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How To Occupy Your Children During The Summer

5 August 2023

The summer holidays are a great time for children to relax, have fun, and enjoy well-earned rest after a busy school year. But for parents, it can sometimes be a struggle to keep them entertained for six whole weeks. If you're looking for some inspiration, read on for our top five suggestions.

Visit some local attractions

There are many things to see and do in your local area that you've never even thought of. Visit your tourist information centre and pick up a copy of the local listings magazine - you might be surprised at what's on your doorstep. From historic houses and castles to amusement parks and zoos, there's bound to be something to suit every taste. And if you plan ahead, you can usually get discounted tickets by booking online in advance.

Have a staycation

If money is tight or you can't face the thought of dealing with airport queues and stressful journeys with young children, why not have a staycation instead? The whole family can enjoy plenty of activities without even having to leave the house. There are endless possibilities, from den building and scavenger hunts in the garden to making homemade pizzas or watching family-friendly films snuggled up on the sofa. And when the weather's not so good, plenty of indoor activities will keep everyone happy - from arts and crafts projects to playing classic board games together.

Take up a new hobby

Summer is the perfect time to try something new as a family. Whether attending a weekly sports class or learning how to cook together, many options are available. Check out your local leisure centre or community centre for ideas - most offer discounted rates for families during the summer months. And if you're looking for something more creative, why not sign up for an art or drama class? It's a great way to spend some quality time together while encouraging your child's creativity at the same time. 

Go camping or glamping

Camping is a great way to spend quality time together as a family, and it doesn't have to be expensive either - there are plenty of affordable campsites available if you're willing to do some research. And if roughing it isn't your thing, there's always glamping! Many sites now offer luxury camping experiences with comfortable beds, private bathrooms, and even hot tubs - perfect for relaxing after a busy day exploring the great outdoors. 

Volunteer as a family 

Volunteering is a great way to teach your children about giving back to the community while spending quality time together as a family. There are usually many opportunities available during the summer months - from helping at a local food bank or charity shop to working on an environmental project or performing in a community play. Not only will you feel good about doing something helpful, but you'll meet new people and maybe pick up some new skills along the way. 

We hope these ideas have inspired you and given you some food for thought when it comes to keeping your children occupied during the summer holidays. Remember, it doesn't have to cost much money - sometimes the simplest things can be the most enjoyable.

Photo by Emma Bauso

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