With Easter and the May Bank Holidays fast approaching, you might be starting to panic about how to keep the kids occupied. If you can’t face the theme park queues and want to take the stress out of the planning this spring, check out our top family days…
1. Enjoy the great outdoors
If you and your family have spent the winter months staring at screens, what better way to enjoy the holidays than to get out into the fresh air? It’ll not only save you money, it will keep you fit and help to rid you of the stresses of the working week. Explore the beaches, countryside, forests and even mountains of your local area by getting on bikes or strapping on your hiking boots and seeing what’s out there. Find trails near you on www.footpathmaps.com or www.nationaltrust.org.uk and get reluctant kids involved with the Woodland Trust’s www.naturedetectives.org.uk, which provides downloadable games and activities.
2. Explore a UK city
It’s amazing how often we neglect what’s on offer on our own doorstep, so why not visit a city near you and see the sites like a tourist? Visit a museum, art gallery or local landmark, and make a day of it with a walking tour. Take a look on your local website to find out about what’s on offer and take the opportunity to seek out parks and back streets that you walk past every day. You might be surprised at how much you find. To find something to see in your area, check out visitbritain.com
3. Take an adventure trip
If you have older children, there are plenty of exciting days out to get sulky teenagers out of bed this spring. Try something new and get your hearts racing with an adrenaline-pumping trip. Enjoy beautiful scenery as you swing through the trees with Go Ape, zooming down zip wires and defeating an aerial obstacle course. Get the whole family into a canoe and explore some of the country’s rivers, or traipse across open heathland on the back of a faithful pony (or llama!). Visit www.dayvisits.co.uk to see what’s available near you.
4. Try a new class
Remember that hobby you always wanted to try? Now is the time to give it a go. Try your hand at archery, pottery or even circus skills. There are all sortS of arts and craft, cooking and activity classes on offer over the holidays that you could get involved with. Not only could a hands-on class make for a memorable day out, you could even discover a talent you never knew you had! Have a look at www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk for inspiration.
5. Attend a local event
Take the opportunity to get out into your community and support a local fete or carnival. You could even get involved! Making costumes, providing cakes or even pitching in on the day can be a great bonding experience for your family and could even help you make new friends. See what’s happening on your local community website or in your local newspaper. Or check out the noticeboards at your local school, community centre or church. From food festivals to open air productions, or even jousting at a nearby castle, you’re bound to find something that you’ll love!