We all remember counting down the days until the six-week summer holidays when we were in full-time education and remember it being a highly anticipated time. However, we know who won’t be crossing the days off on the calendar; parents.
With so much time to fill, all the while you’re juggling personal and professional responsibilities, the six-week summer holidays can be nightmare fuel for parents. And with the days slowly drawing closer, you might be racking your brains trying to develop ideas to keep your kids entertained.
If this is the case, you’re in luck! In this article, we’ve listed several activities for kids over the six-week holidays this year, from summer camps and creative projects to educational activities and cultural experiences – keep reading to find out more.
Enroll Them In A Summer Camp
In our digital age, convincing our children to go outside can feel like a less exciting bushtucker trial that was scrapped from the production of ‘I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here!‘. Our children no longer want to spend their summer evenings playing outside until the streetlights turn amber; instead, they’d much rather spend it watching reruns of ‘Cocomelon‘ on their iPads.
If this draws some similarities with your child, why not consider sending them to a summer camp for a few days over the six-week holidays? In the UK, you can choose from many summer camps in various locations, like the ones provided by PGL.
Offering two days to a week’s breaks, their night camps allow your children to participate in various summer activities, including horse riding, sports, and watersports (depending on which location you pick). Not to mention the social benefits! To find their nearest camp location, consider visiting their website or contacting them directly for specific inquiries.
Buy A Kids Pass
Over the six-week summer holidays, different service providers, retailers, amusement parks, restaurants, entertainment providers, etc., offer special discounts for children, which enables parents to save a little money on days/nights out.
The six-week summer holiday is the ideal time for families to spend together; however, when you have a large family, days/night outs can soon become expensive. However, there are ways for parents to save on days out by taking advantage of memberships like ‘Kids Pass‘, which enables you to enjoy significant savings on theme parks, zoos, cinemas, restaurants, and much more.
Whether you’d like to treat the kids to a day out at a theme park like Alton Towers or Thorpe Park, or they’ve been begging you to take them to see Disney’s newest ‘The Little Mermaid’ film – having access to money-saving memberships can make entertaining your kids during the summer much more manageable.
Take Them To Museum
Just because the summer holidays are a time for no school doesn’t mean your children can’t continue learning. Thankfully, you and your kids can participate in many educational activities over the summer holidays, some of which are very reasonable or, even better, free of charge, like museums.
Whether your children are interested in aeroplanes, trains, sports, art, or history, there are hundreds of museums all over the UK on any interest you can think of. Some of the most child-friendly ones include Horniman Museums and Gardens, National Emergency Services Museum, and the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, including interactive exhibits, dressing up, and many more kid-friendly activities.