By NICOLE MADIGAN
Put your hand up if you promised yourself you’d never rely on technology to entertain the kids.
You’d never allow your children to play with an iPhone when out for dinner, and there’s no way your kids would waste quality time playing on electronic devices during family holidays. Yours would be the family happily skipping along the beach, enjoying every precious moment.
Now put your hand up if the first thing you do before you go out for dinner is charge your phone.
Keep it up if you’ve spent hours of holiday time, trapped in your hotel room, one kid on an iPad, the other on the portable DVD player, while Dad sleeps and you eye off the mini-bar, dreaming of cocktails by the pool.
Both my hands are up.
So, I set myself a challenge. I’d embark on a long weekend away, sans devices and see if I could make my original family holiday vision a reality.
The destination: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast. The Mission: A fun-filled three day trip, keeping the kids entertained and happy, with bonus points if mum and dad have a good time too.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Village Roadshow Theme Parks. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
Arriving at the Resort, the kids were bursting with excitement at the fact that not only were we going to be staying “in a room” but we’d be visiting Sea World as well. Win.
When we got to the room, we discovered a little envelope with our name on it. Inside were four VIP Magic Passes, valid for entry to Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild Gold Coast and Warner Bros. Movie World until June next year, part of the Resort package. Double win.
Being late afternoon, we took the kids to the Resort’s SpongeBob SplashBash aquatic adventure playground. This in itself provides hours of fun for any water-loving child, taking us through to an early dinner.
Test number one.
There are three full-service restaurants based at the resort, we went for Japanese on night one.
Teppanyaki, which to kids basically means food cooked by a Ninja Chef, left mine transfixed, trying foods they’d never normally eat, while mummy and daddy enjoyed a wine. Phone? What phone?
The refurbished rooms were modern and spacious, with a microwave and cutlery and – to my husband’s delight – comfy pillows of varying thickness.
The following morning we pigged out at the breakfast buffet then enjoyed a sneak-peak of Sea World’s dolphin trainers in action, an event exclusive and free to guests at the Resort.