It's only January and you are craving for short breaks already? Well if you are and live in the UK area especially or anywhere else in the world, here is a great destination for you. Alton Towers!
Alton Towers caters well for small children, with a number of farm -themed rides which delighted the younger kids. Our UK family friends in particular spent a good hour watching a choir (battery?) of farmyard animals singing "Old McDonald's Farm" again and again. And then again. I never figure out why kids like "Old McDonald's" so much. Is he just an old farmer with lots of signing animals? :)
The hotel itself is rather luxurious, the interior inspired by Jules Verne and the nineteenth century, the central atrium home to a magical pirate ship which serves as both as a fantastic focal point and stage for the industrious entertainers, the lifts a themed ride in themselves. The attention to detail is important, my own kids love the way the carpet from the Splash Landings Hotel slowly merges, Escher like, into the carpet of the Alton Towers Hotel, the crabs and sand ebbing away with every foot.