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School holidays might be your child’s favourite time of the year, but for you, it probably means trying to come up with umpteen ways to keep them occupied. So why not try a few free activities to burn off some of that energy?
We’ve explored some of our favourite activities to get involved in this summer below, some of which are sure to wear out even the most energetic kids!
We might not have the white sands of Hawaii here in the UK, but we do have some fantastic coastlines. Go for a walk, a paddle or take the dog for a run with your kids. Perhaps collect some shells while you’re there and create some art when you get home.
Another great summer activity is taking your youngsters on a bike ride in a local park or cycle route. If they don’t know how to ride, now’s the perfect time to teach them. It’ll be so rewarding knowing you’ve given your kids this life skill and they’ll never forget the experience.
Impress the rest of the family by cooking a healthy slap-up meal. Choose a recipe utilising items you’ve got stashed away in the cupboards, fridge and freezer and get cooking. It might even become the favourite family dish!
Make the most of a free tennis lesson from Tennis For Free. They provide weekly coach led sessions for people of all ages so go and get involved. You and the kids can learn new skills and might even make some friends who you can play doubles with.
Camping is a brilliant way to experience the outdoors and spend some quality time with your children. You don’t need to go far – you can pitch camp in your garden and stay close to your creature comforts. If you don’t have a tent, borrow one from friends or family for the night. Roast marshmallows on a campfire and tell each other stories before falling asleep under the stars.
Swimming has loads of health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes, according to the NHS. These health issues may not be a concern right now, but any activity that’s fun and keeps you healthy can only be a good thing! Many local swimming pools across the country are offering free swimming lessons throughout the summer holidays, too. Taking a dip never looked so good!
If you and your child are feeling a bit more adventurous and you’re lucky enough to live near an outdoor swimming site, why not go for a wild swim? Visit the Outdoor Swimming Society site for more information on wild swimming and find your nearest outdoor swimming site.
Being active doesn’t always have to mean breaking a sweat. Visiting a museum or art gallery will mean lots of walking, while also learning about history and culture. Check your local museum’s website for current exhibitions.
Utilise the day together by sprucing up the garden. Mow the grass, get rid of unruly weeds and clean the garden furniture. If you’re happy spending a small amount of money, ask your kids to choose some flowers from the garden centre and plant them together.
If your children already spend their spare time making up dance routines, why not join in? Put on costumes and perform the show for your whole family, maybe even cracking out some impressive lifts for added “oohs” and “aahs”. The kids will love the fact that you’ve taken an interest in their hobby, and it’s bound to give everyone a laugh. All in the name of fun!
You can’t go wrong with a classic day at the park. Pushing your child on the swings, or having a go on the roundabout and see-saw is bound to burn off some energy. Perhaps have a competition to see how high you can go on the swings or who can do the monkey bars the fastest.
At the risk of sounding like you just want to get your chores done quicker, why not ask your children to help you wash the car! It’s a great teamwork and bonding activity, and the process of seeing the car go from grubby to gleaming will be worth it in the end. Give the kids a task like washing the wheel trims or hoovering the inside, while you get to work on the harder cleaning jobs. Then go for a spin once it’s done, so you can all appreciate your hard work.
Take in the great outdoors by going for a long walk. Put on your sturdy boots, grab a waterproof jacket and some water, and you’re good to go! Maybe take a camera and snap some wonderful memories while you’re there. And if you’re not sure where to go, check out the National Trust walks to find the perfect trail near you.
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