Thursday 16 February 2012

Bond with your brood on a 'Famcation' this Easter

Getting the kids off the couch and heading on a family holiday can seem daunting in an age where iPhones and x-boxes reign but psychologists and industry experts claim the benefits of bonding with your brood are worth the effort.

According to John Feenaghty, general manager of cheap hotel accommodation website, finding a way to cater for the different interests and preferences of the typical Aussie family is a major stumbling block for many parents.

"Many parents find it time consuming trying to organise activities that everyone will enjoy, but taking the whole family on holiday can be an unforgettable experience that creates lifelong memories," Feenaghty said.

"This is why we have launched the 'Famcation' breaks just in time for the Easter holidays.

"These holiday package deals are in response to the increased demand for tailor made family holidays that will keep kids of all different ages and - just as importantly - parents entertained."

According to child psychologist, Sally Lock, family holidays are a great way of ensuring priceless quality time together.

"Active time together is essential for family cohesion, and importantly, getting children off the computer, away from the TV and participating in real life social activities that build their self-esteem and self- competence,"  Lock said.

Lock and Feenaghty agree that theme parks are great fun for the whole family, and Feenaghty recommends beach resorts with a dedicated youngster's club as ideal for children to make new friends within a safe environment.

Alternatively, he suggests a city break exploring museums, art galleries, zoos and parks, for a cultural and educational experience that both children and parents will enjoy.

"All the Famcation packages have been designed so that parents can keep their children entertained, whilst showing them new destinations, sights and activities. Famcations are the ideal time to appreciate time spent together away from modern day distractions," Feenaghty said. 

The Famcation deals are all available to book online at

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