We booked quite late on as we weren't sure what sort of holiday if any would suit us due to our new arrival. But a couple of weeks ago we settled on Center Parcs and as soon as it was booked I was full of excitement! I used to go with my family as a child and we visited with my sister and parents when Jacob was 9 months old but this would be our first holiday just the four of us.
It was perfect in so many ways; the location being only 2.5 hours away for us was brilliant, the site is quite small but as we were walking with a toddler and a buggy everywhere this worked well for us. The furnishings and décor in the villa were lovely and comfortable. The staff were enthusiastic and friendly, the activities that we booked were mostly brilliant for the little one, the pool was well catered for small people and very warm, play areas and restaurants were great and it was an easy place to take a newborn with you too.
We booked bowling, mucky pups (messy play), the Teddy Bear's Picnic, balance bikes and baby owl experience to take Jacob to. The best by far was the Teddy Bear's Picnic. All of the kids got their own teddy bear and a packed lunch, they got to dance and play parachute games and go on a 'bear hunt' to find Rupert bear who they got to meet before listening to a story. I have never seen Jacob in such awe as when it got to meet Rupert! I think this picture is priceless..
Obviously for a lot of people especially during the school holidays Center Parcs is a bit expensive and I would have to agree. Luckily in this case we could go at the beginning of September so didn't have to pay the full holiday price. And for what we did pay it was totally worth it. Jacob loved it so much, he kept asking to go back to live in the "wood house" and to go back to the "special swimming pool".
I loved taking him away as he is now just about old enough to understand and it was just brilliant to talk to him about our time and to feel like we are building wonderful memories together. It was also brilliant for me and their dad to shake up our routine and reconnect in a different atmosphere and surroundings.
We came back tired from all the fun but ready for the next part of the challenge! :)