It’s the school holidays. Your kids are slowly melting into the sofa playing video games, or they have just attempted their version of the Sistine Chapel on the dining room wall. It’s time to sort something out that’s going to engage them without costing you (or them) an arm or a leg, metaphorically or physically. Rossall School have some ideas you can do with them that will entertain them and spare your sanity.
There are tonnes of places you can go to get out the house for a few hours. If you are on a tight budget, why not go for a walk around your local (or not) park. No doubt there will be a play area for them to wear themselves out in or just a nice woodland stroll. You could visit a castle, a new town, the beach or find a little lake to walk (or bike) around.
If it’s a bleak day and you want somewhere to go with a roof, how about a museum or art gallery. Quite often free entry and always something for everyone there, your kids may just learn something too!
If you have a little money to spare for a day out, there’s the cinema, who often do kids clubs, you could take you family for a nice meal out somewhere, or you could find your nearest zoo, safari or sealife centre. If you want something a bit more thrilling, there are plenty theme parks around, and there’s usually promotional deals on either online, in the newspaper or on cereal boxes, etc.
You don’t need to go far and wide to find something creative to do with your kids during their time off. It may well be that some days they do just want to play on their Playstation, but that’s not to say you can’t get involved too. Pick up a second controller and kill zombies together or replicate your own home in Minecraft together.
Of course, there are other activities you can all do together that don’t involvecomputer games; getting them involved in the kitchen, cooking is a great skill to teach them whatever age, even a toddler can sit and watch you prepare a meal, but the older they are the more involved they can be and responsibility they can handle. Starting from a batch of biscuits to cooking up the Sunday roast, it will get them learning about eating healthy and being able to fend for themselves when they are older and independent, not always relying on a takeaway.
Another idea is to let them go wild with their imagination in however form they wish. Get the craft materials out with enough paper (and perhaps a tablecloth) for them to go crazy with. On the other hand, you could have them write a story and read it back to you, or get your phone camera out and have them act out the plot to Jurassic Park or something!
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