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The kids may have been counting down the days until the final school bell sounds for summer but you’ll, no doubt, be dreading the idea of having to entertain little (and big) kids during the summer holidays.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve listed a mixture of budget friendly and more extravagant summer activities for both indoor and outdoor entertainment.
The Great Outdoors
You’ll be looking for any excuse to get out of the house, so pack a bag ready for when the sun comes out and hit the great outdoors.
- Pack a big bag with sandwiches, treats, a blanket, bat & ball, and head to your nearest park.
- If you need to be at home, how about a BBQ instead – the kids can play outside whilst you put your feet up and get stuck into your favourite book.
- Staying active is important during the summer holidays so go for a walk whenever you can – even better if you have a furry family member to take with you.
- This requires a little bit more preparation, but why not organise a treasure hunt in the garden, hiding some bubbles and small treats for your little ones to find?
- Own a tent? Then get camping! The kids will love getting the tent ready and turning it into their own little den.
Those Rainy Days
Let’s face it – we’re lucky if we get a week of sun, let alone a full six weeks, so we need to plan for some rainy days.
- Hold a movie day – introduce your kids to some of your favourite childhood films whilst tucking into some sweet & salty popcorn.
- Sit down with your kids to finally play that puzzle they got for Christmas; or better still, challenge them to come up with their own puzzles using toilet tubes & empty egg cartons.
- Bake some fairy cakes. The kids will love getting a bit messy and you can help them to taste test.
- Grab all of the sheets & pillows off the beds and make a good old fashioned den that you can all cuddle up in and read.
Keep them entertained for a couple of days with a fun project.
- Get crafty with some paper, pens, and glitter; challenging them to make some cards, a photo frame or a mobile for their bedroom.
- Let them embrace their inner Picasso with a large sheet of paper and some watercolours.
- Get them to put on a play or magic show. You’ll get a few hours rest whilst they practice and they get to show the rest of the family once complete.
- Get involved and try your hands at some origami – there are some great websites with both basic and more complicated instructions.
Spend a Fun Day Out
You’ll want to treat the kids every now and again to a fun day out that the whole family can enjoy.
- Learn something new at a museum or galley. Most have an interactive kids section these days too, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy – bonus!
- Take the kids down to the local leisure centre for a swim or a game of badminton – another budget friendly day out.
- For the ultimate treat take them on a trip to one of the UK’s most popular venues with our free kids ticket promotion – find out more here (link to kids go free).
It might be an exhausting summer but at least it’ll be a fun one– good luck!