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London Revealed – Tradition tops tech in kids’ holiday bucket list

- New survey by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts unveils shift in kids’ interests this half-term
- A visit to the zoo tops the table with half of all kids putting it as number one on their holiday bucket list
-Kids want to earn money during the holiday

Park Plaza Press

3 October 2017: While kids are well-known devotees to their phones and video games, research carried out to launch the latest hotel openings by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, including family-focussed South Bank hotel, Park Plaza London Waterloo (www.parkplaza.com/waterloo), suggests that changes could be afoot. The poll, which delved in to youngsters’ desires for the upcoming half term, put tech-related activities like blogging at the bottom of the table, behind 32 other options, while playing video games failed to feature in the top ten.    

A wide range of more traditional activities were much more popular, including flying a kite (no. 9), ice-skating (no. 5), riding a boat ride along the Thames (no. 18) or visiting attractions such as the top of the Shard (no. 24). Almost half (50%) said the zoo was top of the list when it came to the places they’d most like to visit – closely followed by the London Eye (48%) and an aquarium (44%), both conveniently located next door to Park Plaza’s South Bank hotels.

Furthermore, with two of the ten bucket list interests being financially focussed, (34% wanting to open a bank account and 32% wanting to earn their own money), it seems financial independence is increasingly what really matters to most kids. When asked what they’d most like to do before they hit their teens, perhaps surprisingly, only 15% said meeting the Royals was up there, with 29 activities seen as more important, including visiting museums and going to see their favourite artist play live at a concert.

Based on these findings, a handy bucket list was created to inspire adults looking for ideas on how to keep the family entertained during the school holidays and can be found on London Revealed (www.londonrevealed.co.uk) – an online hub and guide to the city. The digital portal aims to bring the capital city to life with guides on the best places to visit, blog posts featuring local tips and advice on hidden gems. Not just for those who admit to never having managed a visit, but also for born and bred Londoners who need that extra little bit of inspiration. The site launched by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts celebrates a collection of new contemporary hotels in London including Park Plaza London Waterloo, Park Plaza London Park Royal and Park Plaza London Riverbank.

Just in time for half term, Park Plaza London Waterloo is offering the ultimate package for families allowing kids to stay and eat for free! The Park Plaza “Family Getaway” not only allows up to 15% off the best flexible rate, but also includes:  

    - Accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children (aged 12 and under) in a Studio Room, (Junior) Suite, Family Room or connected Superior Room
    - Children eat breakfast for free and Parents' breakfast is already included in the price
    - Parents and children eat breakfast for free when dining together in London, Leeds and Nottingham hotels only
    - Children eat lunch or dinner for free in main restaurant from children’s menu when parents are dining with children in London, Leeds, and Nottingham hotels only
    - A complimentary Children’s Gift Bag*
    - Three Park Plaza Children’s vouchers per gift bag, which can be redeemed against selected food and drink items in the hotel
    - Complimentary Children’s in-room movies
    - Free Wi-Fi for the whole family

    The above package is also available at other award-winning established hotels that cater to the family market in London including Park Plaza County Hall London and Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London.
    To book, please visit www.parkplaza.com/familyuk

The above package is also available at other award-winning established hotels that cater to the family market in London including Park Plaza County Hall London and Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London.
To book, please visit www.parkplaza.com/familyuk


Survey carried out by Ginger Comms, 1,500 people surveyed

Top 33 half term activities to do tick off the bucket list before hitting your teens
Listed in order from least to most visited:

    1. Go to the zoo 50%
    2. Ride the London Eye 48%
    3. Go to a theme park 45%
    4. Visit an aquarium 44%
    5. Go ice skating 44%
    6. Visit the National History Museum/Imperial War Museum 37%
    7. Spend a weekend in London 37%
    8. Go to a pop concert 36%
    9. Fly a kite 35%
    10. Open a bank/savings account 34%
    11. Earn and spend their own pocket money 32%
    12. Go and see a musical 32%
    13. Complete a video game 31%
    14. Learn to play an instrument 30%
    15. Get lost in Harrods’ Toy Kingdom 29%
    16. See a premier league football match 29%
    17. Stay in a posh hotel 28%
    18. Ride a boat along the Thames 28%
    19. Read a full series of books 28%
    20. Navigate the London Underground 26%
    21. Learn to ride a horse 26%
    22. Master a basic meal e.g. pizza 26%
    23. Learn another language 24%
    24. Visit the top of the Shard 23%
    25. Go to an immersive cinema event 23%
    26. Ride the world’s tallest water slide 21%
    27. Be a zookeeper for a day 21%
    28. Learn to street dance 16%
    29. Save up for a cool pair of trainers 16%
    30. Meet Will & Kate 15%
    31. Write their own story 14%