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7 Summer Party Ideas For Kids

7 summer party ideas

7 Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Summer – for all its joyous warmth and opportunities to finally get outside and make the most of being alive – presents something of a challenge for parents. With the kids off school for a significant chunk of the season, keeping them amused isn’t always that straightforward.

 

When the temperature rises, the desire to party increases, and this could actually be the key to keeping your kids busy and out of trouble this summer. Thankfully, there are a tonne of themes and ideas you can choose from.

 

In this post, we’ve picked out 7 brilliant summer party ideas for kids.

 

A great British bake-off

The UK is gripped with baking fever and what better way to take advantage of this than to host a bake-off themed party for the kids? They’ll love getting their hands dirty and by introducing a competitive element (best cupcake, tallest cookie tower, for example), you can keep them engaged with the promise of prizes.

There are plenty of recipes for kids to choose from online and in most baking books, so grab the ingredients and let them take over the kitchen!

 

Pirates!

No matter how many Playstation or iPad games they have to hand, kids still love good, old-fashioned party fun and there are few ways to get them more excited than by throwing a pirate bash.

Pirate hats, eye patches, plastic hooks and parrots can all be purchased relatively cheaply from costume shops and the addition of a scavenger hunt for sweets and other goodies will have them amused for hours.

 

Real-life Angry Birds

The incredibly popular Angry Birds game centres around the process of flinging small objects at large obstacles, breaking them down in stages. Kids love it on-screen, but we think you can go one further than that this summer.

You can hold your own Angry Birds-themed party by using mini bean bags as the birds (or Angry Birds toys, if you have them to hand) and old cardboard boxes, magazines and empty bottles for the obstacles. Kids will love playing a real-life version of their favourite video game.

 

Make a splash

If it gets particularly hot, a brilliant kids party theme involves two very simple ingredients: balloons and water.

Simply fill a bunch of balloons with water and tell the kids to take turns in bashing them with a plastic bat or cardboard tube, piñata-style. It’ll provide endless entertainment as they all desperately avoid trying to get soaked (even though we all know they’ll love it when it happens).

 

Painting party

Give your mini Picasso’s the opportunity to demonstrate their creative side by placing large canvases or sheets of paper in the back garden and giving them a bunch of colourful paints. Better still, introduce a summery theme to really get their creative juices flowing.

 

Tough little mudder

Kids love getting muddy, and when the weather is nice, there’s no better time to allow them to indulge in this messy past time. Better still, you can make an event out of it by setting up a muddy obstacle course at the local park.

A string maze, oversized cardboard boxes as tunnels and treasure hunt finale will tap into their primeval sense of fun.

 

Slip and slide

Another water-themed summer party idea bound to get the kids excited is a DIY slip and slide in the back garden. All you need is a long, heavy-duty drop cloth staked to the ground, a few buckets and plenty of water. You can then watch – and, probably join in – the slippery wet fun that unfolds.

 

We’ve attempted to keep the party ideas above low-cost (or free) and simple to set up, but, most importantly, they should be easy to clean up afterwards! Make the most of the summer this year by treating the kids to a few of these brilliant summer party ideas.

 

Do you have any fun summer party ideas that you would like to share?

 

 

 

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Our Top Ten Winter Activities

Our Top Ten Winter Activities

A few of our favourite winter activities

The wet miserable dark days are now sadly here, that horrible saying of “I’m bored”  will soon drive us all crazy. We have put together a list of our top ten winter activities that we enjoy during the winter months. These activities can be enjoyed by a wide age group.

Our boys are teenagers and bore very easily so we have to think of things that will grab their attention for that bit longer. Our teens have always got lots of energy like most kids and they always enjoy a challenge.

Here is a list of our top ten winter activities.

Movies days – Something we all really enjoy. We let the kids all pick a movie each and we work our way through them all. We all bring our duvet downstairs, the pj’s stay on and we all snuggle up and enjoy a real lazy day together. Movie days are perfect for horrible wet stormy days.

our top ten winter activities

Indoor skiing – These days are perfect for days that the kids have lots of energy to burn, we enjoyed a sports holiday back in August and skiing was one of the sports the boys tried and I must say they very much enjoyed. We will be looking up our most local dry slope, this will be something we will be treating the boys to this winter in a bid to burn some energy and have fun doing so.

Our top ten winter activities
Lee and Bradley on our skiing/sports holiday back in August 2015

Swimming – Some winter fun for all the family to enjoy together. We normally have races up and down the pool, we have little challenges such as who can tread water the longest. We drop something to the bottom of the pool and see who can get it first/the quickest, the kids love games in the pool, especially if we visit during fun swim when the floats are out.

Fun on the Wii – We all enjoy playing on the Wii, we have dancing competitions, bowling competitions and very much enjoy the carnival games. This is something we enjoy doing as a family, it can get very competitive when playing the carnival games, before we know it hours have passed.

Fake-away – We all have our favourite takeaway so instead of ordering it we create our very own fakeaway. We had a vote at what we was going to have and chicken shish kebab won the vote. We have also made homemade pizzas, KFC, burgers and so on. The kids really enjoy getting stuck into learning how to make their own takeaway, they even wanted seconds.

Our top ten winter activities

Sleepover fun – On the odd weekend if homework is complete and up to date we let the boys take turns on having friends sleepover. Being teenagers not much sleep is had. They watch movies, listen to music, play competitive games, the consoles are high up on their to-do list along with home carnival games, board games and a fake-away.

Challenging fun – We enjoy having a good old family challenge, this is where we all compete against each other. We have catchphrase on record and love to challenge each other on the answers. We also enjoy family board games, cards, charades, homemade carnival games and many more challenging games.

our top ten winter activities

Indoor skating – This is somewhere we go to show off our skills to each other, in my case to get laughed at……Yes I spend most of my time on my bottom! We go just to spend quality time together and have a laugh, we go on the odd Friday night.

our top ten winter activities

keep fit – We are currently in the process of setting up our very own home gym in our conservatory, we all enjoy working out together and challenging each others times. The boys find it rather comical that I tire out before they do, what can I say I’m beginning to show my age now.

our top ten winter activities

Homemade carnival games – We have a love of our carnival games and enjoy playing them on the Wii. Instead of just enjoying them on the Wii we also enjoy making our very own homemade ones.

our top ten winter activities

What winter fun do you enjoy?