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Eurocamp kids’ clubs at La Garangeoire, France

Eurocamp kids' clubs

Eurocamp, the outdoor holiday specialist, has over 180 parcs across Europe. Most of these offer entertainment and activities for children, and twenty-four have special Eurocamp kids’ clubs. So, when we were invited to try one of their mobile home holidays this summer, we chose La Garangeoire, which offers Eurocamp kids clubs.

The verdict?

“Mummy, Daddy, can we go to kids’ club again? Pleeeease?”

D and I usually encourage the children to try out a kids’ club near the start of our holidays; then they only go back if they really want to. At La Garangeoire, our four and six-year olds insisted on trooping off to Leo’s Fun Station every single day we were on-site. I”ve posted here about what the tranquil, medium-sized holiday parc offers to families; but our children enjoyed La Garangeoire’s Eurocamp kids’ club so much I wanted to write separately about the experience.

La Garangeoire

La Garangeoire

Eurocamp has a variety of different free clubs and activities for children aged from one to 17. Depending on which parc you choose, and the time of year, different options are available. At La Garangeoire, for instance, there had been ‘learn to swim’ weeks earlier in the summer, for one- to five-year olds. When we visited, in the week beginning 27 August, holidaymakers were offered Leo’s Fun Station, for four- to six-year olds; Mac’s Fun Station, for those between six and nine; and The Station, for older children up to the age of 12.

Eurocamp kids' clubs

Each morning saw a queue of parents waiting to sign their children into the sessions, which ran every day during high season. There were activities for two hours on most mornings and afternoons, apart from the Tuesday, when Eurocamp kids’ couriers ran a four-hour session.

Eurocamp kids' clubs

inside Leo’s Fun Station

After registration, which included filling in a thorough health and permissions form on day one, parents said goodbye to their children at the club area, which was set in a shady nook of the parc. Sessions started inside the tent with a quiet game or crafting activity. The tents were rather warm inside, so the activities for Leo’s Fun Station were mainly based on the grassy area, under trees.

Eurocamp kids' clubs

The staff were a perky, upbeat group of young people who seemed to have a good rapport with each other, as well as the children. Every kids’ courier was DBS checked and trained in health and safety. We arrived one afternoon to collect our two, to find them slathering paint all over an incredibly game courier:

Eurocamp kids' clubs

 

Eurocamp kids' clubs

Apparently it had been ‘splatter painting’ afternoon, which as well as daubing the courier, involved hurling paint-filled balloons at a piece of paper, to create some Jackson Pollock-inspired artwork.

Eurocamp kids' clubs

A notice board outside each club tent showed the agenda for the week.

Eurocamp kids' clubs

The longer session on the Tuesday included a trip to at La Garangeoire’s lagoon, a man-made freshwater lake with its own beach. The children had to take a packed lunch and arrive in swimwear.

La Garangeoire

La Garangeoire’s lagoon

Unfortunately we were on a scheduled day trip on the Wednesday, and missed Leo’s Treasure Hunt, which was the only time during the week Leo the lion, the larger-than-life club mascot (ie a courier dressed up in a costume) made an appearance.

Our two were very enthusiastic about their club activities. As well as painting and drawing there was singing, role-play and games ranging from pelmanism to tag. Older children could take part in a pizza party, a Dragon’s Den, wacky races and a swap shop. The last day for all the clubs featured a party, with musical statues, dancing and a couple of sweet treats as prizes for the games.Eurocamp kids' clubs

If you wanted a night out you could hire one of the kids’ couriers to babysit in your mobile home. And if you didn’t mind staying on-site to eat at the restaurant or sample wine in the bar, Eurocamp customers could use La Garangeoire’s owners’ free ‘Garderie’ serice in the evenings, from around 7-10pm. ‘Garderie’ consisted of a creche where children over the age of four could watch movies, make origami frogs and wire bracelets, play boardgames or do some colouring.

Leo’s Fun Station added a good deal of value to our trip. During the working week we spend a lot of time together, and it was great for D and me to be able to swim in the pool, ramble through the countryside around La Garangeoire, or have a civilized, grown-up lunch, while the children had fun creating havoc with paint. Our daughter, in particular, grew in independence during the break, which has stood her in good stead for beginning school.

Do your children ever go to kids’ clubs on holidays? What have your experiences been?

We were sent on a press trip by Eurocamp to La Garangeoire, Vendee, France for the purpose of this post. All views are my own.

You can read more about the Vendée, and our trip there, in these posts:

Six reasons for families to visit the Vendée, France

A family holiday at La Garangeoire

What brings people back to La Garangeoire, France?

A tour of a Eurocamp Avant

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15 Comments

  • Ting at My Travel Monkey
    September 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    This looks brilliant! We have been thinking for a while whether or not to go to Eurocamp next year. We love kids clubs – they really are a great way to entertain the kids because quite frankly my son gets bored of us! But I couldn’t put him in all day – just a few hours makes all the difference!

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    • Nell
      September 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Yes, we wouldn’t put ours in all day either. But it’s really nice to have a couple of hours when everyone’s happy doing their own things separately. It felt like a real treat!

      Reply
  • Plutonium Sox
    September 15, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Wow, this sounds absolutely fantastic! I’ve always thought Eurocamp would suit our family perfectly, we’ll have to look at it more seriously next year as the girls are old enough to appreciate the kids club now.
    Nat.x

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    • Nell
      September 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      You really should. I’d thoroughly recommend them, based on our experience.

      Reply
  • Coral -Way Too Much Luggage
    September 19, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Sounds great -we have often thought about trying a Eurocamp holiday -sounds like it would be a good fit for all the family. I know the two youngest especially would enjoy the activities.
    Coral 🙂

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    • Nell
      September 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      They’re a great holiday company. Seem to have thought of everything.

      Reply
  • Trish @ Mum's Gone To
    September 19, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Like you, we always tried out kids clubs and if our son liked them, he would go again. He had such happy times at these clubs, especially when we were camping. I remember one occasion there was a huge tornado which hit the region in France where we were staying. When we woke up the next day the kids club tents had all blown away!
    #mondayescapes

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    • Nell
      September 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Oh no! Hilarious (so long as nobody was hurt….) the French climate can be dramatic, can’t it? I do love the country.

      Reply
  • Notmyyearoff
    September 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Shame you didn’t meet Leo but it sounds like it was still brilliant. Z is just the right age for kids clubs now and willingly wants to go. I’m less keen to send him as I worry but he just pottered off the last time and had a great time! #mondayescapes

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    • Nell
      September 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      It’s not easy to say goodbye to them, is it? We were glad to know the childcare staff had all been through their checks, though.

      Reply
  • Corey with fifi + hop
    September 20, 2016 at 2:58 am

    This sounds awesome – here in the States we have a lot of kids clubs, but most are for the younger set. So great that they go up through the teens. #mondayescapes

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    • Nell
      September 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Yes, although I can’t comment on how teens found them as our kids are still little, Time will tell, I suppose!

      Reply
  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    September 20, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    It sounds brilliant. I love how diverse the activities are. My two are the biggest fans of kids clubs – I think it’s because they’re wise to the idea that the grown ups are off doing something nice without them and they think they’re missing out. Being able to splatter paint everywhere might potentially persuade them of the merits, though 😉

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    • Nell
      September 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Yes, the activities they chose were pretty compelling!

      Reply
  • Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    September 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    The Tot has been along to one kids club and adored it. She still talks about the parties. I love it that there’s an evening creche too. What kid wants to sit and have a romantic dinner with their parents? It’s brilliant when this type of service is included as it gives everyone a break. Let’s face it, we deserve it! Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes!

    Reply

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