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What to do with the kids this summer

It’s that time of year again, the school holidays have begun and the kids are demanding to be entertained almost every waking hour. With so much free time to fill, it’s wise to plan a summer itinerary.

Plan a holiday

If you can, use this time to take annual leave. You may have friends with children of a similar age, which means your kid’s will have others to play with whilst away. Choose a destination that is suitable for the entire family – a boutique, top-notch hotel may be ideal for a young couple, however for a family with kids, something that offers a few more child-friendly activities may be more apt.

If the sun shines

Although rare in the UK, the sun does occasionally shine so it’s important to take advantage of this. Outdoor activities such as gardening can be used to teach the younger ones how to grow and care for vegetables. Provide them with their very own garden plot and buy into a set of garden tools, seeds and plant pots. This will give them something to nurture and they’ll enjoy checking on the plants’ progress.

Dine alfresco

If you are lucky enough to own a substantial outdoor space, dining outside on a warm balmy evening boasts a change of scenery and is a little more exciting than sitting around the dining room table. If you don’t own a BBQ, simply order a takeaway. There will be a number of delivery restaurants in your area and ordering online saves the hassle of a trip to the supermarket.

On a rainy day

Aside from puddle jumping, there are a number of activities to partake in when the rain strikes. Such activities include a trip to the cinema, or alternatively if you’re trying to save a few pennies, a movie night at home. The aquarium is also a good option and offers an insight into a range of interesting marine life.

Arts and crafts

Buying into a number of craft and art materials will allow the kids to get creative at home. Making a graffiti wall is a great way to pass a few hours – simply apply some large blank sheets to the wall and use pens, paints, glitter and crayons to decorate the area.

Have a bake-off

Baking cupcakes from scratch and decorating them with coloured icing, sweets and hundreds and thousands is fun for all ages. You can even have competitions to see who can come up with the best designs.