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Things to do with your kids this summer

Catch a new movie

From the long-awaited Minions: Rise of Gru (delayed thanks to the pandemic) to Lightyear – the movie about the character which inspired Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear – there are a great range of movie releases this summer for families to enjoy. Lightyear is released on 17th June and Minions: Rise of Gru on 1st July.

Be a tourist in your hometown

It’s easy to disregard tourist attractions in the place where you live but we can get so much out of them. So, why not book that river boat cruise or city bus tour; join a local guided walk or do a treasure trail – you’ll be surprised at how much the kids enjoy it.

Love your park

One benefit of the pandemic was that it saw an increased use of green spaces and greater appreciation of our local parks – not to mention the huge increase in dog ownership! This summer sees many local boroughs running ‘Love your Park’ initiatives, with some hosting free family events with wellbeing tents, photo competitions and outdoor classes. Love Parks Week takes place during 29th July – 5th August. keepbritaintidy.org

Book a family festival

Festivals are back and, as nation-lovers of music and entertainment with sunshine, rain and wellies, there are plenty for both kids and adults. Towersey Festival in Thame, Oxfordshire is one such festival, with a programme for 5–17s with an emphasis on creativity, play and discovery. With family shows, board games, family rounders, daily circus workshops, football skills and art competitions, there’s something for everyone. towerseyfestival.com 26th–29th August

Make a summer holiday playlist

With more time for music at home during school holidays (no rushed breakfasts or evening homework), why not create a holiday playlist where each family member gets to choose their favourite summer songs. You may find this also builds skills in tolerance and negotiation!

See a show

It’s so nice to be able to return to theatres again and, with the annual Kids Go Free Week returning to top London shows this August, now is a great time to book. With discounts on shows like Matilda or Mary Poppins to The Lion King or The Tiger who Came to Tea, it’s worth the trip. Join the Official  London Theatre newsletter for details. officiallondontheatre.com/kids-week

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