As part of our role as Butlin’s Ambassadors we went along to Minehead for a Just For Tots break* in April. The Just For Tots breaks take place Monday – Friday during term time, the idea being that the older children are in school making this the perfect time to take your tot away with entertainment tailored to them and no worrying about them being pushed around or trodden on by older children. I’ve already reviewed our accommodation in the stunning West Lakes Chalet Village, in this post I am going to be talking about the entertainment and the food.
The kids buffet was shorter than the other parts so that it was accessible for children and again had a good variety of food, along with plastic plates, bowls and cutlery. There are also pouches of Ella’s Kitchen food for the younger children. The food had been catered perfectly for children, they thought of almost everything. The only thing that wasn’t available was whole milk which came as a surprise on a Just For Tots break given that it is recommended that children have whole milk up to the age of two.
There was lots to do during our time at Butlin’s, in fact we struggled to fit everything in! There is both an outdoor and indoor fair, the indoor fair is suitable for little ones, although Aria was still a bit too young for the majority of rides, though me and her really enjoyed the little train ride, even if the photo doesn’t look like she did!
The Skyline Pavilion is the main activity hub, with shows taking place throughout the day and home to the slot machines, fast food joints and coffee shops you could easily and happily spend a day there. We watched several shows in the Pavilion including Mike The Knight, Bob The Builder and the Skyline Gang, all of which were fantastic.
Outdoors activities in Butlin’s included the cutest Little Tikes racing course which Aria loved, adventure golf and a park. There was also a swimming pool which we had a splash around in on the one day. The baby pool is fab, Aria could happily sit up in the water and splash around while playing with the water toys provided.
There are also bookable activities throughout the stay, these include swimming lessons, balanceability, mini bow and Music & Movement. We went along to the Music & Movement class which Aria loved. I often take her to baby groups at home and this was very similar, with the added enthusiasm of three Red Coats. It was a nice change for Spencer to be able to come along and see how much she enjoys this type of thing as he is usually working when I take her.
Other activities available are Play-Doh sessions, free films, football coaching, Tots Discos and evening performances such as Aladdin Rocks. We skipped the majority of these because of Aria’s age, though we did get to watch half of Aladdin Rocks before Aria got too tired and it was fantastic, plenty of humour for both the kids and adults.
In the unlikely event that the entertainment provided in Butlin’s isn’t enough there is also the option to book a trip on a steam train with a surprise guest, in our case the guest was Billy The Bear. You also have Minehead Beach literally just across the road from Butlin’s.
If you are booking a Just For Tots break my top tips would be :
- Download the entertainment guide app, there is so much going on you will find yourselves constantly checking what is next.
- Check which activities need to be booked, this is clearly marked with a ‘B’ on the guide but I somehow managed to miss it, as did others.
- A little naughty but take food out of the restaurants, we loved the American Pancakes so would wrap a few up in a serviette for a mid-morning snack. This would also work well with the Ella’s Kitchen pouches and fruit.
- Don’t try and fit too much in, explain to your children that they probably won’t get to do everything because there is so much going on.
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