Summer Days Out For the Whole Family
With the summer holidays well and truly upon us, parents everywhere will be looking for ways to entertain the kids, but we know that it can be difficult to please everyone. Family-friendly days out are a great choice because they offer a great atmosphere where young children are entertained but there’s sure to be something on offer for teens and parents too.
Head to the Beach
The number of days we can spend drenched in sunlight is usually limited, so why not head down to the nearest beach and make the most of the summer. The little ones can enjoy making a mess and having a go at making sandcastles, whilst older kids can brave the sea, whilst you lie back and (try to) relax.
If you’re worried about tiny tots getting to close to the shore, bring along a small inflatable pool so they can safely enjoy the water too.
The UK has plenty of stunning shoreline to explore, so chances are, you’ll be no more than an hour or two from a beach no matter where you live. If you’re happy to make a longer trip, the likes of St Ives and Formby are often listed as having some of the best beaches in the country.
Take a Stroll Through a National Trust Park
Why not upgrade your family picnic to a day out at a National Trust park? They’re often situated on old estates and offer stunning views, along with some local wildlife if you’re lucky. Not only do National Trust parks offer a scenic view to enjoy the outdoors in, but they also provide a lovely learning environment so you can teach your kids about the conservation and the great outdoors whilst exploring the grounds.
The National Trust website has a list of all of their parks and activities, making it easy to plan ahead for your day out. If you’re after a more adventurous day out, why not head to the Lake District, now recognised as a world heritage site.
Visit a festival
Taking your kids to a music festival might sounds like a disaster waiting to happen but bear with us, we promise it can be the perfect weekend away.
With some planning and preparation, festivals offer a fantastic day out for the whole family and there’s plenty of variety so you can choose the one most suitable for you. Latitude Festival, for example, has previously won awards for its family-friendly atmosphere, and has dedicated areas for families, and plenty of children’s activities on throughout the weekend.
Festivals offer something exciting for the whole family, but make sure you research your top choices before booking to ensure that they meet your family’s needs and provide the right atmosphere. A great way to find which festivals really are family friendly is to visit message boards on parenting websites and see what others have said about their experiences.
Get Hands-On At a Petting Zoo
Zoos are always a popular choice for family days out but don’t you sometimes wish you that you could get up close and personal with some of the animals?
Petting zoos offer a great alternative because they offer a more enriching experience compared to zoos, where you are restricted to simply viewing the animals rather than interacting with them. They’re not just for farm animals either, a lot of petting zoos now have more exotic creatures like alpacas and meerkats. It’s a brilliant chance to get up-close with some furry – or not so furry – friends that your kids might never have seen before.
Unlike zoos, there’s a fairly high chance of someone getting mucky at a petting zoo so make sure that no one is dressed in their Sunday best and that you have some wet wipes on hand.
Get Creative at an Art Gallery
You don’t have to be the parent of a budding artist to enjoy a day out at an art gallery, with many of them offering a whole range of summer activities. From family picnics to free drop-in studio sessions where everyone can get creative, galleries make for great day out that won’t cost the world. Getting messy at an art gallery – rather than at home – also saves you the trouble of cleaning up your mini Picasso’s “masterpiece” from the living room wall.
Most art galleries offer family activities for free over the summer so make sure you research what’s on in your local area so you don’t miss out.
Meet Your Favourite Stars at Madame Tussauds
Here at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, we pride ourselves on being a family-friendly attraction, and having something for everyone to enjoy. Younger kids will love our family favourites, dad can check out the sports stars, and mum can get up-close and personal with her TV favourites.
As the whole attraction is indoors, you won’t have to worry about the weather interfering with your day out; just relax and get your best selfie face on. #MTSelfie!
When you’re heading to Blackpool for your family day out, make the most of it with our online saver tickets. Or, if you’re looking to explore all the fun and excitement that Blackpool has to offer, choose the Blackpool BIG Ticket, which gives you entry to seven fantastic attractions. We know that seven attractions in one day might be too much excitement, but don’t worry as you have 90 days to visit all the venues.