You know you’re a parent when even the idea of an upcoming holiday sets your brain buzzing with ways to entertain the kids.
This May Bank Holiday, we’re here to take some of the pressure off with a comprehensive guide to a whole range of family-friendly Bank Holiday activities.
Visit a Free Museum
It’s not just the famous London museums that are free, there are hundreds of free museums around the country that make for a fun and low-cost day out. Some of our faves include: Devon’s House of Marbles, Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, Cardiff’s National Museum, Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and London’s Museum of Childhood.
Get Your Hands on a Promotion
Now that the weather’s hotting up, it’s time to start keeping your eyes peeled on money-off promotions for family days out. Everything from cereal boxes to soap bottles can feature discount vouchers so grab a jar and start collecting them all in time to enjoy a cheaper Bank Holiday excursion.
Visit a Castle
What could be more exciting for little brains than a trip to a real-life castle? Here in the UK, we’re lucky enough to live somewhere that’s packed to the brim with castles and old houses. You can check your local area to see what’s nearest to you but here are a few family-friendly options to get you started: Buckingham Palace, Hever Castle, Warwick Castle, Ripley Castle, Lincoln Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle, Cardiff Castle, Leeds Castle.
Have an Outdoors Day
If you don’t fancy carting everyone around on a full day’s excursion, you can always have a fun outdoors day in your local park or even your back garden! All you need is some picnic food and a day’s worth of fun outdoor activities; we recommend building a bug hotel, treasure hunts, den-making, mini Olympics, or getting out the paddling pool if the weather’s good enough! Check out our Room to Grow Get Outdoors Pinterest board for even more inspo.
Have an Indoors Day
If every parent’s worst nightmare comes true and the weather is terrible on the Bank Holiday, it’s probably a good idea to have some indoors fun prepared too! Recycling projects, cooking workshop days, putting on plays, painting, writing stories, or playing with fun science experiments are all great ways to keep little minds entertained on a rainy Bank Holiday.