29th May 2017

7 ways you can entertain your children this summer

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.


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12 responses to “7 ways you can entertain your children this summer”

  1. ljdove23 says:

    We spend a lot of time at the beach over the summer, it’s only a 30 minute drive and it’s a free day out whatever the weather!

  2. tots2travel says:

    Whilst I’m dire at crafts I’m good at beaches and museums with kids. Love getting out and about over summer. Lovely ideas.

  3. Sanja says:

    Great ideas! I think it’s very important to spend as much time as possible outdoors with your kids! Spending a day on the beach is always a great idea

  4. Kara says:

    I recognise that beach…….sadly we avoid it in the summer as far too busy and find some quieter ones a bit farther away

  5. cvnxena says:

    we can’t wait for this summer! We love finding fun and frugal ways to amuse them so this is a fab list!

  6. A day at the beach is always a winner (as long as you get the weather for it!)

  7. All good tips, you don’t have to spend lots of money to keep the kids entertained 🙂

  8. Great ideas, we live near a river so plenty of river walks and picnics. My mother in law lives near a beach so perfect!

  9. Le Coin de Mel says:

    I love the fact you’ve not mentioned anything online. I also focus on ‘real’ activities with my children in the summer. We love going to France to my mum’s and just pottering in the garden 🙂

  10. Beach is our favourite of all! We try to make use of every holiday when the Sun shines to its best for a proper day out activity as anything to do indoors is boring for the kids here at Mummy and the Cuties! Arts and Crafts is OK though! but the enthu lasts only for couple of hours 🙂

  11. Emma says:

    We love visiting manor houses and gardens in the summer. I find the era of a strong aristocracy so fascinating.

  12. Steph says:

    My son loves history, so we will be out exploring some local history spots.

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