School holiday boredom busters

Posted on July 25, 2019

It’s that time of year that children (and teachers) look forward to and parents dread- the longest school holiday of the year.

The vast amount of free time can seem appealing at first, but once the novelty has worn off it might be tricky keeping the kids entertained.

But don’t fear! We have compiled a list of fun activities that will prevent the dreaded choruses of “I’m bored!”.

Go for a picnic

This one is very much weather dependent, but a good option if the kids are going a little stir-crazy in the house. Grab a couple of games, a picnic and head to the local park for an afternoon of games and exploring.


Do some gardening

Again, this one depends on the weather, but it can be an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours, as well as being educational as they learn about different plants and the environment.

Visit your local library

Libraries are packed with fun, exciting and educational things to do. Your children can spend many hours reading books from their favourite authors, making arts and crafts and browsing the internet. All you need is a library card!

Go bird watching

Spark their interest in nature and birds by making a few simple tweaks to your garden. Our blog post ‘Making a Bird Friendly Garden’, provides further information on how to do just that.

Go on a bike ride

A fun and healthy option that gets all the family experiencing the great outdoors. Just remember your helmets!

Have a baking competition (bake-off style)

Host your very own family bake-off competition, complete with blind-taste test.

We recently held a 'Sheffield Mutual British Bake Off', take a look at our blog for baking ideas.

Get baking

Get baking

Get crafty

There’s so much to do at home to keep the kids entertained. Use old cereal boxes to make a dolls’ house or build your very own pinata. Why not raid the household recycling for even more ideas.


Try Geocaching

Geocaching is a fun and unique way to spend an afternoon. 

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates.

All you have to do is download the geocaching app and discover hidden treasure trails near you.

Go camping

The great outdoors can offer an exciting camping adventure, but when the weather isn’t co-operating, indoor camping can be a great alternative.

Create your very own home cinema

As we are all aware, a trip to the cinema can come with a hefty price tag, especially when adding on extras like snacks and drinks.

Instead, why not create your very own home cinema experience – choose the children’s favourite film and complete the experience with popcorn, snacks and drinks.

Home cinema

Our boredom busters are sure to keep even the most disinterested child entertained for a few hours. The best part? They are all fairly cheap to execute or in some cases entirely free!

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