Remember the days when it seemed like summers would last forever? Well, when you have children of your own it can still seem that way. Most children get around 6 weeks off school before they go back to their new class. This means YOU have to keep them entertained for that long! It’s tricky, and we know not everyone can afford to take holidays away, go to theme parks or all those other expensive things, so here are a few ideas of things you can do on a budget that won’t break the bank.
GEOCACHING: TREASURE HUNTING FUN
Have you ever heard of Geocaching? Well, it’s basically treasure hunting! Whether you realise it or not, the world is full of special treasure spots. They can range from boxes, crates, and small cylinders with notes in to simply a log book left under a rock or hidden in a tree. Using your smartphone, you can find the treasure by following the map or compass. It’s not the treasure that’s the draw of Geocaching- it’s the fun of finding it! Generally, when you find the treasure you leave your name or a message in the logbook so others know you have been there and hide the book back again where it was. If you find a treasure (usually a toy or small gift of some kind) the etiquette is to replace it with something of yours for the next person to find. The maps are really easy to follow and children love the thrill of finding things! Check out www.geocaching.com for more details and to download the app for free. We’re lucky enough here in North Wales to be blessed with a lot of beautiful scenery, so let your child get some fresh air and exercise and go Geocaching today!
Children have enjoyed making crafts for centuries. These days, craft sets are fairly cheap, in fact, Uber Kids sell an ever-expanding range of crafts, take a look through our range and see if it will inspire you into making something with your little one. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, you can also do a lot with paper plates, cereal box cardboard, egg cartons, empty bottles, string, tissue paper and poster paints. Let your imagination run wild!
EXPLORE YOUR TOWN
Wherever it is that you live in the UK, there is culture all around you. A quick google search will likely reveal a multitude of museums. Whether your child likes art, science, ancient history or the natural world, you will be able to satisfy their curiosity and also have a fun day out. Museums often have special concessions tickets- after all, it’s in their interest to get as many visitors as possible. Many museums offer free tickets for children too. Here in North Wales, we have several museums close by to keep your little one amused, including my favourites: the Dewa Roman Experience in Chester and a short train ride away are the National History Museum in Liverpool and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry which is a fun-packed, hands-on experience. I also recommend Techniquest Glyndwr here in Wrexham- not technically a museum but it’s packed with 65+ fun science-themed activities for children, my little one loves it and we have been several times. Check out https://tqg.org.uk/ for more information.
Swimming is one of those activities that all children seem to adore. A great way to keep fit, exercising every muscle and having a splashing good time. Look up your local swimming pool- during the holidays there will likely be plenty of special swimming events, classes and social gatherings at reduced rates. And, as a bonus your little one will probably sleep soundly after a day of swimming! Here at Uber Kids we have a selection of swimming-related items, such as swim nappies, arm bands, goggles and swimming aids.
COOKING UP A STORM
Cooking or baking is a traditional way of keeping children busy, which makes sense as they probably get a delicious treat at the end of the activity. Whatever your budget, you can easily make a range of dishes from cookies and cupcakes to trifles and even healthy fruit snacks. Check out some of our other blogs for example recipe ideas that the Uber Kids team have tried! We have some baking sets for sale which can actually be used in real life rather than just pretend.
Why not bring the big screen to your own home? You can make a magical movie experience for your little one with just a few things from around the home. Watching a film at the movies is a sensory experience, so blocking out the outside world from the screen helps concentration and takes you to a different place for a couple of hours. Depending on your living room set up, you could use some large bed sheets, clothes pegs, kitchen chairs and cushions to create your own private cinema. Scatter the cushions on a clear floor, peg out the bedsheets above the TV and at the sides using the backs of the chairs to raise the sheets up higher, as if you are building a den. Then stick a movie of choice on the TV and watch it together without distractions! Don’t forget the popcorn!
There are many things you can do with your child during the holidays. I hope these ideas have inspired you to try something new, or revisit something you may not have thought of for a while. Before you know it, they will be back at school and you’ll be glad you got to spend the precious time together, so make the most of it!