It’s that time of year again, and the school holidays are rolling in! If you’re stumped for ideas on how to keep the kids entertained (or away from the television), we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves. These ideas are fun, inexpensive, and best of all, everyone can get involved! Try something a little different these holidays, tear those kids away from the Playstation and Netflix, and give one of these activities a go. The next holidays are sure to be a cold and rainy one, so we encourage you to get out there and make the most of Easter holidays!
1. Playground play and gym
Why not go for a stroll around the neighbourhood to the nearest playground? Make the most of the sun and if you have little ones, let them run loose and have a go on all the play equipment. If you have older kids who are less likely to be thrilled at the idea of a playground, you could encourage them to use the equipment as a gym. Monkey bars make for fantastic workouts! Get creative – another idea is to create an obstacle course and have the kids compete to try finish it the fastest.
2. Go camping (in the backyard or at a campsite!)
Everybody loves camping. There’s something about being amongst nature, living simply, and just enjoying the company of the people you’re with that makes us feel good. Why not go for a camping trip these Easter holidays? The kids will love the idea of escaping from their daily reality, and you can either set up camp in your backyard or go for a drive to a national park and enjoy some stunning Aussie scenery. Find some good camping recipes, bring a deck of cards, and have some stories ready to share!
3. Go for a bike ride
Think about it, when’s the last time you went for a bike ride? Or even if you bike ride often, it could be fun to find a bike track you haven’t tried before and take the kids out for a ride. You’ll explore new scenery, get a good workout, and have a great day out while you’re at it! Pack along a picnic and take a break somewhere, perhaps a beach where you can even swim! The kids are sure to be nice and tired afterwards, ready to head straight to bed! Just make sure you don’t take them on a trip that’s too long or tricky or they might not be able to handle the trip back.
4. Bake some nice things
Everybody loves eating baked goods, and kids love to mess about in the kitchen! Why not have them find a recipe – or if they’re too young, let them choose from recipes you’ve found yourself – and get baking! Let them be the chef’s assistant and make a fun game out of it. Kids also love decorating, so it’s a good idea to pick something you can decorate, like cake or cookies. And the best part is that afterwards you get to enjoy the results of your fun activity with a tasty treat!
5. Hit the pools or the beach
Kids love water – well, most of them anyway! If it’s cold outside, you can take the kids to a nearby indoor pool for a fun day swimming and playing about with other kids. If it’s nice, why not head down to the beach? Try somewhere new that you haven’t been before – Australia is full of stunning beaches. Let the kids have a swim, go for a stroll along the rocks or the cliffside, and pack a lunch or enjoy some food from cafes near the beach. Sea, sun, and sand is all it takes to put you in a good mood, and everyone will return home tired and happy!
So there you have it! Five fun, easy ways to make the most out of these school holidays and enjoy your time with your kids. Let’s tear ourselves away from the screens these holidays and enjoy some quality time out in nature, working our bodies, and bonding with the people we love. Happy Easter!