Things to do during the summer holidays
It’s that time of year again – the summer holidays are nearly here! Kids everywhere are getting excited for what seems like an eternity of no school. For parents, it might be more a case of panic as we try and think of things to keep the children entertained (and to use up some of that endless supply of energy!). Check out our suggestions of family things to do during the summer holidays this year – without breaking the bank. Happy holidays everyone!
Go 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.
Shows and events
During the summer, there are usually loads of shows and exhibitions going on in your local area – some of which will be free to attend - 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.
Host your own sports day
2012 is a cracking year for sport in the UK. Get into the mood by hosting your own sports day. Whether you fancy yourself as an egg and spoon race champion or you want to get the whole family together for a mammoth game of rounders down the park, this summer is the perfect time to get active. Pack a picnic and spend the day in the sunshine - lush.
Take a walk on the wild side
If there’s one thing us Brits can do, it is country walks. Whether it’s finding your local country park on the edge of town, or taking advantage of some of the rural delights our country has to offer, going on a nice leisurely walk with the family is one of the finer things in life. Grab a nature trail guide from your local tourist information or visitors centre, put on your finest walking boots and stomp off into the wilderness. Or, alternatively, for those who like their adventures a little closer to home, you could get the little ones to investigate the wildlife in your own back garden. Who knows, you could have the next David Attenborough in your midst!
Cosy up with some board games
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that there will be days on end of sunshine this summer. It’s always good to have a rainy day back up plan. While there’s nothing wrong with sticking the telly on for a bit (especially as many TV channels will ramp up their programme of family-friendly movies over the holidays), it’s always good to have something else up your sleeve. And that’s where the good old fashioned board game comes in! Whether you’re a Monopoly family, a Cluedo family, or even a Buckaroo family, getting everyone together for a game or two is always good fun – as long as everyone remembers the importance of being a gracious winner!
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