Inexpensive ways to keep your kids entertained this summer | Modern Mummy

Monday, 9 July 2018

Inexpensive ways to keep your kids entertained this summer

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Entertaining your kids is no mean feat at the best of times, and it’s even more difficult during the school holidays. The key is to keep your children entertained and happy, without having to break the bank!

According to research from Groupon, parents typically estimate they spend £251 on activities keeping their children entertained during the six-week summer break. The survey found that nearly two-thirds (61%) of parents try to plan activities for their children before the summer holidays start, but 45% admit they are struggling for new ideas by the end of August – nearly one in 10 as far as six months in advance.

Despite this, the average parent estimates they make 13 suggestions to their child every week during the summer break to help keep them entertained, yet most children still begin to get bored just after 1.30pm.

Here are some suggestions of ways to keep your children busy this summer:

Get out and about whenever you can 
Let’s be honest, the British summer is awfully unpredictable so getting outside can be tough when it’s raining, but with a number of activities and events on offer throughout the school holidays for families to enjoy – many of which tend to be low cost or even free – it’s worth taking the plunge.

Earlier this year, the Telegraph recently revealed a list of 23 best family days out in London priced under £5 – exactly what us parents want to hear! Consider reading your local council’s website, to find out what is on offer near you. This is a great way to find out if there are any deals on your local leisure centre and swimming pool, or even whether there are any pop-up outdoor cinemas showing children’s films – this is becoming a popular choice for many councils and is mostly free.

Museums and art galleries around the country often open new exhibitions and events during the summer months that are suitable for children, such as the Natural History Museum or the Science Museum in London. Most local libraries also hold events (such as arts and crafts days and reading challenges) which helps to encourage learning, whilst also being fun.

If the weather is good, make the most of it by taking some outdoor sports equipment and a picnic to your local park to ensure they’re getting their much-needed 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The kids never get bored of kicking a ball around with family and friends or playing crazy golf, especially if an ice-cream treat is on the cards afterwards to help cool off.

Be creative at home 
Even if the weather is nice, it’s sometimes good to spend a day or two at home, after all, there’s plenty of activities to get stuck into through the six-week break. But this doesn’t mean it has to be boring, and the key is to be creative and think outside-of-the-box.

A fool proof idea that children of all ages love to participate in, is building a den. If the weather is set to be dry, you could even risk doing this outside! All you need is some boxes or sofa cushions, a few blankets, and a bit of imagination. Turn it into a story, and play dress up with kids and adult costumes for fancy dress– think about recreating Princess Rapunzel’s tower or a pirate ship.

Alternatively, you could even get the kids involved in creating a project together, such as creating a little vegetable patch they can tend to over the summer, or something creative for their bedroom, such as a piece of art or a Lego model.

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