at La Touche, stocked full of cars, tractors, balance bikes, push alongs, trikes and other weird and wonderful toys. We also have a long drive at the front of the property and watching the wacky races that take place is very funny! Don’t forget the giant trampoline as well.
We have two covered pools here – the toddlers’ pool, where the little ones can stand up, play with boats, buckets, watering cans and generally splash around whilst the parents sit at the side. It is heated to 30 degrees so that the little ones can stay in for longer. Our big pool is also great for the kids to jump in and play – I taught both my kids to swim in this pool. Gradually stepping further back from the steps until they could get right across the pool. Plus the dome is UV protected so no fear of sunburn and no need to smother your little one in suntan lotion!
Soft play – Yes
Swimming pools – Yes
Rest of it…. Not so much,
|The swimming pool in Jugon les Lacs
|An indoor swimming complex with small slides and splash areas suitable for toddlers. Suitable from about 2 to 3 years ld.
|A theme park with an indoor and outdoor aqua park suitable for toddlers. Really lovely place and quite old fashioned. No huge roller coasters, but things like pedaloes, go karts and bouncy castles.
|Dudi park is a little wooden theme park about 5kms from us that is aimed at pre-schoolers. Little wooden climbing frames, go karts, bouncy castles and more.
|Aquarium, St Malo
|The Grand Aquarium, St Malo is a brilliant Aquarium with thousands of different species of fish including sharks, sea turtles and piranhas! Always a favourite. There is also a kids’ submarine ride, wittily called ‘le Nautibus’.
|A really lovely zoo in the grounds of a chateau, which can also be visited. There is a fabulous falconry display and, at the end, bouncy castles, play areas and a maze (once it has grown!)
Now, you wouldnt expect pre-schoolers to be interested in this but some of the historical sites around us have little touches that the little ones love! Here are a few of them:
Chateau de la Hunaudauye – Medieval castle sympathetically restored in the middle of the forest – it is surrounded by a moat with a fake crocodile and there is also a dressing up box!
Fort la Latte – This castle built in 937 is a fort off of “The Grand Site Touristique” Cap Frehel. The views are amazing – accessed by a drawbridge and with lots of a towers to climb it has something to amuse the little ones, with dungeons and climbs. Hang on to them though and if you suffer from vertigo, be weary – some of those stairs lead to open air ‘look outs’ not for the faint hearted!
Le Mont St Michel – The UNESCO heritgage site, a day trip from us but worth it. It is also pretty busy but it is truly beautiful – it can easily pass as the real ‘Disney’ castle if you need to sell it to your child. And if they are unimpressed, you could easily pop into Aligator Bay to extend your daytrip.
|This is a tree climbing place which is suitable for big and small. Minimum age is 3 and there are some really good courses for the little ones which will help them build confidence and coordination. Its incredibly safe and well run with helpers on hand to make sure no one gets stuck! This is great to do if you have older kids as well. Something for everyone.
|There is a really big indoor soft play centre in St Brieuc, which is lovely and clean, very quiet and a sensory overload for the children. I wouldnt normally recommend a soft play, but sometimes they come in very handy. This one has a little go-kart track that is a big hit!