The summer holidays are in full swing and the kids are getting a little restless, maybe even using the dreaded ‘B’ word (“I’m BORED!”) There’s only so many bits and bobs in the house to guess in a game of ‘I Spy’ and you’d probably rather keep the cushions on the sofa than have them turned into a fort … again.
Or maybe your teenagers are spending too much time inside instead of enjoying some of that lovely sunshine we’ve been having.
If you’re desperate for a few ideas to get teenagers out of their bedrooms and into the fresh air or something to occupy younger minds then we’ve got just the answer.
Fun ideas for the young ones
1. Plan a treasure hunt
Make the most of local nature with a treasure hunt. Ideal for little kiddies, hide a few treats and goodies in your garden (if you have one) or around a park and give them a series of clues to help them on their way. Hours of fun outside - perfect!
2. Get green fingered
Encourage a love of gardening from an early age by nurturing those little green fingers. Give your kids a pot and some flowers, bulbs or seeds to plant, and get them to water and care for it throughout the holidays. The look of joy when the first green shoots appear is just magic!
3. Go Swimming
Burn off some of your kids’ excess energy with a trip to the local pool. Many leisure centres have slides, wave machines and other great extras that can make it even more fun, and you could always look into swimming classes if you want them to have a bit more structure.
4. Outdoor sleepover
If you have a safe back garden that’s well-lit then why not let your kids relive the excitement of the family holiday by setting up camp outside? A few friends and some yummy snacks and games will give them just the boost they’re looking for!
Grown up ideas for the older ones
5. Spa trip
For a really special treat this is a great way for mothers and daughters to bond. Book yourselves into a relaxing spa for the day and enjoy getting pampered together. If you want to save money, turn your home into its own oasis with girly films, face masks and bright nail polish.
6. Seek some thrills
Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures are probably the best theme parks for older kids with big rides and even bigger thrills. You can get some pretty good deals and can let them go with their friends if you don’t want to cramp their style.
7. Countryside pub walks
If you want to encourage your older teens to spend more time outside this summer then why not combine a refreshing bevvy with a little nature. Britain’s bursting with country pubs serving homely food and delicious tipples so try our best pub walks. (remember to always drink responsibly!)
Ideas for all ages
8. Picnic Party
Arrange a nature walk at a local point of interest – see our list for inspiration. Combine with a tasty picnic and help everyone stay interested by planning a few activities and games to enjoy along the way.
9. Home baking
Little tykes love getting messy, and older kids might fancy trying their hand at something new, so why not give them a helping hand by spending an afternoon in the kitchen. We’ve got some great recipes that are wholesome and delicious, and not too tricky either. The best bit is you get to sit down and enjoy your yummy creations when you’re done!
10. Visit a maze
Lose yourself and your family in one of the UK’s fantastic mazes. You can find these at zoos, manor houses, estates and landmarks and they’re a great laugh for all ages. Work together or split off into groups and race each other to the middle or the exit – you could even turn it into a friendly competition with a prize for the winners!
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