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Amazing August: 15 things to explore this month

Lisa O'Keeffe

30 July 2018

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Whether you’re taking the summer holidays in your stride, or are already panicking at the prospect of planning six weeks of fun, one thing’s for sure – Day Out With The Kids can help! From a last-minute change of plans (thanks, weather), to having something up your sleeve for when the first “I’m bored” gets uttered, we’ve got it covered.

This month, we’ve found animals and adventures, Disney and discoveries, and a whole heap of summer fun, meaning we’ve got August inspiration all wrapped up - don't forget to check out our exciting Whatever The Weather campaign too!

  1. Around the World in 37 Days at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Bristol

    You don’t have to jump on a plane to experience some of the world’s most exciting animals, as we go Around the World in 37 Days at Noahs Ark Zoo Farm this summer! Showcasing over 100 different species from all continents, there’s a new theme, activities and more each week. From spraying down Emus in Australia Week, to hand feeding giraffes during Africa fortnight, there’s plenty of really wild fun to be had throughout the holidays.

    21st - 28th July: Asia Week
    30th July - 3rd August: Australia Week
    4th - 18th August: Africa Fortnight
    20th - 25th August: Europe Week
    27th August - 1st September: America Week

    An elephant at Noahs Ark Zoo Farm

  2. Rhino Month at Cotswold Wildlife Park, Oxfordshire

    There’s a whole month dedicated to rhinos at Cotswold Wildlife Park this August! Pay a visit to parents Monty, Ruby and Nancy and keep an eye out for Belle and Alan, the baby rhinos who were born in September 2017! Head to the Rhino Paddock at 2pm every day for a special keeper talk, with loads more information about these magnificent creatures and all the conservation work taking place to protect them for future generations.

    Rhinos at Cotswold Wildlife Park

  3. The BIG Summer Festival at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, West Yorkshire

    21st August - 2nd September

    Enjoy a boredom-busting festival of tech, science, performance and play at The BIG Summer Festival at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum! With a different theme for each day of the week, kids and grown ups will love getting stuck into a range of activities, from coding, Minecraft and animation, to making alien slime and learning about DNA. Plus, visit once this summer and you’ll be able to visit as many times as you like for the next 12 months - so you can take part in as many of the activities as you like!

    Interacting with exhibits at Eureka

  4. Disney West End pop ups, London

    31st July - 26th August 2018

    Be One Jump Ahead this summer and get ready to hear The Morning Report, as Disney West End favourites, Aladdin and The Lion King, star in their own pop-up experience this summer! Taking place in Covent Garden, the home of London’s West End, guests will be able to explore the iconic masks, puppets and costumes from The Lion King, step inside a specially-created ‘Cave of Wonders’, take a photo with the legendary lamp from Aladdin and catch performances from cast members of the two West End shows - plus loads more, all for FREE!

    Disney's The Lion King musical

  5. Expedition Space at The Eden Project, Cornwall

    21st July - 2nd September

    Go on a mission to Mars this summer, all thanks to The Eden Project! Start your space expedition aboard your very own spaceship, before meeting the friendly alien tour guide, Mort. There’s a virtual reality experience on Venus, Mercury Mini Golf and the Super-fast Space Slide, plus loads more extra-terrestrial fun for the whole family. We’ll be you’ll have your own budding astronaut in the family after this!

  6. Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

    3rd - 27th August 2018

    The standout event in Edinburgh’s calendar each year, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of those things that everyone should experience at least once. Make 2018 your year, and don’t be afraid to take the kids along too - there’s loads of events and shows that are specifically designed for children, plus there’s a real buzz around the city as everyone gets Fringe Fever. This year, the festival is also providing sensory backpacks to help autistic children and adults make the most of the fun. Still need convincing? Steph has 10 reasons why Edinburgh Festival is great for kids.

    A kid at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

  7. Fun in the Sun at Imagine That! Underwater Street, Liverpool

    Head to the ultimate centre of discovery at Liverpool’s Imagine That! Underwater Street. Designed to showcase the art and science of child’s play, a series of fun zones will have kids doing everything from operating cranes as part of the big build, to choosing their perfect job for the day in Imagination Village. It’s set to be a Summer of Science this year too, with extra activities especially for the summer holidays - like making slime, Balloon-powered cars and elastic band planes.

    A kid at Imagine That Underwater Street

  8. Summer Fun at Lightwater Valley, North Yorkshire

    Enjoy the ultimate family adventure at Lightwater Valley this summer, with something all ages will love! Home to sky-high thrill rides, junior thrills and plenty of young fairground rides for the tiniest visitors, there are also loads of special events to add even more fun to your visit. This summer, the National Festival Circus is in town and there’s also Sublime Science Shows - just make sure you come prepared to be amazed! Book online in advance and save.

    Families on a rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley

  9. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham, Birmingham

    Get ready to enter the ultimate indoor LEGO Playground, with a whole day out themed around everyone’s favourite bricks. Having opened in July, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham is a brand new addition to the city centre, and after getting a sneak peek we can wholly recommend. Explore all your favourite Birmingham landmarks in Miniland, help rescue the princess in Kingdom Quest, join a creative workshop or build and test your own LEGO Racers. With loads more too, it’s definitely worth a visit.

    A family playing Kingdom's Quest at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham

  10. Season of Play at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire

    Have you ever visited an art gallery without walls? That’s exactly what to expect at Yorkshire Sculpture Park! Home to 80 sculptures across 500 acres, there’s plenty to explore, discover and more this summer. With FREE entry, you only need to pay for your parking and there’s even a season pass for just £30 per vehicle - trust us, it’s a no brainer!

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park

  11. Themed weekends at Fishers Farm Park, West Sussex

    4th - 5th, 11th - 12th, 18th - 19th and 25th - 26th August 2018

    There’s more to explore at Fishers Farm Park this summer, thanks a series of fun-filled themed weekends! Starting with Cowboys and Cowgirls weekend on 4th - 5th August, there’s fancy dress fun, themed activities and even some food fit for the occasion, giving you even more reason to visit. With Superheros Weekend, Wiggly Weekend dedicated to all your favourite bugs and reptiles, plus a big summer Beach Party too, we couldn’t possibly choose just one!

  12. Luna Cinema for Kids at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

    31st July - 4th August 2018

    Swap your usual cinema for the great outdoors this summer, at Luna Cinema for Kids at Hatfield House! Taking place for the first time, choose from three different films every day from 31st July - 4th August, all screened on a giant screen outdoors. Showing family favourites including Moana, Paddington 2 and Finding Dory, there’s also a triple screening of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man all in one go. Book your tickets now, and don’t forget to take your own blanket or camping chair to sit on!

  13. Visit a Maize Maze, all over the UK!

    Visiting a maize maze is one of our must-do activities this summer, and you’re in for a treat. We’ve found unicorns, dinosaurs and even Wonderland, just waiting to be explored. So could your family find your way out? Put it to the test, with our guide to 10 maize mazes near you in the UK.

    Entrance to a UK maize maze

  14. Virtual Family Fun at Immotion VR, Manchester

    If you’ve got a little gamer on your hands, then we’ve got just the thing to get them out of the house, thanks to Immotion VR in Manchester. Put on your goggles and step into an out-of-this-world adventure, with a variety of full-body virtual reality games. From riding a rollercoaster, to epic battles, there’s even multiplayer games for the whole family to play together. With locations also in Leeds and Bristol, you’ll be surprised at just how real it all feels!

    A kid wearing virtual reality VR headset

  15. Big Butterfly Count at Dyffryn, Vale of Glamorgan

    31st July - 12th August

    Make your visit to Dyffryn Gardens even better this summer, by joining the Big Butterfly Count! Grab an ID sheet , or download the app, and take a seat in your favourite spot in the gardens. Then keep your eyes peeled for different butterflies and moths that flutter past - how many can you count?


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Lisa O'Keeffe

30 July 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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