Holidays with kids

  1. Camping & picnics

    Camping & picnics
    Didn't camp much as a kid? No worries. Don’t be put off by the massively geeky websites advocating for wacky solutions to small inconveniences. Campers and hill-walkers can be a little intense. But the odd outdoors adventure is a treat your child should experience without massive expense or effort on your part. The same skills go into camping as into eating...
  2. Junior water-sports: do's and dont's

    Junior water-sports: do's and dont's
    Junior water-sports:do's and dont's. Sailing and paddle-sports instructors often focus on making the dinghy, canoe or kayak a happy environment  by throwing balls around. Kids familiarise themselves with the roll of the vessel and the movement of currents through simple games. Putting effort into swimming definitely ensures a confident start to all kinds of boat and board sports. Learn on...
  3. Outdoor carnival wins for children

    Outdoor carnival wins for children
    Low on sequins and bikinis, big on humour – the Cologne carnival is the perfect street party for children. This German city hosts a party for a million plus spectators every February, and the locals are absolute champions at dressing up. A great kids’ carnival outfit should be wearable outdoors, with some homemade touches and preferably not linked to a recent film release...
  4. Family paddling: Kayaks v canoes

    Whitewater or quiet ponds - the real challenge is transporting the kitA kayak or canoe sitting in your back garden is perfectly chic, so storage isn't the challenge. It's the hauling around. Swedish car accessories maker Thule’s slogan is “Bring your life” which I find rather lovely. If you’re already in the business of dragging family bikes around the country then you’re...
  5. Kids, knives and chainsaws

    Only the strong can belong, is the motto on the Isle of Berk, where the hairy Hooligans live in the “How to Train Your Dragon” series. Well, I hate to boast, but in my home country of Norway full-on four-inch knives, complete with carbon-rimmed stainless steel blades, are a bog standard christening present. I was reminded of this when I...

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