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Summer Survival: 10 tips from real parents to survive the summer holidays

Lisa O'Keeffe

31 July 2017

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Almost a week into the school holidays and already panicking about the next five? Help is on hand, as we asked parents to give us their tried and tested survival tips! From free days out, to activities to keep them happy at home, why not put these to the test this summer?

  1. The National Trust is your best friend, lots to see and do, and the majority is free (or you just pay for car parking)
    - Cheryl, mum of five

    Get outdoors this summer, with a visit to a National Trust site

  2. Make use of free local events – libraries, parks and community centres often have funding to put on children’s activities free of charge to the parents!
    - Victoria, mum of two
  1. Parks, parks, parks! We go to loads in the local area. Usually, the only cost is parking & maybe an ice cream. We are lucky & have about 10 we visit regularly so can rotate to stop boredom setting in. 
    - Emma, mum of two
  1. We live by the coast and love a visit to the beach. Invest in crabbing equipment (a clear bucket, line and net) for hours of fun. Set up your own beach Olympics (sand hurdles, bucket races, inflatable races etc), sand castle competitions, rock pooling and fossil hunting are all free too
    - Kara, mum of six, and one of our Trusted Explorers

    Make the most of the beach, with lots of free summer activities
  1. Arrange play dates with friends. The kids get to stay in touch with their friends who they probably miss and it's a fun free day - then you can swap houses after so only get one set of tidying and chaos!
    Beth, mum of three
  1. Space out big days out and fill the gaps with play dates. Look for farm parks as they tend to be reasonably priced and great for the younger ones!
    Helen, mum of two

    Farm parks are a great value family day out
  1. I often sign my kids up for swimming crash courses, as we are often too busy for a regular swim class in term time (plus it's such a faff!) I find that they learn a lot when they are doing it every day, as they retain what they learned the day before and build on it. And it might not take up much time but gets us out of the house!! Which is half the battle in the hols...
    - Mum of three

  2. The UK has some amazing historical and medieval castles, many of which are FREE to visit. Children love exploring and it’s a great way for them to learn more about history too! Many castles hold themed events during the school holidays
    - Michelle, mum of one

    Kid will love exploring castles this summer


  3. Even the most boring or sparse of lunches will go down well when it’s a picnic. No picnic blanket? Use a towel or normal blanket. Involve the teddies and they may extend the play to beyond lunch – great for at home or out and about!
    - Jenny, mum of three
  1. Find lots of free or cheap things to do – DIY, crafts and baking are all great ideas!
    - Laura, mum of two

Still looking for more ideas? Our blog is jam packed with ideas, from attractions and places to see, to things to do at home, like recipes, crafts and more. Why not let us know your own tips in a comment below, or come and share your favourite summer days out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

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Lisa O'Keeffe

31 July 2017

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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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