vrijdag 20 maart 2020

“We spent Easter at Center Parcs!”

After a busy start to the year, a special family break was exactly what we needed – somewhere that wasn’t too far away, that had everything set up, with exciting activities to celebrate the Easter holiday. With the ease of everything under one roof, there was only one place for it – our home from home, Center Parcs. As soon as we arrived and settled into our cosy lodge, I was instantly relaxed and ready to spend some quality time with the family.

We were particularly looking forward to the activities on offer. Our eldest son, Louis, is super crafty and the one thing he really wanted to do was Pottery Painting, so while Ant took Henry to the swings in the Adventure Playground, Louis and I headed to the studio. Louis chose a turtle and gave it a bright rainbow-coloured shell – it was a lovely souvenir to take home.

Visiting Center Parcs at Easter time with small children was magical. Louis really enjoyed the Easter Bunny Hunt, which gave us a chance to explore the village too. Next up was Chocolate Egg Decorating – we loved making our own designs and getting creative, plus we left with a delicious treat. We also took with us our own little chocolate eggs and a basket for the kids to do an Easter egg hunt in and around our gorgeous lodge.

Some children’s entertainment was included in the stay – it was so nice to grab a coffee in the Entertainment Lounge and watch the boys enjoying the Magic Show, or have a glass of wine in the evening while they danced at the disco. We had fun joining in with the family games too.

The boys couldn’t get enough of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, especially Venture Bay – it was lovely taking it in turns to float around the Lazy River with Henry on our laps. Louis had just learned to swim and it was fantastic watching him put his new-found confidence into action, as well as brave the slides and rapids.

On the Saturday afternoon, which was a sunny, warm day, we all took an electric boat out on the lake – the boys had a whale of a time, and so did Ant, who was driving. It felt so peaceful, waving to those on the beach and in the other boats, and trying to spot different kinds of creatures in the reeds.

On our last night, we headed to Las Iguanas for a cocktail and some delicious food on the terrace. Louis had his first mocktail and taste of Latin food – a big hit!

Easter is all about new beginnings and around that time it really feels like spring has arrived, with the flowers blooming and warmer weather. Where better to celebrate it than embracing forest living, immersed in nature?”

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Photos by @sarahparkerpics

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