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Holidays for kids: the best last-minute family holiday ideas

You wouldn’t believe it from the weather, but the summer holidays are definitely hurtling towards us. If you haven’t booked your holiday for kids yet, don’t worry - there are still some great family deals out there for a memorable summer.

Top five summer holidays for kids

Holidays for kids, beach kids

Image: Chris Griffith under Creative Commons licence.

Villa breaks

It’s hard to think of something lovelier than a beautiful house with its own pool, surrounded by fragrant plants and real sunshine. A villa break offers the flexibility, privacy and home comfort that can make a heavenly - rather than hellish - holiday with kids.

Check out James Villas for late deals and great value villa holidays in Europe and the US.

Camping holidays

Camping is what family holidays are made of - especially if you grew up in the ‘80s like me! If you want to take your brood back to basics, and are looking for a cheap and cheerful break with lots of fun facilities, Thomson Al Fresco offers discounts on luxury mobile home packages in parks across Europe. Family favourite Keycamp has regular special offers on its European park holidays, with a range of accommodation available.

Fans of real camping should take a look at the campsite search on the Camping and Caravanning Club website to find the ideal pitch in the UK or Europe.

Activity holidays

Fresh air and adventure in a new place provides a great release and family bonding for lively sprogs and parents. A fantastic holiday for kids, an activity break will keep your children stimulated and absolutely exhausted when it comes to bedtime, so you’ll get some quality grown-up time too. G Adventures and PGL are both leading family activity holiday specialists, with destinations as diverse as Thailand, Sweden, and Iceland to the Isle of Arran and France.

Private houses and cottage stays

If you fancy a self-catering holiday in a private home, check out cottages4you who have been offering holiday properties in the UK, France, Ireland and Italy for more than 30 years. No matter how late you’ve left it, you’ll be able to grab a last-minute family getaway.

All-inclusive

An all-inclusive package can make for a fantastic summer holiday with kids. It’s a great way to keep within a holiday budget and you’ll also be able to take advantage of an array of activities and entertainment.

Thomas Cook has a wide selection of all-inclusive deals in popular destinations across the world, with last-minute bookings available.

Have you found any brilliant holidays for kids and families this year? Tell us below, and if you enjoyed this post like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Google+.

Written by Maxine Clarke, follow her on Twitter @travellingmax, or email maxine.clarke@holidayextras.com

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