There is no hiding from the fact that the words “school holidays” can give you sheer panic. For some it is the juggle of taking time off and childcare, and for others it is wondering what you can do to keep the kids entertained while remaining sane and not bankrupting yourself in the process. The trick is planning and preparation, and there is no shame in starting early. Half term is already upon us and Easter and the Summer holidays will be here before we know it. So here are some of the things to consider to help you get ahead with the school holiday planning.
Plan an actual holiday
One of the first things you could consider would be to plan an actual holiday away from home, either staying in the country you live in or heading off abroad somewhere. Often parents don’t consider holidays to be relaxing for them, but there are tips to keeping kids entertained on holiday that you could try. Plus if you research well, you may be able to stay in a hotel or on a resort that has kids facilities or kids clubs. Giving you some much needed down time as well, while still having quality time as a family. Holidays are a common thing to consider, but they don’t always take up the whole time children are off school, so you may want to think about the next point.
Research local attractions
Local attractions or places that are of tourist interest and are not too far away tend to have plans for the children’s holidays themselves. As businesses they want to attract as much custom as they can during these times, so if you research some of them you may find that a lot of them have events on specific to the holidays. It might be simple crafts, or something more exciting like treks or adventures. Family websites or blogs might also have a list of things and local attractions that are holding events.
Head to Pinterest for cheap activities for all ages
You can’t always spend your days out and about, for one, not all of us have the budget for that, so you may have days that you spend at home. However, it doesn’t need to be boring where you find yourself climbing the walls. Websites like Pinterest are full of ideas you can do. Whether that is things in your garden, building indoor tents and dens, or craft ideas, you are bound to find something that your children will enjoy doing.
Plan ahead for each day
Finally, plan ahead for each day as best you can. This means things like food and drink options as well as what you will be doing with your time. In some cases, you could plan to take picnics or snacks to help beat the out of control costs of day trips out. Or simply you may be able to plan to do things a little differently such as wasting before you head to an event at a local attraction, for example.
Let’s hope these tips help you to get ahead when it comes to the school holidays.