With the holidays just around the corner, you’re probably already starting to think about how you’re going to keep the little ones occupied for the next six weeks. If you’re looking for inspiration, below we share some of our top kids holiday activities guaranteed to entertain the whole family.

 

Head to the beach

There’s no better way to celebrate summer finally arriving than with a trip to the seaside. After all, what’s not to love about building sandcastles, splashing around in the water, eating ice cream and playing arcade games?

There’s always hours of fun to be had at the beach and you can even turn it into a bit of a family holiday. If you’d rather avoid large crowds and don’t want to sit in hours of traffic, have a read of Time Out’s best hidden beaches in the UK: https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/beautiful-and-hidden-uk-beaches

Whether you decide to head to the seaside or your local swimming pool, please have a read of our guide to water safety for children.

 

Go to a theme park

Kids love the thrill of going to a theme park and you can guarantee all the excitement and running around will see them sleeping well that evening. As far as summer holiday activities go however, theme parks can be pretty expensive.

You can offset some of the cost by taking your own snacks or lunch, most parks offer family tickets or look out for special deals or exchange Tesco Clubcard vouchers for attraction tickets.

 

Cost-effective activities

While your kids may be counting down the days until the holidays start, they can be a bit of a headache for parents. Aside from trying to sort out childcare, the cost of keeping the kids entertained every day soon adds up.

Why not try some of these cost-effective kids holiday activities?

- Go to the local park. They can play on the equipment, fly a kite, play ball games or have a picnic

- Visit a friend or the grandparents or invite people around to your place

- Go for a walk

- Go to the library and let them pick out some new books

- Head to an official Lego store – they offer free toy building for 4-14 year-olds on the first Thursday of every month

- If your child is an animal lover, take them to Pets at Home. They run free workshops for kids aged between five and 11 during the school holidays - https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/pets-at-home/#workshops

- A trip to The National Gallery is educational and they offer free art workshops and drawing sessions on certain days

 

Indoor activities

One thing we know for sure is that you can’t rely on the British summer. For those days when the weather isn’t so great how do you keep the kids busy?

Some top indoor school holiday activities include:

- Cinema

- Ice skating or roller skating

- Local leisure centre

- Watch a film at home

- Do an indoor treasure hunt

- Soft play

- Arts and crafts

- Video games

- Board games

- Bake

 

Please feel free to give us a call or drop us a line if you would like to talk to us about your childcare arrangements for this summer or for the future.