Everyone loves a bank holiday, an extra day off work and school to spend together as a family. Don’t let it fizzle out because you can’t think of what to do!
Here are some great things to do with kids this bank holiday:
Pick it up with a picnic It couldn’t be easier! Get them involved by letting them choose their favourite foods and drink. Keep it fresh with some frozen drinks or yoghurts and pack up the cool bag and blanket. Don’t forget to bring the frisbee, balls and scooters to make the most of the outdoor space and keep them moving!
Make a splash Most kids love a bit of water fun. If it’s warm enough, head ouver to your nearest Lido for some fun outdoor swimming. If you don’t have a Lido near you, or the weather’s looking a bit unpredictable why not try a bit of DIY at home. Dust down the paddling pool, get out the hose and grab some water balloons.
Park life Studies have shown that nature increases our sense of happiness and well being. Make the most of the weather and head out for some fresh air and adventure. Pop over to your local favourite, or take a look at what’s going on at other parks in your area. Parks will usually organise extra activities over the bank holidays, so it’s worth checking what’s on. You could even head out on your bikes, or take them in the car to combine it with a bike ride. Just make sure you’ve checked your tyres and brakes!
A day at the museum Museums aren’t just for the older folks. There are some great exhibits to entertain kids going on throughout the year. Why not take a look to see if there are any interactive sessions happening at a museum near you? It’s not just the big cities, smaller towns are upping their game too. Many museums offer free admissions or ask for discretionary donations too, so this could be a good way to keep down the costs!
Climbing the walls? Get them to do it for real by visiting a climbing wall. If they’re not into heights, there are loads of rainy day indoor activities in local centres such as bowling, trampolining and swimming. Doing something active will help to burn off some energy and stop them from getting grumpy if it’s not so promising outside.
X marks the spot We all love a bit of together time at home, but things can get tense. Avoid the inevitable squabbles by getting them working as a team on a treasure hunt. Think of a bunch of clues (not too many otherwise it may backfire). Once they’ve solved the first one, they pick up a mini ‘prize’ before they move on to the next clue. They need to find all the prizes along the way, then they can claim their reward. The reward could be anything you choose - from a trip to the ice cream shop to watching their favourite film.
Cook up a storm You don’t have to be Mary Berry for this one. There’s loads about baking that kids love. If they’re maths enthusiasts, weighing and measuring will be their thing, the changing structure of things will appeal to the scientists, artistic children will enjoy the decorating - and I think we can all get on board with licking the spoon!
Get creative Dig out the loo roll cylinders and PVA glue and let them lose on designing their very own bank holiday monster/hero. They could create a whole bunch of characters then create their own play for you. Who knows - they could be the next Walt Disney!
Mix it up All these suggestions aren’t mutually exclusive. A bank holiday can be a game of (more than) two halfs. Combine your picnic with a trip to the park, or set up camp in the garden, or even sitting room. The treasure hunt prize could be taking them to the park or swimming pool for a couple of hours. Let’s face it, attention spans can wain and variety is the spice of life… and all kids love a pic n’ mix!
Is the bank holiday making you think about what to do with the kids this summer? Why not take a look at what’s on offer at our summer activity day camps?