Keeping The Kids Entertained During The School Holidays
I love the school holidays! I love the lazy mornings with no rushing about and I love the late nights watching movies together or sitting out under the stars reminiscing. In my mind I think of the holidays as being nothing but fun, laughter and time spent with family and friends. In reality, my bank account is empty within days of school finishing and the kids are bickering with each other by the end of the first week.
So I’ve put together a list of ways to keep the boredom at bay during the school holidays – I hope you find it useful.
Sunny Day Activities
1. Go to the beach – there are some beautiful beaches in Essex. We love Frinton and Walton-On-The-Naze.
2. Take a walk in the park – Essex is home to some wonderful parks. Our favourites are Weald Park in Brentwood and Hylands Park in Chelmsford.
3. Go crabbing – it doesn’t take long before the kids want to takeover and bait the line. Please be kind to the crabs and pop them back in the water before you go home.
4. Watch a movie at an outdoor cinema. There are events happening all over Essex during the summer months, with a variety of films on offer.
5. Visit a castle – Stansted Mountfitchet, Hedingham and Colchester Castles are all great.
6. Have a go on a high ropes course – try the one at Great Notley Discovery Centre.
7. Visit the splash park – this one is more for the tweens. The splash park in Maldon is really popular, get there early as it gets very busy.
8. Play a game df crazy golf – we like Rascal Bay at King Georges Playing Fields in Brentwood and Beaver Creek in Witham.
9. Go go-karting – there are several go-kart tracks in Essex, including Rayleigh, Brentwood and Lakeside. Check the age requirements of each site before you visit.
Rainy Day Activities
10. Bounce around at a trampoline park – let the kids burn off some energy while you enjoy a cuppa in the cafe.
11. Go swimming – for extra fun go to a pool that has a slide or an inflatable course.
12. Beat the Escape Rooms – work as a team to solve the puzzles and try and escape before your hour is up.
13. Paint some pottery – visit a pottery cafe, buy a piece of pottery and unleash your inner artist.
14. Get your skates on and go ice skating – there aren’t many ice rinks left in Essex sadly. Riverside in Chelmsford is one of the few remaining rinks and it often has a disco skating session which is lots of fun.
15. Don’t fancy getting cold? Try rollerskating instead – Maldon, Colchester and Southend all have rollerskating venues.
16. Go to the cinema – swap Tesco clubcard points for cinema vouchers to help keep the cost down.
17. Get competitive and go bowling – check the website of the bowling alley you wish to visit as they often have offers available, even during the school holidays.
Whatever The Weather Activities
18. Try Geocaching – download the Geocaching app and then head out to look for some sites. There are hundreds of them and you’ll be surprised how many of them are nearby.
19. Spend a day at Adventure Island – the kids will love spending a day here going on the rides, or playing in the arcades. Top tip, the wristbands are cheaper if you buy them online 24 hours before you want to visit.
20. Visit Colchester Zoo – there is so much to do at Colchester Zoo, our favourite thing to do is feed the giraffes and elephants.
21. Go camping – pack up the tent and head off for a few days under canvas. There are lots of lovely campsites around Essex, particularly along the River Blackwater.
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