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Free Things To Do In Bali With Kids

Bali with kids is an absolute paradise for families: there are fabulous waterparks, great shopping and excellent restaurants. But sometimes it feels like you’re constantly reaching for the wallet. If you’re traveling with kids on a budget, here’s some ideas for a great day out with the kids that won’t cost you a cent.

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Winter Family Holidays: Western Australia With Kids

Looking for a winter family vacation? Then you should definitely be thinking about Western Australia. While you get to enjoy winter holiday activities such as sitting by log fires, eating hearty meals overlooking the green hills and warm cups of tea on misty mornings, the weather is still temperate enough that there are plenty of reasons to go outdoors too. In the south west of the state, the scenery is picture perfect and (some would say) at its most beautiful during the cooler months. If you’re looking for winter family vacations that are a break from the tropical heat and involve fresh air, sunshine and beautiful natural scenery (whale watching anyone?) then it’s time to head to Western Australia with kids.

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Best Beach Holiday Destinations: Rawa Island Resort

On the beach holidays are some of the most relaxing for parents and most memorable for kids. Just over the Malaysian border and a short road trip with kids from Singapore, Rawa Island Resort is a popular family resort because it has just the right combination of chillax vibe, activities for the entire family and entertainment for kids that require minimal supervision. This is one of the best family beaches you will find anywhere near Singapore and because it is such a family friendly resort, you may just never want to leave.

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Kid Friendly Wineries: Rutherglen

Rutherglen wine region in Victoria, Australia is one of the country’s little hidden secrets. Much smaller than the more famous wine areas such as the Margaret River, Barossa or Hunter Valley, this means that far from coming across lots of bus tours and crowded tasting rooms, instead there are plenty of tiny family friendly wineries run by multi generational wine makers that welcome parents with small kids. Famed for their sweet wines (locally referred to as “stickies”) the kid friendly wineries of Rutherglen make for a perfect couple of days of wine tasting and family bonding. Here are some of the more family friendly wineries in Rutherglen.

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Kids Attractions: Miniature Railways in Victoria

Kids love trains. Shrink them down and make them small enough that they look like toys that kids can still ride and they are in heaven. Visiting miniature railways with kids is a cheap, easy way to spend a few hours together in the fresh air without requiring any exertion on the part of parents at all. And if you are on a family holiday in Australia looking for outdoor activities for toddlers and kids, there is an abundance of miniature railways in Victoria and Melbourne. Here is a comprehensive list.

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Tours of Italy: The Amalfi Coast with Kids

One of the best beach holiday destinations in Europe is to head to the famed Amalfi Coast. Italy with kids is one of the best places to travel with kids because of the great mix of culture, history and activities as well as food even the fussiest eaters will enjoy. From Pompeii to Capri, beach to archeological sites, Italy with kids is not complete without visiting the absolutely charming Amalfi Coast. 

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Little Globetrotter: Josie Burke

Family holiday destinations that involve sun, sand, beach and lots of laughs are the best, says Josie Burke (11). She regularly travels three or four times a year to places such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, sometimes with her siblings Chloe (9) and Hugh (6) and sometimes independently on school trips. She gives suitcases&strollers her candid opinion on the best (and worst) bits of family travel with kids.

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Malaysia with Kids: Penang Insider

Penang with kids is more than just all inclusive family resorts. Michele Chan-Thomson of Malaysian Meanders also highly rates Penang for its jungles, historical feel and famed street food that make it a perfect for active holidays for families. She lives on the Malaysian beach island with her three children Clark (15), Brad (12) and Maria (9) and tells suitcases&strollers why Penang with kids makes for family holidays with a difference.

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WIN! A Luxury Family Holiday in Port Douglas

The best family holiday destinations in the world are all about the crucial combination of parental enjoyment and kids’ entertainment and the super chic QT Port Douglas has both. Family friendly accommodation means lots of activities (outdoor movies, vintage bicycling, tennis, beach and pool play) combined with those little touches the help parents chillax (babysitting, kitchenettes in the villas and a gorgeous spa). Sounds perfect? Then enter our competition to WIN a three-night luxury family holiday in a 2-bedroom villa at QT Port Douglas courtesy of suitcases&strollers and our friends at Smith & Family. *THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*

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Family Holiday Destinations: Haholmen Havstuer in Norway With Kids

Great family holidays are all about a combination of relaxation, adventure and fun and that’s what family friendly accommodation Haholmen Havstuer does so well. The tiny fishing village is a really memorable way to experience Norway with kids – from the minute you spot the transfer to the minuscule island via Viking ship you know this unusual holiday destination is going to be all about fishing, windswept walks and snuggling up around a stack of books as a family.

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Juvet

If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation in Norway that will also appeal to your design aesthetic, it’s worth planning a trip around the unique and uber cool boutique hotel Juvet. This is a design hotel quite unlike anything almost anything you will see anywhere else in the world. You get all the creature comforts of free wifi, beds, bathrooms and home cooked meals with a view to rival anything you’d see while camping with kids (without having to do the camping). For a memorable experience of rural Norway with kids, don’t miss this.

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Road Trips With Kids: Driving Between Melbourne and Sydney

Where are the best places to stop on the Hume Highway if you’re planning a road trip with kids between the major Australian cities? The Hume is so flat and well maintained it’s easy to keep bypassing exits without knowing which are the most convenient and interesting pit stops for a bite to eat or a run around a park. Here are the suitcases&strollers travel tips for some of the more memorable sights between Sydney and Melbourne.

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How To Be Sun Smart

Summer holidays with kids are often the best family holidays as they can mean long days at the beach or lazy afternoons by the pool. But prolonged exposure to the sun also brings with it the risk of heatstroke or sunburn. To avoid spoiling your long awaited family vacation, here is how to keep everyone protected from the sun when traveling with kids.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Albury & Wodonga With Kids

If you’re driving between Sydney and Melbourne with kids, the twin towns of Albury and Wodonga have historically been a favourite place to stop and break up the road trip. But these two townships (one on the New South Wales border, the other in Victoria) have much more to offer than just a place to grab a coffee. If all you plan to see are the big cities, it’s definitely worth investing at least a day here to explore the sights and get a glimpse of what rural Australia has to offer.

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Western Australia’s Gourmet Trail with Kids

A family holiday in Western Australia is often about wineries, small food producers and big blue skies. And for parents traveling with kids, there are also plenty of unique ways to get the children involved and excited about the gourmet experiences just as much as the adults. While there are plenty of wineries with large open spaces for kids to run while parents sip and sample, there’s no reason why the children can’t join in the tastings too. (Don’t miss The Cidery, for instance, where there are some fantastic non alcoholic options for children to try.) Here are some other interesting ideas for family-friendly activities on the gourmet trail in Western Australia with kids.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Tumbarumba

Set in the pretty New South Wales countryside, Tumbarumba is a tiny town that boasts spectacular scenic roads whether you choose to visit it via Sydney or Melbourne. This is the ideal place to explore some of the prettiest countryside in Australia with kids, venture into the famed Snowy Mountains, view some native wildlife, swim in the Murray River in the summer and ski or snowboard with kids in the winter.

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WIN! a Family Beach Holiday To Indonesia

If you’re in need of a relaxing family holiday from Singapore, we’ve got one to give away FREE at Bintan’s biggest family beach resort! There are activities and entertainment for everyone in the family and all only a simple skip away from the Lion City. For a short circuit break away from the every day or to give the kids some fun in the sun and fresh air, this is just the kind of recharge the entire family will love. *THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*

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Farm Stays for Kids in Western Australia

If you need to escape the pollution and pace of big city living, farm stays with kids are a good option. In South West Western Australia this can mean not only do the children get to experience hands-on interaction with baby animals and seeing a live farm in operation, parents can enjoy some of the best food and wine in the country without having to sit in a stuffy, expensive restaurant. For a family holiday activity that will be unusual and memorable for the kids, but oh so easy for the parents, farm stays are it.

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Getting Sick From Swimming Pools

The highlight of a great family holiday for most kids is time spent splashing in the pool, particularly in the summer or in tropical countries. But there is no faster way to dampen a family vacation than an ear infection or sunburn. Dr. Tan Lih Yi of International Medical Clinic gives suitcases&strollers some of her travel tips for avoiding common medical conditions associated with long days in the water and swimming with kids. 

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Parents Can Enjoy Kids-Free Time at Bintan Lagoon Resort

Bintan Lagoon Resort has long been a favourite family holiday destination for families travelling from Singapore, but that doesn’t mean your whole holiday has to be about the kids. Because the Indonesian-based resort offers so many different activities for children of all ages – including the comprehensive Nutty Bunch kids’ club – parents can have the freedom of enjoying some well-deserved kid-free time.

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