When planning fun vacations with toddlers, we always take their specific needs into account – nap times? Favorite foods? Favorite animal? We believe no destination is out of reach for a family vacation with young kids, provided the itinerary has been carefully tailored to them, suits their routine, and gives everyone a chance to have fun together. Whether that includes lazy beach days, mountain treks with surprise picnics, or places that loom large in your little ones’ imagination (just a few we’ve had before: Madeline’s Paris; Paddington’s London; The Fjords in Frozen), we’ve got it covered.  We’re also careful to recommend accommodation that suits your family – whether you need space for a cot, a zero-entry swimming pool, or a smashing kids’ club.

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When can I go on vacation with my kids?

We know planning a family vacation revolves around a lot of schedules. To help you navigate through this process we have created a guide of where to go during each of the major school breaks throughout the year. So, whether you’re traveling with toddlers, young kids, teenagers or as a whole family you’ll be able to find the perfect place at a time that suits everyone.
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Why book a family vacation for toddlers with Black Tomato

We don’t do cookie-cutter vacations, we prefer everything to be completely customisable. Our Travel Experts know your family vacation should be as unique as you are. And that’s because we’re families ourselves. So, think of these fun vacations for toddlers as a starting point, the first line on the page of your next great adventure.

#1 Head to Lapland and meet Santa Claus under the Northern Lights

On this unforgettable trip to winter wonderland, we’re whisking you off to the depths of Finish Lapland and back out the other side to Finland’s electric capital, Helsinki. From reindeer sleigh rides and stepping foot in Santa Claus village to Arctic hotels and the Northern Lights; this winter escape has a little something for every member of the family. Carefully curated by our Travel Experts with little ones of their own, we’ll take you to meet Santa Claus in his very own workshop before lending a hand to feed Rudolph and his friends, followed by a magical evening spent hunting down the Aurora Borealis. With a number of family-friendly hotels and exclusive experiences available this trip promises to enchant, delight and exhilarate.


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#2 Explore mangrove forests and introduce the kids to the aromatic flavors of Thailand

For this excursion to Bangkok and beyond we’ve got the inside scoop from our Travel Experts who have scoured the country handpicking exclusive experiences for every member of the family to enjoy. In Bangkok, wander aromatic food markets, bond with elephants in Chiang Mai, explore jungle waterfalls and sunsets in Phuket, and kayak around the mangrove forest on Phranang Peninsular. With Thailand being such a friendly, safe place to visit with small children this makes traveling through the country easy and stress-free while staying in welcoming hotels with a range of staff-supervised activities such as learning to cook Pad Thai.


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#3 Visit an elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka and put the kids to bed in a cocoon

This exotic trip to Sri Lanka is the perfect choice for a young family looking to explore the world further, easing you in gently to safaris and rainforests in this jungle-fringed country. At Black Tomato, we know Sri Lanka like the back of our hands, so we’re bringing you all the experiences that we know will make this family trip so special. Tuck straight into local cuisine in Galle (don’t worry you can choose the spice levels), before moving along the coast to Yala National Park, resting your head in one of our firm favorites, Wild Coast Tented Lodge; where the adults stay in a canvas ‘cocoon’ and the kids next door in their very own tented ‘urchin’. From here, the adventure only gets bigger and better as you spot leopards and visit elephant workshops, before winding up in Cape Weligama for some swimming and diving.


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#4 Chill out on the beautiful beaches of Mexico

On this thrilling getaway to Mexico you’ll take in all the wonderful contrasts of the country. Split your days between uncovering ancient temples and Aztec secrets in the city, and spending family time under low-laying palm trees on the white sand beaches. Accompanied by a private guide to steer you away from the crowds, you and the kids will be in awe of the UNESCO ruins at Chichen Itza, before reaching paradise at Belmond Maroma Resort on the Riviera Maya. Remember to pack a bucket, spade, and suncream.


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#5 There’s no age too young to learn how to make pasta the way the Sicilians do

Sun, sea, and temples; this summer-loving itinerary in Siciliy consists of a real mix of entertainment and activities for all the family. Perched on a stunning hillside, Mandranova hotel will be your base for three nights. The kids love diving into the pool here, a renovated stone irrigation tank, sitting amongst the olive groves and boasting breath-taking views of the verdant landscape ahead. In between dips, you and your children can take part in daily cooking classes, whipping up pasta alla Norma and Caponata using fresh home-grown ingredients. After some time in the countryside, you’ll head off to explore the other edges of this triangular island on one of our all-time favorite Italian retreats.


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#6 Head down to the beach in Antigua so your kids can help the marine experts with the great Hawksbill Turtle Program

From ocean adventures and turtle watching, to science experiments by the beach; the wonderful thing about a family vacation to Antigua is that we can make it as relaxed or as action-packed as you and your kids wish. Our favorite day here is on the private island of Jumby Bay, one of the most child-friendly resorts in the Caribbean. You and your little ones will make your way down to Pasture Bay Beach to get involved in The Hawksbill Turtle Program, learning all about these little guys from the marine experts. When night falls the kids will play a vital role in ‘turtle watch’, keeping count of the egg hatchings and watching them pop out of the sand and frantically crawl to the ocean.


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