Yesterday, Rory broke up for the Summer Holidays. We both love a little challenge and so we decided to come up with a list of things to do during the Summer. This was inspired by our Reconnecting with Autumn adventures. We had such a fantastic time doing lots of Autumn activities and ticking them off our list that we thought it’d be great to do something for the summer holidays!
If fancy having a go at our Summer Challenge, I have attached the check list which we are using to this post so you can print it off and join in too!
Our Summer Challenge Printable
1.) Play A Game Of Rounders
We really want to ensure we make some memories together as a family, especially when Daddy isn’t at work, so this is a really easy activity that we can all enjoy together and it gets the boys outside and activie which is fantastic too.
2.) Have a Trip To The Theatre
We are going to see Madagascar: The Musical at the Marlowe Theatre, which Rory is very excited about. This one is definitely a big treat. However, if you fancy a trip to the theatre but can’t quite face the cost of the tickets, why not investigate whether or not there is an amateur dramatics group doing something child friendly near you. This is a great way for children to enjoy the wonders of the theatre at a fraction of the cost of professional theatre.
3.) Go Out For Breakfast
A lot of our family’s memory making exploits revolve around food and we do love going out for breakfast together. During the Summer Holidays, I want to take the boys to a little french café for Petit Dejunér. This is perfect for Rory as he’s been attending French classes for three years. It was also Mummy and Daddy’s favourite weekend treat before we had children!
4.) Do Some Messy Play
Rory and I do love a little trawl across Pinterest and we’ve found some fantastic messy play activities which we think that both Rory and Rowan will enjoy. One of our activities is to make some chocolate cloud dough and set up a hot chocolate cafe in our tuff tray! Hopefully, we’ll be able to do lots of messy play and tuff tray activities during the holidays.
5.) Visit A Friend or Relative You Haven’t Seen For A While
Recently, my brother, the boys’ absolutely adored uncle, moved to start a new job. He went from being down the road to three hours away so we are going to go and stay with him for a week.
6.) Do A Scavenger Hunt!
This one absolutely had to be on the list. I’m sure we’ll do a few of these over the Summer Holidays. If you need some inspiration, you can use my free printables for scavenger hunts on the Beach or In The Countryside.
7.) Do A Litter Pick
We have quite a few organised litter picks which happen near us so we may try and join up with one of these. If not, we’ll definitely be taking a litter grabber and a bag with us for a walk. Since we visited Spain and Rory saw how much plastic was floating around in the sea, he has been so much more aware of the litter around him and it’s impact.
8.) Do Some Baking
Since Rory has started school, we seem to bake together less and less so this is definitely something we want to do more of over the holidays. Making Gingerbread Men and decorating them is one of Rory’s favourites!
9.) Get Creative
We quite enjoy having a trip to our local pottery painting shop during the holidays. If you are on a budget for your Summer Holidays activities, it’s worth seeing if you local shop has any special offers on. Our local one has a ‘Only One Left’ shelf which has pieces which are being discontinued and so you can paint at a reduced price! We also love the craft sets from Poundland. For just £1, they give hours of entertainment. We have done a variety of their kits including painting, sewing and collaging.
10.) Do A Random Act of Kindness
I always think it’s nice to do something for someone else so we’ll be trying to a random act of kindness during the holidays. It will probably involve making a sweet treat for our neighbours such as our Kindness Fudge.
11.) Have A Movie Night
Rory and I both really love Harry Potter so I’m sure watching Harry Potter will be on the cards. We really enjoy getting together some snacks and watching a movie in our PJs!
12.) Have A Train Day
A lot of the time, as the younger sibling, Rowan finds himself going along with what Rory wants to do. This activity is really about Rowan, although Rory will love it too. Rowan loves anything that involves trains whether that is playing with his train set, or riding on a train. Luckily, we have two fantastic railways near us so we will definitely be visiting one of these during the summer. If the weather stays nice, it’s a really nice treat to travel on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway out to the coast for Fish and Chips!
13.) Go On A Mini Beast Hunt
We are really forunate to live close to Singleton Environment Centre which had meadows and community woodland so is perfect for looking for mini beasts but this could also be done in the garden. It’s great to take magnifying glasses with you so you can get a really close look at who you discover!
14.) Have A Space Day
Rory wants to be an astronaut when he is older. A couple of years ago, I did a Space Day for him. Rowan was very tiny but now he’s a bit older I think he’d love it too. We did things like Space Yoga (following a youtube video), finding moonrocks, eating space snacks and doing space crafts. It was such a great day that I feel it would definitely be worth doing again!
15.) Visit A Museum
Investigate what local museums you have near you because they are hidden treasures! The small, local museums are often free because they are run by very passionate volunteers. They usually have great activities for children to do too! They are often about the local history of where you live which is fascinating for adults too!
16.) Have A Pyjama Day
We spend our lives rushing around doing so many things that we want to ensure that we include some chilling time in our holiday plans!
17.) Read A Book By An Author You Haven’t Read Before
Rory and Rowan are both book worms so I’m sure they will love investigating lots of new book and finding new authors that they love!
18.) Have Fun With Water
The boys both love swimming so we will definitely be having some visits to our local pool especially when the slides and lazy river are open. We’ll also be having some water fun in the garden whether that be in the paddling pool, a water fight or something else!
19.) Try A Food You Haven’t Tasted Before
We always endeavour to encourage the boys to eat healthily and to keep exploring the culinary world. I’m sure this challenge will involve doing some cooking together and finding a new dish they haven’t tried before.
20.) Do Some Science Experiments
We do love getting sciencey and the boys love doing some fun science experiments. If you’re after some inspiration, there’s plenty you can do with vinegar including making a bouncy egg which is always a fun one!
If we’ve inspired you this summer and you have a go at any of these activities do let me know in the comments and if you share your fun please do tag me as I’d love to see what you’ve been up to! You can find me on Instagram and Twitter