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10 ideas for summer fun with kids 2021

Posted on 18 August 2021

School’s out! Check out our 10 ideas for low-cost activities to keep the kids entertained over the holidays.

1. Go on a bug hunt

There are plenty of ways to have fun in the great outdoors, from going on a bug hunt to building a mini pond. Lots of wildlife charities have games, activities and challenges for kids to enjoy – try the RSPB, Wildlife Watch and Woodland Trust.

2. Try the library

Check your local libraries for free activities like group reading, singing, games, arts and crafts and more. See what's on near you with this local library finder tool.

Little bookworms can take part in a reading challenge over the holidays, giving them hours of free entertainment. Many libraries are now offering a reserve and collect service so it’s quick and easy to pick up new books.  

3. Get cooking

Getting kids into the kitchen to help prepare meals is a great way to spark their interest in a wide variety of ingredients, to teach them how to cook, and help them to understand food. Work together on a simple baking recipe or get them to help you with a midweek meal.

4. Run wild on adventure playgrounds

Little ones can blow off some steam at children's playgrounds, many of which are completely free. Let loose on tyre swings, climb castle turrets, whizz along zip wires and zoom down slides all while getting a spot of fresh air.

5. Earn a Blue Peter badge

With eight Blue Peter badges to earn in total, including a music and sport badge, kids ages six to 15 can earn an iconic piece of TV history this summer, for free. Plus, badge owners get free entry into attractions across the UK too. Visit this page for more information.

6. Save money on theme parks

It’s not just the rides that are scary - ticket prices can leave you wincing. But check out the Discounts tile on your benefits app to see if you could save with discounted entry at family favourites like Thorpe Park, Legoland, Alton Towers, and Chessington World of Adventures. You can also save money by going during off-peak times and by booking online in advance.

7. Cinema tickets

Welcome back to the big screen! Again, check out your Discounts tile to see if you can save with fantastic discounts at Showcase, Odeon, Empire, Vue, Cineworld and more.

There’s plenty of new releases to enjoy and extra safety measures in place so you and the kids can watch a film in comfort.

8. Make it snappy

Encourage the kids to pick up a camera or smartphone and get snapping. The RSPCA’s annual photography competition is now open for junior entries. Choose your category carefully to be in with the chance of winning an exciting prize.

9. Kitchen projects

Making your own paper mache, playdough, or salt dough only takes a few ingredients. Kids will enjoy getting creative and dreaming up their own designs.

10. Junior parkrun

Junior parkruns are back, with events being held Sunday mornings across the UK. These are 2k runs for children aged four to 14. It’s a welcoming environment with no time limit, so it’s a great way for kids to enjoy being active. Parents and guardians can accompany their children on the run if they like. And it’s all completely free!

You can visit the parkrun website and check their junior event map to find the nearest parkrun in your local area.


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