With the August bank holiday fast approaching, now is the perfect time to plan a long weekend of fun-filled summer activities for the whole family to enjoy. But, having just spent the last few months exhausting every avenue to keep your family entertained in lockdown, you may be struggling to come up with fun and fresh ideas to get the most out of your extra day off. Sound familiar?
No need to panic: we’ve got you covered with a list of super fun things to do this summer with your whole family, even if the weather stays true to UK form and you find yourself stuck inside!
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Enjoy the fresh air
There’s nothing quite like spending some quality time with your family exploring the great outdoors on glorious summer days. Get your family out of the house for the day and take advantage of the summer sunshine while it lasts!
Taking in the fresh air and getting active is a great zero-expense family activity that even your dog will enjoy! Take a walk to your local park and play some outdoor games, head on down to the beach for a relaxing day by the sea or blow the cobwebs off your crash helmets and go on a family bike ride in the forest. Get creative and have even more fun exploring the outdoors with your little ones by making your own wildlife spotter sheets, organising a treasure hunt with clues or planning a teddy bear’s picnic in the woods.
Speaking of picnics, all this fun and excitement is bound to work up an appetite, so come prepared with a picnic basket full of all your favourite goodies and treats, and enjoy an al fresco lunch in the sun.
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Embrace your green fingers
One of the best things about the summer is all the scrummy fresh veggies and fruits on offer. Why not go to your local farm, pick your own strawberries and enjoy making a delicious strawberry and cream dessert, trifle or Eton mess with your kids when you get home? Make fun games and competitions while you pick your berries, like who can fill their punnet the fastest, whoever finds the largest strawberry wins, or even a prize for the weirdest shape: let your imagination run wild and turn an already fun activity into something even more exciting – you’d be surprised at how competitive you’ll all get!
Picking produce from a farm is fun, but nothing beats your own homegrown goodies. So, grab a cute plant pot and start sowing your own seasonal veggies together ready for the autumn months ahead. For even more fun, get creative and decorate your plant pots with brightly coloured paints and craft supplies, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, sequins – whatever you can think of! The whole family will enjoy growing their own vegetables together (but not as much as they’ll enjoy eating them!).
If your outdoor space is looking a little lackluster or dull, get the family involved in sprucing up the garden so you can enjoy the last of the summer days in style. Work together with group projects or set out individual tasks to create a wonderland that your whole family will enjoy.
Cool off with a makeshift slip ‘n slide
This one will keep all the little (and big!) kids in your family entertained for hours – grab yourself a sheet of tarpaulin, spray it down with a hose, and load it up with bubbly washing up liquid or shampoo for a day of slippery, splashy fun in the sun!
Race each other down the slip ‘n slide and incorporate some fun garden games into the mix to really up the ante and get some good old fashioned competitive spirit going. Keep the wet and wild fun going with a water fight in the garden: get your water pistols at the ready and let the battle commence. The loser buys the ice creams!
Camp out at home
Make the most out of the warm summer evenings, get closer to nature, and bring the excitement of a camping trip to the comfort of your own garden!
Pitch up a tent, fill it with all your favourite pillows, blankets and portable devices, and enjoy a night of ‘glamping’ under the stars with your family. Hang up some cute twinkling string lights inside your tent for a super cosy feel and enjoy snuggling up together with a movie.
Fire up the barbecue and soak up the summer air with a delicious dinner outside, then toast some marshmallows on the leftover coals for a sweet treat that your kids will love! Collect up some twigs and kindling from the garden and make your own fire pit to keep you snug as a bug when the sun goes down.
Get creative with outdoor messy play
Coming up with new and exciting arts and crafts ideas to keep your tots and teens entertained can be a struggle, so here’s some of our favourite summer art projects to keep your whole family entertained this bank holiday:
Decorate your driveway, draw your own supersized snakes and ladders game or make an exciting hopscotch course with vibrant chalks. Chalks are a great way of keeping your family occupied and entertained all day long, as not only will you enjoy creating your own games together, but you’ll have hours of fun playing them after.
If you don’t have any paper to hand, why not use nature as your canvas? Crack open the paints and decorate anything you can find outside. From rocks, to branches, to leaves, the whole family will enjoy exploring the garden, collecting their materials, and letting their imaginations run wild!
Turn your art project into a super fun (and messy!) game that even the adults will enjoy with a target balloon splatter painting. Fill your balloons up with paint, attach them carefully to a canvas with pins, and take turns tossing darts at the balloons to watch your painting come alive with colour.
With a little bit of creative thinking, you can enjoy a full day of summer crafting in the sunshine with your family for little to no expense at all!
Indoor crafts for rainy days
If the weather doesn’t behave itself (which wouldn’t be a surprise!) you may be left in a panic trying to rustle up some last-minute activities to keep the family entertained. Why not use what you already have in for some fun indoor arts and crafts?
Make your own butterfly in just a few simple steps using only a paper plate and a few supplies from your craft kit! Cut your paper plate in half, snip them into the perfect butterfly wing shape and get decorating however you like. While you’re waiting for your wings to dry you can get to work on making the body. Glue your pom poms onto a popsicle stick and attach two pipe cleaners at the top to make your antennas. When everything is dry, all you have to do is stick the body onto the wings, add some googly eyes to make them extra cute, and voila!
Make a whole day of back-to-back 5-minute crafts using anything you have to hand and get those creative juices flowing! Give an old t-shirt a new lease of life with fabric paints and decorations, make your own jewellery with beads or dried pasta, or start a band with homemade musical instruments out of old tissue boxes and elastic bands. With a little bit of out-of-the-box thinking and a few tricks up your sleeve, there are endless possibilities for all-day family fun, even if you’re trapped indoors!
Whip up some tasty treats
Everybody loves to bake, and with the promise of a sweet treat after all their hard work, the whole family will want to get involved in this activity!
Follow your favourite recipes and spend the day baking a smorgasbord of delicious and decadent desserts that even Mary Berry would be proud of. For all the chocoholics out there, we have some super simple and tantalisingly tasty chocolate recipes that we’re sure you’ll love to try (and eat!). Go wild with decorations, load them up with sweeties and choccies, and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a snack-tastic sugar rush!
Baking with your family is a great way of spending quality time together. Sharing responsibilities in the kitchen will help to build a strong sense of family unity and you’ll create wonderful memories together that lasts a lifetime. Give it a go and see what taste sensations you and your family can come up with.
Make and top your own pizza
If you can never agree on which pizza to get from the takeaway, stop the arguments and get the whole family involved in making their own homemade pizzas. It’s a great bank holiday dinner treat that even the fussiest eaters will enjoy.
Set out individual-sized pizza dough portions for the whole family, lay the table with an assortment of everyone’s favourite toppings, and go wild creating your perfect personal pizzas. Load up your pizza with classic toppings or transform it into the ultimate sweet treat with chocolate spreads, marshmallows and syrup – the choice is yours!
When you’ve all finished your creations, pop them into the pizza oven until they’re bubbling and golden with ooey gooey cheesy deliciousness, and enjoy your dinner with a cheeky glass of wine in the sunshine. Treat yourself, it’s a bank holiday, after all!
Whatever you get up to this bank holiday, this post should have given you some inspiration to try out some fun new activities with your family, come rain or shine!