You don’t have to fly overseas to Fiji or Bali to have a holiday with some 100% relaxation time for parents.
Did you know there are resorts with kids clubs in New South Wales?
Yes indeed, Mum and Dad, you can lounge by the pool and read a book. To hell with it, you can even go to the pub.
For all year round kids clubs, look to the Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour and to the very luxurious Wolgan Valley Resort in the Blue Mountains. Most of the other places listed below run kids clubs and activities within school holidays only.
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NSW Resorts With Kids Clubs
Fairmont Resort + Spa Blue Mountains
The closest of the family resorts NSW with a kids club to Sydney is the beloved Fairmont. This is SUCH a family-friendly resort, with wonderful free activities for children plus excellent pools indoors and out.
During school holidays there is a supervised KidzKlub from 2:30pm to 5:00pm daily, except public holidays. The kids club is for children aged from 4 years old to 12 years old and there is a small fee for use.
There are many many fun things to do outside KidzKlub as a family, but if you’d like to play golf or relax in the Spa then the kids can be fully looked after there.
The Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
1 Sublime Point Road
Leura NSW 2780
Phone number:+61 2 4785 0000
If you like to book direct, search for Fairmont Resort on the Accor Hotels website here.
Big4 Holiday Parks
Many of the Big4 Holiday Resorts NSW offer kids activities, check the website of each one to find out details.
One of the best must be the Big4 Sunshine at South West Rocks. There are all sorts of family activities on offer, and many just for kids. There are fully supervised sessions during school holidays, these last from one and a half to two hours and cost $3 per child. The kids club runs for children 12 years and under.
Big4 Sunshine also has a new $1 million water park to thrill its guests and there are many piratical themed events in school holidays.
The holiday park also offers: covered jumping pillow, pool and spa, go-karts, tennis, volleyball and a games room with table tennis, pool table, movie cinema, air hockey, and Playstation.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
The Water Dragons Club at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is one of the few hotels with kids activities. It has supervised play sessions for kids at weekends and during school holidays. Perfect for kids club holidays!
The kids’ club has its own large cottage and enclosed grounds with a large playground. There’s also a kids train and a roundabout for the kids to enjoy.
Water Dragons takes children from three to 12 years, they must be toilet trained. Kids enjoy art, craft, outdoor and indoor play, face painting, games and more.
Sessions last three hours and cost $25 per child.
The Crowne Plaza also has a Teen Lounge where older kids can escape the little ones and chillax alone.
Emirates One and Only Wolgan Valley
NSW’s most luxurious (and expensive!) eco resort does have a kids activity program which can afford mum and dad the chance to enjoy the spa, outdoor activities or just the totally sumptuous surrounds of the resort. This may just be the best of the best family resorts NSW!
Unlike other hotels for kids, the Wolgan Valley Rangers organise some unusual activities inspired by the surrounding environment. These last two hours and can include fossil hunting, hikes and yabbying. These activities are aimed at children aged eight – 12 years but children over five can also attend.
There’s also a supervised playroom with games, toys, books and craft activities.
Flynns Beach Resort Port Macquarie
This family-friendly resort runs a kids club in NSW school holiday periods. Children must be five years and up to attend. Most sessions are free and last two and a half hours. Pizza/movie nights cost $5.
Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor games and “mini Olympic” type events, science experiments, vegie and herb gardening and visits to the local Koala Hospital.
Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour
The Kids Club at Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour looks after children aged from two to 15 years and operates Friday – Sunday all year round and every day during school holidays. There’s an indoor activity centre with an outdoor playground too to make this one of the best equipped hotels with kids clubs.
Activities can include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, nature walks, dress-ups and face painting. Costs are from $35 for three hours.
Times are generally 9.30am – 8.30pm every day during school holidays. Bookings must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
NRMA Holiday Parks
Some of these holiday parks have kids clubs, even Sydney resorts like NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park.
For example Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort has Umbarra Kids Club, one of our favourite resorts in NSW – the name means ‘little black duck’ which is a female totem to the indigenous people in this area.
Umbarra Kids Club takes children from three – 12 years and runs from 10am – 12 noon every day in school holidays and also Saturday morning.
Like many holiday parks, Murramurang also offers free family activities most afternoons and evenings.
These resorts and holiday parks may not offer all-day-every-day kids clubs, and they don’t have hot and cold running nannies.
But still, parents can get a break, time to exercise or just to chill out.
And as we parents know well, a little freedom from the kids can go a long way.
A little parental holiday within the family holiday can leave everyone feeling just that bit more refreshed.
Have I missed out any fantastic family friendly holidays NSW?
Can you recommend any other great kids clubs in NSW or Australia?