What to do with older children this summer

If you have older children, a big question often arises; how do I keep them occupied all summer? Six weeks can seem like an incredibly long time for a parent. Unlike when they were younger, trying to find something that the whole family will enjoy becomes a lot harder. It’s not always as simple as taking a trip to the park every day or watching films, while these are good by the end of the first week, the children and even you could find yourself very bored. Instead, you want to find activities that are not only going to keep them busy but are also going to be fun and create some great memories too. Read on to find three of them.

Challenge yourself in an escape room

An escape room is a highly popular activity, and it’s a fun, exciting way to make memories with your children. This fun game combines mental agility, skill, and physical activity in a safe way, so is a great option that the entire family can enjoy. 

Throw yourself into an Exiting Escapes Escape Room Southampton, and you will all face a plethora of challenges that your children will be talking about for years to come. You won’t have an instruction manual; you won’t have anybody guiding your way. It’ll be down to you and your children to find your way out of whatever room you are placed in. You’ll have to unearth mysteries, crack clues, and solve riddles in order to beat the hurdles put in front of you.


Go on a road trip

The summer gives you and your family the chance to escape a bit of normality, and the perfect opportunity to bond as a family. So make time, save money, and go out on a road trip. A road trip allows you to see parts of the country you wouldn’t have usually stopped at, all in the comfort of your vehicle, on your own schedule. Pack plenty of snacks, take a camera and get the music blaring; you might even find that you want to make it an annual event.


To help occupy your children, even more, get them to help you plan the trip. Planning the trip together means that you can work out what all of you want to see and do, you might be surprised at how much your kids will love researching. The planning stage could take a while so be prepared in advance to ensure that you are making the most of your time away.


Tick things off your bucket list


Sit down with your children and make a bucket list of all the things you want to do this summer. This can turn what might seem like an ordinary activity to your children into something a lot more enjoyable that your kids will love.

If you’re stuck for inspiration in this instance, here are a few things you might want to include:


  • Building a fort
  • Exploring a new walking trail – spending time outdoors will be great for you and the kids.
  • Become tourists in your hometown – see everything you wouldn’t normally.
  • Movie night – make sure to get the popcorn in, cosy blankets and a couple of films, and you’re ready to go!
  • Arts and crafts day.

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