Entertain the kids for free
We’ve been very lucky with the weather this year. It started with the warmest and sunniest May on record, and the current heatwave is predicted to continue into August. Let’s make the most of it! Why not follow our top tips to make sure you and the kids have some (free) fun in the sun.
Go out for walk
You can’t go wrong with a walk around the great outdoors, sit down with your kids beforehand and plan out your route. Make sure to find a quiet spot on your journey to take a break and have some lunch, with a few packed sandwiches you’ve got yourself a picnic too! Make sure to get out early to enjoy the sun for as long as possible - and remember your sun cream!
Camp in the garden
Set up a tent in the garden for a home-based camping adventure. You may want to stay in the tent overnight with your older children, who will enjoy how grown up it feels to help you put up the tent and then sleep inside with you. For little ones, a few hours in the day may be enough, but they will enjoy the novelty and you can keep them shaded from the sun. You may also want to have some fun outside the tent – perhaps splashing in a paddling pool. If you don’t own a tent, improvise with bed sheets strung over a washing line or garden chairs.
Hot, sticky nights can make it difficult for everyone to sleep. Why not head outside into the cooler night air to spot some common stars? For top tips on star gazing – including what to look for and great spots for star gazing in the UK if you feel like venturing away from home – click here
Find out about free events in your area
There are lots of free activities for children in the summer that are both educational and fun – you just have to know where to find them. Community notice boards – such as in local libraries and doctor’s surgeries often have information about local events. You can also search online
Family history project
Of course, no British summertime is complete without a rainy-day. So if it does rain, how about starting your own family history project, by having your kids interview family members about what life was like when they were younger? Help them to think about and write down questions to ask family members beforehand, and let them know too, so that they can find old photos and mementoes to support the project. This activity will teach your children more about the family members lives, and also give them an opportunity to share some precious memories.
When planning outside activities with your children, it’s best to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its hottest and remember to drink plenty of water. For tips on how to keep cool, click here
Finally, there’s an easy way to remember how to stay safe in the sun: "Slip, Slop, Slap":
• Slip on sunglasses
• Slop on the sunscreen
• Slap on a hat