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By: John Adams, author of Dadbloguk.com, LinkedIn Changemaker, and dad of two young daughters
Posted on: Aug 19, 2020

Five Ways to Keep Your Children Entertained During Summer 2020

After months of homeschooling, we’re now half way through the school holidays. Lockdown is easing in most parts of the world, but it’s still difficult to go abroad and many visitor and family-friendly attractions remain closed.

So how do you plan to keep your child(ren) entertained for the remainder of the summer break? Faced with a limited number of options, I’ve come up with a few ideas. I hope they will give you some inspiration and that you get to spend some quality time with your kids over the summer period.

Geocaching

Geocaching is top of my list. If you’re not familiar with Geocaching, it’s a bit like a cross between Pokemon Go and a treasure hunt.

Using an app on your phone, you have to find a ‘Geocache.’ They are subtly hidden all over the world in public places in both rural and urban areas.

There are differing types of Geocache but you usually have to sign a log, proving you have discovered it, and note the find on your app. Some of the Geocaches are really simple, others are more complicated. I’ve been Geocaching with my kids many times and they absolutely love it.

It’s a great way to get outside while avoiding crowds. And here’s a tip for you: you can use the app for free, although the paid-for version (costing $9.99) gives you the option to find lots more Geocaches.

You can learn more about Geocaching here.

Cycling

Depending on where you live, this summer could present a great opportunity to get into cycling. I have gone on a few cycling adventures with my children over recent months because the roads have been that much quieter.

If there is less traffic on roads near you, seize the opportunity. It’s the ideal time to get active while also teaching your children the basics of road safety.

Take a look at some of the most scenic cycling routes in the UK.

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Camping

With many holiday resorts closed and foreign travel either very complicated or out of the question, most families I know are looking to spend some time camping this year. It’s a great option as not only are you spending time outside after months of being stuck inside, but it’s also easy to socially distance.

I am happy to admit that I will be taking my family camping for a few days. In fact it’s an activity my daughters insisted we do this summer!

If you haven’t been camping before, you might want to check out this blog post about camping with kids which I wrote for The Cleaner Home last summer.

Summer Camps

Some summer camps are operating this year. There isn’t as much choice as normal, but a few are opening up (albeit with restrictions and guidelines to reduce the chances of anyone getting COVID-19).

There is one compelling reason to consider summer camps. Many families have had to spend weeks if not months cooped up together. Summer camps give everyone a chance to spend a little time apart.

For children, they also get the chance to socialise with other people. After so long without school, a little time at a summer camp may actually be beneficial for them. I know from experience with my children, they need some time with other people and summer camp is one way to give them an opportunity to do that.

Picnics

This suggestion comes from my daughters. Eating out won’t be as easy this summer, either because cafes and restaurants remain closed or because you must book in advance and remain socially distanced.

Picnics can be done with little planning. They’re also outside so the risks of getting or spreading COVID-19 are slimmer.

Take a look at these tips and tricks for an enjoyable family picnic.

Wishing You and Your Family a Great Summer

This summer vacation likely looks very different to last year. It will undoubtedly present challenges but there are still lots of opportunities to have fun and make memories. Whatever you get up to, I hope you have lots of fun and quality time together as a family.