Everything you need to know about Center Parcs with under 5s

Our safe environment, coupled with child-friendly restaurants and accommodation make our Villages the ideal location for your little ones to take their first holiday steps. Here’s our guide to Center Parcs with pre-school children...

Huck's children's buffet
Huck's children's buffet
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We understand that taking little ones away on a break can be stressful – the car’s packed to the roof with the travel cot, a month’s supply of nappies, the pushchair and more toys than a shop – so it’s easy to see why many parents with toddlers decide to stay at home.

Here at Center Parcs we pride ourselves on being able to cater for all the family, even the youngest members. The forest is a great place for young children explore and get closer to nature – imagine the joy on their faces as they feed the wildlife from outside your patio door!

Fun-filled activities

All of our Villages have a children’s activity programme; there is a range of unique experiences for you and your little one to share, from creative and playful to the really messy. Each activity is an opportunity for children to learn, develop and experience their own adventure at Center Parcs. The team at our Crèche facility is Ofsted-registered, so you can feel confident leaving your child in our care, knowing they are in a happy and safe environment.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mucky Pups
    Little ones get messy with a range of things such as sand, water, jelly and pasta shapes.
  • Crèche
    Leave your baby with peace of mind in our nurturing, safe and stimulating environment.

Dining with little ones
Did you know that free baby food is available at all of our restaurants and cafés? We pride ourselves on being family friendly, which is why all of our restaurants and cafés have high chairs available, as well as bottle warming facilities.

Wherever they go they can choose from a specially chosen children’s menu, why not take a look at the type of restaurants available during your break? And if your little ones get a bout of food envy and decide they want what you have, smaller or half portions are available at the Sports Café, Huck’s American Bar and Grill, The Pancake House and Rajinda Pradesh.

To keep them entertained during meal times, activity sheets can be found in The Pancake House, Sports Café, Huck’s American Bar and Grill, Dexters Kitchen, Rajinda Pradesh and The Canopy Café and Bar. Fun and free, they’re sure to keep your little ones occupied while waiting for their meal.

Do I need to book?
Although not essential, we recommend that you book a table to avoid disappointment, particularly if you are in a large group. Just visit one of our Booking Points to reserve your table; a reservation fee of £5 per person will be taken, but deducted from your final bill.

If you haven’t booked a table, don’t worry – there are several places you can just turn up and tuck in whenever you feel peckish:

    • Sports Café, which offers a table service
    • Dexters Kitchen
    • The Canopy Café and Bar
    • The Pancake House
    • Dining In
    • Starbucks


Your peace of mind

We understand that things don’t always go to plan with toddlers and they often have their own minds. But at Center Parcs you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands. For example, the staff at our Crèche facility are Ofsted-registered, while all of our Villages have a medical centre, to provide care or advice should you need it.

We’re proud to have been awarded the Best UK Holiday Provider at Tommy’s Baby Friendly Awards for 11 consecutive years. The award, which is voted for by parents, recognises companies that go out of their way to provide a great experience for babies, mums and dads.

Inside your accommodation, we strive to provide a home away from home and in doing so, safety is paramount. All of our two-storey accommodation have fitted baby gates, while all of our accommodation can be equipped with cots and high chairs to save you the hassle of bringing them along.

Getting around
The best way to get around our Villages with little ones is by bike. During your break, car access is limited to ensure Center Parcs is a safe place for your little ones to explore on foot or on two wheels. You’re welcome to bring your own bikes, or save the hassle and hire them from the Cycle Centre before you arrive. We have a variety of bikes available as well as child seats, trailers and tag-a-longs.

All the essentials
You will find a number of retail outlets at our Villages. ParcMarket is the local Village supermarket where you can pick-up groceries, toiletries and fresh produce, as well as baby products from well-known brands such as Pampers and Ella’s Kitchen. We have a children’s toy shop and our favourite sweet shop, Treats. We even sell swim nappies and children’s swim accessories at Aquatique, our swimwear shop. If you have forgotten something essential you can be sure we will have it covered.

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  • Rachel Haines

    Don’t stay at home if you have a toddler! Center Parcs is so great with young ones…getting them out into the fresh air tires them out, the lodges are nice and quiet for sleeping, indoor and outdoor places to play, free baby food with bowls and spoons in restaurants so you don’t have to always worry about preparing something to name but a few…

    We love it!

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As Brand Content Manager I plan, create and curate the best articles, photos, videos and music for our channels, in particular the blog. With a degree in Journalism under my belt and many years’ experience in the big smoke as a journalist and editor, my focus is firmly on discovering the little gems hidden away in Center Parcs life, before buffing them up to make them sparkle online. From on-village events to the latest travel industry trends, I’ll be there – notepad in hand – to bring you the most entertaining and interesting stories.