Zoo visits remain animal magic for holidaying children with half of all youngsters still putting it top of school break to-do list.
But Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts' timely survey reveals shift in some half term kids' interests with many wanting to cash in on spare time.
While schoolchildren are well-known devotees to their phones and video games, research carried out to launch the company's latest hotel openings - including family-focussed South Bank hotel Park Plaza London Waterloo www.parkplaza.com/waterloo - suggests changes could be afoot.
The poll, which delved in to youngsters’ desires for today's half term start, revealingly put tech-related activities like blogging bottom of the table, behind 32 other options, while playing video games failed to feature in top ten.
A wide range of more traditional capital ideas were much more popular including flying a kite (no. 9), ice-skating (5), riding a boat ride (18) or visiting attractions such as top of the Shard (24).
Half hailed zoos top of the list when it came to the places they’d most like to visit, closely followed by London Eye (48%) and aquarium (44%), both conveniently located next door to Park Plaza’s four South Bank hotels.
Furthermore, with two of ten bucket list interests being financially focused - 34% wanting to open a bank account and 32% wanting to earn their own money - it seems financial independence is increasingly what really matters to most kids.
When asked what they’d most like to do before they hit their teens, surprisingly only 15% said meeting the Royals was up there, with 29 activities seen as more important, including visiting museums and going to see favourite artists play live.
Based on these findings, a handy bucket list has been created to inspire adults, looking for ideas on how to keep the family entertained during this week's school holidays, available at London Revealed www.londonrevealed.co.uk an online hub and city guide.
The digital portal aims to bring the capital city to life with guides on best places to visit, blog posts featuring local tips and advice on hidden gems. The site, launched by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, celebrates a collection of new contemporary hotels in London including Park Plaza London Waterloo, Park Plaza London Park Royal and Park Plaza London Riverbank.
Just in time for half term, Park Plaza London Waterloo is offering ultimate package for families allowing kids to stay and eat for free! The Park Plaza “Family Getaway” not only allows up to 15% off the best flexible rate, but also includes * Accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children (aged 12 and under) in a Studio Room, (Junior) Suite, Family Room or connected Superior Room * Children eat breakfast for free and Parents' breakfast is already included in the price * Parents and children eat breakfast for free when dining together in Leeds, London and Nottingham hotels only * Children eat lunch or dinner for free in main restaurant from children’s menu when parents are dining with children in Leeds, London and Nottingham hotels only * A complimentary Children’s Gift Bag * Three Park Plaza Children’s vouchers per gift bag, which can be redeemed against selected food and drink items in the hotel * Complimentary Children’s in-room movies * Free Wi-Fi for the whole family
The above package, also available at other award-winning established hotels that cater to the family market in London including Park Plaza County Hall London and Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, can be accessed at www.parkplaza.com/familyuk site.
Top 33 half term activities to tick off bucket list before hitting teens
Go to the zoo
Ride the London Eye
Go to a theme park
Visit an aquarium
Go ice skating
Visit the National History Museum/Imperial War Museum
Spend a weekend in London
Go to a pop concert
Fly a kite
Open a bank/savings account
Earn and spend their own pocket money
Go and see a musical
Complete a video game
Learn to play an instrument
Get lost in Harrods’ Toy Kingdom
See a premier league football match
Stay in a posh hotel
Ride a boat along the Thames
Read a full series of books
Navigate the London Underground
Learn to ride a horse
Master a basic meal e.g. pizza
Learn another language
Visit the top of the Shard
Go to an immersive cinema event
Ride the world’s tallest water slide
Be a zookeeper for a day
Learn to street dance
Save up for a cool pair of trainers
Meet Will & Kate
Write their own story
Learn to code
Start a blog