Days out with the kids
The holidays are looming and no doubt the pressure is beginning to mount. With prolonged periods of time to fill the words ‘I’m bored’ have probably begun to creep into your head with worrying certainty. But fear not, there are loads of things to do with the kids this summer that will brighten all your days and banished those boredom blues.
No matter where you are in the country there’s bound to be something to entertain the kids and chances are you don’t even know how much there is available. Children are highly receptive to new things and while the park, local swimming pool and cinema are great fun, they might not fill a whole day and they may leave your kids wanting something different. So why not try some of the following:
Theme parks ~ like Chessington, Thorpe Park, Alton Towers or Legoland. Each has a variety of rides and attractions, providing an excellent day out for all age groups while catering almost exclusively to family fun. Get out there and hop on some of those great rides. Read our Top 10 UK Theme Parks guide.
Farm Parks ~ these hidden treasures are dotted all over the place and are surprisingly good fun for all the family. Cows, sheep, horses, rabbits, goats and birds. Toboggans, climbing walls, go karts, boats, spinning wheels, ghost trains. Indoor adventure areas, themed rides and cafes. Farm Parks may just be the answer to you summer boredom problems.
To the beach ~ it may be a trek if you live inland, but nothing says summer like the beach; and with scattered weather and uncertain splodges of rain then a trip to one of Britain’s coast might be just what you need. The ice cream, the waves, the pier, the arcades, the bistros and cafes, the vast array of people and the seagulls – all make for a great day out.
Aquariums ~ Educational and entertaining, plus they are guaranteed to fascinate your kids if they enjoyed Finding Nemo or Surf’s Up (the one with the penguins!). They’ll transport your children’s boundless imaginations into a captivating underwater world where they can explore the great depths and learn about strange and wonderful creatures. If that isn’t a good reason to visit your local aquarium, then no other exists.
The Zoo ~ similarly to aquariums, zoos are becoming forgotten places due to people’s misconception that it’s wrong to keep animals locked up. It’s true that animals belong in the wild, but many zoos are run alongside conservation work which will aid in saving a species or preserve endangered species. These places are great for children to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at the many beautiful and exotic animals we have and spark an interest. Plus, we all love photos with the monkeys; and tigers are always awe-inspiring.
Shows and events ~ there are loads of shows and exhibitions going on in your local area to captivate the interests of your children and get a little family bonding going on. With air shows, steam machines, boat exhibitions and local fayres there’s loads for you to do so get out into your local community and have a look around.
A trip to London ~ Why not take a trip to London? Admittedly our fair capital may be a long haul away for some, but if you’re in a reasonable distance then there are a plethora or museums, art galleries, unique and quirky shops, and big attractions like the London Eye and Tower of London, to keep you entertained.
For more ideas why not visit our What’s On section.
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