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Center Parcs Sherwood, me plus 2 kids of different ages...please make suggestions?!

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Neena28 Sun 02-Oct-11 18:10:54

I'm off to center parcs in notts during the leicester half term and what seems like a great idea in the beginning is now starting to feel a bit ovefwhelming. I'm worried because its just me and the kids we arent going to get so much out of it.

I am taking ds 10.5 yo and dd 6.5 yo, so obviously they're into quite different things. Ds is a fab swimmer who will want to be on the rapids etc all the time, dd is a very nervous swimmer who will want to be attached to me the whole time! I was hoping to maybe let them do an activity on alternate days so then i can could spend one-on-one time with each whilst the other was busy and was hoping for at least the chance to have one treatment in the spa while they were both occupied. Its looking impossible though, all the activities the children want to do require an adult but the age range stops the other child being able to be there too, so the children are very limited. I'm also wary of booking too much as the activities are so expensive, so need to choose wisely.

So what I'm asking is what is worth it that is independent for kids the ages of mine?

Can any seasoned center parcers give me any advice on where to eat, what to do etc or handy tips so I dont find it too hard alone?

Thank you so much for any help. I really need a bit of hand holding especially as this is mine and the kids holiday for the last couple of years so ive built up expectations a bit in my mind and so have they.

An0therName Sun 02-Oct-11 21:17:24

not sure about the activities but cash wise I would say bring a load of your own food -its pricy and if possible bring your own bikes - maybe borrow a bike carrier to bring them on the car -as that would save a load

next door to centre parks is sherwood pine which has great bike trails - maybe you could all do that together? its free if you cycled from centre parks

I would say a 6.5 yo would quite quickly get used to the pool as i wents with my DS when he was nearly 3 and he loved it

I know some people love the spa but I didn't think it was that great for the money - don't get me wrong its nice

Neena28 Sun 02-Oct-11 22:25:43

Thanks for that. I've looked at the spa prices and can get better value locally I think. Thanks for the tip about the cycling that will be good.

Dd has always been scared of pools so I'm hoping that going at least daily for the 5 days will help her get a bit braver.

RhinoKey Tue 04-Oct-11 16:34:32

There are quite a few pools to choose (including 2 smaller fun pools for little ones) so that may help her before she tries the big pool.

It will be really busy but it will be great fun.

Mine always like the bowling but it can get really busy so thats about the only thing I would book before I go.

Food is expensive as is the Parc Market so try and bring as much food as you can to keep the costs down.

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