While it’s sometimes tempting to let the kids watch TV and play video games all holiday, it’s important for their development to make sure they’re getting out and getting exercise.
I know how hard it can be to encourage kids to get outside and get active, so with this in mind, here are a few ideas to help spark their interest and at the same time provide something different from their usual routine.
While the idea of visiting a science museum may seem boring to some, in actual fact a lot of these are geared towards kids and provide a whole range of interactive experiments and “hands on” experiences.
Make sure you have a look at the website beforehand to see they what kind of things they offer, a lot will have facilities available such as coffee shops and restaurants giving you the option to let your kids experiment while you relax.
Farm parks are a great family day out and often offer a whole range of activities for kids of all ages. The parks often provide kids with the opportunity to explore adventure playgrounds, get lost in maize mazes and interact with the farmyard animals, while learning about them at the same time.
A lot of the activities are seasonal also, meaning that there is constantly something new to do each time you go. Along with all the children’s activities, the adults are often catered for, with cafes, restaurants and shops to visit while the kids play.
While you may have to travel a bit further to find a space centre, they have a wide appeal and offer similar sorts of hands on experiences as the science museums, providing kids with the opportunity to learn and explore while having fun.
Indoor activity zones
A lot of these can be found adjoining pubs up and down the country. Perfect for rainy days they allow kids to get plenty of exercise in a safe environment, while parents can have a meal and drinks in the restaurant.
Paintballing / Lazer Zones
Not suited for young children, these activities are geared towards slightly older kids, helping them to get out and get plenty of exercise. Paintballing can be a very expensive activity though so be sure to check the website of your centre for more prices. Unlike “lazer quest” type of games, where there is a set cost per game, paintballing centres will often lure you in with a low initial cost and charge you a fortune for paintballs.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, if anyone wants to share any tried and tested activities that work for them, let us know in the comments.
This is a post by Leon from Willows Farm Village, a Farm Park. Set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, it’s the perfect kids day out in Hertofordshire.