Ok, so here we go – 6/7 weeks of summer holidays, which will cost us a fortune and our sanity.
It doesn’t have to be that way though as we can entertain them for the cost of fuel and a basic picnic lunch.
Here are 10 suggestions:
1. Firstly, let’s go Christmas lights viewing. Yes, it may mean keeping the kids up a bit later than the normal bedtime, but drive around your local suburb or into the City and they can see some spectacular light displays. Listen to them oohhing and ahhhing and watch their little faces light up.
2. Library day – kids love books. Sit and read to them for a while or let them read alone. Borrow books and DVD's, teach them about looking after other people’s property. Libraries quite often have activities throughout the week too.
3. Bushwalk – kids love exploring. Set them the task of finding different leaves, colourful rocks and feathers. Give them a bag to collect their items in. Take plenty of water, stay on the tracks and look out for snakes.
4. Geocaching – this really is a treasure hunt, using GPS locations to find treasures. These are found all over the world.
5.Beach day – pack a picnic and put on your bathers. Don’t forget slip, slop, slap, seek shade and sip water. Please put your phones away and watch your kids in the water at all times.
6. Recycled craft day – recycle as much as you can and get crafty. Old socks make great puppets, boxes and bottles are great for stretching children’s imaginations.
7. Park days – organise a group playdate in the park with friends. Each person take a plate of snacks along or fire up the BBQ that can be found in a lot of parks. The hours will fly by and the kids will have great fun.
8. Garden camping – set the tent up in the garden. Kit it out with pillows and blankets, kids will spend most of the day in there playing and it is a good way to test if they will camp out at night.
9. Skateparks – take your scooters, skateboards and bikes to your local skate park and set up an obstacle course. Learn a trick or two. Take some band-aids and your crash hats.
10. Home Movie marathon – each child brings a DVD and snacks. Let them enjoy a day at the movies with their friends.
Writing this has certainly given me some ideas so I hope it has you too! Most important thing is to stay safe and have fun.