A parent’s guide to things to do with the kids this summer

Things to do with the kids this summer
Kestra

Kestra

The holidays are right around the corner and there’s definitely a question on everybody’s mind. What can I do with the kids this summer?

It can be the biggest headache trying to figure out how to keep them entertained in the school break, whilst still managing to work and keep the home in order! So, to try take some of the burden, we reached out to parents around the country to ask them their favourite things to do!

Whether you can make it to the same locations, or they act as the spark of inspiration you need for your own local area, hopefully you can find something fun and engaging for you and the kids!

Find out what parents had to say below!


Hatton Country World, Warwickshire

Play Area at Hatton Country World

There are lots of interactive areas where you can pet or feed animals, handle snakes etc, plus there are indoor and outdoor play areas which include ride on toys, obstacle courses and inflatables so it’s suitable for all weather!

Emma, The Mini Mes and Me

Hatton Country World is a perfect place to take the kids to this summer! It’s located not too far from Coventry at the heart of Warwickshire, and is accessible from all areas of the country. As Emma from The Mini Mes and Me says, it is absolutely rife with activities for the kids to enjoy.

Kids under 12 can take part in the action of Hatton Adventure world, have fun both indoors and outdoors! There are animals, laser combat, play centres, assault courses and more, with seasonal events happening throughout the year.

You can also pack the kids off to their Activity Day Camps, jam-packed with activities for all ages. It’s all Ofsted registered, it include meals and lets your children tire themselves out and learn new skills!

Whilst they’re busy doing that, making sure to find some time to explore the Hatton Shopping Village. It’s filled with boutique stores, delightful eateries and charming Victorian architecture!

Palace Theatre, Devon

 Paignton

We live in rural Devon, so the big city venues can be less accessible to us. The Palace Theatre is small and intimate, so not overwhelming for young kids. And they have some lovely family-focused shows on during the year.

Claire, Tin Box Traveller

Sometimes there is just nothing quite like going to the theatre. Seeing the wonder in the kid’s eyes as they witness a story come to life in front of them – it’s unbeatable! Claire from Tin Box Traveller really recommends checking out your local theatres to see what’s on, as the big city theatres can be a little inaccessible and overwhelming for youngsters.

There are plenty of great shows touring the UK right now that kids love, including The Lion King later this year! Find more family friendly shows near you here.

The West End

The Apollo is a little less accessible for us and calls for a special trip to the capital, but visiting the West End makes for a great day out!

Claire, Tin Box Traveller

Whilst local theatres have that special charm, if you can make it to the capital you may just have a great time! There are a huge amount of great shows on this summer, from The Play that Goes Wrong, to The Lion King, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and even Aladdin!

If you’re there just for the day, why not go explore the Natural History Museum and Leicester Square before the show? If you can make a weekend of it, there are loads of things you can get up to in the capital. Find out everything that’s happening in London here.

Kidzania

We highly recommend kidzania in London for kids over 5.
Any younger and there’s very little for them to do. It’s a wonderful place for children who can immerse themselves in an adult world, taking on job roles from air stewards, hoteliers, supermarket workers, factory workers, delivery roles and many more.

Children spend 4 hours working for “wages” which they can then spend!

Clare, Emmys Mummy

For those in and around London, Kidzania is an incredible place and well worth the trip! Self-described as “a city run by kids”, Kidzania offers children the opportunity to live out their dreams in a safe and secure space. It’s aimed at 4-14 year olds, with activities ranging from Doctors to Dentists, Police Officers, Actors and more! Whilst they’re playing, they can even earn KidZos, an in-house current that they can spend later on.

During June, Kidzania is hosting a STEM fair featuring things to do in science, technology, engineering and maths. Children will be able to receive first-hand experience of applying the subjects they learn in school to real-life jobs.


Are you filled with ideas with what to do with the kids this summer now? Whilst many of these may have been a bit too south for most, make sure to check out family events in Manchester for a taste of the north!

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