If you’ve looked at the calendar lately you’ll have noticed it’s not long until summer and that means school holidays. The weeks are closing in at a thunderous pace and before you know it the kids will be off school. Luckily you still have a few months to sort things out, but eventually you will need to come up with some sort of plan. You might be going abroad on holiday, but that will only be for a week or two and they still need to be kept entertained for the rest of the time.
If you’re going to be working a lot you will probably have plans for them, but what will you do on your days off? If you want their summer holidays to be amazing you will have to go out and do stuff with them. Playing with their friends is fun, but if you take them to special places or do new things it’s those days they will remember when they’re all grown up. If you want a few ideas to spark your imagination we can go over a few of the best things you can do with your kids this summer.
Let them ride horses
Did you ever go horse riding when you were young? If you have little boys I bet they love cowboys and they might even want to be one when they’re older. They might not get to the stage where their galloping bareback across the mountains, but for one day they will feel absolutely amazing. Little girls also love horses although I doubt they want to be cowgirls, so you will have a great day out either way as long as you take them somewhere with a good teacher.
Take them camping
Even if you are going on a holiday to a far off tropical country for a few weeks I bet your children will still be excited about going camping in the woods. Sleeping in a tent surrounded by trees and a lake always feels like an adventure. It obviously won’t feel like you’re staying in a 5-star hotel, but it’s just as fun if you can find great things to do. If you take the right cooking equipment you can also have a lot of fun cooking meals and eating them around a campfire.
A little culture
Everything you do doesn’t have to revolve around having as much fun as possible. It’s also a great idea to take them to places where they can be educated. If there are any museums near to where you live they might enjoy learning about the past. If they love drawing pictures they will enjoy going to an art gallery. The things they learn won’t go in one ear and out of the other and it might come in useful later on in their life.
Teach them to cook
Sooner or later everyone will need to learn how to cook. You can’t move out and live on noodles and if they start young they will be able to impress a lot of people when they are an adult. Get them started baking cookies if that is the only way to keep them interested, because they will probably rather eat cakes than learn how to poach an egg. In a few years they could be bringing you breakfast in bed, so it’s definitely worth teaching them.
Take them to the zoo
Kids love animals and you will never find anywhere that compares to a zoo. They will come face-to-face with all the wild and exotic animals they have only read about in books. Just make sure they take a camera with them because they won’t stop taking photos until you throw them into the car at the end of the day. You might find them asking if they can get a pet monkey as soon as you come home, so be prepared.