How to Entertain your Children this Summer

How to Entertain your Children this Summer


The year is flying by and before you know it, summer will be here! This means that you may need to start having a think about how you are going to entertain your children this summer. Trying to keep everyone in the family happy can be difficult, but also expensive too and so we have come up with a variety of different activities that you can enjoy this summer with the children…

How to Entertain your Children this Summer

Create A Playground in the Garden

All children love a visit to the playground, so why not bring the playground to your back garden instead?
Having a small playground is something that not only will they absolutely love but it will also make your life easier when you are trying to keep an eye on them. We would suggest adding some swings, climbing frames and slides to your garden. You could also even blow up the paddling pool when the warmer weather really starts to hit as who doesn’t love a water fight? A trampoline is also a great investment that will turn your garden space into an adventure playground!

Create an Outdoor Cinema

Over the summer months, you may see outdoor cinema drive ins advertised a lot. These are fantastic fun, however, they can be quite expensive if you are taking the whole family. Instead, why not create your own outdoor cinema in the garden? Bring the big screen to you with a projector, hang up some fairy lights, stock up on your favourite family-friendly DVDs, grab a rug and buy in lots of popcorn and sweeties to make this a fantastic experience that you will want to repeat every summer.

Hold a Mini Sports Day

When the sun is shining, a great way to spend a summer’s day is to have lots of family and friends round and hold a mini sports day! Making your own sports day in the garden is a great way to entertain everyone. Just buy in some skipping ropes, basketballs, swing ropes and space hoppers to create an exciting sports day that the children won’t forget. Have races, dish out some prizes and you have created the perfect day to keep the children entertained. What’s more, you can provide some food and drinks for the adults too, keeping everyone happy.

Start a DIY Project

As you will be spending so much time in your garden carrying out these activities over the summer, you will want to make sure that not only your garden is clean and tidy, but also that it is safe for lots of children to play in. A good way to kill two birds with one stone here is to have the children help out with any DIY gardening tasks that need to be carried out. Why not have them help out with building garden fencing?

You can build fence panels and have the children help with painting them which is cost-effective, will help keep them safe when having their sports days over the summer and will also add value to your home too. If you need to get cheap fencing panels, one of the most recommended sites to take a look at is Buy Fencing Direct where you can choose from many different fencing styles and at an affordable price – they even sell DIY fencing packages if you would prefer to build your own with the family. After you have set up you fencing, you can also have the children help you tidy up the rest of
the garden by pulling up any weeds, removing any dead flowers and then planting new flowers.

Have an Arts Day

Children love to get messy but we don’t always want this mess to be inside our home. During the summer, why not entertain the children with an arts day outside. Buy some colourful paint, lots of bright pens, a craft pack and notepads and allow them to get creative. You never know, you may just have the next Picasso on your hands! This is a task that the children will love and one that will keep your home from being covered in fluorescent paint.

Have a Games Day

Let’s be honest, here in the UK, we are unlikely to experience warm and sunny weather every day over the summer holidays. This means that while we would love to spend every day outside in the garden, this really is just not always possible. If you experience some rainy days and have to stay inside, why not get all the family round the table for a games day! Board games are a great way to keep the whole family entertained for hours on end, especially if you are looking out old board game such as Monopoly. Make sure you get in some party food too.

Have A Bake Sale

Trying to keep the children entertained over the summer can be costly and so why not use this opportunity to teach them a little bit about money too? Have the children bake an assortment of cakes, with a helping hand from you of course, and then keep a few aside but sell the rest. This could be to friends, family or neighbours, but it will stop boredom from creeping in as well as educating them on some essential life skills.

Visit A Museum

If you want to get the children out of the house but in a cost-effective way, why not visit a museum?
Many museums are completely free and also child-friendly! Take a look online at the museum website as it is here that you will tend to find all activities that will be taking place at the museum over the summer holidays. This is a great day out for everyone, is cheap and is also educational while the children are off school over the summer holidays.

Try out these fun activities over the upcoming summer break to keep your children entertained! Have you any other ides to entertain your children this summer?


  1. I really like the idea of an outdoor cinema, making a drive-in type of thing would be so fun 🙂
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  2. These are all fabulous ideas for kids especially in the summer time. I love the DIY projects and the outdoor cinema. I know they will love it.

  3. I love all this ideas. Fun and also very cost effective which is great x

  4. These are great ideas, really imaginative! I think I’m going to have to look at projectors, I really like the sound of an outside cinema!

  5. These are such imaginative ideas! I can’t wait for my niece and nephew to be old enough for fun stuff like this.

  6. Some great ideas here, Kaz. I love the sound of an outdoor cinema, bet it would be so much fun!

  7. Some great ideas, we like getting out and about and exploring our local area

  8. These are all great ideas, Kaz. Oscar loves doing all these things 🙂

    Louise x
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  9. A great outdoor game is welly painting- you get an old roll of wallpaper and run it out in pieces as long as you like in the garden you have trays with ready made paint in them . They don their wellies and run riot. (by the way close back door !!) then let the finished artwork dry outside. I display the artwork up the wall of the stairs !!

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