With the Easter holidays fast-approaching, many parents are starting to think of ways to keep the children entertained while away from school. Two weeks is a long time to fill, and while visiting museums and attractions can be nice, the costs can soon mount up if you’re talking train fares, ticket prices, and lunch. Never fear, there are loads of options available to you that won’t break the bank – in fact, they’re free. Here are lots of ideas for some free family days out:
National Museum of Scotland: From dinosaurs to gaming technology, this fabulous and free museum in Edinburgh has something to entertain the whole family. Its various galleries tell the story of Scotland from prehistoric times right up to the present day. A giant T Rex skeleton hangs from the ceiling at the Natural World gallery, which claims to answer big questions such as ‘how does the world work?’ Not to be missed. The museum is open daily from 10am – 5pm.
Looking for a way to enjoy cycling? Whether it’s family rides, extreme off-road or charity challenge rides, there are cycling festivals for beginners to hardcore enthusiasts this summer.
We’ve listed all the British cycling festivals we’ve found by month so you can easily find one, and included links to the organisers pages. Some are free events, while others are charged – please see the event organisers for details.
Guest post by Phil Davidson, Geological Warden of Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
Everyone, at some point in their lives, has been fascinated in fossils and dinosaurs, but not many people realise that many of England’s beaches are bursting with fossils. With a bit of knowledge and luck you can discover your own fossil and be the first person to have ever seen it!
Where to go
Some of the most famous fossil beaches in England are on The Jurassic Coast in East Devon and Dorset, the Isle of Wight and the East Coast of Yorkshire. It is always worth doing your homework before you set out on your fossil adventure. Different beaches have different age rocks and fossils and you can expect to find different things. Knowledge is key, so make sure you know the types of things to look out for so you don’t spend all day looking for the wrong things!
The Duke of Edinburgh award is a long-established scheme to help build outdoors skills (and those running the award also qualify for a group discount on maps) and Helen Cross from Blacks fills us in on how they get involved.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) has long been a favourite with teenagers and young adults, aged 14 to 24, to increase confidence, develop outdoors skills and give them an edge in the race for university places. And today, the award is proving to be more important than ever.
With the summer holidays in full flow (and with apologies to the Scots who will be starting to think about going back to school soon) here are a few map related ideas for things to do with your kids to keep them entertained during the schools summer holidays.
As you would imagine, we would always recommend having a look at a map of your local area (or where you are on holiday) to work out what is around you and to identify outdoor spaces and attractions that you can explore.
However, for the more creative among you I would suggest:
Create your own ‘what I did in the school holidays’ map
Take a large sheet of paper and draw a picture of your home (or starting point). Get the kids to draw the route to other places that you go – their friend’s houses, school, swimming pool etc. Then take some photos of all the points of interest and attach them to the map. Then you can come up with your own symbols and draw them too. You could include leaflets of places you’ve been, ticket stubs and other information you might pick up along the way (and this also solves the problem of ‘show and tell’ when they get back to school).
Or on a similar theme….