If you have run out of craft activities and the kids are getting fidgety, then it might be time to get out the house and explore the world. Whether you travel near or far, it’s perfect for the kids to get to experience new things in their summer holidays. It’s also a fantastic way of making memories that will last a lifetime.
The Local Park
You don’t have to travel internationally to keep these kids amused and make good memories. Even something as simple as a morning out in your local park can break up the boredom and let the kids expend some energy. Why not pack a picnic and take their bikes. You could even do a nature trail and collect thing that the kids could draw and write about afterward.
Your Nearest City
Still keeping it local, why not visit your nearest city for a fun day out? You are bound to find lots of things to keep the kids amused there. Visit the city museum and art gallery and learn about local history. Treat the kids lunch out as a special treat and you can visit a mall for some shopping later in the afternoon.
If you are lucky enough to have a water park or swimming pool close by, then this makes a great summer holiday activity. The kids can cool off in the water, while you get to chill at the side of the pool and read a book. If they are not yet, confident swimmers don’t forget to take their floats and armbands. Check the policy of bringing food and drink into the park before you go, as you can save a few dollars by packing your own food and bottles of water.
Your State Capital
Another brilliant place to visit during the summer vacation is your state capital. These are usually larger cities so have a good range of things to do. Many capitals have interesting historical and architectural features to observe. While some play host to huge sports stadiums, so why not catch a game while you’re there? Many also have food, music or cultural festivals that run over the summer months, so try to get your visit to coincide with a one of those for even more fun.
Of course, then there’s the ubiquitous www.disneyworld.com visit. This can be expensive, especially for a family traveling on a budget. While it takes longer if you drive there, you can make the trip itself into an adventure. Planning quirky road trip stops along the route and sees some of the weirder sides of America is an excellent way to break up the journey. Driving can save you some serious money on airfare too, especially if you have a large family, so it is worth considering.
Once you arrive at the Magic Kingdom, make sure you get the most out of the fastpass system. Fast pass is like queuing without the queue. You get a ticket for your chosen attraction, and then you can leave the line and do something else. As long as you are back for the stated time, you will be fast tracked onto the ride. This is ideal for families with young children who don’t take to queuing very well or if you have a limited amount of time available in the park.
Thinking of places that are further afield now why not consider an international trip to somewhere like Europe or the UK?
The UK is such a great location to take the kids to because we share a heritage and language. Its makes it easy for them to understand what is going on around them while absorbing some history. There are lot of things to do with the little ones in the UK including Warwick Castle in Warwickshire. Which is known for its medieval jousting tournaments, with Knights on horseback? Or why not go to Coombe Abbey and take part in a traditional castle banquet? Then there is the fascinating if smelly Viking experience at the Jorvik Center in Nottingham. Experience all the sights, sounds, and smells of a traditional Viking settlement. It’s a truly immersive historical experience.
If you are looking for more of an adrenaline rush, don’t fret, there are lots of amusements parks in the UK too. Try out Alton Towers, Legoland Windsor and the famous www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com.
If you are in Blackpool, then you’ll want to experience British seaside culture too. So don’t forget to hit the slot machines and then grab some fish and chips and an ice cream for a walk along the pier. Just don’t let the seagulls come to close!
I’m the crazy cousin! I love LARPING and wearing all kinds of costumes in general. Meoowww!