It feels like we’ve barely left the summer holidays, yet October half-term is creeping up.
Whether you’re booking a trip away or looking for some nourishing autumn entertainment, you can be guaranteed that you will have your diary filled with plenty of culture. From film screenings to essential reading, this is what we are loving in October’s Citizen Enfants’ hotlist.
STAY HERE Castelfalfi, Tuscany
While Tuscany might historically have been reserved for honeymooners and romantic mini breaks, this picturesque region actually has a number of family friendly hotels with activities suitable for all ages. One such property is Castelfalfi; an impressive village-hotel just under an hour from both Pisa and Florence airports and with a kids club, babysitting services, a 27 hole golf course, two swimming pools and over 40 on site activities. If you are the type of family that cant sit still around the pool (which incidentally has breathtaking views over the Tuscan countryside), try cycling around the estate, joining a pizza making class or perhaps let your children enjoy the kids club while you relax in the new incredibly chic spa which opened this month with an indoor/outdoor heated infinity pool. There are six restaurants and bars to choose from and they serve their own organic wine and olive oil. Autumn is a great time to visit Tuscany as there are less crowds in the sightseeing hot spots and generally warm weather. Nothing is too much trouble at this picturesque hotel where the friendly staff will make every effort to make you feel at ease; from learning your children’s names, cooing at babies and providing any necessary kit in your room such as a bottle steriliser, baby bath, changing mat and cot.
READ THIS MANIFEST for Kids
Manifest seems to have become somewhat of a buzzword, but is it really possible to instil this practise in children? Self-development coach and manifesting expert Roxie Nafousi now extends her teachings to children with her new book ‘MANIFEST for Kids’. With the intensity of social media and societal pressures, we all know too well how harmful the effects can be on confidence and sense of self-worth – we simply want children to navigate life feeling happy, confident and secure. This guide gives children from six to 12 a helping hand to find their place in the world as they build their identity. Rooted in empowerment, the book uses a 4-step process: understanding emotions, self-belief and confidence, gratitude, and goal-setting. Each step introduces practices that they can use to support themselves through challenging times – key skills to last a lifetime.
JOIN THIS Jesse's House, Parsons Green
Little sister to Jaego’s House, Jesse’s House has opened up memberships for its new location in Parsons Green. Offering an otherworldly sense of escapism, the children’s members club has plenty of spaces to enjoy designed with a Mediterranean feel throughout. For adults, there is a fully equipped gym and a group exercise studio offering a wide range of classes including HIIT, dance, cardio and strength and conditioning workouts, as well as programming from Boom Cycle, triyoga, Barrecore and Pilates by Absolute Studios. There is also a café and restaurant and a “quiet space” called The Study, designed as a work space. For children, Jesse’s House offers a kids’ cinema, soft play area, a jungle gym and an outdoor play area. Sign up from now.
SHOP THIS Moncler Enfant
Designed to protect your little ones from the incoming windy chills, Moncler has its Enfant collection featuring “mini-me” versions of its core adult collections. Key pieces are adapted to children’s needs for both practicality and flexibility, re-interpreted with a playful and exciting exploration of new styles. For frosty days, choose padded snowsuits or coats with faux-fur trims, and logo-embroidered tracksuits or babygrows decorated with the emblem for the little ones. A go-to collection to keep your burgeoning adventurers safe and warm come winter.
BOOK THIS Family Film Week, Barbican
We’re not about setting up a screen and keeping kids busy during half-term just to keep them entertained. Expand their growing and discerning minds with The Barbican’s family film week. Kids can enjoy seven days celebrating the best new movies from all over the world alongside live introductions, free workshops and activities and flash film quizzes, including special previews of Oink, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget and a relaxed screening event of Spider-man Across the Spider Verse with a Drawing Demo.
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