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40+ Things To Do In The Summer Holidays 2024

A Cornfield in Summer

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So the summer holidays are nearly here! With six or more weeks to fill up what do you do?! Here are the best, the hottest and the coolest things to do over the summer with the kids.

Our list includes top summer events, arts and crafts, places to go, games to play and things to do.

Things To Do In The Summer Holidays

Make this your easiest summer yet!

    Out and About in the Summer

  1. Movie Time!
  2. What's on at the Cinema this Summer? Here are the Latest Kids Movies that are on the big screen right now.

  3. The Great Outdoors
  4. How many of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11¾ have you done? 50 things for the kids to do out of doors, plus

    The National Trust offer local family events including den building, pond dipping, bug hunts and tree climbing, and get some crossed off your list.

  5. CBeebies Rainbow Adventure

  6. Step inside the CBeebies Rainbow Adventure at London'e Westfield, where theatre meets play, music and lots of surprises! This immersive adventure features the iconic rooms of Bluey, Hey Duggee, JoJo and Gran Gran and Mr Tumble and Friends. It's an unmissable 55-minute immersive theatrical journey for children and grown-ups to enjoy together.

  7. Roll Up! Roll UP!
  8. Blackpool Tower Circus Fiesta

    The Blackpool Tower Circus is now open for the 2024 season at one of the most iconic circus venues in the world.

    Meet legendary clowns Mooky and Mr Boo and be prepared to marvel at the sensational mix of adventurous and talented new acts from all over the world in this brand new show for 2024!

  9. On Yer Bike
  10. Get the bikes out and go for a ride. If you don't have bikes, many local forests or bike trails have bike hire facilities. Cycling is great exercise and you get to see the place where you are cycling much better than you can from the window of a car.

  11. Wetland Fun
  12. In Northern Ireland, the is having a WWT's Castle Espie has a whole host of kids activities over the summer including pond dipping, sketching, crafts and story time events.

    Plus join their Postcard Trail! Pelican Postie has dropped their postbag, scattering mail across our wetland centres. Can you find the lost postcards, discover who wrote them, and work out where the world's animals are spending their summer holidays?

  13. Curtain Up
  14. Kids Week In the West End runs from 24th July to 6th September each year (Yes, yes, I know that's more than a week - but a month is so much better!) and offers free and discounted tickets for children to West End shows, theatre workshops and other special events.

    Tickets go very fast so book up as soon as possible. Tickets tend to be limited, so here our our picks for the best shows in the West End for families.

  15. Just Walkin’ the Dog!
  16. 10 Best Dog Walks in the UK

    Have lots of fresh air and fun with your four-legged friends, it's great exercise. If you don't have a dog, ask a friend if you can go and walk with them.

  17. Booked
  18. Check out your local library. Most libraries run summer kids activitiy sessions including reading trails, competitions and storytelling sessions.

    Plus there may be toddler music time, chess clubs, board game clubs and much more. A lot of them will probably be free. If not you can always borrow some books to read....

  19. A-Maize-ing
  20. Corn mazes are sprouting up all over the UK. A corn maze is a temporaty maze grown just for one summer.

    Visit your nearest one and help a local farmer - they are only available until harvest time!! To find out where the nearest maze to you crops up, visit maizemaze.org.uk.

  21. Going Potty
  22. Buxton Flowerpot Trail 2024 Poster

    Buxton Flowerpot Trail is a fun project which fills the Derbyshire town of Buxton with flowerpot people.

    Residents are encouraged to make their own using recycled materials where possible and you can buy a trail map to find all of them. The theme for 2024 is Olympics & Paralympics.

  23. Out!
  24. Play Tennis for Free. Well almost - you have to bring your own racket and balls, but the Tennis For Free campaign has a list of free to use courts in the UK.

  25. In The Swim
  26. Go swimming. Many local swimming pools or leisure centres run school holiday fun session and intensive swimming courses, as well as regular swim sessions.

  27. Game On
  28. The National Museum Of Scotland in Edinburgh has an exciting event for children during August.

    Game On is an exhibition all about the creative and technological advances that have established video gasmes as a new medium and artform. ​The exhibitiion runs from 29th Jun to 3rd Nov 2024.

  29. Try A Family Friendly Festival
  30. The Best Family-Friendly Festivals In The UK

    Image Credit: Annie Spratt

    Vist one of this summer's family friendly festivals for summer 2024.

    While the grow-ups listen to their favourite bands, the kids can try out anything from crafts and circus skills to giant inflatables, drama or watch child-friendly entrtainment including Dick & Dom, Mr Bloom and Justin Fletcher.

  31. Staycation
  32. Be a tourist in your own town. Visit your local monuments and museums. If you live near a big tourist town take a tour bus and see your hometown from a new perspective.

  33. Go Fly A Kite
  34. Go to a local park or visit the Kite Society for a list of kite events. Remember kite safety - do not fly your kite too near to trees, phone masts or electricity pylons.

  35. Curtain Up
  36. Get a taste of being on stage with inclusive theatre champions Chickenshed, who are running Music and Theatre Summer School in London for kids of all ages.

    This one day event will allow you to explore theatrical genres such as musical theatre, dance and song, developing soundscapes for theatre, and devising ensemble staging with music.

    Arts and Crafts

    Kids crafting
  37. Make A Collage
  38. Make a recycled collage. Use old magazines and junk mail to make a picture. The only other things that you need are glue and a bit of imagination.

  39. Big Art
  40. Make some big art. Create your own version of Peter Blake’s iconic cover to The Beatles Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    Use photographs, colouring pictures and drawings of friends, family and your favourite cartoon characters. Stick them all on a huge piece of paper.

  41. Papier Mache Fun
  42. Get messy with some papier mache. You could make a piñata or use a plate, bowl or dish to create the shape. (Remember to cover it with petroleum jelly first or your work of art won’t come off!).

  43. Make A Jigsaw
  44. Make your own jigsaws by cutting out pictures from magazines, sticking them onto card and cutting them up.

  45. It's Carnival Time
  46. How to Make your own Carnival Mask

    The late summer Bank Holiday is the traditional time for the Notting Hill Carnival, so why not join in the carnival fun and Make Your Own Carnival Mask.

  47. Keep A Scrapbook
  48. Keep a scrapbook of your summer holiday. Stick in photos, leaflets, tickets and other mementoes of your days out. Include a written description of what you did or make a drawing of what you saw.

    What if it Rains?

  49. Movie Afternoon
  50. Make an event out of the latest family movie releases on DVD or your favourite streaming service.

    Recreate that cinema experience - draw the curtains, get some popcorn and fizzy pop and snuggle up on the sofa for an afternoon’s viewing.

  51. Have A Sort Out
  52. Have a sort out of all the unused and outgrown toys and clothes in the house. Take the ones that are in really good condition to the local charity shop and enjoy all that extra space.

  53. Try A Wordsearch
  54. Kids always love Wordsearches plus they are fun and educational too. There are new ones on eParenting all the time, and you can print them all off for free.

  55. Make your own restaurant
  56. Get the kids to create menus and table decorations for your evening meal.

    Remember to use a tablecloth and napkins. If you’re brave you could let them serve the food.....

  57. Have an Indoor Picnic
  58. If the rain is pelting down, get out the picnic blanket, put it down in the front room and have lunch indoors.

    Great fun and you can collect all the crumbs up in the blanket afterwards. Here are some inspirational picnic recipes from the BBC.

  59. Have a Dress-Up day
  60. Get out all the kids dressing up costumes, find some old clothes, bags and jewellery and try everything on. Make hats out of card or newspaper.

  61. Have a Treasure Hunt
  62. Have a treasure hunt by writing clues to find objects hidden around the house - or garden if the sun shines. You could hide tasty treats, pencils and colouring pictures or even hide their lunch!! Use picture clues for younger kids.

    Get Outdoors This Summer

    Ideas for the garden, local woodland, countryside town or the local park.

  63. Explore Your Town With Fresh Eyes
  64. No green space nearby? Here are 5 free things that you can do in any village, town or city.

  65. Pavement Artist For A Day
  66. Be pavement artists for the day – well in your own garden anyway. 

    Decorate the patio or stone steps with colourful chalks.

  67. Make A Worm Bin
  68. Find a corner of the garden and Make A Worm Bin with peelings, apple cores and old teabags. Kids will be fascinated by watching the peelings rot and the worms will love you.

  69. Tripping Hither, Tripping Thither
  70. Check the bottom of the garden for fairies.  Take your camera and see what you find.

  71. Sponge Bombs
  72. If the sun ever comes out and it's warm enough, we love this idea from Inner Child Fun to make your own Sponge Bombs then lob them around to cool off.

    Chance'd be fine thing.....

  73. Sports Day
  74. Have a sports day with all the old favourites – 3 legged race, egg and spoon, backwards race, balancing a bean bag on your head and a sack race.

  75. Chill Out
  76. More ideas for chilling out - have a cool Pool Party on a hot day.  Get out the paddling pool, lay out sun loungers, towels or garden chairs and cool off with a dip! Wearing glitzy sunglasses is optional, suncream is compulsary!

  77. Make A Paper Lantern
  78. Make paper lanterns to decorate the garden for a barbeque or party. They can be decorated with pencils, paints or glitter for maximum effect.

  79. Have A Paper Boat Race
  80. Have your own boat race.  Make a paper boat, decorate it and race it with your friends in a paddling pool or in the bath..

    And Finally.....

  81. Get It Taped
  82. Be really organised and get all your school uniform bought and properly named in good time. Maybe not the kids idea of a great afternoon out, but excellent for Mum's sanity!

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