Summer Holiday Boredom Busters That Won’t Cost A Fortune!

The summer holidays are here and give it a few weeks or even days and children start to get bored. Going on expensive days out isn’t always an option. Here are a few suggestions of things to do to bust that summer holiday boredom.

Visit Your Local Library

If your children are not members, it is quick and easy to sign them up. Then spend some time browsing the shelves, choosing books to take home and read or share. Many Libraries also offer free or low cost activities for children during the holidays. Every summer there is a fun reading challenge that the children can get involved in too with rewards given every time you read two books.

Go Fruit Picking

Find out where your nearest fruit farm is and go for a visit and pick some lovely fresh fruit. This is also a great way to talk about the different plants and how they are cultivated.  Then bring your pickings home with you to enjoy. You can either make jam, fruit salad or even cakes.

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Magical Mystery Tour

Go on a mystery tour on public transport. See if you can buy a family or day saver tickets and then see where your journey takes you. I think you sometimes see more when you are sat on a bus or train compared to driving. Just make sure you leave enough time to get home when on public transport.

Have a Movie Marathon

Choose a couple of family friendly films. Close the curtains and set up comfy chairs and beanbags. For the perfect film afternoon make some of your own popcorn to enjoy whilst watching the films. This is a great rainy day activity or even a nice treat for early evening.

Backyard Camping

Pitch a tent in the back garden and camp out at night – just like real thing but closer to home comforts. You can also camp during the day. Making a cosy den with your teddies and a few snacks. Camping in your garden can be a lot of fun.

Button Art

Either use a collection of buttons you already have, or buy some from a local craft store. Use the buttons to create a picture on a piece of card. Trace the outline of the picture you want (keep it simple) and fill by gluing on your buttons. Simple shapes like your initials work well.


Most children enjoy baking. Look through some cook books or even on the internet for something they would like to make. Get all the ingredients together and have some fun trying to make some amazing creations. The best bit – you get to eat it all afterwards. For an easy option buy some biscuits or cakes and have fun decorating them.

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Have an Indoor Picnic

Instead of eating a meal at the table, spread a blanket on the floor and eat there instead. Eating in different places is novel and a lot of fun. This is a great opportunity to get picky children to try new foods too.


Visiting a museum can be fun, it might not sound it but they are. Most museums have plenty to occupy children and some even have summer activities for the children to get involved in. With over more than 170 free museums and galleries, take a look at what is in your area.

Outdoor Sports

Getting outside and being active is a great thing. Kick a ball around or play some games with friends. There is also the Free Junior Parkrun. Children aged 4-14 can take part in weekly timed 2K runs in parks all over the UK on Sunday mornings. Check out the Parkrun website for more information.

Become a nature detective

Complete totally free Woodland Trust activities from a choice of about 100 from its website for outdoor and indoor fun with nature. Activities include downloadable guides for outdoor fun making squirrel-proof bird feeders and more, and if the weather lets you down, there are craft activities such as colouring sheets

See Woodland Trust for the full info

I hope these suggestions fill a little bit of the ‘I’m bored’ time up over the summer holiday. If you have any more suggestions I would love to hear them.

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