It’s that time of the year! You know, when families take holidays together and enjoy all the things that Britain has to offer. However, there is one question that parents ask themselves every year: “What can I do with my kids on a break?” This is a question that can sometimes be challenging to answer. So today, I am going to make a few suggestions for you. Here is a list of the top 5 things you can do with your kids during this year’s summer break (in no particular order)!
Climbers and Creepers Play Zone, Royal Botanic Gardens
The first place on our list is for the younger kids. Climbers and Creepers Play Zone at the Royal Botanic Gardens is a happening spot that your little ones will just love! Keep in mind, however, that this place is typically best for kids between the ages of 3 to 9. Any older than that, and you run the risk of the kids thinking they are “too old” or “too cool” for this place. For the kids that aren’t, Climbers and Creepers offers, not only an educational experience, but a chance for kids to let out some energy! This place has many attractions, including huge reproductions of Grandy Flora flowers, a harvest mouse nest and a Venus Fly Trap. The great thing about these reproductions is that kids get the chance to climb all over them! The area also has a place where kids can watch bees work and a butterfly cage that offers a one of a kind experience the whole family will love.
Woburn, Milton Keynes
So you got older kids? Fear not! There are still tons of attractions that can impress people of all ages. One such place is at Woburn, Milton Keynes. There are tons of things to see and do here, but one of the most charming is the UK Safari Park here. This is actually a 350 acre safari that allows people to get up close and personal with some of the most rare and exotic wildlife the world has to offer. To be honest, this area offers an experience that few believed you could find in the UK!
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Looking to get a little more hands on than a safari? How about taking part in sword fights and jousting? Don’t worry moms, it’s all safe! Alnwick Castle is a great place to bring kids of all ages. Right away kids are going to love this area since this is the same Castle that was featured in two Harry Potter films. However, the fun does not stop there. While here, kids can take part in archery (kids must be 11 years old or more to take part in this event) and even the Knight’s Quest. During the Knight’s Quest, people get to dress up and take part in jousting, sword fights, and even try their luck inside the dragon’s lair. Tickets are not too bad either. Adult tickets cost £12.50 and kids (ages 5-16) can get in for as little as £5.50.
Jorvik Viking Center, Coppergate , York
This area is one of my favorites! The Jorvik Viking Center was actually built around the excavation site of a Viking settlement discovered in York. Here guests can enjoy a vivid retelling of Viking history. When I say vivid, I mean you actually get the chance to examine the skeleton remains of a Viking! Not only that, but kids will love to participate in making Norse coins. However, the highlight of this center has to be the ride in a “time capsule.” This takes you through what York looked like some 1,000 years ago. This is complete with cooking smells, buildings crafted by Vikings and even inhabitants speaking Old Norse. It is an authentic experience you won’t see anywhere else! Once again, this is a fun day trip that won’t break the bank. In fact, adult tickets start at £8.95, and kids (age 5 to 15) can get in for £6.
National Space Center, East Midlands
The last place on our list is far from last place! In fact, the National Space Center in East Midlands has grown in popularity since it was first opened. It is the perfect tourist attraction for people who are interested in learning more about space! One thing that makes this space center perfect for kids is all of the hands on activities that they can participate in. For example, kids can try their hands at building foam rockets. If you are brave enough, you can even try out the air chair. This is a chair which can simulate the feeling of being in space. There is even a planetarium to take you on a tour through space. Tickets here are on the higher side (when compared to other attractions on the list). To spend the day learning about space, you will be out £13 per adult and £11 per child.
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