We cannot wait to be free of alarm clocks and school runs and the kids have already put together a wish list of places they want to visit over the summer. I always find this round-up is a great way of discovering new places to explore so I have decided that this month I am going to divide it up into types of days out, so you can easily find what sort of adventure you are looking for.
A bit of History
During the school holidays the kids get a break from learning in a classroom, however, you can still ignite their imaginations with tales of the past, the chance to see how we used to live and even get them dressed up for the occasion.
Last month we attended a Medieval Siege at Arundel Castle which was so much fun and we hope to go back as they have similar events running throughout the summer holidays. North East Family Fun found an inexpensive day out at Segedunum Roman Fort at one end of Hadrian’s Wall, Family Travel Times visited Pembroke Castle, Monkey and Mouse visited Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire or for something slightly more modern, Kelly Allen Writer visited Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall in Neath.
For those of us with tweens and teens, the summer holidays can be a bit more of a challenge, as the kids very often know exactly what they want to do and mine relish a spot of adventure. I have to say that I wish I lived closer to Manchester after reading all about The Brick Castle’s fun at the Treetop Nets at Heaton Park. and for more bouncy fun, My Boys Club have been testing out their local trampoline centre, Jump 360 Trampoline Park in Hartlepool.
Theme parks are always popular in the summer holidays and my advice would be to visit on a weekday, if possible and get there in time for opening so you avoid some of the queues. Legoland is a firm favourite with my kids and Kizzy Iizzy and Baby offers their tips on visiting, whilst we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening of the new Ninjago ride which they loved so much we did it 5 times!
Paultons Park has just been voted the #1 theme park in the UK by Trip Advisor and Savings for Savvy Mums discusses whether getting a season pass is economical. For older kids it is rollercoasters and thrills they are after and Suburban Mum enjoyed a day out at Thorpe Park, for those with a mix of ages, Plutonium Sox headed to Alton Towers to check out CBeebiesland and Splash Landings and Muslim Mummies headed to Drayton Manor, home of Thomas Land.
Heading to the zoo is always a family favourite activity and if you can get up close to the animals without cages in the way, blocking the view, even better. This month we headed to Marwell Zoo along with For the Love of a Captain for the opening of their new Lemur Loop and the lemur’s were so close you could touch them. Mummy Travels got to stay in the Rhino Lodge at Port Lymph and enjoy their own private safari whilst Rachel McClary enjoyed the washed ashore exhibition at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
Our Bucket List Lives went to the Butterfly Tropical House near Sheffield but if you prefer sea creatures Play Days and Run Ways headed to the Sea Life Centre at Blackpool to see their Sea Stars exhibition. For a great mix of animals and thrills then Folly Farm Adventure Park is a great place to visit as it has a huge traditional fairground to enjoy and Keep Up with the Jones family enjoyed Marvellous Monsters at Longleat.
Back to Nature
Getting the kids out and about in the great outdoors can be tricky, but they always love it once they are there.
One of our favourite days out recently was Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight which has the perfect mix of nature based fun and kids entertainment with their Squawk Olympics which run throughout the summer. Otis and us enjoyed some outdoor fun at Lowther Castle
whilst renovation Bay Bee headed for West Wittering beach for a late afternoon of fun and Cardiff Mummy loved splash about at The Lido in Ponty. If farm animals are the order of the day there are plenty of petting farms all over the country and They Grow So Quick enjoyed a visit to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm in Leeds, whilst Cardiff Mummy Says headed to Mountain View Ranch or if all else fails, just a fun trip to your local park to feed the ducks like Little Hearts Big Love.
I hope that has given you some inspiration for days out over the holidays and feel free to add anymore to the linky below.