The long days of the summer holidays are not that far away, and soon the house will be filled with children bursting with energy and steadily growing more frustrated with the lack of things to do. As a parent, it can be a particularly trying time. Your desire for just a moment’s peace, away from the kids bouncing off the walls, can become all-consuming. It isn’t so bad if the children are a little older and the weather is clement as they can entertain themselves in the garden or on the street with friends, but if the rains start, all hell can break loose. If encouraging your kids to burn off some of that summer energy can seem to be a bit of a chore, here are a few things you could try to keep them occupied and active.
- Head to the beach
A day of building sandcastles, paddling in the sea, and eating ice cream is guaranteed to get them to sleep well that evening, and it’s a fun day out for the whole family. Donkey rides and amusement games are great fun, but races along the beach and sandcastle building competitions are by far the best way to burn off excess energy. Just don’t forget the suncream, picnic, and beach towels, and you have yourself a relatively inexpensive day out.
- Give bouncing a go
When thinking about local family days out, you might not consider the trampoline park the place to go. But if you’re looking for an activity that everyone can get involved in, should they want to, then look no further. Most major cities have trampoline parks after they saw a huge surge in popularity over the last couple of years. The best thing of all, though, is that they’re great exercise for mum, dad, and the kids. The children can bound around doing tricks and having fun, while mum and dad have a bit of a workout, if they fancy it. It’s harder work than it looks, so it’s great for kids to burn off some excess energy on a rainy day in the summer.
- Check out some summer sports clubs
If you’re on childcare duty in the summer, it can get tough finding entertaining things for your kids to get up to, all day, every day. Many local authorities encourage youngsters to get involved with teams and sports clubs over the summer holiday by putting on taster sessions and even sports camps. So if your child fancies giving kayaking, mountain biking, or tennis a go, check out what summer activities are available. These will range from single day sessions to week long, crash courses, and there is something for everyone. Summer is a great time for kids to try their hand at new activities, so be sure to check out what is available in your local area.
- If all else fails, try the local park
Finally, if you’re running low on time or options, just an hour in the local park with a frisbee or a football could be all it takes to encourage your little ones to let off steam and have a bit of fun. Bring their friends to keep them company, and all you have to do is sit and keep a watchful eye over them while they run themselves ragged.