Southern Spain: Top Family Destinations for October Half Term

It is feeling like Autumn is most definitely here already! I woke up to a chilly 6 degrees on the south coast today and that means getting out my gloves and scarves for the morning dog walk. Therefore, it is no surprise that I am dreaming of sunshine and warmer climes and have already booked my autumn getaway. If you are still unsure about where to head to for your Autumn family holiday I have three destinations that I highly recommend. This week I focus on the warmer climes of Spain.

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Bournemouth Air Festival: Best Family Event?

Red Arrows flying in full formation with white smoke trailing at Bournemouth Air Festival 2017 Best Family Day Out UK

With four days of free entertainment by the sea, the Bournemouth Air Festival is one of the best weekend events to visit with children and a definite highlight of the year for the seaside town. The Bournemouth Air Festival takes place in August or September, on whichever of the last two weekends of the English school holidays isn’t the bank holiday. With regular flying from a range of aircraft including the incredible and much loved Red Arrows; beach landings and assaults; Army parachute displays; military villages; funfairs; stalls and fireworks there is plenty to keep everyone busy and best of all this all takes place on the beach.


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Alligators at Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park has an abundance of alligators. Here are two swimming side by side with their snouts, eyes and backs visible on the water. They are swimming away from the boat.

J loves crocodiles. He always has. I have no idea where this fascination came from, but it is there and since we are heading to Florida, home of gators galore, I figured that he would love to see some in the wild. Having previously experienced the commercialism of the Everglades, I went on the hunt for alternative locations to view alligators. Once I read about Myakka River State Park, I knew that I was onto a winner. Since the park is located not far from Sarasota we planned to spend the morning at Myakka River and the afternoon at Siesta Key beach. Only things didn’t quite go to plan.

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Top 10 Disney World Character Meet and Greets

J meeting Minnie Mouse at Magic Kingdom

One of J’s favourite aspects of our holiday to Florida was our Disney World character meet and greets. Before we booked our Disney holiday, J didn’t really know any Disney characters, except maybe for Lightning McQueen and Olaf. I recorded lots of Mickey’s Clubhouse episodes and played them in the build up to our holiday. By the time we left, J couldn’t wait to meet Mickey and friends. Even then though, I was uncertain as to how our three year old would respond to a giant mouse in clothing stood in front of him. I had nothing to worry about. The very first thing we did on our first day was visit Mickey at Magic Kingdom and Disney World character meet and greets became the main focus of our park visits after that because J loved meeting his favourite characters.

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Top 10 Disney World Rides and Attractions for Preschoolers

J driving a car in Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom

These are three and a half year old J’s top 10 Disney World rides and attractions from the four main Disney World parks. These are mostly found in Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, which were J’s two favourite Disney parks. J also adored Blizzard Beach waterpark and the Winter Summerland miniature golf course and these would be on to his must do list for all children visiting Disney World. J’s top 10 Disney World rides and attractions for preschoolers list below is grouped into the parks and is not in preference order.

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