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Fun-Filled Summer Holiday Ideas for the Kids

The summer holidays can feel rather daunting when you're short of ideas for things to do with the kids. So here are some great suggestions just in-case you're running short!


National Trust

The National Trust has hundreds of attractions across the UK to visit, including stately homes, large gardens and parks, historic buildings and more. Even better, you can buy a family ticket for unlimited entry and then spread the cost over the year. A family membership costs £120 a year or £10 a month, and as well as gaining entry to attractions you'll be preserving Britain's heritage for years to come. Under-fives get to visit for free, making the ticket really good value if you have younger children.


Take their bikes, bring the dog, pack a picnic and bring a change of clothes. You'll find plenty to occupy the family for the day, and most attractions have their own cafe or restaurant too for refreshments. Keep your eyes peeled for school holiday activities, which can include guided tours, festivals, food fayres, sports events and more.


Sign up here.


Discounts on Days Out

Visit Days Out to get special deals and prices on some of the best tickets in the UK this summer. You'll find fantastic 2-4-1 deals on attractions that include the Sealife Centre, the Tower of London, Alton Towers and various other family attractions all across the country. Don't forget to check out 2-4-1 deals on leading museums and exhibitions too, which are perfect for older families and students.


You can see all the deals here.


Get Active

Go Ape is a superb physical day out for all the family, and there are centres all across the UK. Swing from ropes, climb bridges and scale trees - all at a level that matches your physical ability and confidence. The course is renowned for encouraging people to push their boundaries in a fun and safe environment, and children love seeing their parents get active with them! Buy tickets here.


Be a Tourist at Home

All too often we forget how many attractions there are on our own doorsteps, and many of them cost next to nothing - or nothing at all. Take the kids to the local leisure centre for swimming and roller-skating and head to the library for colouring, stories and other activities. Print out a local map and explore a park, walkway or canal path to discover a new path and take out your bikes together to get fit. The trick is to think differently and find ways to have fun at home. If you have a garden, why not camp in it with younger children and have a BBQ?


The Eden Project

If you can get to The Eden Project in Cornwall, then the trip is well worth the journey. It's a huge visitor attraction that helps people to learn more about sustainable and innovative ways of living, with live projects under huge glass domes, plenty of interactive exhibits, learning opportunities and fun too. Buy your tickets via Give As You Live here and you'll be raising funds for your favourite charities at the same time.


Don't forget to sign up for your family day out tickets via Give as you Live and select your favourite charity to raise funds for good causes at no cost to you. You'll be amazed at the huge range of retailers, days out and attractions that have partnered with Give as you Live to offer funds for charity in return for simply clicking through the Give as you Live website when shopping as usual. It's quick, free and simple to set up, and you'll begin raising funds as soon as you click to buy anything online. Get started in just a few minutes today and register your private user account at:

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