November 04, 2019

Reconnect with your kids these holidays

In our technology-driven world filled with smartphones, apps and emojis, it often feels like our screen time has overtaken our quality family time… but not at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort!  

We’re all about inspiring families to take a tech break and reconnect with each other – and what better way to do it than with a family holiday to the Tropical North? Cairns is the ideal family holiday destination, with a huge variety of kid-friendly tours and activities that even mum and dad will love.

Family holidays provide the perfect environment to relax and reconnect with your kids. Getting away from the daily grind and discovering somewhere new together is one of the best ways to bond as a family and create some lifelong memories.

Here are a few of our tips on how to get the whole family involved in your unforgettable holiday in Cairns.


Make a family holiday bucket list

There’s nothing like a little pre-holiday bonding time to get everyone excited about the trip ahead. Set aside a few hours to get together as a family and discuss all the things you’d like to do and see while in Cairns. Make sure everyone gets the chance to give their input and try to include as many of your children’s suggestions as possible. Since kids are so tech-savvy (and often glued to their screens), why not encourage them do a little holiday research on their phones or tablets and share what they find with the family.


Create a family holiday playlist

Use your kids’ love of tech to your advantage and get them involved in creating the soundtrack to your family holiday. Create a playlist that the whole family has access to and encourage everyone to add their favourite songs so you can listen to it while travelling. Even if your music tastes don’t quite match, the family playlist always makes for a fun, eclectic mix and can be a great conversation starter with your kids.


Book family-friendly activities

When planning your Cairns holiday, be sure to choose activities that will engage and interest the whole family. Try to opt for interactive, hands-on experiences that everyone will get something out of – including mum and dad!

Some of Cairns’ best family friendly experiences include snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, feeding hungry crocs with Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, cooling off in Cairns Esplanade Lagoon or Muddy’s splash playground, white water rafting in Barron Gorge, exploring nearby rainforest trails and swimming holes such as Mossman Gorge, taking a day trip to the Daintree Rainforest, meeting our native furry friends at Cairns Wildlife Dome, celebrating indigenous culture with an evening fire performance and dinner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and visiting the quirky mountain town of Kuranda by the historic rail or Skyrail.


While there are so many fun things to do with the kids in Cairns, try not to overfill your schedule or you’ll all end up exhausted – especially if you have little ones. Make sure you space out your big adventure days with a few days of relaxation in between. After all, a simple day of lazing by the pool under the tropical sun might be just what your family needs.


Enjoy every meal together

In everyday life, we’re so often caught up in the pressures of work, school, extracurricular activities and differing schedules that sitting down to enjoy a meal as a family can be a very rare occurrence. However, while you’re on holidays, all of those responsibilities and errands no longer exist and you have all the time in the world to share your meals together. Make a special effort to leave all gadgets away from the table during meal times and simply chat about the highlights of each day.

Cairns is home to a number of great family-friendly restaurants, all within walking distance of the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. Check out JaffleHead or Snoogies for a quick and easy lunch, get your brunch fix at Pantry 15, treat your family’s sweet tooth at Waffle On, enjoy some of Cairns’ famous fresh seafood at Splash Seafood Restaurant on the waterfront, or feast alfresco at our very own MOKU Bar & Grill.


Share your photos

Since the whole family, kids included, will inevitably be happy snapping away on their cameras, phones and tablets, why not take some time each night to sit down together and share a few of your favourite shots with each other? This is a great way to wind down, have a laugh and bond as a family. At the end of the trip, you can compile everyone’s photos together into a digital photo album or print off a photo book so you can reminisce about your trip together again at home.


The summer school holidays are fast approaching so now is the perfect time to book in some phone-free family time at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. With such a huge range of family-friendly activities, tours, dining and entertainment, you’ll never be short of fun things to do with the kids! Take your Summer Time and book now with Accor to save up to 25% .

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