For many of us, holidays are the most exciting time of the year. It’s a total escape from everyday life, full of total relaxation, fun, and most importantly sun, sand and sea. Kids are very often the most excited of all of us when it comes to holidays, picking out their favourite clothes, far too many toys and quite possibly trying to pack inflatables which are, well, already inflated! The only thing better than going on a holiday you’ve spent ages looking forward to is a holiday which is a total surprise. Take a look at some inspiration below for the big holiday reveal.
#1. Getting to know the culture
If you’re taking the kids away somewhere brand new, introduce subtle hints around where they’ll be going. This creates a great lead-up to the surprise and gives them a bit of a taste of what they have to look forward to. For example, if you’ve planned to head off to Italy for your holiday, spend the evening at a traditional Italian restaurant. Tuck into some authentic stone-baked pizza followed by a few scoops of yummy gelato before explaining, ‘there’s a lot more of that where you’ll be going!’
#2. Shopping for something new
Each kid has their own individual style, so what better way to let them rock it than by taking them on a shopping trip? Steer them towards the summer clothes, letting them pick out some swimming gear, a new pair of shades or a fun inflatable. You could also choose something special for them from the Lollo & Bernie Shop; it’s a practical as well as fun way to reveal the surprise holiday, and if you’re staying at a hotel with a Thomas Cook Kids’ Club, they’ll be all kitted out, ready for the Mini Disco.
#3. Surprise spending money
If your kids are given pocket money every week or two, swap out the pounds or notes they’re used to seeing with some of your holiday currency. See if they can work out where it’s from; they might be able to pick up some clues from the pictures on the notes or what the coins are engraved with. It’s one of the best ways to reveal a holiday surprise to kids and they’ll love imagining all the things they can buy with their spending money. My favourites were always those funky, braided friendship bracelets!
#4. Hunt for some clues
If you’re looking for a holiday surprise with some serious wow-factor, send the kids off on a treasure hunt. Lay down clues or riddles all over the house, which will eventually lead them to the surprise. Fill a gift bag with sweeties and snacks for the plane, with an envelope containing a copy of their boarding pass or pictures of where they’ll be staying. If they’re a fan of treasure hunts, take a look at one of our SunConnect Resorts which host them regularly as part of the All Inclusive entertainment.
If you’d like to see some parents surprise their kids with a new holiday experience, watch the Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday here.
So, have I given you some good ideas for a holiday reveal? Have you left a holiday as a last-minute surprise before? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.