Active rest with children

Family tourism

Author: Irina Lanina


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It's easy to be a tourist when you're on your own. All the necessary things, including the notorious toothbrush and a change of clothing, can fit in a backpack for several tens of liters. A tourist rug, awning and sleeping bag, tied together, easily solve the issue of overnight stay in the city and in the forest. But when the question arises of a family trip - with children and, possibly, pets, preparation should begin in advance.

Holidays with the whole family

The current generation of young parents (those from the 1980s and later), unlike previous generations, can afford to spend more time with their children. If in their childhood family vacations were limited to rare trips to the sea and frequent trips to potatoes, today there are much more opportunities.

Spending free time with the whole family is not only pleasant, but also important. Joint activities contribute to the establishment of a comfortable psychological climate in the family, allows you to communicate by looking in the eyes, and not at monitors, restores physical mobility and gives fond memories. However, it is obvious that most of the leisure activities are focused on children, and parents are bored on the sidelines.

For example, almost every cafe has a children's playroom, but you can't jump there with your parents. And it turns out that there are few options for family-wide leisure - despite the fact that there is free time for it, as well as the need for spiritual closeness and warm relationships.

What to choose: leisure or tourism?

Family vacations and family tourism are related concepts, but there are fundamental differences between them.

  • is a family vacation at a beach resort,
  • is a buffet and no household worries,
  • is a mandate for childcare and organization their time for animators and nannies,
  • these are excursions according to the schedule suggested by the host party,
  • this is often tired of the monotony,
  • this is good, but rarely.

  • these are independent travels to new places (even if it is a weekend trip),
  • this is one or more families with children (as well as dogs, ferrets and others family members),
  • this is the acquisition of skills of non-conflict social communication and cooperation (which is important not only for children, but also for adults),
  • it is a lot of movement and useful activities, fresh air and active acquaintance with the world around,
  • this is the acquisition of life experience and basic survival skills of Robinsons in wildlife conditions,
  • this is good, because if you wish, you can go on a hike weekly.

Two levels of family tourism organization

Family Tourism: Basic Training (Part 1)

High-quality joint outdoor recreation is a guarantee of good health, excellent mood and peace in the family. But lately, many parents consider this a waste of time, and try to rest passively, setting a negative example for their children. But who, if not a family, will teach a child to take care of his health, bring up a harmoniously developed personality? What childhood memories will the growing up take with them into adulthood?

Before ...

Some 20 years ago, children were on the street all day on weekends. Parents were not worried about the safety of their children, because the generation of that time was stronger, more independent and skillful, there was more trust in them.

And now

Nowadays, you hardly see the guys playing, they are interested in virtual games, travel, communication. Many diseases have become younger, the number of adolescents with problems of a sore spine, myopia, obesity, and physical weakness has grown. Parents and children gradually move away from each other.

The value of family fun

Little Homebodies

Some children refuse their parents' offers to do something. Some - from ignorance and fear, others - from insecurity or ordinary laziness. In this case, there is no need to force, it is better to talk, ask, find a joint solution.

"Every weather is grace"

In the summer, children will be happy to play sports: basketball, football, volleyball, and invite friends with them. They will go on a hike with delight and will never give up children's outdoor games.

In the warm season, you absolutely do not want to be in a stuffy apartment, not only for children, but also for adults. Now every tree is filled with vital energy. So it pulls to stop: put your palm to the trunk, raise your head, staring at the crown, and listen to the wind rustling in the bright green leaves. I would like to run up to the blossoming flowers, reach out to pick, but pull it, and then just sit down next to enjoy the delicate beauty of the petals. The world around is beautiful, you just need to open your heart and let these feelings inside yourself, organizing family leisure with children.

Children know how to enjoy all these small and common things for adults. But they need to share this joy: from seeing a butterfly flying past and touching its shoulder with its wing, from crawling a string of ants trying to crawl on their feet, from sun bunnies sliding in the grass. And they strive to share this joy with us - dad and mom, grandmother and grandfather, beloved aunt, older brother or sister. Warm days are inspiring times. Children enjoy spending their free time outside after school, forgetting about computer games and tablets. And the ease and desire with which they do it is a great example for adults to learn how to relax with their children.

Family leisure ideas with children

Joint leisure is the best way to learn about the inner world of your child.

When organizing a joint vacation, it is necessary to take into account the inclinations, capabilities and wishes of all household members. Interests can be different, but they can always be united by a common idea. Remember: family leisure should be enjoyable for everyone - both in its form and in communication and interaction with each other. Family leisure is not only entertainment, but also an educational, developing influence on all aspects of a child's life.

Resting together in the city

There are never enough streets for children. And as much as they love to play with their peers, there must be days when parents and children spend time together. And if you have a small child and he is more busy in the sandbox, do not turn into an "escort", go up to him, ask what he is doing, talk to the baby.

There are so many opportunities for joint recreation in spring and summer!

  • Joint evening walks on weekends.
  • Cycling.
  • Take a roller-skate ride with the whole family, if you don't know how, learn!
  • Play football, basketball, volleyball together.
  • Use your imagination and come up with a ball game, making it your family trick.
  • No ball - go to a soccer game.
  • Organize a family outing to the cinema, theater or museum.
  • Visit various exhibitions and present small souvenirs to each other.
  • Relax with a show at the Dolphinarium.
  • Visit the water park or attractions.
  • Take a walk around the zoo.
  • Go-karting is a great option for the whole family to enjoy.
  • On a warm or hot day, take a ride on the catamarans.
  • Take a walk to the lake or river to feed ducks, swans.
  • Take a family trip to an outdoor cafe to eat ice cream.

And do not forget to tell each other about your feelings and emotions that you experienced during your joint vacation!

Nesterov A. Family tourism//Encyclopedia of the Nesterovs

Family tourism is very common all over the world. Many services are aimed specifically at tourists traveling with families. Family tourism is developing dynamically all over the world, including Russia.

Features of family tourism

Recently, there has been a noticeable trend towards family holidays all over the world. This type of recreation can be very diverse: stationary and mobile, sports and health, etc. Therefore, the programs can be completely different. Their selection depends on the thematic focus of the tour. However, the presence of small children among travelers imposes its specific characteristics on the requirements for the organization of these tours.

When choosing accommodation, food and means of transportation, first of all, it is necessary to take into account the peculiarities of children's physiology and psychology, and also not to forget about the interests of adults and their parents.

Firstly, accommodation on such tours must be carried out in healthy and ecologically clean areas, calm and green places. In addition, hotels where tourists will be accommodated must meet specific functional requirements for family vacations: 2-3-bed rooms, a system of combining rooms, rooms for children's games, etc. The programs of such tours must necessarily contain activities for children, adults as well as joint activities.

These programs include orientation tours for both adults and children. Individual excursions for adults may also be included subject to the availability of babysitting services. Nature walks in the forest, river, sea are very popular. It is good to organize excursions to zoos or recreation parks.

When organizing leisure programs, it is also necessary to combine the interests of children and adults: organize special children's parties, for example, a holiday of dolls, a holiday of fairy tales, celebrate the birthdays of children who are currently visiting, etc. For these purposes, it is often hired special staff involved in the organization of children's and joint programs, animators for children and families. It is necessary to provide, if possible, the presence of playgrounds and small attractions in the area adjacent to the hotel, as well as playrooms in case of bad weather. At the same time, one should not forget about adults: organizing evenings of acquaintances, creative programs, the presence of evening bars where parents can go after putting their children to bed. Also interesting are joint programs: the organization of amateur performances, dances for children and adults, etc. [1].

Sports programs on family tours are provided in the form of additional services: swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms and gyms.

Resort vacation packages are subject to local conditions but are quite popular.

Catering on family tours has its own specifics. It is rational to provide two separate menus for adults and children, taking into account their tastes, as well as physiological characteristics. For children, meals are usually provided 4 times a day: breakfast, lunch, light afternoon tea and dinner. In some cases, evening kefir or milk before bedtime is organized for young children. Meals should be varied, fortified, include vegetables and fruits, as well as optimal in terms of calorie composition.

Family Travel Classes

The most important function of service in the organization of family tourism is to create such an atmosphere of relaxation, in which families of vacationers can feel comfortable, calm, and at the same time it is interesting for them to relax.

Can you plan family trips that everyone in the family will enjoy?

While family has a lot in common, everyone has different interests, goals, and ways to deal with frustrating travel situations!

There are many nuances that need to be considered when planning your family vacation, so that you can then enjoy the journey with smiles and love in your heart.

With careful travel planning that involves every family member, your chances of an unforgettable and joyful vacation are greatly enhanced.

Sharing travel planning should not be left to the discretion of just one person in the family!

Our practical tips will help you get the whole family involved in the travel planning process and ensure that all interests, needs and sentiments are met.

main problems of family vacations:

Based on personal experience and a survey of readers about emerging family problems, we have compiled a list of tips to help you overcome these problems.

Learn the habits and interests of each family member

You certainly know a lot about each member of your family, but it's safe to say that there is definitely something that you are not aware of.

Understanding each member of your family (what they like and what they don't like, what their preferences are, what are their differences) will help you get those emotions from travel that will satisfy everyone.

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