Now that the schools have broken up for summer, you may be thinking… now what? With a whole 6 weeks of entertaining the kids and adjusting to a new routine is somewhat daunting yet exciting. International travel is also up in the air so a family holiday abroad may not be on the cards this year. If your options are limited, you might have to act creative to come up with some fun ideas to make the most of your time together. We’re looking forward to the little things; getting up later (we hope), less preparation for lunch boxes and the flexibility to do what we want when we want. As parents, we constantly hear ‘I’m bored’ so we want to lessen the amount of times we hear it and ultimately, beat the holiday boredom.
Activities At Home: Inside
- Invite friends/family over – Inviting new faces inside your home is exciting for your little ones and having someone to play with makes it more enjoyable. Older children are great to have around younger tots as they are great role models.
- Create a home cinema – A pop up tent is a great accessory to have as your main seating area for the kids. It keeps them warm and cosy whilst keeping the wind at bay. You can then place a blow up mattress and a blanket in there – they’ll be sure to love their hideaway!
- Play with toys/Play-doh – Play-doh is a great one – it’ll keep them occupied for hours. You can ask them to make specific objects which will help with their creativity.
- Baking – Cookies, cakes, cupcakes! A great one is decorating plain digestive biscuits with icing and decorations of your choice.
- Cooking – Making homemade pizza is easy and enjoyable for both you and your kids’. Buy pitas, tomato sauce for the base and your toppings and et voilà!
- Play board games/jigsaws
- Dance to music/disco
- Play with hair/make-up
- Play dress up and do a play
- Reorganise your children’s room – Refresh with paint or wallpaper in their chosen colours (keep your fingers crossed that it isn’t black!)
Activities At Home: Outside
- Invite friends/family over
- BBQ lunches and dinners – If your little one likes chocolate and bananas, cook a banana on the BBQ with some squares of chocolate on top. It’ll melt into chocolatey goodness! Eat with a tea spoon and be aware that it’ll have to cool down before eating.
- Create a home cinema – The same idea to the home cinema inside but make it magical! ✨ simply, add fairy lights and more blankets.
- Bird watching – Making children aware of different bird types is important as it helps them to understand the environment and the importance of nature conservation. It is also a great way of introducing them to wildlife.
- Gardening – Gardening engages with all senses and helps to develop and recognise them without realising. It also helps to develop important motor skills that will help them improve their academic skills such as writing, cutting and typing.
- Teddy bear’s picnic – A teddy bear picnic encourages your child to communicate which improves their language skills as well as their manners!
- Create your own den
- Create your own obstacle course
- Create your own treasure hunt – Create your own games where you hide certain objects (toys or sweets) and they have to find them. The sweetie option goes down an absolute treat! Although, prepare for some hyper children…
- Car wash – A win win really! They will love getting involved with buckets, sponges and the best part? the hose! If the weather is warm, you can even include water guns and water balloons.
- Historic attractions
- Fruit picking
- Plan a day trip
- Have a picnic
- Visit older relatives
- Feed ducks at the local park
- Try out some watersport activities
- Swimming (indoor or outdoor)
- Short strolls/day hikes
- Go out for breakfast – Make it your mission to find the best freshly squeezed orange juice in your local town.
- Go out for brunch/lunch
- Watch the sunset and look at the stars
- Walk on the beach at dusk
- Toast marshmallows
- Go out for dinner
Summer is also the time of year when many kids head off on their first outdoor trip. Whether it be with family, friends, school, summer camp, scouts or girl guides, you need to make sure that your little ones have everything that they need to have an unforgettable experience. Kitting out your kids with new camping or outdoor gear doesn’t have to break the bank. Trespass offer high quality equipment at a price that will make your pockets smile.
We have produced a Camping Checklist that lists all of the essentials your child will need for their first camping trip. The main things to remember are: tent, sleeping bag, camping mat, pillow and a torch.
Camping out in the wilderness for the first time can be intimidating, so bringing an extra few home comforts can really make the difference and make your child feel more relaxed.
Blow-up beds are a great way to add comfort to your child’s first camping trip. They’re also great to have in the house for sleepovers and when having guests to stay. A camping chair will allow your child to sit back and relax after a long hard day of trekking and be the subject of envy from all their friends.
When it comes to mealtimes, cooking in the great outdoors isn’t always glamorous. To add some flair, browse our cooking equipment range for a variety of cutlery, crockery, cool bags and camp stoves to keep your child fuelled while on their adventure. Our handy guide for Camping Food Ideas and Recipes may also come in useful.
We also carry a range of camping accessories that are ideal for unexpected or emergency situations.
If your child is feeling extra anxious about their first camping experience, you could always have a ‘test run’ in the garden to practice setting up the tent and get used to the experience of sleeping outdoors.
Choosing the right backpack is very important, especially if your child is going to be walking long distances or up steep inclines. Chances are there will be a lot of equipment to carry so having the correct type of backpack will limit strain on the back, shoulders and legs, preventing long term injury and should make the overall experience less painless – allowing more time for fun!
The main property you should be looking for in a first backpack is waterproof material. If the backpack isn’t waterproof it will retain water, making it heavier to carry and soak the contents inside.
It’s also important to find out what sort of activities your child will be taking part in so you can choose the appropriate backpack. Backpack sizes are measured in litres to indicate how much space there is inside. Backpacks ranging from 15 – 30 litres are suitable for day-to-day use, school bag use and for gentle outdoor trips.
Backpacks starting around 40 litres are best suited for long backpacking trips where you need to fit a lot of equipment into your bag. These should typically come with a hip belt and compression straps to spread the weight across the body and remove strain from the shoulders and back.
We have created a guide on how to choose a backpack that is right for your needs.
If there is any mention of hill walking, mountain climbing, trekking or camping on the itinerary for your child’s trip, then it is important that they get a pair of their own walking boots. Walking boots are designed to support your foot and its natural shape which in turn supports the joints and muscles throughout your body. Our walking boots are all designed to be waterproof, comfortable and breathable in order to keep your feet dry and avoid any tears, aches and pains.
As walking boots are so important, we would normally recommend investing in as high a quality pair as you can afford. However, we understand that if this is your child’s first outdoor expedition experience, you don’t want to fork out a fortune only for them never to be worn again.
Trespass offer cheaper alternatives as well as top of the range walking boots but without compromising on the key factors needed to give your child a fun and painless walking experience. We have high quality walking boots to cater all your needs and you can always come back to us at a later date if you would like to upgrade.
Our young person’s walking boots start off as low as £19.99 with built in breathability and water resistance. Browse our range of children’s walking boots by visiting our website.
Whatever is worn on your child’s feet will determine the comfort and success of their journey, so take the time to choose a pair of boots that will keep them smiling. We have created a Walking Boots Guide to give you further information on what you should consider when buying a pair.
Keep Feet Cosy
We can all empathise with how painful it can be to break in a new pair of shoes. Now consider how painful it could become if you were trekking through mud, rocks and up hills for miles on end. To prevent your kids from experiencing this unpleasantness, we recommend purchasing a pair of specially designed walking or hiking socks. It is important to choose a pair of socks that mention they are anti-blister to prevent nasty abrasions. Our Kids Anti Blister Socks will do the trick.
What to Wear?
When your child is heading off on their first outdoor trip, make sure they have packed clothing suitable to battle the elements as well as enjoying themselves in the sun. The weather can change at any moment and not having the correct clothing could potentially ruin their day.
Base layers are very important as they insulate by holding onto the body heat naturally created throughout the day whilst removing moisture (created by sweat) away from the skin and evaporating it. This keeps you at a comfortable temperature without the need for heavy layers.
In good weather, a base layer can be worn on its own, but always pack additional layers as the temperature will drop as the day progresses and there is always a chance of wind and rain. Our Layering Guide explains in more detail how to layer your clothes.
Trespass have a wide range of girls’ t-shirts, boys’ t-shirts, girls’ shorts and boys’ shorts that you can pair with base layers, and allow your child to enjoy the sun (if they are lucky enough to see it) on their days out.
Bear in mind that as well as enjoying the sun, your child will also need to be protected from it. Make sure your child has packed sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses for every trip. Our Sun Safety Tips give more information on how to stay safe in the sun. Don’t forget to pack your kids’ aqua shoes.
The next staple your child needs to pack is a nice warm fleece. Ideal for layering, as they are easy to put on and take off again, fleeces can be packed into any backpack easily and will keep your child warm when the sun disappears. Fleeces come with different weights and AT (AirTrap) ratings. These identify how warm they will keep your child in low to high wind conditions. The higher the weight and AT rating, the warmer the fleece. Read our Fleece Guide for more information on how to choose the best fleece for you and your kids.
A must have essential for any youth outdoor trip is waterproof clothing. We have a large range of waterproofs to choose from and have created a Waterproof Jacket Guide to help you choose the garment best suited to your activity. We also have a range of popular, easy to store, packaway waterproof jackets and trousers ideal to store in your backpack just in case the rain comes on unexpectedly.
The final layer needed to ensure that your child is wrapped up warm and dry during their expedition is a jacket. We have a wide range of outdoor jackets in a variety of styles.
Softshell jackets are warm but lightweight and flexible so are ideal for more active outdoor activities. The fabric is breathable meaning any sweat produced will be quickly evaporated and prevent your child from getting a chill.
3 in 1 jackets are versatile and come with a removable outer jacket and inner fleece. Our 3 in 1 jackets are waterproof, breathable and come in a variety of styles and colours. The deconstructive nature of this jacket means it is adaptable for use in all weathers and seasons.
Ski jackets are more suitable for icy cold conditions. Our kids’ ski jackets come in a large range of colours and styles, making sure the kids not only stay warm and dry but look great too. These jackets are also waterproof and have various linings including microfleece and polyester.
Heads and Hands
Make the Most of It
We all remember our first school trip or outdoor expedition. There could be bumps along the way but ultimately it is a unique and fantastic life experience. As long as they are well prepared, your child will have a once in a lifetime experience and hopefully look back fondly on it for years to come.