28 ideas for local kids activities and days out for the school holidays 2018
Being a parent, I know only too well how long the Summer holidays seem, and how quick they seem to pass. How is that possible? The reality is we only have 18 summers with our kids, so use them wisely. For me it’s all about creating memories, but I can’t spend a fortune every time, so with the help of idea from other parents I have put together this list of Summer Holiday activities that you can do on a budget, and still make sure the kids have a great time. I haven’t tried them all, but others have, which leads me nicely onto saying – if you know of any that I have missed then please comment below.
So, go grab a coffee, take 5 minutes out of your hectic day and read on. You never know when you might use them!
- Great Notley Country Park
- Weald Country Park – Stick Man Trail
- RAF Museum
- Saffron Walden Museum
- Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City
- Harlow Town Park – Pet’s Corner
- Harlow paddling pools & splash park – open until Sunday September 2nd, 2018
- Hitchin Open Air Pool
- Ware Lido – open until September 9th, 2018
- ArtShed, Westmill Farm
- Pick Your Own fruit – Pearces Farm
- Pick Your Own Fruit – Cammas Hall
- Lee Valley Boat Centre
- Lee Valley Sculpture Trail – scooter friendly 🙂
- Milton Maize Maze – CB24 6AE
- Hertford Museum
- The De Havilland Mosquito Museum near London Colney
- Cedars Nature Centre, Waltham Cross
- Master Builders Holiday Stay & Play, Ware
- Scott’s Grotto – open 2pm to 4:30pm Saturdays & Bank Holiday Money until September 28th. 28-34 Scott’s Road, Ware, SG12 9JQ
- Harlow Museum
- Science Alive, Harlow Leisurezone
- Harlow Leisurezone
- Hylands Park, Chelmsford
- Maldon Splash Park
- Braintree Swimming Centre
- Knebworth Park & Adventure Playground
- Bridge End Gardens in Saffron Walden
One idea I heard of and liked was a bored jar. Perhaps more for days at home, but I am sure it can be adapted, basically everyone writes down ideas of things they might like to do. Pops them into the jar. And one get’s drawn out when you have a day you don’t have plans for or plans have changed. That can happen with our weather… I still like seaside days, take a picnic, our sun tent, and pitch up for a few hours of sand castle making and paddling. Just check the tide times, unlike me who arrived to find no beach after a 2 hour drive!
I hope that you have enjoyed these ideas, and survive the 6 week holidays with your sanity intact …
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