When you’re a kid, the summer holiday feels like a long promise of freedom, with endless days stretching out ahead of you. Unfortunately, for this very same reason, parents can find the summer holidays something of a challenge, having to juggle the household essentials with finding ways of keeping your children occupied.
“But I’m bored!” That’s the warning shot fired over the bows. Boredom is the great risk of the summer holidays, especially if the weather turns nasty and staying indoors seems like the best option.
Well, at Kidult and Co we’re all about celebrating, and encouraging, freedom for your kids. So, here are our suggestions for turning the summer holidays into activity heaven for your kids. Furthermore, we think our playtime collection provides the ideal clothing for them to wear while they’re getting the most out of their endless free time.
Geocaching in the Great Outdoors
Taking the kids for a walk in the country may be met by protest – it’s one of those perennials that only works if you can get them there, because the concept of visiting the countryside can sound boring to them. One answer is to make a walk or hike in the great outdoors into a treasure hunt. But, we hear you ask, how do we plant the prizes in advance, or are we risking some disappointed tantrums further down the line?
The solution is ingenious, and readymade: geocaching. This involves hidden objects that you locate using a GPS device. Many of these objects have been hidden by kids, for kids, so you don’t have to worry about it being too stiff and technical.
So, how do you get started? You will need to buy a GPS handheld receiver, but there are now various models for kids on the market. Then you register for free at geocaching.com and you can search for geocache by postcode or keyword.
This means you can plan your day out for your kids depending on where you are and where you want to go. They’ll find the online bit absorbing enough, but then the caches themselves often contain small gifts and toys, so there is a reward involved. The trick is to engage them in the whole process, from planning the trip, using the GPS, to what they see and experience out and about. Yes, it has an educational element, but it’s cunningly disguised as a treasure hunt.
The Beach and Other Watery Ideas
Yes, it’s an obvious one, but there’s a huge choice of places to go, and if the beach doesn’t work for you, or it’s going to be too packed with other people, there are other areas with water features you can take the kids to. It does help, however, to choose somewhere with plenty of options, for several reasons. Chief among these is the boredom factor.
As adults, we can forget that for kids, the idea of lounging, prone, in the sun is not any kind of fun. They crave action – whether it’s splashing in the sea, building sandcastles or exploring rock pools.
You also want to make sure that they don’t get sunburnt!
Having nearby facilities is always a good idea too, whether these are bouncy castles, and fairgrounds or something less brash, such as a nearby village complete with ice cream temptations.
And just in case you’d forgotten, Kidult and Co have got some great, monochrome kids clothing t-shirt designs that are ideal for the beach, along with a funky range of hats to provide that much needed sun protection.
If the beach is either unappealing or inconvenient, then think about making a splash elsewhere. Waterparks are great for children, where you can keep a safe eye on them, and they can really get stuck into the water with slides and floats while meeting other kids.
As something in between the beach and the pool, there’s the option for wild swimming. These locations are usually wild quarry lakes, or calm stretches of river. Obviously, you need to check in advance that the location is properly safe for swimming, and not too deep for the kids, and that swimming there is not prohibited for any reason. Wild swimming also means you’re combining water activities with a day out in the countryside – double winner!
While we’re thinking about the countryside, it’s also worth mentioning the countryside code. This is about your kids being safe when they’re outdoors, but also keeping the countryside in the right condition for others, including its residents, other visitors, and the people who use it for a living.
This isn’t about laying down the law, but just following some common-sense tips to make the countryside great for everyone. You can find out more about the countryside code here.
Playing Out, and In
It’s great for the kids to be outside in the summer, whether it’s the countryside, the local park, or even the back garden. Get them out there, playing games and building dens, and watch them use up that energy – they’ll need to, because you’ve got around 40 days of summer holidays to manage!
When your kids are playing out make sure they’re wearing the clothes that fit the part, for comfort, for fun, and so they’re easy to spot. Our distinctive, minimal kids clothing is unisex and is all about celebrating your kids’ individuality.
And of course, the perennial question…what to do if it rains? The British summer is always a bit of a gamble when it comes to the weather, so our tip is to be prepared and have some alternatives you can always pull out of the bag.
Here are our top suggestions for keeping the kids entertained during rainy days;
- Check out indoor adventure locations, with things like climbing walls and soft play areas for kids. It’s a cheap and fun way of keeping the kids entertained for a few hours, but remember to take a magazine or book with you!
- For something more out of the ordinary, why not try a trip to an indoor skydiving centre – the minimum age for kids is four, so the whole family can usually get involved and try something new.
- Another idea is to go out but stay sheltered from the rain, by visiting a cave. The biggest caves and cave networks are all child-friendly and combine activity with plenty to see, while keeping everyone dry at the same time.
- Or, if you really are stuck at home or are completely skint, check out our blog from the Easter Holidays, on fun things to do with the kids that are completely free!
Get In Touch
The summer holidays mean playtime for kids, but we don’t want parents to feel left out, so our striking, minimal t-shirts come in adult sizes too. Get your kids, and yourself, properly set for the summer; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the contact form on our website. We’ll get back to you just as soon as we can.