Crete is the ultimate family destination, with its calm, clear waters perfect for splashing and swimming and its relaxed tavernas serving plenty of tasty options for tiny mouths.
Small guests of Candia Park village, this family hotel in Crete, will enjoy the events and activities offered by the Mini Blues children’s club, perfect for kids aged between 4-12 years. A special programme of educational games, theatrical plays, arts & crafts, face-painting, treasure hunts and thematic days takes place in the safe space of the kid’s club, whilst specialist staff taking care of their every need – leaving the adults ample time to relax and enjoy some well-earned ‘me-time’!
History for kids doesn’t have to be boring!
At the Mini Blues children’s club, young scholars can learn all about ancient Greek mythology in a fun and engaging way. Through games and activities, children will be transported to the world of gods and heroes, from the battle of the Titans and the stories of Hercules, Jason, Oedipus and Theseus, to the Trojan War and the famous Odyssey.
Family Activities in Crete
Outside the resort, escape the heat and enjoy a day at the Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre in Hersonissos, just a 40 minute drive from Agios Nikolaos. The aquarium focusses on the rescue and rehabilitation of injured animals, and is keen to educate visitors about them, offering handling sessions with snakes, lizards and turtles.
Close to Aquaworld is the equally enthralling Dinosauria Park, promising a prehistoric day out for all the family. The park contains a huge selection of model dinosaurs (many of which are realistically animated), whilst the Dino Museum showcases a rare collection of ancient bones and fossils. Children can learn about the lives of dinosaurs through interactive displays and games, and there is also the opportunity to take part in a fossil excavating workshop!
For little-ones full of energy, visit the ever-exciting Aqua Plus Water Park, with its dedicated children’s section and professional lifeguards ensuring a stress-free day out for all the family. Kids will enjoy the waterslides, inflatable playground and mini hydro tubes whilst adults can relax and unwind in the hydromassage jacuzzi.
Finally, of course, no visit to Crete would be complete without a visit to the Ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos, on the outskirts of Heraklion. To keep children entertained, download the ‘Kids Love Knossos’ audio guide (available on the App store), which will engage them with stories of the ancient Minoan civilisation, featuring the fearsome Minotaur, the beautiful princess Ariadne and the hero Theseus.