It’s approaching that time of the year again. Schools will be closing for the summer, leaving the grandkids with more time than they know what to do with. However, summer is also ideal for spending quality time with your loved ones. But what should you do during these weeks off? Discover some ideas for summer holiday activities with the grandkids in this article.
Getting the Grandkids Outside
One of the greatest problems facing the world today is an obsession with screens. The average teenager spends 6 and a half hours in front of a screen every day. Therefore, it is important to find ways to reduce this screen time during the summer holidays. Some time in front of a screen is okay, of course, but getting outside is better for you and your grandkids’ health.
Summer Holiday Activities
There are countless places to go and things to do during the summer holidays. Different things are likely to appeal to your grandchildren depending on age. With that in mind, we have created a list of activities that are sure to appeal to a full range of grandchildren.
Regardless of their age, most children absolutely adore animals. So do many adults. A day at the zoo is a great way to get out of the house and learn something in the process. You and your grandkids can enjoy a steady walk between the exhibits whilst pausing to read about the animals you see. Depending on the zoo you visit, there may also be a rideable tour to help you get around.
Many zoos also have picnic areas where you can sit and enjoy a lunch brought from home. This could save you some money instead of purchasing more expensive meals at the zoo’s on-site eateries.
Go for a Kickabout
It’s no secret that football is something of a national pastime. Grabbing a football and heading down to the local park is a way to get the grandkids outside without spending anything. Depending on your mobility, you can get involved. Stick yourself in goal or even perform some passes to your grandkids. And with women’s football reaching new heights of popularity, now is the perfect time to get your granddaughters involved, too.
A day at the park playing football could be another opportunity for a picnic. Pack some sandwiches and snacks, put some bottles of water or squash in a cooler, and take shelter in the shade when it gets too warm for football. It’s a great way to recharge after this summer holiday activity without trekking home first.
Head to the Beach
For decades, the beach has been one of the most popular destinations for summer holiday activities with the grandkids. This fact remains true today. A day at the beach offers plenty of opportunities for fun that your family are sure to enjoy. Go paddling in the sea, visit the arcades, and savour some fish and chips along the promenade.
Depending on your beachside destination, there may also be donkey rides or an amusement park. This could offer further enjoyment for you and the grandkids throughout the day. This may require you spend some additional cash, but your family will appreciate the extra things to do.
Cooking and Baking
You don’t have to get out of the house to reduce your grandkids’ screen time. Heading into the kitchen to make some tasty treats can keep you busy for several hours. There are countless recipes you and your grandkids can choose from, from simple pizzas to lavish cakes. We’ve provided a list of baking ideas for the summer, and you can find other easy recipes by looking around online.
You and the grandkids can divide the necessary jobs between yourselves. One can mix, another can grease any baking trays, and so on. This is an activity that can be both educational and enjoyable. Plus, you and your grandkids will have some food to enjoy at the end.
As important as it is to reduce screentime for yourselves and the grandkids, it’s okay to spend some time together with a movie. This can be an ideal way to wind down after a long day of activities whilst still enjoying some family time. Microwave some popcorn, or enjoy some of the treats you cooked during the day, and turn down the lights.
Alternatively, you could head out to the cinema for the full experience. Take your own snacks or treat yourself to some goodies from the venue. You could even complete your trip with a meal at a restaurant, which is sure to please the grandkids’ tastebuds.
Fun for All the Family
The best summer holiday activities are the ones you can enjoy too. Pick activities you can get involved in and that you can cope with. Your grandkids will be more likely to have fun if you’re enjoying yourself too. Don’t force yourself to do anything that’s likely to be beyond your capabilities, and you may find that you all have a better day.
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Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 12th June 2023 to reflect current information.