1. River paddling
There's nothing like a bit of fresh water to cool off your feet on hot summer day - in my opinion a much better alternative to the salty sea!
2. The park
Probably the most requested activity from the children most holidays/weekends/after school, in fact all the time! We are lucky enough to have a fantastic park here in Paignton with sand and water to play in too. I expect we'll be travelling further afield for somewhere with water fountains to play in on a hot day as well.
3. Somebody else's garden
In our case, Grandma and Grandad's, but any friend or relative's garden should do the trick. With new places to explore and different outdoor toys to play with, it's a brand new adventure!
4. Nature walks
It always amazes me how far my children will walk when given something interesting to look at or do along the way. When there are trees to climb, bugs and birds to spot and maybe even a duck or two to feed there is so much less moaning than on the tedious school run.
5. Exploring new places
Days out are great especially when we discover new and exciting places. This year we plan on a visit to The Miniature Pony Centre, The Model Village and the zoo but I'm sure we'll think of a few more too.
We're not doing a lot of it this year just a few tomatoes but even still children love getting messy and seeing things grow so even if its just a few seeds or a bit of weeding its sure to appeal.
7. The beach
We're so lucky to live within walking distance of several fantastic beaches yet we still never go enough! This year we will be making the most of it.
All children love camping. Even if its just one night or in your own garden and the summer is definitely the time to do it. We go on a little camping trip with friends each year at the beginning of the summer and the girls love every minute of it.
9. Summer events
Find out what's on in your local area - there's normally loads in the summer and it's often free. We have a carnival week with procession and fireworks, a children's week with activities on the seafront along with plenty other smaller events as well - better get the diary out!
My girls absolute favourite outdoor activity at the moment. It normally involves outdoor chairs, toys and plants being joined together with various blankets and pegs. Next, half the toys from inside are carted out and a huge mess is created! It does however keep them entertained for hours so I shouldn't complain.
I hope you enjoyed reading some of our ideas for summer activities - feel free to share your own in the comments section as we would love to try them!
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