The Canary Islands are a laid back group of Spanish islands off northwestern Africa, famous for their volcanic black sandy beaches (there are white ones too). Kids are welcome here, Spanish children stay up late and it’s not frowned upon and there are plenty of town and village squares with playgrounds, museums, fabulous safe beaches and theme parks, making this a great place for a holiday with plenty of fun days out. The islands cater for the summer guests and there are plenty of theme parks throughout; Siam Park in Costa Adeje, Tenerife, is a huge waterpark that will thrill one and all, Maroparque on La Palma is a small zoo which is pleasant for an afternoon and there’s also Oasis Park on Fuerteventura, with animals, sea life and even camel rides while Guinate Tropical Park on Lanzarote is a bird lovers paradise. There are plenty of opportunities to get out and admire the marine life, with boats offering whale watching trips and boat and kayak hire places easily found. Days on the beach is an obvious must and the largest islands all have fabulous beaches with plenty of activities while the smaller islands have the black sandy beaches (which can put some people off but shouldn’t!) and less activities. There are some great museums here too; Museo de la Piratería, Teguise, Lanzarote tells you all about the history of piracy on these islands while Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos, in La Laguna, Tenerife, is a wonderful science museum with a planetarium. There’s also Artlandya Doll Museum, a doll’s museum with dolls from far and wide. There are also glass-bottomed boats, sailing tuition and any other number of organised days out – but you don’t have to do any of them. Great days out on these islands could just as easily be spent people watching on the sand while you dip your toes in the sea.