Do you love or dread the long summer holidays? I always find them challenging, but do love spending time with my boys and this summer I am teaming up with Calypso to bring you some fabulous simple fun ideas for the holidays. #HolidayHacks for kids of all ages.
Simple fun ideas for the holidays
Sometimes it can be hard to think about things to do over the holiday period and that where the fantastic Calypso Holiday Hacks App comes into its own. You just pop in the age that you are looking to keep occupied and a type of activity and then it comes it with a fab selection of low cost or no cost ideas for the family to do.
So we decided to give it a try and the boys popping their details and a sunny day and it came up with:
Take the family and the dogs to an empty beach and let them run free, followed by a picnic.
We are really lucky to live 5 minutes from the beach, but we do not visit it as often as we should, especially in the summer. So we decided to have a late visit to the beach once all the tourists had gone and MadDad had come home from work. The tide was in, but that didn’t stop us making the most of our evening.
I packed a picnic including a flask and some Calypso drinks for the boys. Water and a bowl for Alvin and set off to our local beach.
We had a wonderful evening, watching the boys play cricket and football on the beach. MadDad and I chatted, walked the dog and put the world to rights. There really is something special about evenings on the beach.
It is much quieter and there is something beautiful about watching the waves lapping the shore. In fact, I sometimes think ti is the best part of the day.
The secret to spontaneous simple fun ideas for the holidays
The secret to being able to have some fab family fun over the summer is being prepared. I have always carried a summer bag in the car full of things that we might need including:
- Cricket bat and ball
- Sun lotion
- Hats for all the family
- £5 in change for ice cream or chips!
- A reading book (for me)
You can mix up your summer bag depending on how old your children are. When the boys were younger we always carried a bucket and spades and other beach toys, talc for removing sand, a change of clothes, waterproofs and snacks.
You can pick up most of the things you need for your bag from the Pound Shop and it is great to be able to be spontaneous.
Why not take a look at why my fellow Calypso bloggers, Diary of the Dad and The Minis Mes and Me have been getting up to.
You are very lucky to live just 5 minutes from the beach. I like the idea of keeping a summer bag in the car filled with both fun and practical things, I think I might copy this great idea and do the same. Thanks for sharing.
I love this summery vibe! I always keep the boot chock full of seasonal clothes and buckets and spades. Always forget the change though!
Oh love the idea of the summer bag! I think I am going to make one up and keep it in the car too!
My son is really getting into cricket now, so I can see that being our new beach sport.
The beach you live by looks like an idyllic place to play and relax. When I get my car I’m definitely going to pack one of those bags, even if the summer is over, I’m sure I can think of other useful things to put in it, I like to be prepared.
Great choice of activity! I wonder what it would suggest for us being so far from the sea.
These are awesome ideas! Having a bag ready full of all your summer needs is a great way to be ready this season. Want to get your feet ready this summer? http://www.walkthiswaypodiatry.co.uk/blog/perfect-summer-feet/
I have a Summer bag just like this one.
How lucky to live so close to the beach. We are a little bit too far and the monkeys a little bit too young for spontaneous evening trips to the beach. However, we do live across the road from an amazing park and make use of it all the time. Love your tip about talc and sandy feet too. I’ll be trying that out next time I’m at the beach x
Pingback: Calypso Holiday Hacks - scavenger hunt - Diary of the Dad
Sadly finding an empty beach in our neck of the woods is nigh on impossible this time of the year lol
I am quite envious that you live so close to the beach, I would be always by the sea listening to the waves.