I ‘cope' with the summer holidays, by trying to plan the odd day out, giving us all something to look forward too. This will be my 13th summer break to get through so....
• Once a week trip to the local Park or a Country Park (free national trus places are good) long walks will tire the kids out so that’s always a winner! Take a picnic!
• My City turns the Square in the center of town into a Beach.. may go if I win the lottery, the sand and water areas are Free its the mass of rides, stalls & eateries surrounding it that i would need to re-mortgage for, as having 5 offspring a couple of rides are not cheap..
• The odd film day marathon - with lots of unhealthy nibbles 🙈,
best on rainy days of course! Spend quality time together as a family... Which basically means lets argue and fight all day, pause the film a hundred times to sort out said arguments, then finally give up on trying to watch it 'all together like a happy family' making mummy open the wine at 5pm instead of 8pm)
• Use the Apps that show you all the local events and activities on offer, totally recommended! I use an amazing app called ‘Hoop', others are available too, where u pop in your postcode modify the search to the age of your kids and if u want free activities/events or not etc..
• Home activities.. I do alot of baking and cooking with my girls, and the boys like eating it, so its a win win for all! Obviously the usual arts and crafts, make paper mache balloons outside, dry & paint... this wether is perfect for messy garden fun! I have also been known to set up a little assult course in the garden using the slide, ball pit, hula hoops, tunnel, jumping across the colour sauares i have etc.. this is one to tire them out 😁 the winner is the firts one to fall asleep as early as possible in the evening 😅😅.
• With young kids join your local surestart group. They do amazing daytrip offers, I have just booked through my local surestart a trip to Twycross zoo for us all (6) for £32- travel & entrance so great if u r on a budget like me.
• Local community centres often hold fun days throughout the summer holidays. So check out your local community centre!!.
• Meet up with friends as much as possible and drink a lot of wine 🤣🤣. As hormonal kids and toddler tantrums for 5 weeks will take its toll, and i do not want to end up in a padded cell by week 4, although this option will sound quite appealling by the 4th week I'm sure.. just so i can regain my sanity!!