It’s that time of year again – school’s (almost) out for summer! As your kids count down the days, you might be wondering how to plan summer activities to keep them active and entertained over those long six weeks. Luckily, we’ve done all the thinking for you!
From arts and crafts essentials and exciting kids’ games to how to create your own water park, we’re here to keep boredom at bay with activity ideas you’ll even enjoy yourself! Keep reading for our guide to planning fun summer holiday activities for kids.
1. Build The Ultimate Den
A great all-weather activity, building a den is the kind of mischievous fun that helps to unleash their imagination. Whether they’re building a den for playtime with their favourite action figures and dolls or creating their own makeshift pirate ship, our kids’ garden furniture is perfectly proportioned for den-building.
From tea sets and toy checkouts to pretend power tools and mini kitchen sets, our collection of pretend play toys has everything your mini-me might need to take their den to the next level. With so much variety, you’re sure to find something just right for playtime.
2. Get Creative With Arts & Crafts
It’s no secret, Britain’s summer sunshine isn’t guaranteed – unlike the energy and enthusiasm of the kids! For those cloudy (and sometimes rainy) summer days, there’s no better way to keep spirits high and minds occupied than getting creative with arts and crafts.
From face painting and homemade bath bomb sets to magic sand and tie-dye kits, our super fun arts and crafts options are sure to offer something even adults will love – because you’re never too old to get involved!
3. Stock Up On New Games & Puzzles
Entertaining and challenging, puzzles are a great way to engage with kids (sometimes they need a helping hand!). To keep young minds busy over the long summer holidays, pick out a puzzle based on some of their favourite characters, including Batman and Harry Potter.
If you’re hoping to swap screen time for family fun, our collection of holiday games for kids is the place to start. From classic family favourites such as Twister and Articulate to dartboards and pool tables, our range of kids’ games will help you stay connected to your little ones over the summer months.
4. Create Camping Memories
This summer is all about staycations. Looking for a budget-friendly holiday that won’t compromise on fun? Camping could be the ideal activity for you and your family over the summer!
Whether you head to an idyllic spot in the countryside or you just fancy venturing out into your garden, a family camping trip is guaranteed to create long-lasting memories. From campfire conversations and marshmallow toasting to scenic walks and night-time stargazing, there’s no shortage of things to do together.
5. Go For Water-Themed Fun
Grab their sliders and don’t forget the sun cream! Perfect for a summer heatwave, heading to a waterpark is the ultimate family-friendly day out. Get the youngsters even more excited for the adventure with brand new girls’ swimwear and boy’s swimwear and make sure to pack the inflatables!
Skip the queues (and the entrance fee!) by creating your very own waterpark in your backyard. Choose water toys suitable for all ages, from slip and slides to water splash toys and even hot tubs – perfect for parents post-bedtime!
6. Take Them To The Beach Or Bring The Beach Home
Why not make the most of Britain’s beautiful beaches by planning a family trip to the seaside? If kids need a little convincing, our beach toys are a winning way to tempt them away from their screens.
Teach tots something new, such as the perfect sandcastle-making technique or how to hunt for fossils. You might enjoy the family day out so much that you’ll want to bring the beach home with you – and with our range of sand pits you can do just that!
7. Design A Mini Garden Theme Park
It’s hard to replicate the hair-raising thrills of theme parks, but you can still make rollercoaster-inspired additions to your garden that will keep little ones outside until sunset. Transform your patch into a kids’ paradise with slides, swings and trampolines.
For the full-on summer camp vibe, don’t forget outdoor toys! To make yours an active garden theme park, turn up the fun-o-meter with football goals, table tennis sets and scooters.