Summer comes around sooner than you think and those 6 weeks school holidays can feel long and boring if you don’t fill them with fun. Here are some great things to do in the summer holidays.
Picnic In The Park
There’s perhaps nothing more summery than a picnic in the park. When the sun is shining and the grass is dry, pack a hamper of delicious sandwiches and tasty treats, grab a blanket and head to your local park. Make sure you have some shade for young children to sit in and have plenty of fluids available to stay hydrated. Frisbees, footballs and lots of running around can be enjoyed before sausage rolls and veg sticks are munched. You can even take some fold out chairs or congregate around a picnic table if your park has them. There might be an ice cream van playing it’s tunes to entice your kids, but don’t be sucked in by Mr Whippy! So many local parks have nearby supermarkets where you can pick up a packet of 8 ice creams for a £1. Much more affordable then £2 or £3 per person!
Geocaching is a fun family activity where you try and find hidden things. It’s a modern day worldwide treasure hunt where you use a GPS or mobile device to find secret containers. Some are easy to find, others are much harder. Some might take you to places you’ve never been before. When you find them you’ll be able to celebrate as a family before writing in the log book and ticking it off your list. Hide it back in the same spot so the next people can come along and find it using the GPS location. You’ll be surprised how many are local to you and at the places you frequently visit. Geocaching is a great way to get outdoors and spend time on a challenge together.
Head To The Beach
Who fancies getting some sand between their toes? Probably one of the most popular choices on our list of things to do during the summer holidays, the beach is perfect. Be sure to take a cricket set, some inflatables and plenty of beach towels. If you have young children, one top tip is to go early morning. You’re probably up at the crack of dawn anyway so make the most of it. That way you can spend a few hours on the beach before the sun gets too hot. It will also be quieter in the morning so you won’t have to fight for a parking space and you’ll have the choice of where to lay your blankets down. Grab a chippy dinner before heading home.
You’ll be surprised at how many outdoor cinema experiences pop up during the summer months. There’s nothing quite like laying on the grass at the park whilst watching an animated classic. Some of these are free events put on by the council but there are some private companies who charge too. Take your own snacks and drinks, maybe even strawberries and cream! Don’t forget, these outdoor screens often show Wimbledon too!
Many families go abroad for their summer holiday but it’s an expensive thing to do. Why not dust off the old tent from the loft and go camping this year? Camp sites charge different rates and they all have different facilities too. Be sure to do your research and read the reviews from preview guests to the site. If it’s just you and your spouse you might not mind a trek to the toilet block but things are different if you have youngsters. There’s slumming it and then there’s slumming it! Camping can give you some amazing summer memories!
If you have to work for at least some of the school holidays, you might be wondering what the children can get up to? How about a summer camp for kids? These can be great experiences where young people can learn a lot about themselves as well as life skills. If they’ve got a best friend or sibling to go with them, they might be more willing, especially if they’re nervous about spending time away from home. Have a search for summer camps for kids and you’ll be amazed at the stories they come back with when you collect them from the bus!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our list of things to do in the summer holidays. Now go and plan some things in!