The summer holidays are arguably, the best part of the year! With so much to look forward to, most of us have been building up to the summer break since – last summer! But with many of us counting down until the kids are released from school and we can enjoy our time away from work. You might be wondering how you’re going to keep everyone busy and entertained during this time.
It can feel like a lot of pressure… and a lot of work. But don’t worry, here you’ll find some helpful tips and fun activity ideas you can use to make it through the summer holidays!
Get out into the garden
If you have a garden or an outdoor space to enjoy this summer, then now is the time to make the most of it! Even if your garden is looking a little worse for wear, you can make sprucing it up a family event. Why not head to The Tree Centre and choose some new flowering trees or something a little more tropical? Head to your local plant nursery and the kids can choose their own flowers to plant.
Why not spend your afternoons, painting colourful flower pots, creating a beautiful moral on a garden wall? Build a bug hotel or construct a bird table or house? Not forgetting all the garden games you can invent!
Head to the library
It might sound like the opposite of spending a day in the sunshine, but you’ll be surprised at what activities and free events you can experience at your local library. Group reading sessions, music time, local authors reading from their latest books. Not forgetting creative workshops and all the reading materials they’ll need to get them through those long, rainy days. Check out your libraries website, social media pages or head down there and see whats coming up.
Stargaze in the backyard
Long days filled with uninterrupted sunshine means clear skies at night – perfect for stargazing with the kids or your partner! Set up a tent in the back yard or dry out the paddling pool and fill it with pillows and throws. Keep a chart of what to look out for or look up constellations online. What could be more exciting than hosting your family’s first stargazing night? It could soon become a family tradition!
Keep a sketch diary
Going somewhere of interest? The lake, the woods or the beach? Have the kids bring their very own sketch pad, so when they’ve tired themselves out from all the running and playing, they can sit in the shade and sketch something of interest. Its something that’s personal to them, they can keep it forever and they can even take it to school to show everyone when school starts again in September.
Have a backyard campout
Camping is always fun – but it can be a little easier for you if its in your own backyard! This is a perfect time to break out the BBQ and roast some marshmallows, or tell stories by the glowing coals.
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