Things to do in the Summer Holidays

 

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If you’ve been fretting over how you are going to keep the kids amused this summer without it costing you an arm and a leg then worry no more. You don’t have to spend a fortune on theme parks and expensive holidays to keep them happy, team up with friends and family for days at the park or the beach, playing simple games and enjoying each others company.

A day at the beach

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One of the best days out for everyone is a day at the beach. Fill the car with fun stuff like a bat and ball, a frisbee, a kite and of course the obligatory bucket and spade. Basically anything the kids love. Pack a picnic to save on cost then all you need is money for ice creams. There’s so much to do at the beach you could go to a different one each week. Maybe you could try looking for fossils or sea creatures in rock pools or you could collect pebbles and shells to take home and decorate another day.

Some of the best beaches in the UK are:

West Wittering, near Chichester, West Sussex

Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset

Walton-on-the-Naze, near Clacton, Essex

West Cliff Beach, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Woolacombe Bay, North Devon

Hunstanton, Norfolk

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales

http://www.netmums.com/local-to-you/places-to-go/family-days-out/family-friendly-uk-beaches

Swimming

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If you’re not keen on the beach then a great alternative for swimming  is at the local lido. These lovingly restored outdoor pools are becoming increasing popular again and are a great way to spend a sunny day with the family. However if the good old British weather lets you down then a trip to the local leisure centre can be just as good. They sometimes have fun stuff going on during the holidays both in and out of the pool.

The Park

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Most parks have a range of free activities planned for the summer, check out their website for what’s on offer. Alternatively pack a picnic and some chairs and blankets and spend the day playing ball games, riding bikes or maybe you could go on a nature trail. Lots of parks have splash parks in them for younger children, which are great fun, but you will need to get there early as they are usually very popular.

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If you live in or near London why not visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. With this year being an Olympic year there’s a special themed beach with giant paddling pool fun fair rides and beach bars. There’s also the Tumbling Bay Playground with rock pools, sand pits, tall treehouses, and wobbly bridges and the Pleasure Gardens play area where gigantic red rocks form challenging climbing frames up to broad slides, with oversized swings and a giant sand pit.  There’s a climbing wall formed from the gap left by a bridge which was used during the London 2012 Games and a Waterworks fountain with 195 individually controlled jets of water and which is lit up in the evening

http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/the-park/attractions/parklands/play-areas

For older children there’s the Arcelormittal Orbit Slide which costs £10. It’s probably worth booking this in advance to avoid queuing

https://tickets.arcelormittalorbit.com/WebStore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=AMOc&C=AMOCS

Cinema

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If the weather’s a bit miserable you can’t beat a good film to cheer them up and with special screenings during the holidays at reduced prices for both kids and adults you can’t go wrong.

Odeon Kid Screenings – Tickets £2.50 for kids and adults Saturday and Sunday and every day during summer holidays

http://www.odeon.co.uk/kids/?ast=nWSqa7

Vue Mini Mornings Tickets  £1.99 (3D £2.79)  kids and adults Saturday and Sunday and every day during summer holidays ( kids aged 2 to 12) http://www.myvue.com/minimornings

Cineworld movies for juniors Tickets £2.00 (only £3.50 for 3D!) Screenings take place most weekend and school holiday mornings at selected cinemas

https://www.cineworld.co.uk/movies-for-juniors/

Theatre

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Lets face it a trip to the theatre is usually just too expensive for the whole family but during August it’s the perfect time to take the kids as they go FREE.

Go to http://www.kidsweek.co.uk/ for details of participating theatres.

Plus there are free activities like Dancing on stage with Scooby Do or a dinosaur puppetry workshop for the Under 7’s. For teens up to the age of 16 there are behind the scenes workshops including dance, lighting and even writing.

Farm Visit

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You don’t have to live in the country to visit a farm there’s probably a city farm right on your doorstep that you didn’t even know about. The kids will love  getting up close with the animals and feeding them. If you prefer to go more rural what about a spot of fruit and vegetable picking, there’s plenty available from strawberries and raspberries to peas and sweetcorn. You can keep the kids occupied for hours.

Log on to https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/ to find your nearest city farm.

Museums

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Most museums nationwide are free now so whatever your child is interested in from football to science there’s a museum that’s perfect for them.

National Football Museum, Manchester

http://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/

V&A Museum of Childhood, London

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/

Coventry Transport Museum

http://www.transport-museum.com/

 

We hope we’ve given you a few good ideas for the next month or so and that whatever you do the weather stays fine and you all enjoy the summer.

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Other useful websites:

http://www.timeout.com/london/kids/101-things-to-do-in-London-with-kids-free-activities

http://www.netmums.com/activities/free-family-fun

http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/

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