Camping with Kids – FamilyExtra
FamilyExtra is our free all-action activity programme for the whole family, available at five of our top campsites across France.
We chatted to Kylie Evans, general product manager at In2Action, the firm responsible for creating FamilyExtra, to find out just what makes this programme so special. Kylie started off as a FamilyExtra courier at Domaine des Ormes, ‘it was so much fun creating a really fun, safe environment for children to come and play, but also running high-profile family sessions for everyone to enjoy’, she tells us. Parents can sit back and relax as the children are taken care of by Couriers like Kylie, ‘the activities where children can come and join in on their own give parents a real chance to rejuvenate on their holidays, while knowing that their children are being well looked after’.
FamilyExtra has an exciting range of action packed activities including sports like Aeroball (a combination of volleyball and trampolining) to games like Gladiator Challenge and I’m a Celebrity. If your kids are the creative types they’ll love playing Mad Scientists or becoming Mini Picassos. When the sun is shining there are, of course, plenty of poolside activities. Kylie adds, ‘our water activities are very popular, especially the Water Roller and Water Walker, our giant inflatables that people can walk on water in. Body Zorbing is also popular with the older children and families too’. FamilyExtra aims to create a bit of a family community around our campsites, offering you the opportunity to get to know the other campers on your site.
The little ones are also catered for with our Zero2Five programme aimed at under 5 year olds. Zero2Five was ‘created especially with the learning and development needs of young children in mind’, says Kylie. This programme requires the presence of one parent and is available at three of our fantastic campsites: La Croix du Vieux Pont, Domaine des Ormes and Les Alicourts Resort.
FamilyExtra isn’t just for the kids though, ‘there’s a chance for everyone to join in too with family activities’, Kylie tells us. Our Couriers organise events for the whole family to get involved in from circus workshops to quizzes.
So how can you find out more about FamilyExtra on site? Our Couriers, like Kylie, are there to inform you, ‘our FamilyExtra couriers try to ensure that they visit everyone at their accommodation at the beginning of their holiday to let them know about the activities for the week and what they can come and get involved in’.
‘FamilyExtra is something standout and special’, Kylie sums up, ‘whether your family fancy a raft building challenge, or the little ones want to become cowboys for the day, we’ll guarantee everyone has a fantastic time and leaves with memories to last a lifetime’.
FamilyExtra is only available during peak season at certain times on these campsites, so check out the FamilyExtra page on our website for full details.
North of France – easily accessible from ferry ports, ideal for traveling by car to your destination.
It’s easy to see why La Croix du Vieux Pont is one of our most popular campsites. Set within a parkland site, it the ideal place to kick back and relax after a long, exciting day at Disneyland Paris (a short drive from the site). There’s tons of activities on site to keep the kids happy with a playground with trampolines, a bowling alley, laser quest area and a soft play.
FamilyExtra runs during most school holidays on this site, check the campsite page for exact dates. Additionally this campsite runs our Zero2Five programme tailored for under children under 5 years old.
On the site of a 16th Century château in the heart of Brittany, this campsite will take you back in time. There’s plenty to occupy the children at this campsite with a superb onsite water park including slides and a lagoon-style pool, there’s also a golf course.
FamilyExtra mainly runs during summer at this site, check the campsite page for exact dates. Domaine des Ormes also runs our Zero2Five programme tailored for under children under 5 years old.
This is the perfect campsite to enjoy the sunshine with a fantastic pool complex with a wave pool and slides, as well as a luxurious spa centre for the adults. There is a nine-hole golf course and driving range on site as well as football, fishing, go-karts, horse riding and an adventure playground. There’s also direct access to the beach!
FamilyExtra runs mainly during the summer on this site, check the campsite page for exact dates. Additionally this campsite runs our Zero2Five programme tailored for under children under 5 years old.
South of France – every campsite is close to a major airport, ideal for a fly and drive holiday.
If the kids can tear themselves away from the fantastic pool complex at La Sirène, including thrilling water slides and a palm fringed desert island, they’ll find a whole host of activities available on site. There are sports such as tennis, mini golf and archery and in the evening the entertainment team run discos and karaoke.
This campsite is ideal for lovers of the great outdoors, set amidst the unspoilt countryside between the Dordogne and Vézère Valleys. Explore the beautiful Dordogne region by canoe or take a trip over the Périgord in a light aircraft to catch the very best of views.
Safety is absolutely key for us at Canvas so we teamed up with outdoor activity specialists In2action to create FamilyExtra. In2action are members of the Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and British Activity Providers Association (BAPA). Their teams are qualified in Child Protection and Welfare from the NSPCC and every member of staff within In2action is DBS (formerly CRB) checked and go through a rigorous 14-day training programme.