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Welcome to the School Summer Holidays!

Welcome to the School Summer Holidays!

Six weeks of no school is a dream come true for lots of children and young people…but not all parents/carers feel this way. For some, this is an exhausting or stressful time of having to come up with activities to keep children entertained every day, perhaps even whilst working themselves!

To help ease this stress, we’ve put together some top tips for keeping your children busy and entertained over this summer holiday period, whether it’s activities they can do at home, or getting the family out of the house. We’ve also made sure to include a mix of inclusive activities, most of which don’t require lots of spending money.

Picnic Time: The beauty of a picnic is that you can throw together any food and go anywhere you want, whatever your budget is! Whether you prefer to make food at home, which you could get your children involved in, or buy something from a local shop or takeaway (we highly recommend evening pizza picnics on the beach!) This can also be an activity enjoyed from the comfort of your own home, simply by preparing a picnic lunch together, getting your children involved in the cooking process can also be a great activity, then heading into the garden to enjoy. Although keep in mind, this activity is weather dependant, no one wants soggy sandwiches!

Kids Pass: Kids Pass is a subscription which gives you discounts for thousands of activities, from outdoor adventure places such as Go Ape, to theme parks, cinemas, holidays, dining out…the list goes on! There’s a great deal on right now too, Kids Pass is currently only £1 for 30 days, which will get you through most of the summer holidays! The pass is usually £4.99 a month or £39.99 a year and you only need one pass per household.

Kids Pass

Splish Splash: Who doesn’t love jumping into a pool in the summer?! Whether you take your children swimming, or their old enough to go on their own, this is a great activity for summer holidays. If you live in the Chester area, we’ve left a link below to purchase a “Summer Splash Pass” with Brio Leisure. This pass is £20 and allows a young person to swim any day and every day from 21st July till 3rd September. The pass can be purchased for anyone under the age of 18 (any child under 8 years old must have an adult accompanying them.) Link

Getting Creative: It’s an oldie but a goodie! A lot of children love getting creative (arts and crafts aren’t just limited young children either, we encourage people of all ages to get stuck in and get creative!) We’ve left a link below for plenty of ideas for arts and crafts projects, most of which can be done with relatively cheap art supplies and using household objects!

Swings and Roundabouts: Sometimes we forget the simplest things can make the best days, like a good old trip to the park. Maybe you could make this day more interesting by heading to a park you’ve never been to before. Or to make a park trip even more enticing, bring a picnic along, take a ball or another sports activity, or even suggest a scavenger hunt!

Scavenger Hunts: We don’t know about anyone else, but a treasure hunt was one of our favourite activities as a child! Parents would hide some sweets somewhere in the house, write or draw some clues and off we went, we absolutely loved it. Whether you want to keep it simple with a homemade treasure hunt like this, or if you’d prefer to mix it up, we’ve left a link below to some great ideas for your own scavenger hunt. Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Get Back To Nature: Why not pay a visit to a National Trust site somewhere local or further afield? We’ve left a link below to National Trust sites across Cheshire and close by. Have a look through, perhaps even with your children/family, and pick one or a few together you’d all like to visit. National Trust

Lights, Camera...Quiet, Its Starting!: A movie night can involve children and young people of all ages, and a chance for the entire family to come together. Plan a movie night at home, perhaps even several of these nights over the summer, with each member of the family taking it in turns to choose a film so it’s fair (although remember to keep this age appropriate if there are children.) We love the tips on the website we’ve linked below, to help create a fun family movie night for all! Movie Night Ideas

Let’s Go Clubbing: Of course, we’re talking about children and young people’s holiday clubs! We know that parents/carers may still have to work over summer holiday periods. We also know how difficult it can be entertaining children for such a long period of time, but you don’t have to shoulder the responsibility all on your own. There are likely a range of free and cheap holiday clubs and activities going on in your local area that your children or young people can get involved with. If you live in the Wirral or West Cheshire area, we’ve left some useful links below for you regarding school holiday clubs and activities going on:

Whatever you choose to do this summer holidays, we hope you and your family have a wonderful time!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages, @emeraldtherapyservices, for more tips and activities we will be running.

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