Kids call the shots when it comes to planning summer vacations, according to 84% of parents

As the summer break lingers and airports and motorways continue to fill up with holiday-hungry families, a new survey from Yas Island Abu Dhabi offers absolutely essential insights for the 84% of parents who said their children were the biggest influencing factor on their holiday.

Yas Island recently commissioned a survey to get into the minds of the summer experts themselves, the kids, and the findings were remarkable! More than two thousand children (aged 7-14) and their parents were surveyed across six countries in the GCC, Europe and Asia. Children were asked what they most liked about summer time, what their favourite vacation activities were and who they would take on their ultimate summer holiday.

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Kids just want to get out and about; it seems, with the top three activities for children being travelling somewhere new (30%), waterparks (27%) and theme parks (25%). Also, while 41% said they simply wanted to do something exciting over the summer, one of the most popular destinations for them was somewhere by the beach (17%).


Interestingly, though siblings and best friends were travel companion favorites for 37% and 30% respectively, more kids expressed that they actually wanted to go on holiday with Mum (66%) and Dad (51%).

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Speaking of parents, when planning summer holidays, 47% said their top concern was finding a family-friendly destination and 24% highlighted cost as another major concern. However, in the end, no matter how families chose to fill their summer days, this survey indicated that what really matters most to both children and their parents was spending quality time together.

Yas Island Abu Dhabi offers a plethora of entertainment and leisure experiences, aligned with the wants and needs of kids eager to curate a unique summer break with their families. The good news for families is that Yas Island’s ‘Kids Go Free’ summer packages afford each child under the age of 12 to stay and play at the Island’s thrilling theme parks for free when accompanied by a paying adult and booking a hotel stay for one night or more through* With Yas Island featuring two indoor theme parks, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, and the award-winning waterpark Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, families will be left wondering how to fit all the fun into their summer break.

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