Ah, the school holidays and the six-week summer: a blissful expanse of time for young people to do anything they feel like. Exploring, adventuring, laughing with friends, learning new skills, picking up new hobbies – it’s all right there for the taking. Sometimes, however, with so much on offer, it can be a little overwhelming for kids. If your young ones are struggling to think of some excellent summer holiday activities, allow us to help out (it’s pretty much our area of expertise, you know!).
Whether you’re seeking something high-octane to undertake in the summer months, or you’d prefer a more relaxed pastime, our extensive list of summer activities has everything you need for an unforgettable summer. We’ve packed a ton of fun things to do in here, so you’re sure to find something perfect!
24 fun summer holiday activities
1. Join the Army Cadets
The Army Cadets is the perfect summer activity. From fieldcrafts such as camouflage to kayaking, hiking, orienteering and even skiing, life with the Army Cadets is one adventure after another. Plus, your child will have plenty of opportunity to build lifelong new friendships!
2. Den building
Ah, is there anything better than spending a long day as a child building a den with friends? Whether it’s a pillow fort in the bedroom, a blanket den in the garden, or a bona fide treehouse, den building is a beautiful, fun part of any childhood summer.
Geocaching has been around for a while now, but if you’re not heard of it, it’s a simple enough concept: you download the app and you get directions to find a hidden ‘geocache’ out somewhere in nature. The geocache will contain a logbook you can sign, as well as little trinkets or gifts left by previous travellers. You can then take one thing from the cache and replace it with something of equal value for the next traveller.
4. Treasure hunt
If geocaching’s not your thing, you can easily set up your own treasure hunt! Simply place some hidden ‘treasure’ somewhere around the house or garden and create clues leading to it. You can even make your own treasure map if you feel like going to extra mile.
5. Set up a board games tournament
Board games are a great way to get your kids laughing and playing competitively, while also helping to engage their brains and avoid those pesky ubiquitous phone screens. Perfect for a rainy day.