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Bored? Here’s our fun-packed list of ideas for the school summer holidays to get the whole family inspired by the great outdoors …


Published: 16/08/2017   Last Updated: 16/08/2017 11:44:19   Author: Shelbie Wells    Tags: Hazelwoods, Summer Fun, Family Fun, Outdoors, Canal Side, National Trust, Sutton Coldfield, Days Out

Bored? Here’s our fun-packed list of ideas for the school summer holidays to get the whole family inspired by the great outdoors …

The summer holidays are in full swing and it’s about this time in the 6-week break when children are starting to get itchy feet. To help banish the boredom we have put together a fun-packed list of creative ideas to keep you all entertained this summer.

1. Set up a creative corner – This is perfect for children who love to get creative. They will love having their own space where they can paint, colour, sketch, sew and truly let their imaginations run wild. Why not add a small desk or table and some colourful picture frames on the wall for them to display their masterpieces?

2. Get Beach Ready – Get all the family ready for when the sunshine comes out to play and ask the children to pack together a large canvas bag full of their favourite toys, beach mats, bucket and spade ready for an impromptu trip to the seaside (Or keep it local with a trip to Sutton Park, Kingsbury Water Park or Heart Country Park and Beach!)

3. Comfy Chill Out Space – Who doesn’t love to breathe in the fresh air during the summer months. Create your own chill out space with comfy floor cushions, throws and seats ready for you and the children to fully relax and make the most of lazy summer days.

4. Decorate your summer house – Already have a summer house or garden room? For a little fun try freshening up this space with a lick of paint and get the children to help out too. A fantastic opportunity to let the children get creative with colours, stickers, signs and decoration to enjoy their summer house again!

5. Gardening! – Shovels and spades at the ready, it’s time to start digging! Gardening doesn’t have to be a chore, instead get your children involved with digging and planting fresh flowers. You could even give them their own vegetable patch for them to grow their own produce! They will love snipping off their home-grown thyme to add to a summer roast chicken salad! (Yum)

6. Build your own den! – We can all relate to the excitement of building your own secret den and spending hours having fun with friends. Using old material, sheets, cushions and throws why not encourage the children to get outdoors and make their own hideout.

7.  Outdoor garden games – A great way to get the children off the sofa and outside is by introducing some traditional garden games. Sets can be picked up for next to nothing and provide hours of entertainment for younger ones. Rounders, football or a good old-fashioned game of crochet can bring lots of fun and laughter to your garden!

8. Encourage Adventure – Go and explore the outdoors this summer! The National Trust have a list and app with ‘50 things to do before your 11 ¾’ … There’s so much to do, see and learn and you can tick off your checklist using the app to keep track of your adventures (find the list at:

9. Make the Most of your Local Canal – You don’t necessarily have to spend lots of money on activities this summer. Take a walk by the water and admire the wonderful wildlife at your local canal side or woods! (You can find a list of local guides at:

10. Movie Nights – Popcorn at the ready! Why not create your own outdoor cinema in your back garden? Ideal Home have put together a step by step guide on how to create the perfect movie night at home. (You can find an outdoor cinema guide here:

Thinking of giving one of our ideas a go? We would love to see what fun you get up to over the summer so send us some of your snaps to !

Enjoy and have a fantastic summer!