Boredom-busting summer activities for kids

Aaah, the glorious long summer holidays. Aargh, the need to entertain and occupy bored kids for six weeks. Well, at least occasionally. No-one died from boredom.

Fortunately, there’s plenty on around the country, including a few free fun options.

Bored, bored, bored

Bored, bored, bored

Spot the dog, suggests Visit England. A trail of 80 Gromits designed by artists and celebrities have been let loose on Bristol to create a new public art trail.

Or play Poohsticks, track a woozle and trap heffalumps at National Trust property Mottisfont in Hampshire, where there’s a display of Winnie the Pooh illustrations by EH Shepard, as well as a forest trail to explore Christopher Robin-style.

Travel to Oxford and you could build sand castles… in a real castle. No, the heat hasn’t sent me a bit funny, the city is getting 23 tonnes of sand, deck chairs and palm trees, along with Punch & Judy and petanque in the Oxford Castle Quarter. There’s another city beach and giant art on London’s South Bank as part of the Festival of Neighbourhood plus a Beano exhibit, as well as the return of Nottingham’s urban beach.

The weather turned grim? Head to one of the UK’s pockets of warmth like Nyetimber in west Sussex which has its own microclimate similar to France (producing award-winning sparkling wine for the grown-ups, incidentally)

Bored on the way to the day out? How about some old-fashioned car games – the kind nearly a third of us played, but which less than half of our children try. From counting legs/heads on pub signs to car colours, the AA has a string of suggestions to shorten car journeys.

And if you’re staying at home? As well as visiting imaginary worlds in the park or back garden, Sainsbury’s has produced a series of videos which include making a monster (yes please), building a bug city and creating an ocean in a bottle with more suggestions in the Bumper Book of Summer.


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