When I was young I used to look forward to the Summer holidays. Eight whole weeks of no school and having fun. We used to pretty much amuse ourselves, in those days there were three channels on the television and children’s programmes were limited to around an hour at tea time. In the Summer we also got an extra hour in the morning and were treated to Flash Gordon, Tarzan and a programme called “Why Don’t You”. The idea was why not turn off the television set and go and do something less boring instead. We used to wander around the neighbourhood, building dens in the trees, going off on bikes, playing football in the street and playing in a tent that we had in the garden. The days always seemed to be long and sunny and we had fun.
These days kids seem less able to amuse themselves, they don’t tend to play out the way we did. When they do spend time with each other they seem to be permanently attached to phones, iPods or video games. I have been trying to get my son to get out and have some Summer fun and these are some ideas that I found worked.
- Check your local sports centre for activities. I found mine was running a number of different activities during the Summer including Laser Tag, Sport and Splash days and Climbing Wall activities. All the activities are supervised so you can drop your child off and collect them later. The prices were reasonable as well.
- Check your local library. They usually run a reading quest over the Summer where you need to read a certain number of books and get rewards as you go. Each Summer the theme is different and it is great for helping encouraging children to read.
- Visit your local museum. They are free and often have lots of activities on over the Summer. We love visiting the Discovery Museum in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they have lots of interactive displays and if your child is a football supporter Toon Times is worth a visit. The Great North Museum is also fabulous with its displays of natural history.
- If you have a bit of money to spend a day at a theme park is always fun. We recently visited Flamingoland where we had great fun enjoying the rides and the zoo. These trips can be expensive so save money by packing a picnic.
- Check the English Heritage and National Trust websites. They have lots of great properties that are worth a visit but over the Summer you often find events going on. We found Vikings at Linidisfarne and Knights at Warkworth Castle, both events were really interesting.
For Summer fun you need to have Summer food. Pick up a picnic and add lots of snacks to keep you going though the day. We have recently been enjoying McVities BN Biscuits in chocolate and raspberry flavours.
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