4 Things To Do Over The Summer Holidays

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School’s finally out for the summer - well, for the kids it is at least! That’s right, the six week holidays have arrived but with that comes the question, what can I do to keep the kids entertained over the summer?

I know it can sometimes be a struggle to find activities to do over the summer holidays, especially ones that don’t break the bank. That’s why I’ve put together a list of some simple, but fun family activities to do this summer that you can do from the comfort of your own home or in the local area.

Throw a garden party

Who doesn't love a family get-together in the garden, especially when the weather is nice. We have to make the most of the sun after all! Throwing a garden party is a simple activity to do over the summer holidays that doesn't require a lot of fuss and is a great excuse to get everyone over. 

This doesn’t have to be your usual garden party or BBQ, there’s plenty of different ideas you can do to keep the kids entertained. Set up some throws and cushions and host a tea party, complete with mini sandwiches, cakes and some fresh lemonade, yum! Or if it’s a particularly hot day and the little ones need to let off some steam, why not let them have a water fight? Just make sure you’ve got a Hug Rug ready at the door to stop them from getting water and mud all over the floors!

Blue and coral blankets and cushions laid on grass outside


Go for a picnic

I love a good picnic and they’re one of my favourite summer activities, especially when enjoyed with family. I love planning what I’m going to pack in my picnic basket and all of the different snacks and treats I’m going to have. 

An essential for any picnic is of course something comfy to sit on and my go-to choice is one of our gorgeous throws, made from recycled plastic bottles. If you’re looking for some extra comfort then I recommend bringing along some cushions too!

Two girls sat on a picnic bench outside


Visit a nature reserve

We’re very proud here at Hug at Home to support the RSPB who are dedicated to carrying out conservation work to protect habitats and species across the UK and even worldwide. We love what they do so much that we created a range of Hug Rugs inspired by the charity, such as our latest designs Heron 1, Birds 3 and Owl 1. Better yet, with every purchase of one of these rugs, we donate 10% of the direct sales to the RSPB!

Blue rug with two herons on at front door


The good news is that this summer you can show your support for the RSPB whilst also having a fun day out with the family. The RSPB have a range of nature reserves across the UK, with a few right here in Yorkshire! These reserves make great locations for a family walk, offering fantastic views and a great opportunity to spot some wildlife. Each reserve also has plenty of events on this summer, such as wildlife walks and birdwatching, if you’re after something extra to do. Why not combine the previous idea with this one and take a picnic along!

Bake some sweet treats

We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be and we can’t count on sunshine for the full 6 weeks unfortunately! On those days when the weather is looking a bit on the miserable side, baking is a great indoor activity to keep the kids entertained. There are many baked goods to choose from, like cupcakes, cookies or my personal favourite, brownies!

Once the baked goods have cooled down you can keep the kids busier for longer by letting them decorate their sweet treats however they want. Load up some bowls with icing, sprinkles and sweets and let their imaginations run wild.

You’ll want to ensure you’re keeping your kitchen clean if you’re letting the kids loose in there! Get them kitted out with an apron and make sure there are plenty of tea towels on hand to wipe up any mess. I’d also recommend popping down a Hug Rug in the kitchen to absorb any spills, mine has been an absolute lifesaver and saved me lots of time on cleaning!

Two girls eating a bowl of strawberries on a strawberry design rug

Hopefully this gives you some great ideas on what you can get up to over the summer holidays, remember not everything needs to include a day out! I look forward to hearing about what you get up to over the summer holidays and if you try anything off this list!

Busy Lizzie x