We all know that planning a family holiday can be stressful. Even when you’ve managed to hunt down those cheap flights and the best accommodation, finding daily activities that will suit the whole family can be an added difficulty. To ensure the children are entertained while still managing to find time for the adults to relax, you will need to have a plan of action prepared before you head off. Check out some of these novel ways to keep everyone entertained on your holiday.
Going on a treasure hunt is a great option to keep as a back up as it can be done in a garden, on the beach or indoors for those rainy days. Your family can work in teams to get creative and draw a treasure map for the other team and hide treats along the way. Then you can spend an afternoon hunting down your treasure and turning it into a competition will make it fun for everyone.
Check out the local museums and galleries for kids’ events
Investigating the local museums and galleries may seem like an obvious choice, but it is definitely worth checking whether they host seasonal activities for children. Museums and galleries often have exciting exhibitions and events running throughout the summer designed for the whole family. You can encourage your child’s artistic streak or puzzle solving prowess, while learning something about your holiday destination.
No matter what type of holiday you have planned, encouraging your little ones to keep a holiday diary or scrapbook is a great way to keep them entertained, help them get creative and give parents some much needed peace and quiet. If they are old enough, they can journal what they have done, or the whole family can collect tickets, menus and photos from the trip and enjoy sticking them in together. It also makes a great souvenir for years to come.
Try a new sport
Getting your head round a new sport is a great way to get the whole family outdoors, active and learning something new! Why not consider a sports holiday deal, such as a sailing trip or golfing getaway. An all inclusive golf holiday can minimise stress and actually save you money. Resorts will have onsite activities for children and often provide equipment and lessons for the whole family to get involved, so you can truly enjoy your time away by letting someone else doing the planning for you.
Cooking with your kids at home is always great fun, so why not try it on holiday too! Get everyone together and head down to the market or supermarket and hunt down the local favourites. Avoid branded food that you can buy anywhere or pick the weirdest looking vegetables! Get your hands on some recipes and cook up some traditional dishes. This is a great way to involve the whole family, have fun making a mess and hopefully enjoy something tasty at the end of it!
You might not think that camping is for you but there are loads of unexpected benefits to this outdoor holiday. You can pitch your tent almost anywhere – the great outdoors offers you and your family access to all that the countryside has to offer, while also being easy on the purse strings. You can choose to go old school or check out options for more glamorous camping, but sitting around the bonfire is definitely something for everyone, no matter where you decide to locate your adventure.
Learn to ride a bike
Older kids might find it more interesting to set themselves a summer challenge. Help them think of something that you can teach them, such as learning to ride a bike or starting to learn a new language. These can help your whole family stay active and busy while giving you something to achieve together. This activity will take time to learn and accomplish and is sure to keep you and your children busy for the whole holiday.