Spending quality time together as a family can be extremely enjoyable. But even though the summer holidays allow for fun and frolics in the sun, it can also be quite a difficult and demanding six weeks, not to mention expensive.
After all, we all know how much prices go up during the summer holidays, while the boundless energy of kids knows no bounds. Therefore, it helps to have a few free things to do every now and again. Here are 10 suggestions:
- Camping in the garden
Pitch up a tent, get out the sleeping bags, have a BBQ or roast marshmallows over the fire, and sleep under the stars. A great way for kids to learn about the great outdoors and hang out with their friends.
- Visit a free attraction
Do a little bit of research and find out whether any museums or galleries have free entry for kids on certain days. Once more it will enable children to continue their education away from school.
- Cook or bake some treats
Cooking or baking is perhaps the best way to teach kids about nutrition and healthy eating. It is also lots of fun, especially as they will get their hands dirty while doing so and can eat the tasty finished product.
- Get arty and creative
With just a few art supplies you can keep kids entertained for hours on end. One possibility is having a ‘draw off’ for the most creative picture. However, you should probably display all of your children’s examples on the fridge to avoid any arguments.
- Have a movie day
Although this might seem like an easy way out of doing something, you can make it more of an occasion with tickets, popcorn, and beanbags. Shut the curtains, turn off any distractions, sit back, and relax for a few hours.
- Play some traditional board games
In a world of television, video games and the internet, it is easy to forget just how fun board games can be. You can’t go far wrong with old classics like Monopoly, Cluedo, and Trivial Pursuit.
- Do some gardening
Why not combine a boring chore with an enjoyable activity? Again, it allows children to get a bit messy and spend time outside while also learning about the surrounding flora and fauna.
- Play their favourite sport
Arranging a game of football in the park or spot of tennis at a local court is the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends. Take along a picnic to avoid an expensive dinner afterwards too.
- Try a new hobby
New hobbies are interesting and exciting, so consider offering your kids something different. Things like juggling and origami don’t require much money or resources either.
- Go for a walk
Rather than suggesting a walk, tell your children you are going on an adventure, as this is far more likely to create some enthusiasm. It will no doubt tire the little ones out too.