Want some ideas on how to keep your children entertained this summer? Then read on to discover my top tips for entertaining your offspring this holiday.
1) A good read
Whether you are going away or staying at home, rediscover your local library this summer and find some holiday reading among its shelves. Nothing beats the delights of a good read, from exploring a far-flung region to stepping back in time – the world is your oyster in the covers of a book. Also, check out your library’s calendar of special events for the holiday season. In addition, if you are taking your family holiday in North Wales this summer, visit Hay-on-Wye, for an unbeatable range of bookshops and the world renowned literary festival, which includes some events suitable for all the family.
2) Art or craft project
Arts and craft projects can provide great rainy day activities during the summer and a much-needed focus when school is out. What’s more, if you are going away, some projects pack up small and take up little room, making them ideal to take on holiday. Try English paper piecing patchwork for instance, and all you’ll need is a few scraps of material, some paper templates, a needle and thread. Alternatively, encourage your children to keep a scrapbook of their summer holiday, save tickets, leaflets and postcards as a memento, then accompany them with additional diary entries and drawings.
3) Old fashioned games
Rediscover your favourite childhood games with your children, from classic board games to dominos and jigsaws. You may well find that your holiday home has a few to hand to entertain you and your children. Also, refresh your memory on how to play classic paper and pencil games like ‘consequences’; there are lots of tips online if you can’t quite remember. The best thing about all of these games is that you don’t need batteries or chargers, hurrah.
4) Explore history
Take a step back in time and explore history this summer, from a visit to an ancient castle or a stately home to a simple walk around your neighbourhood. Look out for heritage open days in your area on 7-10 September, when you could benefit from one of over 5,000 events and see behind the doors of buildings that are usually closed to the public.
5) A day at the beach
Pack your bucket and spade, and head down to the beach for a day and discover the wonderful coastline the UK has to offer. Anglesey, the Llyn Peninsula and the Snowdonia National Park, each contain breathtaking beaches including Benllech, Abersoch and Barmouth. So enjoy some traditional seaside pursuits like rock pooling or simply sit back and relax.
6) A treasure hunt
At a loss for something to do? Then concoct a treasure hunt for your children, there is nothing like the excitement of searching from clue to clue. Simply choose a suitable location and a theme, then have a think about how long you want the hunt to last. Then decide on your ‘treasure’ and write the clues, working backwards from your treasure.
7) Museum a go-go
Whether you are at home or away, check out the art galleries and museums in your vicinity – many of which will have free admission. Look out for children’s activity sheets, free tours and special summer holiday activities to entertain your children.
So there you have a few ideas on how to entertain your children this summer, we hope you all have a fantastic holiday this year.