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Fun Things To Do On Vacation At Home

Summer is here and that means finding cool and creative ways of keeping the kids entertained can be somewhat of a mission, let's say... If you're looking for some fun things to do on vacation at home with kids, we've got you covered. kids playing in a box in the living room

From indoor activities that are perfect for rainy days to outdoor ideas for when the sun is shining, there's something for everyone in this list. And best of all, they won't break the bank.

So, whether you're looking for things to do with toddlers, tweens or teens, we've got you covered. Keep reading for our top picks of fun things to do on vacation at home with kids:

Fun Family Activities At Home

1. Have a movie marathon

This is ideal for rainy days or when it's too hot to go outside. Simply pop some popcorn, make some snacks and snuggle up on the sofa with your favourite family movies. You could even have a theme – like Disney movies or superhero films – to make it more fun.

Related: Drive-In Cinemas Near You

2. Build a fort

This is a classic childhood activity that never gets old. Get the blankets and pillows out and build the biggest, best fort you can. Then, once it's built, you can have a pillow fight or watch a movie in your new home-made cinema.

3. Make some art

Get those creative juices flowing with some fun art projects. You could paint, make sculptures out of play-doh or get messy with some finger-painting – it's up to you. And, when you're done, you'll have some lovely new pieces to hang up around the house.

4. Plan a scavenger hunt around the house and/or garden

This is a great way to get the kids up and moving. Hide some things around the house or garden and give them a list of things to find.

For an extra challenge, you could time them to see how fast they can complete the hunt.

Related: RiiRoo Garden Scavenger Hunt - Fun Activity Sheets

5. Organise a dance party

Put on some tunes and let the kids loose. They'll have so much fun dancing around the living room (or garden, weather permitting). And, if you join in, it'll be even more fun.

6. Have a picnic

You don't have to go far to enjoy a picnic – your back garden will do just fine.

Spread out a blanket and enjoy some of your favourite picnic foods in the sunshine.

And if the weather isn't playing ball,  you can always go for a indoor picnic instead.

12. Have a water fight

This is guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. Simply fill up some water balloons or water pistols and let them loose. Just make sure you're prepared to get wet too.

Related: 22 Fun Things to Do This Summer to Make It the Best One Yet

13. Play in the sprinklers

If you don't have a pool, the next best thing is playing in the sprinklers.

Set them up in the garden and let the kids run through them to cool off. They'll love it and you'll get to enjoy watching them have fun.

14. Plant a vegetable garden

This is a great activity for all the family. Head to your local garden centre and pick out some vegetables to plant. Then, you can all help to water them and watch them grow.

Not only will you get to enjoy some fresh produce, but the kids will love getting their hands dirty (literally).

7. Play some games

There are so many great games you can play as a family, both inside and out. If you're stuck for ideas, why not try Twister, tag or hide-and-seek? Or, if you're feeling competitive, you could always have a family Olympics, with a range of different events for everyone to take part in.

Fun Summer Activities For Kids

If you're looking to take the kids out for the day,  there are plenty of fun summer activities that won't break the bank and most can be found in your local area:

8. Visit the park

There are plenty of free parks up and down the country and they're great for letting the kids run off some energy. Pack a picnic lunch and spend a couple of hours relaxing in the sunshine while the little ones play.

9. Go for a bike ride

This is a great way to explore your local area and get some fresh air. And, if you have younger kids, you could always put them in a trailer or bike seat and take them for a ride too.

10. Take them swimming

If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your garden, great. If not, there are usually plenty of public pools around and they're usually very reasonably priced. Swimming is a great way to cool off on a hot day and have some fun too.

11. Go to the beach

This is a classic summer activity and one that the kids will love. Pack a picnic, some buckets and spades and spend a day building sandcastles, paddling in the sea and hunting for shells. Just make sure you keep an eye on them if they're swimming.

15. Visit a farm

Farms are great for kids, as they can get up close to the animals and see where their food comes from. And, most farms have plenty of other activities too, such as tractor rides, petting zoos and playgrounds.

Related: Engaging Farm Activities for Preschoolers & Toddlers

16. Go on a nature walk

This is a great way to get the kids away from screens and explore the great outdoors. See if you can spot different animals, birds and plants on your walk and try to teach them about what you're seeing. You could even turn it into a scavenger hunt and see who can find the most things.

17. Take them to a museum or exhibition

Museums are often free to enter and they're a great way to learn about new things. There are usually plenty of interactive exhibits too, which will keep the little ones entertained.

18. Go camping

If you have some camping gear, this is a great activity for the summer. Pitch a tent in the garden and spend the night sleeping under the stars. The kids will love it and you might too.


How do I entertain my kids on a long flight or drive?

There are a few things you can do to keep your kids entertained on a long flight. Firstly, make sure you pack some snacks and drinks to keep them hydrated and fed. You should also bring along some toys or games to keep their minds occupied. Finally, try to get them up and moving around as much as possible to avoid boredom and restlessness.

How can I keep my kids safe while they're playing in the summer?

There are a few things you can do to keep your kids safe while they're playing in the summer. Firstly, make sure they always wear sunscreen, even if it's cloudy. Secondly, try to avoid letting them play in the midday sun when it's at its hottest. Finally, make sure they stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and taking regular breaks in the shade.

How do you do timepass at home for kids?

There are a few things you can do to keep your kids entertained at home. Firstly, make sure you have plenty of toys and games for them to play with. Secondly, try to create a daily schedule with different activities for them to do. Finally, make sure you take them out for some fresh air and exercise every day.

Wrapping Up:

Entertaining your kids can be a lot of work, but it's definitely worth it when you see their faces light up with happiness.

We've provided a few ideas to get you started, but feel free to get creative and come up with your own activities too.

What are your favorite things to do with your kids on vacation? Let us know in the comments below.

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