Warm weather and summer holidays are coming up fast! While this is the perfect time to spend with your kids, keeping them entertained for six weeks can be rather tasking and expensive! So we’ve come up with some activities to keep you and your kids happy, on a budget.
1. Spend some time in the kitchen. Let your child help you make homemade ice lollies or bake cookies.
2. Giant board games. Take some masking tape and make giant board games on your floor. Or paint your floor ala Snakes and Ladder, Monopoly, etc.
The Giant Gameboard featured below is from Jaimee of Craft Interrupted. Visit her post if you want to read how she did it.
3. Balloon Ping Pong. Have your kids help you attach popsicle sticks to paper plates with some tape or glue. Blow up the balloon and start playing balloon ping pong. Easy, fun and safe - both for your kids and anything breakable!
4. Water + soap = BUBBLES! Just mix half a gallon of water and 250ml of washing liquid (some add a couple tablespoons of glycerin) and start making bubbles.
5. Go for a picnic. Pack up some sandwiches, fruits, ice cold drinks and head to a park or just your backyard to eat.
6. Fly a kite.
7. Visit a playground. Try going to the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground and let your kids climb all over the huge wooden pirate ship which is the playground’s centrepiece. There are also slides and big swing and plenty of areas for you to sit down while your kids play, discover and make new friends.
8. Get wet! Go to the beach and build a sandcastle. Or make your own water-sprinkler from recycled water bottles.
9. Explore some of London’s major museums. Let your child be amazed with nature at the Natural History Museum. The museum's collection contains millions of specimens and a huge skeleton of a Diplodocus at the Central Hall. Be sure to drop by the butterfly house, you might be lucky enough to watch a butterfly emerge, fly and land on you. Or feed your child's inquisitive mind by going to the Science Museum in Exhibition Road. The museum recommends a "Quick Dash" tour, starting with the steam engines Energy Hall then off to rockets and satellites in Exploring Space to Making the Modern World, where the command module of Apollo 10 is displayed. You and your kids will surely enjoy the hands-on and interactive galleries, including a flight simulator. The best thing about these places? They're free!
10. Join a festival. Try the More London Free Festival for live music events, theatre performances, and film or head to the Museum of Childhood's Summer Festival where they have children's performers, rickshaw rides and various art and craft activities.
It's your turn! Let us know your favorite cheap summer activity with kids.
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