A summer holiday staycation
The word “holiday” or “vacation” can create a feeling of happiness. We look forward to it on a yearly basis. For many of us, both young and old, it means quality time. Time for leisure, pleasure and excitement.
For a child or teenager, the pressure of school work is over. It’s a time to create happy memories which can be recorded in a diary or through pictures with a smart phone and then these memories can be kept forever.
For adults, the pressure of work is on hold, it’s time to recharge the batteries and spend quality time with the family and friends.
The big challenge now - as always - is: What can we do this summer? How can we keep the kids or ourselves amused or busy?
Here are a few opening suggestions which includes things for all age groups. Some won’t cost you anything and a lot of the suggestions are not restricted to just the UK, they can be done in any country.
Things to do at home
In the garden
- Splash in a paddling pool
- Play on a waterslide
- Catch the ball
- Volley ball
- Garden hockey
- Build a tent or fort in the garden (or inside the house)
- Make a kite then fly the kite in the garden (or a park)
- Camp in the garden
- Invite friends around
- Watch TV or films/movies. Pop some corn, lay out some snacks, make some juice, fruit punch or whatever else you fancy.
- Bake cupcakes or make biscuits and then decorate them
- Play table tennis
- Play board games: snakes and ladders; ludo; monopoly; draughts; chess, etc.
- Quiz games
- Play charades
- Assemble puzzles
- Read a book
- Do crosswords; word search; etc.
- Do craft activities, make things
Day time activities outside the home
- Go for a walk
- Ride a bike
- Go to the park: have a picnic, fly a kite, play football, rounders etc.
- Fishing (using a rod or a net)
- Play laser games
- Go Karting
- Play golf
- Play crazy golf
- Adventure playground
- Summer camp (for parents who can’t get time off work summer camps provide activities to keep kids busy during the holidays. Some are day time and some are residential)
Day trips and places to visit in the UK
- Visit those friends and family that you have not seen for a while - they would love to see you.
- Go out to dinner, try different cuisines. Restaurants with out-door seating would be perfect for a hot summers day or evening
- A fun fair
- Go to the seaside / beach
- A theme park: Chessington World d of Adventure; Lego Land; Thorpe Park; Alton Towers
- A farm
- The Warner brothers studio
Now I’m throwing the challenge over to you. Here is a chance for us to help each other out. What interesting and fun things or ideas do you have for the summer holiday?