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With the kids Summer holidays fast approaching, it can seem like the weeks stretch into forever. And how are you to keep the little ones entertained?
Finding fun Summer activities for six long weeks can seem an enormous task.
But a little bit of preparation goes a long way. Whether you’re planning a trip abroad for the Summer holidays or keeping them busy at home, perhaps with summer camp activities from a local provider, there are ways to get yourself and them ready for the long break ahead.
With a little bit of imagination, there are lots of fun things to do during summer, and they don’t have to break the bank.
Here are seven suggestions from us, to get you started.
Get the kids to make a list of fun Summer activities they’d like to do over the school holidays. This allows you to work out costs and either budget accordingly – or set their expectations to something more realistic.
Like any good Cub Scout, check your equipment prior to the kids school holidays. That means batteries in the camera, digging out swimming costumes (and making sure they still fit) and pumping up the tyres on their bikes. Pull out the paddling pool from the shed and see if you can dig out a watergun or two. If you’re really leaving no stone unturned, restock the crayons and make sure there’s plenty of paper.
Make sure the children have library cards, get to know opening times and pop down to discover whether there are any author’s visits, workshops or reading challenges going on over the Summer holidays. Your local library is a great resource of summer activities for kids, especially on a rainy day.
Book in playdates early. Get out your diary and get together with other parents to find out when they are around and might be interested in trading afternoons at each other’s homes. Having friends over will keep your kids entertained for an afternoon – and then you’ll get a few hours to yourself when other families return the favour.
Plan a few fun things to do in the summer – which are free. Maybe a day out at the seaside, a sports day at the park or a weekend trip to visit relatives. Camping out in the garden is always popular too. Check your local council website to see what family days or events are on locally over the summer. The secret to entertaining kids is to vary their experiences.
Buy the kids a scrap book and encourage them to collect things, take photos and draw pictures to record their summer. When they return to school they may be asked to give a Show and Tell about what they did over the summer holidays. Activities like this will give them lasting memories.
Let the experts help out, and book the kids in to summer camp with Barracudas. We’ve got so many kids activities on offer, and your youngsters will get the chance to make new friends and try new things. Give yourself a break. After all, you deserve a bit of a holiday too.