Adventures Ahoy! We’re passionate believers that travel broadens the mind, delivers memorable experiences, and bonds you with your loved ones. Especially when holidaying with the kids! As a fun introduction to the wide wonderful world out there, i-escape’s Kids Collection has launched a ‘Bucket and Spade List’ of accessible activities every discerning pre-schooler should try out. 

Whether you’re on a last carefree holiday before starting school, or venturing forth for the first time on a proper family vacation, these 20 travel-related suggestions will keep curious toddlers and mini-adventurers entertained!

The full ‘Bucket and Spade’ list for under 5s is as follows – with suggested places to stay where you can try some of these out, selected from our 850+ strong Kids Collection of wonderfully family friendly hotels, B&Bs and rentals:

1.      Build a sandcastle

We like: Villas Martinhal, Algarve, Portugal / Hell Bay, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, UK


2.      Go rock-pooling and discover the coast’s secrets

We like: Polurrian Bay Hotel, Cornwall, UK   / Coillabus, Isle of Islay, Hebrides, Scotland


3.      Send a postcard from your holiday

4.      Go star-gazing

We like: Fawakay Villas, outside Marrakech, Morocco / Hotel Budir, Western Iceland

5.      Explore a cave

We like: Stone Cottages Hvar, Croatia

6.      Order something yummy in a foreign language – perhaps a gelato in Italy or a croissant in France

We like: Hotel Santa Maria, Rome, Italy / into Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


7.      Go on a camping adventure and sleep under the stars

We like: Bivouac, Yorkshire, UK  / Dolphin Beach, Kalapitya, Sri Lanka

8.      Visit a real castle

We like: Castello di Tornano, Chianti, Italy / Augill Castle, Cumbria, UK

9.      Have a picnic in the countryside

We like: Masseria Ciancio, Sicily, Italy  / Chalet Cannelle, Alps, France


10.      Go crabbing (and release your catch back into the sea!)

We like: The Rosevine, Cornwall, UK  / Llys Meddyg, Pembrokeshire, UK


11.      Ride a donkey or pony

We like: Masseria Prosperi, Puglia, Italy / Finca de Arrieta, Lanzarote, Canary Islands


12.      Go on a nature walk and draw the interesting plants and flowers that you find

We like: Liss Ard, Co.Cork, Ireland  / Muxima, Algarve, Portugal


13.      Photograph a famous landmark

14.      Paddle your own boat (or pedalo – with your parents, of course!)

We like: Hotel Bella Riva, Lake Garda, Italy  / St Mawes Hideaways, Cornwall, UK


15.      Make a woodland den

We like: Quinta da Bouca D’Arques, Viana do Castelo, Portugal / New Forest Eco-Cottage, Hampshire, UK


16.      Pet farm animals

We like: Country Kids, Languedoc, France / Fellah Hotel, near Marrakech, Morocco


17.      Bounce on a hotel bed

We like: Kurland, Garden Route, South Africa


18.      Buy a holiday souvenir

19.      Take a boat trip

We like: Palmizana, Hvar, Croatia / Onar, Andros, Cyclades, Greece


20.      Go on a treasure hunt

We like: Le Castel, Normandy, France / Almyra, Paphos, Cyprus

We invite parents to share photos of your under 5s trying out any of our Bucket and Spade Adventures by tweeting your picture with the hashtag #iescapebucket by the 31st August – and the best photos will win £50 i-escape vouchers!

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