… Summer Holiday!

So the school holidays are have arrived and millions of us parents across the country will have at least one little one to entertain for the next six weeks – not easy when you are also juggling in work and life commitments, but the little ones are not really concerned about that! The goal for these six weeks is to put off the “…I’m boooooored!” comment for as long as possible.

To that end, we’ve had a chat around the office and tried to come up with some ideas for even the rainiest of days that might help out.

  • Firstly, if you are going to be planning any days out (and let’s face it… you are!), then take advantage of Kids Pass. By joining Kids Pass, you can gain access to discounts across all sorts of days out, cinema trips, meals and activities. There is currently a 60 day trial for just £1 which should see you through the summer holidays**
  • Don’t forget if you have a superstore reward card, often the points can be exchanged for family days out to theme parks and attractions, so check in stores for information about those.
  • Summer Holiday activities don’t always have to mean spending money though. There are plenty of other ways to have fun! From simple home activities to building forts in the garden, to going to the local park and feeding the ducks – try not to dismiss what is on your doorstep. One suggestion from somebody here in the office, was to do little treasure hunts around the house and garden, leaving clues and making maps – Sounds like great fun!
  • Check your local town website or Facebook/Twitter page. There are usually lots of events run by either local authorities or groups that can fly under the radar and be easily missed – so keep those eyes open and ears peeled and also ask around other parents you know to see if they are aware of any organised activities.
  • Also, your local library should be running events during school holiday periods. Whether its reading challenges, treasure hunts, colouring and writing competitions etc, there is usually something to do. It’s great to support your local library, so be sure to make the most of what they are putting on!
  • If the weather takes a turn for the worse and you need to head undercover, then there are still lots of choices. Arranging an ‘indoor picnic’ and getting the little ones involved in helping out (making cakes for example) can be a brilliantly fun family activity. Once the food and drink have been gobbled down, playing some board games or seeing who can build the best Lego house can pass away the wettest days.
  • Arts & Crafts are also great – you can be surprised by how the simplest activities amuse young minds. This again doesn’t have to involve spending a fortune and often you will have the materials probably waiting to go into the bin (old plastic milk bottles, lolly sticks, old newspapers etc) that can be used to create little pieces of art.
  • We hope these idea will give you a bit of inspiration to make it through the holidays unscathed. If you have any ideas of your own, we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    ** Please note, the 60 day trial will turn into a full membership (which currently costs £7.50 per month) if not cancelled before the end of the trial period. PreciousLittleOne are not responsible for any additional costs incurred – please ensure you understand the Terms & Conditions of the Kids Pass membership before signing up.

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