DURING term-time weekdays, younger kids can have full reign of the Haven holiday parks, which have loads to occupy under-fives.
With parks based close to beaches and activities that range from indoor pools with slides and splash areas, to amusement arcades and creative workshops, little ones will never be bored.
While all Haven destinations are tots-friendly, there are particular parks that have everything young ones will need, from the perfect facilities and a ton of activities, to kids cutlery in the restaurants.
Parks that have the new Marina Bar and Stage, such as Seashore and Hopton, have more space for child friendly activities and entertainment during the day. They also have specific splash areas for toddlers at the pool.
Its worth noting that due to current Covid restrictions, some activities such as indoor soft play areas and indoor shows have to remain closed, but there is hope that these will reopen once restrictions are lifted.
This is expected to be from May 17 in England, but reopening dates for Wales and Scotland are yet to be announced.
In the meantime, here are nine of the best Haven parks for under-fives:
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Craig Tara, Scotland
One of Haven’s largest parks, Craig Tara has loads to keep little ones occupied, including the Oodles family amusement centre with its arcade games.
There’s the Splashaway Bay water complex with slides and flumes and the all-weather Lighthouse Harbour Adventure Village, which is like a mini seaside world for kids. It has its own stage, creative studio, sensory room and areas like toy shops and kitchens, while in the centre is a large play RNLI lifeboat.
Families can enjoy spending quiet time together, as the park has direct access to a sand and pebble beach – perfect for taking a stroll along the rugged Ayrshire coast.
The peaceful town of Ayr is also just a ten minute drive away.
Hafan y Môr, North Wales
This park in North Wales is home to the Dragon Lakes Adventure Village, where little ones can take a ride in mini 4×4 off-roaders with their parents, enjoy a trip on a boating lake, or play in sand pits.
They’ll be well catered for in the food department too, with family-friendly grub served at the Coast House bar & grill and sweet treats from the Cakery.
The beautiful scenery of Wales is on your doorstep – if tots can tear themselves away from the swimming pool.
Haggerston Castle, Northumberland
This holiday park really does have a castle, adding a touch of magic to a break as soon as you arrive.
Toddlers and babies can explore their artistic side at The Creative Studio, visit seven different lakes for a bit of wildlife spotting and take a stroll along the landscaped walkways of the park.
If everyone gets tired out they can relax in the heated pool, head to the rooftop Tower bar to refuel with drinks and snacks or enjoy some day and night entertainment.
Hopton Holiday Village has a heated indoor and outdoor pool complex, including a fun SplashZone and flumes that tots will love.
At The Marina Bar and Stage families can set up camp in a cosy corner for some entertainment, live shows and activities – like one offering where little ones can try their hand at making their own prints.
There are lovely ponds to explore and a sandy beach right by the park.
Kiln Park, South Wales
Head to Kiln Park in South Wales where you not only have the seaside town of Tenby nearby, but there’s also a Blue Flag beach that’s ideal for young children.
Toddlers will love to splash and splosh down the water slides, or in the mini SplashZone of the heated indoor and outdoor pools.
There’s a seaside themed family-friendly bar and restaurant and if you fancy a change of scene Kiln’s sister park, Lydstep Beach, is just up the road and has lots of options for trying out watersports.
Primrose Valley, Yorkshire
With a large lake, this park is perfect for taking little ones out on a Pedalo or for enjoying the great scenery from the Lakehouse bar and restaurant.
There’s not one, but two indoor pools in case of rain, which have slides and other water features. There’s also an outdoor heated pool.
Families can also pop out for the day to nearby Filey, Scarborough and Bridlington.
Rockley Park, Dorset
Close to Poole Quay – which has great view of Poole Harbour as well as restaurants and shops – Rockley Park has lots for young children.
As well as exploring the seaside town, there’s a beach, lake and woodland to explore on Ham Common, where the park is based.
Families can spot plenty of wildlife – there are even some creepy crawlies to be found. There’s lots of fun creative workshops too, including one where kids can make their own slime.
The award-winning Sandbanks Beach and Bournemouth are not too far either.
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Seashore Holiday Park is the only park that’s right on the beachfront at Great Yarmouth.
Tots will love the traditional seafront, which is home to the historic Pleasure Beach amusement park and the Golden Mile, where they can play on the sand and build sandcastles.
Back at the park there are water flumes, slides and fun splash areas, a new Pizza Deck for family meals and an indoor soft play area.
There’s family entertainment available at the Marina Bar and Stage too.
Thornwick Bay, Yorkshire
The newest addition to Haven is this park in Yorkshire.
It has all the hallmarks of a perfect family holiday park, including water slides in a heated indoor pool, outdoor play areas and The Lighthouse bar and restaurant, which has a terrace right opposite a sand pit and play area for children.
There are full-on family shows from the Thornwick Bay Entertainment Cast in the evening and Seaside Streetside pop-up performers that appear all over the park.
For a relaxing stroll, there are plenty of clifftop walks around the nearby headland where you can see the sun set.
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