Monday 22 August 2016

5 Indoor activities for kids: Rainy Days

No matter how much we hope and pray for a perfect summer full of beautiful blue skies and warm weather, we have to face the fact that we live in the UK and the weather is (very) unpredictable. With this in mind it can be difficult to plan days out to keep kids active and occupied. Some of the best indoor activities for kids combine fitness, fun, family and friends.

Shark attack
Make your way to one of the many aquariums across the UK for a day of exploring the underwater world, pretend you are mermaids for the day, or that you are kings of the ocean (fancy dress optional).
To do list:
Take a list of colours and see how many you can tick off as you go around the aquarium.
See how close you can get to a shark.
Find Nemo or Dory!

An event called Kids Week has just been extended until September 7th, and allows one child under the age of 16 to choose from a selection of London theatre shows for free, when accompanied by a full paying adult (2 additional children can also join for half price). There is a variety of child friendly performances from The Railway Children to The Gruffalo, a great way to make some lasting memories.
To do list:
Take a selfie in front of the theatre.
Learn the words to one of the songs so you can sing along.
Travel to the location by bus, try to get a seat on the top deck and take in the sights of London as you go.

Jump In
If you have woken up to a Duracell bunny and no end of activities seem to be wearing them out, why not take them to a place where they can actually bounce off the walls. Trampoline parks draw in kids of all ages with a range of different activities including dodgeball, basketball and fitness classes. There are also dedicated sessions for teens and children who are 5 and under. Also some centres are now offering trampoline summer holiday camps if your kids really get the jumping bug!
To do list:
Have a competition to see who can jump the highest.
Try and flip into the huge foam pit.
Swing on the rope swings and pretend you are Tarzan.

You do not have to focus solely on physical exercise over the summer holidays. A trip to the library is always a great way to exercise your child’s inquisitive brain. Whether they choose one book or six, if you are reading to them or they are hidden in a self-made pillow fort, reading is an excellent way to pass the time over the summer. Try engaging with your kids about the books and ask them questions about the story and the characters, or you could go one step further and put on a play of the story to be performed in front of friends or family.
To do list:
Write a book report on the book to recommend it to a friend.
Drink hot chocolate whilst you are reading.
Don’t forget to put on silly voices when you are reading the character speech!

Indoor play
This is always a winner with both kids and adults and there is and endless variety of options to choose from. One of the more unique venues is Treehouse Family Play in Bournemouth which offers a metal and plastic free play frame and indoor garden, alongside a coffee house with all locally sourced products.
To do list:
Play hide and seek.
Find the highest point and time how long it takes to get to the top.
Pretend that the play frame is your spaceship and you are travelling to another planet.


Get your wellies on!
If you really just need to get out, why not try a new craze such as Geocaching, advertised as ‘the world’s largest treasure hunt’. Wrap up in waterproofs and go hunting with your kids for some hidden gems, don’t forget to climb a few trees and splash in as many puddles as possible whilst you are on the hunt!

Author Bio:
Ian Alam is a blogger & writer from UK who specializes in writing about health & Fitness topics. He works with Go Jump In, which is counted among one of the Best Trampoline Park London, UK.

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