Libraries are a great place to go for free, interactive fun for kids of all ages. You can get lost in the pages of a book and explore new worlds, or use their computers and internet access to learn something new online. Some libraries even have story time programs that are perfect for young kids who need something to keep them busy over long school holidays.
If you're looking to get out and about but don't have any particular destination in mind, why not go for a bike ride? You can take the family to your local park or beach, or just explore your local area. If you're feeling adventurous, why not take your bike on public transport instead of driving? That way, everyone will get some exercise while also making use of public transport facilities that may be underutilized during school holidays.
Get the kids to help weed or sow some seeds, kids love to help in the garden and it such a great learning opportunity!
Crafts can be a great way to spend time with your kids and make some fun things. There are many different types of crafts that you can do with your kids. You don’t need expensive supplies or tools to make crafts, so they are also a good way to save money!
Crafts made from recycled materials
Crafts made from items you find around the house
Get a recipe book from the library.
Get some ingredients from the supermarket.
Make something new, or try something you have made before.
If you don’t like it, you can always throw it away!
Keep track of something you're interested in.
You can use it as a creative outlet, or just to keep track of your interests.
Camping in the backyard is a fun and easy way to get your kids outside, away from their devices and engaged with nature. You can use an actual tent or blankets for a cozy set-up, build a campfire and roast marshmallows. Camping games are great because they're educational while also being fun and engaging. Just make sure that your child knows how to stay safe while playing them (for example, don't send them out alone on hikes).
As you know, the holidays are a great time to get in touch with long-lost friends and family. But sometimes it's good to go deeper than that—to think about people in your life who might be struggling, or lonely. You could write them a letter!
Play dress-ups and make up stories together
Makeup and costumes are a perfect way to explore your creativity, so why not invite the kids to come up with their own super hero persona? They can draw a costume, paint it onto paper bags or create their very own fabric outfit. Then write down their story in a journal so that they can remember it in years to come! If you want this activity to be more interactive, why not get some friends involved? You could even let them read out their stories at your next family gathering and see who gets the most laughs!
It goes up in seconds and there is no mess when it's time to pack up!
Our bunk bed fort is essentially bunk curtains that can provide privacy and create a fantastic cosy and easy to set up fort. It can also help with making bedtime very easy!
The classic make-your-own hobbit hole.
Go on a hunt for buried treasure.
A trip to the museum is always entertaining but there are so many other options that don't even require leaving your home, such as online art galleries and apps like Google Art Project.
Get creative with some simple origami techniques or even just colouring in.
Kids can also be pretty good at coming up with their own ideas too, so encourage them to come up with some great ideas of their own.
We hope this article has given you some ideas for keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays. If you have any more great suggestions, please let us know!