Forget family package holidays, we’ve got fun-filled Easter ideas to keep Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear, Teenage Bear and Baby Bear happy.
Perhaps this is the year to indulge the kids with a trip to Disney World. How about a treehouse by the beach in Turkey? Or, keep the kids busy on a working farm in Iceland while you tackle the Jacuzzi.
However you fancy shaking up your family holidays, take a look at our cheap family adventure breaks with family-friendly hostels to boot…
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1. Olympos, Turkey
Sleeping in a treehouse must be every child’s dream – and perhaps young-at-heart parents too! For cheap family holidays in Turkey, forget the touristy package deal…
The Saban Treehouse hostel lies 50 miles south of Antalya. The adventure begins on the breathtaking drive along the mountainous stretch of the Turquoise Coast. Secluded beaches, the scattered ruins of the ancient Lycian city, a rocky gorge and cooling forest valleys where the the kids can run wild. Nearby at Tahtalt Gağ, a perpetual flame burns which is created by natural gases released from the ground. It is named after the Chimera, a mythical fire-breathing monster that, as legend tells it, once lived in these mountains. Now that is a tale to tell at bedtime!
Beds start at €11pppn.
Beyond the beach, there are a number of activities at the Olympos hostel including sea kayaking, scuba diving, white water rafting, or try a day trip bobbing on the Mediterranean aboard a traditional Turkish gulet boat.
Treehouses sleep 2-3 people and have shared bathrooms. If you prefer your creature comforts, opt for an air-conditioned and en suite bungalow which sleeps 2, 3 or 4 people. There is an on site restaurant and bar which offers traditional Turkish cooking and breakfast is included.
For a rural family holiday with plenty of fresh air, beautiful scenery and getting back in touch with flora and fauna, try a family adventure holiday in Iceland. And there is plenty of work going at a working farm…
Icelandic Farm House Nedra-Vatnshorn in the northwest of the country will warm the cockles and grow hairs on your chest! It’s a working farm and the owners will introduce you to over 400 sheep and 40 horses. There are plenty of opportunities for the kids to lend a hand including the morning and evening feed. But parents can skip the labour and head straight for the Jacuzzi!
May is a magical time to visit when the ewes give birth to frolicking lambs. You can go horse-riding and there are plenty of games to enjoy on an evening. In the surrounding area you can walk along the coast and collect shells, spot seals basking on the rocks, visit the waterfalls or stand guard in a nearby fortress.
The owners, their cat and collie dog will make you feel right at home and set you and your family up for the day with a farmhouse breakfast including home-baked breads and jams and the odd home-cooked meal for an additional cost. There are two twin-bed rooms and a triple but for Easter they are offering a special deal; the whole house (7 people) with self-catering facilities for three nights Friday 29th April to Monday 2nd May.
Beds start at €31.22pppn.
3. Orlando Disney World, Florida USA
In kids’ books, Disney World is on a par with Christmas: They will experience the highs of a coca cola sugar rush minus the E-numbers. A rite of passage for every child, a surprising number of parents enjoy a little dose of escapism too…
But if you are looking for cheap family holidays in Orlando make a few cut backs to make it more affordable such as preparing packed lunches and staying in a family-friendly hostel. After tackling the water parks, theme parks and aquariums head to Kissimmee to spot alligators on an airboat ride, visit the Science Centre, Air Museum or try an eco safari.
Orlando hostels for families
At Palm Lakefront View Resort and Hostel family rooms have daily cleaning. There are laundry and self-catering facilities, internet and a lounge area complete with free fooseball an Xbox and Playstation 2. Kids can have a splash in the swimming pool while parents watch the sunset over the lake from the fishing pier. Disney World is just 5 miles from the hostel and the neighbouring visitor centre can help you plan your Orlando itinerary.
Beds start at €13.09pppn.
4. Monteverde, Costa Rica
As one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet, Costa Rica makes a fantastic destination for family ecotourism. But only the most adventurous need apply! To keep tourist numbers down, the roads leading to Monteverde and Santa Elena remain unpaved to deter all but the most enthusiastic travellers. But what a treat lies beyond these bumpy lanes! The Cloud forests within the Monteverde Reserve hold one of the most beautiful birds – the resplendent quetzal. Visitors can experience a canopy tour but younger travellers will be more suited to the Sky Walk: a series of bridges suspended alongside the canopy.
Monteverde hostels for families
At Hostel Cabinas El Pueblo they can arrange all these activities as well as a cheap airport pick-up service. Just two minutes from the bus station in Santa Elena, this family-run hostel offers single to quad rooms some en suite, with balconies and TVs. There is a games room, lounge area and self-catering facilities. Start the day with a hearty free breakfast. Then, will it be a guided hike, zip-lining, horseback riding or a visit to the Arenal volcano? Meanwhile, Mum can kick back with a massage and pedicure from the comforts of the hostel!
Beds start at €8.47pppn.
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Thanks to Alex Graves, Frank.Vassen, auduboncenter, JeffChristiansen and mikebaird for the images off Flickr! Please note, all images were held under the Creative Commons licence at the time of publication.