Easter-break guide

Friday 25th November 2016 13:02 EST

It is the ideal time to plan for next year's Easter break, with travel companies offering fantastic deals during this festive season. With school starting from 10 April- 21 April 2017, parents have to find new ways to keep children busy or engaged. And that means time off for the whole family. So if you're looking for some exciting ideas on how to have fun coming Easter, look no further.

- Ski holiday (France, Switzerland and Austria)

Self catering logs are quite popular for a ski holiday. The best time to take a short ski break is very early or very late season, January or late March/April when the resorts are usually quiet, the pistes are empty and lift queues short – what’s not to love? Avoriaz, Ischgl or Titlis Mountains are quite popular for ski breaks. There are mostly a scope for all kinds of ski lovers (beginners to advanced) to enjoy.

- City Holiday (Netherlands)

If you fancy seeing the tulips-the best time to visit in mid April. Amsterdam is not the only city to see in Netherlands. While there are activities for children in Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans makes a good stop for the Wind Mills, Cheese & Clog making experience- that kids usually love. Edam on the other hand is a pictureque town for a stroll or picnic, and Volendam a small fishing town- exciting for a day trip.

- Historical holiday (Rome & Vatican City, Italy)

Rome is a big, bustling city with a huge amount to see. It can tire out the most high-energy kid. Since Rome is built on 7 hills, for anyone carrying a child in a carrier or traveling with a preschooler who refuses to sit in the stroller but can’t walk for more than a couple hours- is a nightmare, Madeline Jhawar, an exclusive travel writer for Italy recommends seeing the main sights of Rome from the top of the Hop On Hop Off red bus #110. “You can catch it at Termini Station where it begins so that you get a good seat, and don’t hop off. Just ride the whole loop (which takes a couple of hours) and listen to the narration on the provided headphones,” she adds.

There are plenty of places for the kids to run around in car-free Italian piazzas and get a history lesson at the same time. In particular don’t miss Piazza Navona, with its gorgeous fountains and unusual shape, and the huge Piazza del Popolo. Cool inside, open every day, and a relatively quick stop makes the Pantheon a winner for kids of every age.

Fountains, Colosseum and Forum- the kids know already. Make it exciting with a theme, or let them throw a coin or two in the fountains. Italian gelato is one of the highlights of any visit to Rome, and will be what your kids are still asking for when you get back home.

- Beach holiday (Sri Lanka)

April is certainly amongst the best months for travel in Sri Lanka, when considering the overall country-wide picture. 
Throughout the month the beaches in the south and west are still enjoying plenty of sunshine, with temperatures remaining up in the mid-30°C's. On the east coast it’s also good news, with rainfall on the decline and plenty of sunshine and blue skies expected.

Heading inland, it’s a similar story in the Cultural Triangle, with temperatures heading towards the mid-30°C's and very little rainfall. To the south, Kandy and the hills of the Tea Country are expecting rainfall well below their monthly average and temperatures hover around the mid-20°C's, making April an ideal month for trekking the Knuckles Mountain range.

There aren’t many attractions dedicated solely to children in Sri Lanka, but there are a lot of sights they’ll love.

- Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage: A home for elephants near Kandy, with up to 80 ready to interact with visitors.

- Uda Walawe One of the best national parks for wildlife-spotting safaris.

- Minneriya A national park renowned for its herds of elephants.

- Turtle hatcheries On the west coast, these are popular.

- Unawatuna Fringing reefs mean the beach here is safe and shallow for little ones.

- Polonnaruwa Kids can literally run themselves silly at the vast and car-free ancient heritage sites such as this one, with its very cool ruins.

- Hill Country Train Rides Kids will love them

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