Easter is fast approaching, and although a few chocolate-based goodies will keep the kids entertained for a while, you'll only have so long before they start asking what you've got planned for the break.
Research has shown that keeping kids entertained during the Easter holidays - with the likes of cinema, beach and park trips - can cost upwards of £300 per child, which isn't an amount to be scoffed at.
Instead of heading out into the local area, why not put some money towards a one or two-week break at one of the UK or Europe's best family resorts? That way, the kids will be entertained by various activities, and you can rest safe in the knowledge that a) they're enjoying themselves and b) they're safe. That means you can have a proper break too.
Plus, if you take advantage of family saving deals, you could end up saving money on your trip.
Where to go, though? Here's our round-up of the UK and Europe's most enticing family resorts...
Brogo Egnazia Golf and Spa Resort, Italy
This beautiful resort offers 50 acres of sun-soaked space. With a dedicated children's club, 'Trullalleri', the resort is perfect for families with children aged eight months to eight years. While mum and dad kick back with a glass of warming Italian wine, the children can enjoy the day and/or evening entertainment, which comprises anything from plays held in the mini ampitheatre, to air hockey and table tennis competitions. For adults who would rather remain active than relax, the hotel also boasts a games room, two tennis courts, four outdoor pools, a golf course, beach, spa and cookery school.
Accommodation-wise, parents can either stay with their children in the room or, for older kids, can book adjoining rooms for a little more privacy.
Polurrian Bay Hotel, Cornwall
If you'd rather stay closer to home, the Polurrian Bay Hotel offers excellent facilities for families. Set in the picturesque area of Truro, the hotel welcomes children of all ages - and pets, too! The Blue Room caters for older kids, offering access to video games and a pool table. Additionally, the Snug is filled with pre-school toys and books for younger offspring, while the Family Cinema Room shows classic movies throughout the day; a perfect activity for the whole family to get involved with.
A babysitting service is offered too, for parents who fancy a bit of quiet time in the on-site spa or Vista Lounge restaurant. Whether you want a relaxed afternoon tea or a candlelit dinner, the Lounge is perfect for all occasions. Interconnecting rooms are available, for families with older children - some with sea views, for parents who fancy splashing out a bit.
Martinhal Beach Resort, Algarve
Situated in Sagres, in the sunny Algarve, the Martinhal Beach Resort is simply breathtaking. Spanning 75 acres, the resort is surrounded by clear blue seas and soft sand; perfect for making family memories to treasure far into the future. Children are catered for by two separate areas - a creche, fully staffed by experienced carers, and a room dedicated to pre-teens/teenagers. Replete with a Playstation and a Wii, the latter is ideal for keeping your older children entertained.
Meanwhile, adults can try their hand at windsurfing, horse riding, scuba driving or snorkelling - or for something a little less strenuous, can enjoy a pizza from the wood-fired oven in the on-site restaurants and bistros.
Families can enjoy a cosy night in their room, too, if they'd rather, courtesy of the on-site food delivery service. From authentic Italian fare to Indian feasts and Chinese banquets, the hotel will deliver whatever you fancy direct to your door. Room-wise, holidaymakers can choose from a villa, small house or accommodation within the hotel itself; all equipped to exceptionally high standards.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the UK and Europe's best family resorts. If you fancy a Grecian adventure, consider Holiday Village in Rhodes - a perfect spot for school breaks. Royan Son Bou Family Club, Menorca, is a great place to visit as well; boasting a dedicated kids' club and Familyland - a part of the resort that keeps both children and their parents entertained.
Fancy exploring what's on your doorstep? You could consider Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire, Wales. In fact, the on-site spa, waterpark and national park could seal the deal.