It’s the middle of summer, so there is no excuse to spend evenings and weekends stuck in front of the TV. It’s not always easy to get your family out and about though, as many activities aren’t cheap, especially if you have more than one child.
Spending time with your family out of the house is a great way to stay active and learn to communicate better with each other. It’s a brilliant chance to bond and make sure you spend enough time with one another throughout the week.
So how do you get your family out and about if you’re on a tight budget? Here are some great tips:
Walking is a very simple thing to do, and there tons of different places to walk to and from. If you live near the countryside, then there are bound to be lots of fields and woodland you can walk in and let the children run around in. If you have a very small child, then take a pushchair with you that works on a multitude of terrains – the Peach Jogger from iCandy is perfect as it has three wheels and is designed for families on the go.
If you don’t have time to go walking at the weekend, then it is just as good an option to walk your children to school and back. It gives everyone some fresh air and a chance to stretch their legs before, and after, a long day of learning.
Your local park is a great place to take your children as part of a low budget activity. Take a ball or Frisbee with you and play a few different games to get everyone energised and running around.
The majority of parks also have playgrounds, so sit on a bench and relax while watching your children race around playing on the various slides and swings available. If you have a dog, then take a ball and let your children throw the ball for them– this will be great fun for the whole family and get everyone out of the house.
Your garden is one of the best places to spend time with your family. If you have adventurous older children, then you could build a den or a tree house, or if you have smaller children you can help them do some arts and crafts, and plant different flowers in the garden.
Allocate each of your children a small piece of soil in your garden and let them choose a few different seeds to plant. They will really enjoy watering them and watching them grow into beautiful flowers throughout the spring and summer months.
Cycling is also a great family activity, as it gives everyone the chance to have some fun, while staying fit and active. If you have young children, then rear mounted bike seats are brilliant, but be warned, they will make your bike feel a lot heavier.
If you don’t know where your nearest cycle route is, then have a look online, as there are lots of different sites and clubs that will help you to find the best paths for your speed and experience.
There are 15 different National Parks around the country, and they are all areas of stunning meadows, moorlands, mountains and more. Each one has its own organisation that helps look after the area and plan events for people to attend.
The main website has a section on all the different events taking place in each area, including children’s fun days, guided walks and arts festivals. There is also a whole host of information regarding the different ways you can get involved in all the outdoor activities taking place in each location.