Tips for keeping the kids busy this summer

summer funKids love the summer holidays. Six long weeks of no school and no homework are, for the children, a little piece of heaven. Parents, however, have the challenge of keeping them busy and entertained throughout the summer. If you have run out of ideas, help is at hand with our guide to spending a stress free summer at home with the kids, no matter what the weather.

In the glorious sunshine.

When the weather is fine, the holidays are easy. Trips to the park to play on the swings, feed the ducks or practice acrobatic skills on the climbing frames are free and picnics can keep the hunger pangs at bay without the need for a second mortgage. Those within driving distance of the coast can make the most of beaches and country parks are plentiful in this green and pleasant land.

When the heavens open.

The past few years have been a washout and that’s where the challenge begins. What do you do with the little darlings when the rain is beating down? A quick look in the local free papers can throw up a variety of activities that are free or cheap. Libraries often have activities running through the holidays and cater for all ages, with story times for the little ones and computer game challenges for the older kids. Museums are generally free and usually offer activities that encourage the children to learn something new without even realising it.

Check out websites in your local area for coupons and vouchers that can help make outings more affordable. Cinemas offer kids’ club films at reduced rates, with films usually changing weekly. Take your own snacks and drinks and it is an incredibly cheap way to pass a rainy morning.

With a little imagination, a little research and a lot of determination, your little angels do not have to turn into little horrors over the summer, whatever the weather!

Image: summer fun by atomicjeep, on Flickr

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