During the weekends and holidays it can be so hard for families to think of activities to do together
During the weekends and holidays it can be so hard for families to think of activities to do in order to make the most of precious time off and time together. Left to their own devices most kids will soon tire of playing with their tablets and smartphones and the cry of “I’m bored” will soon start to ring out.
We all get up in the morning full of plans but the first question on most minds is “what’s the weather like today?” The key to happy family time is planning and here we can offer a few tips on activities to keep all the family entertained, whatever the weather.
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The Great Outdoors
Over the last few years cycling has really gained popularity aided no doubt by the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire races which did much to capture the imagination and raise awareness of how much fun cycling can be. So why not drag the bikes out of the garage, dust them off and go for a cycle, en famille? If you don’t have your own bicycles there are many outlets through the country that hire them out. For those who’ve never cycled before, or forgotten how, local authorities or community groups in many areas of the country now offer lessons or refresher courses.
Explore the area around you. Visit your local woodland and take the kids on a bug hunt. Challenge them to see how many trees they can identify. Pretend to be a tourist and explore where you live; visit local attractions to learn about your town. Pack a picnic and head for the local park or beach; this can be a fun, inexpensive day out if you keep it simple. Just remember to take a blanket with you.
Find out what sports facilities are available in your area and get involved as a family. There are many sports and games that can be played by all ages.
Let the kids get messy with paints. Lay a large plastic sheet on the ground (a couple of bin bags will do) then break out the paints and go crazy. Not only will this encourage your child’s creativity it’s fun for parents too. If you use water-based paints these should be easy to clean up at the end if things get a little too messy!
Painting and crafts are good options for when the weather is too poor to play outside. It’s always fun learning a new skill and from knitting to baking to model-making there are lots of inexpensive craft kits available in hobby stores. The internet is a useful learning tool whatever new craft you decide to explore.
Play games. Dig out your old board games like Monopoly or Mousetrap for hours of competitive fun. Play cards or make up a bingo board for a game of improvised Tombola. Small prizes for the winner will add interest too.
Whatever the weather decides to do on any given day all you need is a little imagination to create fun for all the family.