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EuropeAmsterdam - A Netherlands family adventure.

HCWT 08.31.2012 14:29 0 0

Amsterdam -  an ideal family adventure destination.

Explore Holland and the Netherlands with the kids.

    Amsterdam is often overlooked when considering a family vacation destination. It is thought of as a city with more adult sights and entertainment. But after a holiday in Netherlands’ capital city of Amsterdam last summer with my friend Char and her children,  Lev and Reece,  I not only was amazed at the variety of child-friendly activities, but impressed with Amsterdam’s educational attractions, including museums, arts, events, zoos, and parks.

On the Museum Trail

Amsterdam is a city full of history, culture and art. I found that you must plan your museum visits around the children’s ages. Lev and Reece enjoyed many of the exhibits in the museums we visited, but after a while, they were easily distracted. I first was discouraged, but then delighted in discovering what the kids found entertaining and what exhibits kept their attention. 

Kids love the Nemo Museum. Plan plenty of time for this attraction.

NEMO Museum - The NEMO Science Museum offers interactive exhibitions such as a giant humanoid robot, Elektra, who explains electricity, along with a variety of loud, bright and wonderful gadgets and exhibits to attract and engage all kids young and old.

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EuropeExtreme Sports in the Scotland Highlands

HCWT 07.22.2012 20:40 0 0


Scotland Highlands – The Ultimate Family Outdoor Sports Adventure.

The Highlands offer the best of outdoor sports adventures - from the white-knuckle activities like white-water rafting, canyoning, and wind karting to the gentler gate of hiking, fishing, cycling and whale-watching.

You can book a single sport activity to a full week of sports adventures at several multi-activity centres located throughout the Highlands.  Popular family sport adventures include hiking, fishing, scrambling, climbing, canoeing, sea-kayaking, gorge-walking, wild camping, white-water rafting, cycling, skiing, mountain biking, quad biking, jeep safaris, 4 x 4 driving, horse and pony riding, abseiling, canyoning, paintball, archery, wind karting -  the family activities The beauty of the Highlands, Lost Valley.are endless

The Multi-Activity Centres can help with accommodations from self-catering, B&B’s and hotels providing a variety of opportunities to meet fellow families and swap your adThe Three Sisters in Scotland Highlandsventures of the day. Accommodations at or close to the multi-activity centres provide an early start and late finish to the day, with the benefit of participating in more activities at a fixed price for the duration of your stay.Self-catering offer private family rooms with shared public areas.


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EuropeContis-Plage, France - Seaside camping travel adventure

HCWT 02.20.2012 18:33 0 0


Beach and Camp travel adventure at Lous-Seurrots.

We enjoyed a stay at the small seaside town of Contis-Plage in France, about halfway between Bordeaux and the Spanish border.  The seaside town is in an area called Les Landes, which has grown out of what is essentially reclaimed land. It’s a little-known area, and very surprising. Although the Landaise landscape is  like that of western Oregon, mostly evergreen trees, the architecture is a fascinating mix of Tudor and Disney kitsch, with most unusual houses popping up out of the clearings in the forests.

We reached Contis-Plage and checked in at the Lous-Seurrots Campground, where we had booked a chalet. The chalet, which sleeps six but is very comfortable for 4. The campground was not a Eurocamp full of English people, but a French campground, with mostly French, Germans, and Dutch visitors. It’s exceptionally well run and we found continental Europeans to be great campers - very respectful of others.

The campsite provides loads of activities, including four swimming pools. The restaurant next to the swimming pool has hot frites, the kids' favorite after a couple of hours in the water. You can find chalets and mobile homes for rent, and a large tent area. There is a shop on site providing most essentials, including fresh bread and pastries all day.

Contis is basically a surfing town with long, sandy beaches, which are great for flying kites, surfing, or swimming – but the surf can get pretty rough, so watch out for safe-bathing markers. The town also offers canoeing, bike riding through the woods, and fishing. There’s also a miniature golf course. The town offers tours of a spectacular lighthouse.

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