How To Entertain Your Kids This Summer Holiday?
July 19, 2018
Knowing just how to keep children amused for 6 weeks through the summer holidays can be a daunting prospect, especially when a lot of attractions and activities cost quite a lot of money. In order to try and help you out this summer, here are some top tips to (hopefully) help take some of the stress out of it, and keep everyone happy without needing to spend a small fortune.
Getting Out and About
During the school break, there may be quite a lot going on in your local area that the whole family is able to enjoy, and often for free too. It’s a good place to start by checking out your local councils and tourist information websites for local days out, or even scan the local papers and community centres to see what’s actually going on in your area. Another good place to go is your local library, as often they will hold events such as story time or arts and crafts days. Libraries themselves are also a great source of activity with plenty of books and computers to keep the kids busy, especially if the weather isn't looking its best.
Check to see if there are any offers for local swimming pools or reduced-fee entrance in the school holidays for other activity centres. Museums and galleries often have new exhibitions and events running during the summer break, many art galleries will put on special events for children and families, also finally check out your local leisure centres, there will be plenty of indoor sports and activities in which your kids can participate in.
Staying at Home
Now, of course, there will be some days where you just find yourself stuck at home, but that doesn't mean anyone has to be bored. You could take the opportunity to spend some quality time sharing a favourite game or story with your kids or if you want some inspiration, just try out some of these activities:
Arrange a movie day, choose a couple of favourite films, grab some popcorn and put your feet up with the kids.
Get cooking, pick a recipe with the kids, go shopping for the ingredients and cook together that you can all enjoy eating afterwards. Now, depending on your child’s age and interest this could be anything from a simple sponge cake to a fancy stroganoff!
Dig out the puzzles, games and books and give them ago. Sometimes good old-fashioned entertainment can actually be really fun.
Build a den with the kids, if the weather is okay, then you could even risk doing this outside! All you need is some boxes, sofa cushions, blankets and a little bit of imagination.
The Great Outdoors (and the garden)
Sunny days are great for simple activities such as picnics and ball games. This can be done as close to home as in your own back garden! Plan a treasure hunt around your home and garden with clues and treats for the kids to find. You could hold your own mini Olympics with games that require little equipment… a sack with pillowcases, a tug of war with a dressing gown belt… use your imagination.
If outside is dry, wrap up and head to the park or a nice walk somewhere quiet with the children and flask of hot chocolate will be sure to go down a treat! If you have a tent, you could arrange a camping trip in your garden with the kids just for a night. Kites are also a great idea if its a windy day and they can be bought from bargain shops really cheaply these days.
Even if it's raining, you can still make the most of the kids time off and head to the park just to get the kids out of the house and use up some energy. Just a grab them a kids umbrella and let them play in the puddles.
Make Your Own Fun
Be creative - make things together such as cards or use beads to create jewellery.
Have an arts and crafts day and get some canvas and paints, they can be bought for very little and you can let your kid's imaginations run wild and be able to hang their creations in their rooms. Make a list of your favourite childhood games - the classics such as hopscotch or creating marble runs won't cost you the earth and also your children will enjoy seeing what you played with growing up.
Have you ever thought about origami? All you will need for this is paper and instructions which can be easily found online, this will be sure to keep your kids amused and also will learn a pretty cool skill they can show off to their friends.
Always remember that you don't need to fill every moment of every day with fun packed activities. Try and encourage your children’s imagination and independence, let them play in their rooms or in the garden and let their creativity run wild, but hopefully, these will give you a few ideas if you are stuck with what to do with your kids who are maybe a little bored over the summer break.