Summer Fun – Things to do with the kids

With another few weeks left to go until the kids go back to school, you’re probably running out of ideas and money for things to do to keep them entertained. With activities for you and your children ranging from animal encounters to crafty fun, you can enjoy our guide to keep you busy over the next few weeks, whatever your budget.

Why not visit Rural Worcestershire?  Our head office and studio are based in Worcestershire and we’re really proud of our local area so if you’re based less than an hour away, why not pay our beautiful county a visit. You could visit the Lido swimming pool in Droitwich Spa which is known as Worcestershire’s finest outdoor swimming pool – it‘s perfect for sunny summer days with lots of splash time fun for you and your family. And after you’ve dried off why not head to Sanders Park in Bromsgrove – with a cafe serving snacks and ice creams, a duck pond, band stand, tennis courts, a fantastic huge kids playground, skate park, not to mention a jam-packed schedule full of shows and festivals throughout the year, there is lots to see and do. Choose from circus and drumming workshops, ‘Art in the Park’, magic shows and more. Why not take a picnic, Frisbee and football and enjoy a day out in the beautiful surroundings.

Click here to find out about Droitwich Spa Lido or click here to find out more about Sanders Park

Mmmm, chocolate!   Don’t fancy getting wet? Maybe a visit to Cadbury World is more up your street? Not only do you get to see how chocolate is made, and have a go at creating your own taste sensation, but there’s even a play area too!  Click here to go straight to the Cadbury World website.

More of an outdoorsy type? Why not head off for an adventure at your local National Trust spot. And the great news is kids go free this August when you download a voucher here. With over 500 National Trust sites, there is plenty to choose from including beautiful gardens, adventure playgrounds, perfect picnic places and fantastic fountains. To find a place to visit near you click here.

Want more of an action packed day out? Then head to one of the UK’s theme parks and with several to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice. How about Legoland – a theme park dedicated to children between the ages of 3 and 12 with lots of interactive rides, wild water rides, building workshops and even a driving school!   Or maybe Alton Towers is more up your street – with rides for the grown ups as well as the children, a hotel, water park and spa there is something for everyone! For younger children Peppa Pig World is a great place to visit and sure to be a big hit with Peppa and George fans  Are your kids mad about animals? Then The West Midlands Safari Park is a great choice with a drive ‘round safari trail featuring all kinds of exotic animals, a walk ‘round zoo section and a whole host of rides to keep the children entertained.

Want to discover an Ocean Odyssey? If creatures living under the Sea are more up your street why not pay a visit to a Sea Life centre, where you can see Sharks, Penguins, tropical fish and much more. With 11 sites to choose from within the UK you’re bound to find one near you at www.visitsealife.com

Need Rainy Day indoor fun? With the good old British weather being so unpredictable, it’s good to have a few ideas up your sleeve for a miserable day. So if you’d like to stay dry and save some pennies, why not indulge in some fun at home.

Cardboard Box Fun! Get down your local supermarket and pick up a large cardboard box– make a house or a space helmet or whatever else takes your fancy. You can decorate using egg boxes, kitchen roll tubes, pipe cleaners, pictures cut from magazines and anything else you can find. Your only limit is your imagination!

Back to nature – find and clean a jam jar or old lunch box and pierce the lid with a sharp knife or scissors. Now send your little one into the garden on a nature hunt – first they can collect some grass, leaves and twigs to line the bottom of the container. Next, see how many bugs, snails, worms or ladybirds they can find. Your little bug hunter can observe their new pets for 24 hours before releasing them back into the wild.

Treasure Hunt – Hide 5 pence pieces around the house with clues leading to the next. See how long it takes your little one to find all the clues and coins and leave a nice surprise for them at the end.

Music time – Fill up a collection of glass bottles or jars with different levels of water to make a fun xylophone! Add some bright food colourings, get a metal spoon and enjoy listening out for the different pitches.

We hope you enjoyed this guide and would love to know what you got up to in the last few weeks before going back to school! Leave your comments here…..

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