I’ve got a preschooler and a toddler so I’m used to having my little one around full-time, but Mr 4 is usually at preschool three days so is itching for some entertainment. I’ve included our plans for the coming weeks as well as a mix of ideas for older kids.
Our plans include:
- A trip to the Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World (we have a multi-visit pass).
- Time at the Zoo (we are lucky to live close enough for a quick morning visit and we have a zoo friends membership which makes it more affordable).
- Play date swaps with friends (this is great if you need to work certain days or if you just need some time off!)
- We are planting a vegetable garden (I’ll do a full post on that soon so stay tuned).
- We’ll be sorting through and organising toys and donating some that we no longer need.
- Adventure walks with friends in our local parklands. For these I print out some lists of things to find on our walk and the kids photograph or collect the items as we go. You can see my post on discovery hunts here (including some printables to take along!)
For older kids:
- Get them baking! You could even freeze some of what they make for back to school snacks. Win win!
- Have them create a photo book. It’s a great keepsake and will keep them busy taking photos and designing their book.
- Bike rides. Find a local bike path and get out and about.
- Make an ant farm
- Created inside cubby houses or set up shops, hairdressers or a restaurant.
- Write a letter to someone (maybe a grandparent)
- Visit a local museum (lots are even free)
- Spend a day exploring on public transport. Grab a map and timetable and let them lead the way!
- Go fruit picking
If you’ve got some extra time off over the holidays it might be a good time to see if you can get some organising and decluttering done. You can find a full list of ideas from the 31 days to a more organised life challenge!
What other school holiday ideas do you have to keep the kids entertainment?