With the school holidays upon us, parents are faced with the challenge of keeping their kids entertained.

There’s a lot of pressure on parents to keep kids occupied and out of trouble. If you’re like most parents, you’ve already exhausted your list of ideas for entertaining your children this holiday season. However, we have some simple but fun ways to engage kids during these holidays that will cost little or no money at all.

Want to try something different? An escape room could be just for you

Have you ever heard of an escape room for kids? These are perfect if you want to do something different with your child or grandchild these school holidays. They offer puzzles that will challenge their minds while they work together as a team to solve them. It’s an experience they won’t forget.

Take the Family Camping

Camping is a great way to spend quality time with your family. It’s an affordable, easy and fun way for families to get away from the hustle of everyday life. You can enjoy nature while spending time together as a family without distractions like TV or video games.

There’s something about being in the woods that brings people closer together than ever before – even if they’re not used to spending much time outside. Plus, there’s nothing quite like sleeping under the stars and waking up early enough for breakfast cooking over an open fire.

Introduce Your Children to Music

The school holidays are the ideal time for the whole family to enjoy the benefits of music. Music is a universal language that transcends borders, cultures and generations. It can be used as a tool for learning, self-expression and social connection. And it’s never too early to start exploring the world of sound with your child.

The best way to introduce your child to music is through interactive play. You’ll want them to explore different instruments, rhythms and melodies to find their musical voice.

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Hold Your Own Mini Olympics

Most of us are well and truly caught up in the excitement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. So why not create your own mini version at home? The only barrier is your imagination, and you can use plenty of household items to create obstacles, barriers and fun activities as you all strive to win gold. 

The goal should always be fun, so try not to make it ultra-competitive. Plus, this is an activity that your children can share with their friends, neighbours and extended family as well.

Get Out Into Nature

It is essential to spend as much time outdoors as possible to help your children with their development and physical health. Studies show that spending time in nature has a positive impact on our mood, creativity and productivity. It also reduces stress, anxiety and depression while boosting self-esteem and empathy.

You can make it fun by incorporating scavenger or treasure hunts as well, so your kids won’t get bored and will have plenty of fun outdoors.

Have an Arts And Craft Day

Arts and crafts are an excellent way to keep your children entertained for hours. It’s also a great way to teach them about creativity, problem-solving, and numerous other benefits.

From painting on rocks and making paper flowers to creating clay animals and building models out of cardboard boxes – there’s something for everyone. Plus, these activities are all low-cost so that you won’t be breaking the bank either.

Ensure You Incorporate Chill Days

While it can be tempting to jam activities into every single minute of the school holidays, remember this is your child’s chance to take a break from school. Ensure you have plenty of rest days for your kids so they can relax, refresh and return to school with a clear mind and plenty of energy to attack the new term.

Plan Activities Ahead of Time

You can engage in many activities, like heading to the closest theme park, water park, or scheduled school activities in your local area. The trouble is, most parents are going to have the same idea. If you are looking to keep the kids happy with planned events, ensure that you book well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

What Happens if my State is in Lockdown?

Never fear; there are plenty of ways you can be creative and make the school holidays fun for the family, even if you are stuck at home. Some of the ideas we suggest include:

  • Write a story together
  • Write your own play and then dress up to perform it 
  • Engage in cooking and baking activities together
  • Camp out in the backyard
  • Build a veggie garden

And remember, during lockdown periods, you are still allowed to head out for exercise, so there are still plenty of fun activities you can engage in close to your home.