The summer holidays have officially started and this is the first time I’m ever having to think about things to with kids, as I am hoping to get to spend some time with my little nephew!
I’m so excited to see him do things for the first time, so naturally I have been mentally planning a million and one different things ANYONE can do over the summer holidays, whether you have kids or not!
I thought I’d share some of my favourite ideas here, in hopes I can inspire you to do something fun or educational this summer!
Visit the Zoo
Years and years ago I worked in a zoo over the summer holidays and it always made me so happy seeing how excited everyone (not just the kids) would get walking around the zoo in the sun. I think for me, it’s a no brainer, and everyone should visit a zoo at least once a year. You can feed the animals, see educational shows for some of the most incredible animals and enjoy an ice cream while strolling around.
Have a Picnic in the Park
With all the warm weather we’ve been having, a picnic in the park is the perfect way to spend a day! With delicious food, some games and great company you have everything you need for a picnic. I’m hoping I get to go on a couple of picnics this year (both with my boyfriend, and my family and friends) so fingers crossed the warmer weather sticks around.
Catch up on School Work
This may not be the first thing that you think of doing during the summer holidays, but if you or your child is struggling with school work then the six week’s holidays is the perfect chance to spend some quality time with a tutor. If you’re in Essex or Southend-on-Sea, why not check out this study group.
During the summer holidays there are always plenty of extra sessions on at local swimming baths and lido’s, so it’s a great time to go and enjoy some time in the pool. Swimming is one of my absolute favourite things to do, and depending on what you want to do (sessions or free swim), it’s best to check your local timetables beforehand.
Some places also offer free ‘swim safe’ sessions for children.
Go on a Nature Walk
Back when I used to live at home and my Mum used to childmind, she used to do lots of different activities during the summer holidays. One of the kids favourite, was a nature walk. There are lots of different downloads online that you can print out, all of which give a little ‘treasure hunt’ of things to spot. This could include leaves, rocks, bugs etc. Nature walks are both fun and educational, and I always remember the kids absolutely loving it!
Visit Local Museums and National Parks
Another thing the kids my Mum used to look after loved, was going to different local museums. We have quite a few close to us so it quite easy to do. I’m hoping to do this myself over the summer as I really don’t think I’ve seen enough of the UK, and I’m really interested in visiting some of the incredible places that are on my doorstep.
What are you doing over the summer holidays?