The summer holidays can be a great opportunity to spend more time with the family, but they can also be a little daunting. How to fill up all that time with fun, engaging activities?
With this in mind, we’ve collected together all our best Kidadl ideas in one, easy-to-use list. So you can spend less time looking for fun and more time having it.
Games and fun
Simple instructions for five games that will stop kids reaching for screens in the car. Age ranges included.
After a very strange few months, which saw most children off school, how do you make it feel like the holidays? Tips on how to get into the groove-- from celebrating the end of school, to planning day trips, to making your own fun at home.
Places to go
A collection of all the relevant family and safety-related info needed for a visit to the newly-opened National Trust properties.
A guide to the reopening of Hever Castle, with all that Anne Boleyn’s childhood home has to offer children. Details of new measures and other useful info.
A look at the post-lockdown reopenings of five large children’s toys and clothes shops based in London. Includes locations, new opening hours and newly-imposed safety measures.
A list of museums in London that opened in July, including location, opening hours, cost, safety measures and any relevant info needed for taking the family.
A guide to which theme parks are now open across the country (with all the info you need to visit them) and a range of tips for enjoying them safely.
What to expect from a post-lockdown visit to Kew Gardens, with a specific look at what will be open/closed, what to bring and what rules will be in place for your safety.
A list of beautiful backdrops across the country that will allow you to take the perfect social media snaps, including tips on how to make your shots look best when you get there.
A look at the importance of getting out and about after lockdown, and a range of places across the UK you can visit without worrying about crowds.
Things to do
Tips on how to enjoy London’s many canals with the kids, including locations, activities, facts and points of interest.
Everything you need to know about drive-in cinemas and a list of different venues across the UK.
How to get involved with other would-be festival goers so you can celebrate, have fun and raise money for charity without leaving your home. Includes an itinerary of ideas for how to bring the festival home to you.
A guide to the best zoos in the UK: their locations, opening hours, fees and highlights. Info on safety measures also included.
A look at a range of different pick-your-own fruit and veg farms across the UK including locations, facilities and prices.
Everything you need to know about outdoor swimming: where to go in and around London, the health benefits and how to stay safe.
Tips on how to host the perfect picnic: locations, snacks and things to remember.
Is The Kitsch British Holiday Making A Comeback? (And Is It Actually Possible To Enjoy A Week In A Caravan With The Kids?)
A complete guide to caravan holidays with your family: tips, hacks and what you should pack.
Post-lockdown guides to safe summer fun
A guide to eating out with your family after lockdown with a rundown of where to go, what to take and what safety measures to expect.
A look at which shops have reopened post-lockdown and how you might expect your shopping experience in them to have changed. With specific details regarding shopping with kids and back-to-school shopping.
What to expect from a trip to the pool with the kids in a post-lockdown world: new rules, how to book and what to bring. Specific info on swimming classes and how to socially distance your swim.
A guide to the reopening of cinemas across the UK after lockdown. Details about the opening dates and safety measures put in place by each of the big chains, as well as independent cinemas and drive-ins.
Tips on what to take and how to stay safe at the beach during these confusing times.
A look at the risks posed to children by a trip to the pub and how to adhere to new safety measures.
Originally from Manchester, Olivia has spent the last couple of years living between Toronto and Vancouver. She now works as a freelance writer in London and loves literature, travel and eating anything sweet. Her love of spending time with children began when she worked as an au pair in Paris.