The school holidays are in full swing, have you got any days out planned?
I’m very late with the summer activity planning this year. I usually have lots of things planned before the schools break up, but we went camping as soon as term ended, so all my focus was on that trip. Now we’re home I need to get myself organised!
Whether you’re juggling childcare, heading off on holiday, or planning a staycation, the long summer break means you’ll probably be planning some family days out. And with the growing trend towards multigenerational living, more and more people are looking for activities that are suitable for three or more generations.
If you’ve got children, parents and grandparents in the mix, here are some ideas for days out that cater for all ages.
A trip to the zoo
A day out meeting lots of animals is always a winner, and UK zoos are usually very good at catering for things like buggies, large family groups, and mobility aids (just remember there’s often a fair bit of ground to cover, so it’s worth checking any batteries for mobility scooters before you go – you can order replacements here).
We love Yorkshire Wildlife Park, but there are venues all over the country – this article is a good place to start.
Step back in time
For a day out with a difference, check out school holiday events at your local historical venues. There is often a programme of family-friendly activities during the summer, so for example you might be able to relive an epic battle, find out what it was like to live in victorian times, or watch a medieval joust.
Outdoor cinemas are popping up all over the place, and the (hopefully dry!) summer months are the ideal time to enjoy some al fresco viewing. Many outdoor cinemas offer afternoon screenings, so you can plan a trip for the whole family without impacting on bedtime. Take a picnic, and camping chairs if you have them – they’re much more comfortable than sitting on the grass!
A quick internet search will help you find events in your local area, Summer Nights has a good range of venues.
If you need to keep the walking to a minimum, how about a trip on a steam train? Kids will love the chance to immerse themselves in this novel world, and it’s usually a big hit with grandparents too. It’s a great way to slow down the pace of a day out, and see lots of beautiful countryside from the comfort of a seat.
If everyone in your party is up for a ramble, exploring nature is a lovely multigenerational day out. It’s a really low-cost option too.
You could head to your local park and see what nature is up to there (perhaps making a journey stick along the way), or visit a local nature reserve where they may well be offering activities such as pond dipping and minibeast hunts. Remember to pack plenty of food to keep everyone going!
Are any of these days out on your list this summer? Do you have any multigenerational days out to recommend?