Summertime is playtime for all families, but you can only go to the playground so many times before the boredom kicks in. And while a trip to the sea or splash in the swimming pool are always good options, My Cyprus Insider has compiled a list of 5 fun and unusual activities to guarantee smiles and laughter galore!
1. Climbing new heights
Looking for an activity to keep the whole family out of the scorching sun? Then indoor rock climbing is for you! Climbing is an excellent physical exercise for children and parents, and it’s also heaps of fun as you work your way up a vertical wall equipped with foot and hand holds, while being tied to a rope for safety. If you want to get to grips with the basics, One Step Further in Nicosia is a great place to start.
2. Walking splendours
Worried about your kids spending too much time in front of the screen? Summer holidays provide the perfect opportunity for exploring the splendours of the natural world, and nothing beats a refreshing mountain hike when temperatures are high. And if you want to get the young ones really excited, you can take them to the Caledonia waterfalls in Platres – with a short 3km trail taking about two hours to complete and considered relatively easy. At the end of the trail – or at the beginning, depending from the side you choose to start – you’ll come across the cascading waterfalls; a breath-taking sight that your children will surely cherish for some time to come.
3. Underwater discoveries
If you’re holidaying by the beach and feel like the kids are itching to try something different, then time spent discovering the magic of the underwater world may be just the thing to get them ticking. The whole family can enjoy an introductory snorkelling lesson where you’ll learn the basics of diving. And if your children are over 10 years of age, they can enjoy the full diving lesson experience! Cyprus has numerous diving clubs, in all coastal cities; try Easy Divers in Protaras, Dive-In in Limassol and Larnaca, or Cydive in Paphos.
4. Equestrian escapades
If your kids love the animal kingdom, then nothing beats a horse riding session through roads less travelled. Introduce your children to the equestrian world by spending an afternoon tending to horses at your nearest horse range and learning how to saddle up like a true cowboy! Most horse ranges have pony rides available for smaller children, so you can sit back and relax while they are having the time of their lives.
If you’re in Nicosia, then you might want to try the Lapatsa Riding School, while Artemis Riding Therapy is great if you’re in Limassol. In Paphos, go wild at George’s Ranch, while Larnaca folk rave about Drapia Farm.
Photo: Artemis Riding Therapy
5. Caring for four-legged friends
Not just about fun and games, spending the morning or afternoon at a dog or cat shelter will teach the young ones how to care for beloved pooches and the virtues of volunteerism. Most shelters are happy for kids to lend a helping hand, and they’ll have the chance to feed the animals and help out with other chores. Guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day, do be warned: you may have some new family members by the end of the day! There are numerous dog and cat shelters all over Cyprus, so you’re bound to find one near you.