How to Entertain the Kids over the Bank Holiday
Posted 28/04/2014 by BrightHouse Team
The end of the Easter holiday was only last week, but we have yet another bank holiday coming up on Monday 5th May, and another towards the end of the month on the 26th. While all these long weekends are great for enjoying some extra time off, if you have kids you may start running out of ideas for keeping them entertained, especially if the weather makes it difficult to be out and about.
If you need a bit of inspiration for fun things to do over the bank holiday, then take a look at our suggestions for some great activities with the kids.
Go to a theme park
A classic bank holiday outing to one of the UK’s theme parks is always a good option. You may end up getting caught in bank holiday traffic, but if you make sure the kids have ample in-car entertainment it can be worth the trip. No child can fail to be excited by the prospect of a trip to Legoland Windsor, with its dragon roller coaster, mini driving school, and Atlantis submarine voyage with real sharks and stingrays. You could even stay the night in the Lego resort hotel, and have access to the park an hour before the gates open. If your kids fancy more extreme thrills, there’s also Thorpe Park, or the famous Alton Towers.
Visit an aquarium
If it’s pouring down outside, you can head to your nearest aquarium to spend some time surrounded by water without actually getting wet. There are some spectacular aquatic zoos up and down the county, including the Blue Planet Aquarium near Chester, which features fish from the Amazon rainforest, mysterious mangrove swamps, and tropical coral reefs, as well as otters, a giant octopus, and Europe’s largest collection of sharks. Further south you’ll find the country’s largest aquarium, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, and in Scotland there’s Deep Sea World with its outdoor seal sanctuary, and one of the longest underwater glass tunnels in the world.
Have a barbecue
At the other end of the weather-related activities scale there’s holding a barbecue. It’s a great way to entertain lots of family and friends without having to worry about finding room for everyone indoors, and the kids can run around outside without fear of damaging the furniture or dropping food on the carpet. You don’t have to slave away in the kitchen making complicated dishes and worrying about timings either, as everyone can just gather around the barbeque and eat as things as they are ready. You could also make some big bowls of salad ahead of time too, and serve some delicious summery cocktails and fruity drinks. You can find some delicious inspiration from BBC Good Food Barbecue.
If you don’t fancy dealing with the crowds and queues at the big attractions, you can take advantage of the great outdoors, and all that the British countryside has to offer. It can be as simple as going for a walk to your local pond or stream for a bit of pond-dipping - using a net and a glass jar and seeing what interesting bugs and animals your kids can fish out. Or you could find your nearest public forest or woodland area on the Forestry Commission website, and enjoy natural play areas, nature walks, and tree-top adventure courses.