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Entertaining the Kids This Bank Holiday

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It seems like the kids are just back at school and already they're off again for the bank holidays. But fear not. We've got you covered. Here are some fun ideas to keep everyone happy without spending a fortune.

Go Fly a Kite

Does the family fancy the idea of seeing an octopus-shaped kite taking flight? Of course they do. The Margam International Kite Festival within the grounds of Margam Country Park, see kites of all shapes and sizes take to the skies. 2018 is the Welsh 'Year of the Sea'. So the festival will support this theme by promoting awareness of the problems of plastic in our oceans.

Life’s a Beach

If it’s raining but the family still wants to go to the beach then head to the UK’s first interactive indoor beach at Tamworth. Projectors are used to create the effects of the waves and sea creatures. And as the kids play on the sand they can use special ‘buckets’ to catch and identify the sea life that’s washed up by the waves and check them off against a chart. The beach caters for children up to the age of eight.

Fancy a Game of Top Trumps?

Get nostalgic for your favourite ‘80s card game and revisit Top Trumps Trail with a twist. A selection of giant Top Trumps cards can be found around Marwell Zoo. Each card represents a different zoo animal. You’re each given a set of cards and the aim of the game is to compare the animal scores against the giant Top Trumps to win. The game is included in the admission price.

Visit a Festival

The Underbelly Festival has once again landed on the South Bank in London. It costs nothing to get in with plenty of free stuff going on. Depending on how flush you’re feeling there are lots of entertainment events for kids too, all of which are around a tenner. These include ‘Aliens Love Underpants’, a special children’s variety show and Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall for groovy toddlers.  

Get Muddy for Charity

Pretty Muddy in Warrington on 6th May kicks off a series of charity runs for the under 12s across the UK this summer. The 5K race involves kids competing over a muddy obstacle course that includes crawling through a mud pit. Your washing machine might receive a battering after the event but it’s a great opportunity to teach the kids about raising money for charity whilst having fun.

See a Scarecrow

Scarecrows aren’t just for the Wizard of Oz. Scarecrow festivals are popping up all around the country, and our advice is to check local newspapers for your nearest event (many are free). The annual festival at Meltham offers homemade scarecrow’s dotted around the village with the best winning a prize. Last year’s entrants included the Loch Ness Monster, the local vicar and a Brownie pack.

Staying at Home

Of course, some days you’ll find yourselves stuck at home, but that doesn't mean anyone has to be bored.

  • Get cooking - Pick a recipe with the kids, go shopping for ingredients and cook something together. Chances are they might actually eat it too. Scones are good for any ages, just make sure you measure out all the ingredients before you start (your vacuum cleaner will thank you for it). If your kids are little older pizza is always a winner.
  • Make a board game - In the evenings get the kids to design a game that you can make the next day. Keep it simple such as a paper boat race in the paddling pool or homemade skittles using a tennis ball and empty toilet rolls.
  • Camp under the stars – Arrange a camping trip in the garden with the children for one night. You can buy a 2-man tent for less than £20 these days and you can always use it again. What are your favourite ways to enjoy the bank holiday without breaking the bank? Share with us on Twitter or Facebook.

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