Summer has arrived, and no matter the weather, you’re going to need a whole host of home activities and local attractions to visit to keep the little ones entertained while they're off school - all without breaking the bank. 

We’ve rounded up our top five below: 

1. Join a library  

Sign up to your local library. Most libraries have a summer reading challenge for children, and if not, you could create your own. Weekly group sessions are also a great way to encourage reading and meet other children with similar interests.  

2. Go to the beach 

Find your nearest beach and take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the summer. You can enjoy the sea breeze, build sandcastles, paddle your feet in the sea, and have endless fun with the family.  

3. Head to a park 

Taking a walk to a nearby park is a brilliant opportunity to let the kids run around to burn off some energy. Why not take a picnic with you, and follow it up with an ice cream?  

4. Explore a museum 

Discover a nearby museum is another fun way to spend the day while learning something new. There are plenty of different museums to explore, catering for all interests, including art, natural history, and science. 

5. Go to the zoo 

What's not to like about the zoo? It's a great sensory experience for the little ones, as they can learn fun facts about their favourite animals while also seeing them up close and personal. If there isn’t one nearby, why not try a virtual zoo tour?

There are plenty of activities right on your doorstep, as well as further afield. Have a look and see what’s on offer in your area – you can visit your local council website to see what activities are on offer. The summer holidays are the perfect time to get out and explore your surroundings with the kids, so get out there and enjoy yourselves! 

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