Keeping kids entertained in the school holidays

We’ve reached that time of year – school’s out for summer! No more school runs to contend with, the possibility of sleeping in is bliss. But what do you do when they mutter those two little words: “I’m bored!”?

It can be very hard as parents and carers, whether we like it or not we do not have a magic pot of money to fund loads of fun days out and six weeks is a long time to keep those little people busy. So, here are a few ideas to keep the little ones entertained and that won’t break the bank.

Kids Week at the Theatre

Throughout the month of August, children aged 16 or under can get a free theatre tickets to selected performances when they’re accompanied by a full-paying adult. There are plenty of great shows to choose from including the brilliant Horrible Histories, Matilda, Disney’s Aladdin and Everbody’s Talking About Jamie. Adults can buy up to two extra kids’ tickets at half price, and there are no booking or postage fees. Have a look at the line up happening on Kids Week and whilst your visiting you may as well make a day of it and explore London too. Get in quick mind you as tickets sell out fast!

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Explore the woods

Nothing like a bit of fresh air is there? Check out the Woodland Trust’s website and tap in your postcode to find a local woodland to explore. You could build a den, hunt for minibeasts, collect leaves, seeds and twigs to make some crafts with or do a nature trail and see how many things you can spot along the way. Take a picnic and have a magical little feast amongst the trees.

Cool off in a Lido

Are you lucky enough to have a lido close by? This is the perfect weather for an outdoor dip. Search the internet and see what you could find, failing that a lot of the bigger parks have fountains and paddling pools, great for cooling off and spending a whole day having fun.


The majority of London museum’s are free to enter, even the large ones like the Natural History and Science Museum but one great little gem is the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, one stop before London Bridge on the train. There is always plenty going on, check out their website for activities. Entry is free but if you want to visit the aquarium there is a small charge.

Visit a river

Visit the Canal and River Trust to find out if anything is going on locally in your area. You’ll find some lovely riverside walks and maybe you could even take a little boat ride.

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The National Trust

From the coast to beautiful gardens and castles the National Trust has something for everyone. If you are lucky enough to own a National Trust pass you can explore so many places. Although some are free to visit and you may only need to pay for parking. Browse their website for ideas, take a kite, some bubbles and some snacks and enjoy some of the most beautiful places in the UK.



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About Sarah Stockley

Sarah is mum to three children and a plethora of animals (mostly cats) and lives in Surrey. You’ll often find her family exploring the great outdoors, foraging in the woods, camping and visiting festivals. Sarah also loves to upcycle things and will happily turn an old pallet into a rustic shabby chic sign. She studied Art and Design at college and when she’s not blogging at Kippers and Curtains she also likes to make bohemian style dreamcatchers. This mum is also never far from her camera – much to the annoyance of her children.