Finding novel ways to keep your precious bundles of joy engaged and entertained is never easy; especially if you’ve got more than one child. Conflicting interests and short attention spans often mean you need to find the most diverse days out possible in order to maintain the peace. But hang on! What about you? Although a trip to local jungle gym is great fun for the little ones, the moment you slip off your shoes and start swinging through the soft play area is when the fun stops and security moves in.
Finding a way to keep yourself and your children entertained isn’t easy, but there is hope. Across the country there are numerous parent-children events that cater to both ends of the fun spectrum. Although some require you to maintain a close eye on the little ones, they do give you a way to amuse yourself while the kids amuse themselves.
So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best days out with (and without) the kids:
A Summer Festival
The Great British summer is famous for its range of festivals. From all out raves and rock concerts, to more sedate affairs, a summer festival is a great day out for children and parents. Chilled in a Field in East Sussex is one of the best options for families as the day contains science workshops and water fights for the kids before the action switches at night.
Live music and drinks come into their own as night falls, so you can have your fun while the kids take a well-earned rest from their day of entertainment. A weekend ticket valid for use between August 1 and 3 costs £59.50 which is great value if you head down to the Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum as a group.
The Grand National
The pursuit of betting on horses might be reserved for the over eighteens, but major meets have always been a family affair. In addition to the action on the course, events such as the Grand National have a slew of activities on offer for all ages. Catering vans, music stages, play areas and ice-cream trucks mean there’s literally something going on for everyone. What’s even better is that the admission for anyone aged under 17 is free.
That means you can take the family and pay for yourself (tickets cost from £30) and enjoy a day of entertainment for all inside Aintree race course at the start of April. While the children are enjoying an ice-cream in the playground, you can take a look at the form, place a bet (you can even do it online from inside the stadium) and possibly end the day with a profit!
Introduction to Riding
Continuing the equine theme started in our second suggestion, introductory riding lessons are a great way to spend time with your children and get something out of the day yourself. Despite looking like a leisurely way to spend an afternoon, riding a horse is actually a cardiovascular endeavour which means you can get a workout while your children learn a new skill.
The average cost of a lesson for two and a hack through the country side is around £100-£125, so the day isn’t cheap. However, the activity will kill two proverbial birds with one stone and give your bum, legs and tum and fantastic workout so you’re essentially getting three benefits for the price of a day out.
Sometimes you need a day out for the kids, other times you need some time for yourself. Fortunately, you can cover all your bases this year with a host of activities designed for parents and children. Our suggestions are just the tip of an iceberg filled with options for all the family.