I consider myself a seasoned camper. As a child I was half-ferrel and spent a lot of time running wild on a French beach. My parents packed up a car of three kids in the holidays, next upgrading to trailers, then a caravan, then a caravan plus awning and so on, to cart the family and our stuff across the channel. But it was only recently that I had my first taste of a Eurocamp and I now see the beauty in their ways. Here’s my list of reasons why Eurocamp is a toddler-friendly holiday.
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1. You don’t have to plan toddler entertainment
Minimal effort has to go into thinking about how you are going to entertain your toddler each day. There are so many different, fun ways to wear them out, it’s just a question of deciding in what order you want to do it. For example, take the swimming pool on our campsite, La Croix du Vieux Pont – all three of them that is, with their retractable roofs for all-weather swimming, waterslides to suit all ages, waterfalls, splash park jetting water out of colourful structures, fountains and a jacuzzi. That’s hours of mind-blowing fun right there. Aside from that there’s a lake with sandy beach, lagoon lake with water activities, soft play, laser quest, an onsite bowling alley, go karts, bike hire, tennis courts, trampolines, mini golf, fishing, kids clubs…in short they will struggle to be bored.
Ok not strictly true as our car was rammed to the rafters with practically everything we own on this Earth (we even took our Nespresso machine), but unlike a normal holiday, you don’t have to bring things like cutlery, fridge, stove, pillows, chairs and baby essentials such as potties, bed rails, changing mats, baby baths, nightlight or booster seats as they are either provided or you can hire it onsite. Win!
3. You don’t have to spend ages getting your toddler to sleep
They might not stay asleep all night, but I can guarantee that a day packed full of Eurocamp activities will make a toddler so flipping knackered that the nap/bedtime routine becomes extremely easy. Simply feed, then place in cot, et voila! A snoozing toddler.
I watched the programme, “Blinging up Baby” the other day and while I’m an advocate of ‘each to their own’ I couldn’t help thinking those children should be outside, jumping in muddy puddles and scruffing around, not sat in a beauty salon having their eyebrows painted on and their skin spray-tanned. Toddlers seem at their happiest outside and there is something so joyful in watching them play in the open air and staying on a Eurocamp is the perfect way to achieve this.
5. Be part of the buzz of Eurocamp life
People potter past, push bikes, whizz scooters, some carry toilet rolls announcing their intentions to the world. The smell of BBQ lingers, towels are thrown over bare shoulders, buckets of washing up rattle…the buzz of Eurocamp’s campsite life is infectious, communal and comforting and toddlers thrive on it.
Be it chalet, safari tent, mobile home, classic tent or even tree house there’s something to suit different budgets and camping tastes. We opted for a 3-bedroom mobile home which had more than enough room for our family of 3 at the time. As well as a well-equipped kitchen and large comfy dining area, we had a little wooden terrace and huge enclosed garden area.
7. You can take toddler-friendly day trips out from the site
If you fancy getting out and about during your stay, take a look at day trips that Eurocamp offers as it could mean you don’t have to worry about driving. Our campsite wasn’t that far from Paris and family day trips to Disneyland Paris were a popular choice. There were also châteaux, historic French towns and markets to explore in the region so we could devise our own independent days out – especially with the freedom of a car.
Many Eurocamps offer kids clubs for all ages, starting from about 6 months. You can join toddler dance, toddler football, archery, craft, family Olympics or climbing amongst a whole caboodle of activities. Perfect for rainy days and children wanting to try their hand at something new.
9. There are Eurocamp staff onsite to help families out
Despite the fact we own the exact same travel cot, could we for the life of us manage to erect it? Cue a young, helpful Eurocamp staff member who deftly flung the thing into place. Quick, efficient, helpful – I was impressed! If you are in need of anything it’s a quick pop-in to reception to help sort out your needs.
10. Your kids will become free range toddlers
Away from busy roads and with tons of green space and parks to run around in, you can let them loose! They’ll love you for it.
11. Be a big kid yourself
For some toddlers, it may be the first time they experience the delights of a campsite. Show your toddler how to whoosh down a waterslide, squeal with delight under a sprinkler, navigate them around the soft play or join them on the bouncy castle and generally by a big kid yourself.
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