You might have mixed feelings about the summer holidays as a parent, carer or guardian. Sure, it’s good to have time away from the mundane day to day school routines, where everyone gets tired, grumpy and overwhelmed. But, on the other hand, there is also the expectation that you must be doing something fun and exciting everyday to keep the kids entertained.
If you’ve often heard the dreaded “I’m bored” during the summer holidays, then you’re not alone. It’s important to remember that activities during the summer holidays don’t need to be expensive or extravagant, and even small activities can be fun for all the family. If you’re in the north west and are looking for fun, easy and educational things to do this summer holidays, let’s take a look at some of the activities available!
Visit Operation Ouch! at Manchester Science and Industry Museum
General admission at Manchester Science and Industry Museum is free, but for the Operation Ouch! Exhibition, this works out at £10 per adult, £9 per child and free for under-3s. This exhibition looks at everything to do with the digestive system – a topic children love – and what happens to the food we eat as it travels through the body. With interactive games and challenges, heaps of fun facts and interesting objects to look at, children are sure to love this immersive experience. Once you’ve finished looking around this exhibition, you can then look around the rest of the museum, which is full of fun activities from across different time periods in history.
Go On The Leeds Bear Hunt
Victoria Leeds, a shopping centre in Leeds, is hosting a bear hunt this summer and invites guests to join them on their “swishiest, sploshiest and squelchiest” hunt ever! There are 35 bear structures hidden around the streets of Leeds and this trail is designed to celebrate the culture and creativity of Leeds city centre. This trail is all in order to raise money for Leeds Children’s Hospital and takes you round the local community. A perfect activity no matter the weather, this is a fun way to get children out of the house and explore their local area.
During the summer holidays, Hobbycraft runs regular craft and art workshops in their stores, designed specifically for kids. Starting from as little as £2, these workshops are available throughout the summer holidays and include fun crafts such as clay creation and painting, keyring making and windchime crafting. For older children or crafty teens, there are more challenging workshops available, such as crocheting, knitting and sewing workshops.
Even if you don’t have a Hobbycraft nearby, then you might find a paint your own pottery studio nearby instead, where little ones can go, pick a fun design such as a money box, mug or ornament and paint as they wish. Then, the studio will glaze and fire it for you to collect another day. If the rain stops your plans, there are plenty of available resources online for you to print out or try at home.