Great Games to Keep the Kids Entertained This Summer
By Stuart Larwence
So it’s that time again, the summer holidays are here the weather is getting hotter, and the kids are off school. So the main question is how to keep the kids entertained? Video games are the easy option, but that keeps them glued to a TV screen. How can we get them up and about? Or even better outside? Let’s take a look!
Fly a Kite
When your kids hear about kite flying it might not fill them with thoughts of a cool extreme sport but today that is exactly what it has turned into! Modern kites have been designed in wind tunnels to give a really fun flying experience. Not only that but it gives your kids a great reason to get outside, and sets them on to what could be a hobby for life!
Go To a Museum
Although this one requires a bit of organization (which multiplies out if friends are invited) there are plenty of museums which offer free entry. Not only can it be very cost-effective, you never know the kids may actually learn something!
Most kids love their bikes, and if you have some countryside or even city bike paths near where you live then why not take advantage of these and lead the kids out on a bike tour? You can make it interesting by pointing out local landmarks or attractions, with the bonus being that it’s also great exercise!
Build a Clubhouse
If you have some outdoor space, ideally with some trees or bushes and maybe even a bit of spare timber or similar then why not encourage the kids to build themselves a club house? Not only will it keep them busy while they are building it, but once it’s in place they can amuse themselves inside it! Just make sure the local club house planning inspector (you) gives it the once over for compliance with safety regulations. Don’t have any outdoor space? A few blankets and chairs can do the same indoors (if a little less permanent).
Ok so it’s not exactly much more active than a video game, but board games do have a number of advantages. Firstly they are at least half the price of even the cheapest console games, and they can be played anywhere, so you’re not tied to a power outlet so the garden, a camping trip, the beach they all work. Board games give kids a reason to talk to each other and interact and if you pick a good one have a lot of playability.
Although this option requires a small amount of cash to get going, a games table can give you years of use as opposed to the potential weeks or even days of a video game. Kids still love playing pool, and it’s a more physical and interactive game than console games. Not only that but a decent kids pool table can be taken outdoors when the weather is nice. Kids don’t like pool? There are plenty of other games such as air hockey or foosball where entry level kids tables cost roughly the same, some even have multiple games in one!