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The boredom busting summer holiday fun list

Summer holidays. The bane of our lives or six precious weeks with our beloved offspring. As a work from home mum, I have mixed emotions as the summer break creeps up on us. It’s going to be tough trying to work and entertain the kids full time. But at the same time, I’m looking forward to it. And to help us along, the children and I have come up with a genius idea to prevent boredom.

How will you pass the long summer holidays? Why not sit down with your children and make a list of all the things you want to do? You'll be surprised at how many you come up with - plenty to fill the six weeks holiday. Here are some ideas my kids came up with to get you started. No more cries of 'I'm bored!' you're going to be too busy this summer!

The boredom busting summer holiday fun list

For the first couple of weeks of the holidays, we’ll be going camping. My husband will be with us and we’ll be busy. But after that, I’ll have four weeks to keep the children entertained. Four weeks! That’s so much time to fill. And yet, when I chat to the girls about it, there is a plethora of things they’d like to do. Some are big days out and others just involve playing at home. So we decided to make a list.

Four weeks is 28 days. I’m pretty sure it ends up being just over four weeks so I’m including a few extras. We’ve all pitched in to choose things for the list and now it’s on paper, I feel so much better. There will still be tears and tantrums. There will still be days when we’re kicking our heels. But we’ll also manage to fit in some brilliant family fun and hopefully make the most of this summer.

Just in case you decide to make your own list, here’s ours to give you a few ideas.

Our list

  • Horse riding

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  • Grass sledging
  • Do some crafts
  • Paint pottery
  • Fly a kite
  • Soft play
  • Bouldering at the local climbing wall
  • Visit the Black Country Living Museum

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  • Bake a cake
  • See the girls’ cousin
  • Go on a train
  • Lunch at Wagamama’s
  • Go out for dinner
  • Feed the animals at Cob House

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  • Feed the ducks at a local pond
  • Build a den
  • Meet up with school friends
  • Have a picnic at the park
  • Afternoon tea in a café
  • Visit a local farm park
  • Spend a day at Warwick Castle

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  • Have chips at the seaside
  • Watch a film at the cinema
  • Do Parkrun
  • Go kayaking
  • Have a lie in (Libby’s idea not mine!)
  • Get lost in a maze

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Do you ever make a summer holiday list? What goes on your list? I hope you have a great summer whatever you decide to do.



  1. June 30, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Great list, I’ve seen a few people start planning early this year I’ve booked up several trips but not planned anything to fill the gaps yet. Probably should with how fast this year is going!
    Love the horse riding idea

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      Yes, it does go too fast doesn’t it??

  2. June 30, 2017 / 11:55 am

    You’re right, there’s so much time to fill! I love this list, though. We usually make one too, but I haven’t got round to it yet. Might take your lead and try horse riding out this year….

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      Oh yes, horse riding is one I’ll have to make sure I book in – I’m not very good at that, tend to be more spontaneous!

  3. June 30, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    What a great list! A good combination of big treats and cheaper, everyday things. We never make a list! It’s hard with kids who don’t get out of bed until 11. They still want to do stuff as a family quite a lot of the time, but of course they do their own thing too. The main thing we tend to do in the holidays as a family is go to the cinema. I also take the kids out for lunch once a week – only for a really cheap takeaway sandwich or something, but they always enjoy that.

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      Yes, it must be harder with older children. I’m making the most of this age!

  4. July 1, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    This is such a good idea. I’ve got the first 4 weeks to entertain the girls on my own. I think they would love to make a list of things to do during it. I can’t believe our girls have nearly finished their first year x

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:54 pm

      I know, it has gone too fast!

  5. Rachael Palmer
    July 2, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    They all sound lovely! A few new places which we will pinch off you – We recommend / going to explore . . .
    RAF Museum TF11 8UP
    Wrens nest national nature reserve – 400 million years ago in Dudley and it has real fossils
    lapworth museum of geology
    Great central railway Loughborough – 1940s style !

    Maybe see you around some of them?

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:54 pm

      Thanks so much for the recommendations!

  6. July 4, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Hi Nat, the school summer holidays are a testing time. A time when memories can be made, but also a testing time for parents. You do sound prepared though! Grass sledging sounds like fun, but what about rolling down a grassy hill too? It’s great fun, but can be stomach turning!

    When the children were younger we used to try and meet up with friends for an evening swim down the beach as often as possible and every now and again we would go to the waterpark. We enjoyed hot afternoons watching films and eating cold stuff. Other than that we tended to hibernate. The school holidays here are three months, which is far too long (unless you’re the children!).

    I hope you get to do everything on your list and more!


    • July 10, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      Oh yes, great idea about rolling down the hill! Oh wow, I wish we could go for a swim in the evenings, we’re too far away from the coast here in the Midlands!

  7. July 5, 2017 / 11:37 am

    I love your list of activities – you’ve got lots of fun things planned on this list. I love drawing up a list with the girls for the summer holidays – it’s such a good way of making sure you have lots of ideas of what to do during the holidays. I love that Libby has included having a lie-in on the list too! 🙂

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      Thank you, I do hope we get the lie-in!

  8. July 8, 2017 / 7:42 am

    I love this list! There really are so much fun things to do in the summer. A lie-in sounds good too, wish my two would add that to their lists, ha ha! 🙂 x

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      I hope we actually get that lie in!

  9. Kim
    July 8, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Great list! Since my ragamuffin came along I also make a list, mainly of days out that we want to squeeze in.
    So far our list for this year includes Whipsnade Zoo, The Tropical Butterfly House in Leeds and trips to the North Yorkshire coast.

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      I hope you make it to all your days out!

  10. July 8, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Oooo wonderful list! It’s good to be this organised. We must try and come and see some of these

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