Poor kids, it's all learning, learning, learning – even on holiday. But this is different, and better: long multiplication, grammar and Henry VIII can do one, it's time to dive, dribble and swim. Here's a holiday for your kids, AND you.

Sani Resort, Greece

Set in a 1000-acre eco reserve on the Halkidiki peninsula of mainland Greece, Sani is a family-holiday favourite. There are baby swimming lessons and mini triathlons, but the best bit is the 'babe watch' beach programme – Sani's childcare pros will look after your sprogs while you slip off for a swim, snooze or, if you're sensible, a beer. Nightly rates from £90 per room, half board. sani-resort.com

Forte Village Resort, Italy

Budding Diego Costas will love the football academy at this resort in Sardinia. Every summer, children between four and 14 are taught the skills by former Chelsea players, including Gianfranco Zola and Tore Andre Flo. When they aren't learning to pass and dribble, the new Wonderland park is a miniature village with dedicated Thomas the Tank Engine and Barbie areas. Yes, you can go too. Nightly rates from £390 per room, half board. fortevillageresort.com

Beaches Ocho Rios, Jamaica

If you're keen to introduce your children to diving, the PADI Bubblemaker course at Beaches Ocho Rios, Jamaica is the perfect starting point. Aimed at kids aged eight and up, the course is a chance for young'uns to experience scuba diving to a maximum depth of six feet. Parents are encouraged to get involved as well. One week for a family of four costs from £4,813 all-inclusive, including return flights. beachesresorts.co.uk