During those long nights being awakened by sleepless kids, there's no doubt you've dreamed of a more relaxing lifestyle. Well, if you're looking for a change of pace, there's no place like Hawaii.
This island paradise is geared up to thrill, entertain and exceed the expectations of both your little ones and those big kids too - you and your partner! 'Ohana' - the Hawaiian word for family - sums up the focus of life here. It's all about being in it together, giving you a break from those morning arguments over getting ready for school or refusing to eat breakfast.
Getting outdoors is a great way to wear the kids out so they'll fall straight to sleep at night leaving you to relax and enjoy a cocktail, and Hawaii is full of land- and water-based activities to do just the trick.
Heading underwater in a submarine? Check. Gazing upon the volcanic landscape from a helicopter? Check. Getting up close and personal with dolphins, sharks and other aquarium creatures? Check!
And that's not all if the kids are still playing up! Interactive museums about the stars, volcanoes and Hawaiian culture will keep the young ones occupied for hours if not days. You'll likely find yourself completely enthralled by these activities too - don't worry, we won't tell anyone back home that you spent longer than your child playing at the kid's exhibits! Think of it as reliving your own youth - after all, everyone wants to be a youngster again sometimes.
Of course, you'll never run out of things to do on the beautiful white-sand shores on any of Hawaii's several islands. From Maui to Oahu, you can spend endless hours playing on the beach, splashing about in the gentle waves and or looking out for exotic seashells or critters - perhaps with a mojito in hand?
Not to mention, your accommodation will be top-notch, too. When you want a date night free of tears or tantrums, your youngsters can have great time at the keiki (children) learning and activity programs run by most resorts and hotels. The only potential downside is that you're bound to want to return every year!