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10 Summer Holiday Ideas for Families

So, the summer holidays have crept up on you and you don’t know what to do with the kids for six weeks? Do not fear, help is here! Our top ten should help you plan.

1. WWT London Wetland Centre, Barnes

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Set in 100 acres of woodland, the WWT London Wetland Centre is Europe’s biggest urban wetland site, and is home to hundreds of birds as well as an array of furry animals. One of the attractions is the otters, which you can see and feed up close in a natural habitat. You can get a family ticket for a little over £30, so it’s not an expensive summer holiday trip out. Close to Hammersmith, and open 7 days a week it’s an ideal choice for exploratative kids.

2. Bodium Castle, Sussex

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We mentioned Bodium Castle in our Top Ten UK Castles To Visit post, and it makes another appearance here, as a great place to take the family over the summer holiday period. With the look of a “proper castle”, Bodium is a great way to get children excited about history, and learning new things. It’s open throughout the summer holiday and the website is here.

3. Kew Gardens, London

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Kew has a lot to offer the family over summer. It’s fantastic to simply walk around, and is also packed with activities for children. On until Sept, Barefoot Walks in Kew’s Arboretum encourage you to climb and clamber along branches, beams and boardwalks to get close to nature. Also, the treetop walkway is a popular attraction for older children and adults.

4. Legoland, Windsor

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Legoland doesn’t really need an introduction, as it will definitely be a hit with families this summer! With Kingdom of the Pharoahs, Pirate Shores and Knights Kingdom, there are so many activities and attractions for the children to enjoy. See the website here.

5. Bewilderwood, Norfolk

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Now I’ll be honest – not one of the team at My Time Rewards has actually been to Bewilderwood, but having heard so many good things and had a look at their website, it’s definitely on the Summer Holiday 2014 List! There are just so many things to see and do.

6. Become a Nature Detective

Things to do with children over the summer holidaysThe Woodland Trust has a great idea to get the children going this summer: becoming a Nature Detective. The website gives parents loads of activities to download and suggest for family activities, and is a great way to save money and still have lots of fun!

7. Teach the kids how to cook!

Teach your kids how to cook this summer holiday

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The Kid’s Cookery School in London has workshops over the holidays for children to perfect their culinery skills. A great way to have some time to yourself as parents, and also for your children to learn a few things and get excited about cooking at home (we hope!). Budget-friendly option: do messy baking at home. Note: get lots of colourful icing ready!

8. Visit the Butterlies at NHM

Butterfly House is great for kids over the summer holiday

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The Natural History Museum (NHM) has a fantastic Butterly House, which is great for families! Children can learn about the life of a butterfly, and take in the atmosphere in the house itself. Prince George visited for his first birthday, so if it’s good enough for him!

9. Get Ice-cream Making Certificates

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You can send the children to a gelateria in London where they can learn how to make gelato, create logo designs, and gain a certificate. Possibly the best part of this idea is that the children then get to bring home 1/2 a litre of their creation! Maybe not so great…

10. The Crocky Trail, Chester

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The Crocky website describes the trail as the ultimate outdoor family adventure day out, and it lives up to the name! If you’re happy to get muddy and completely wear the children out, then this is the day out for you. Have a look at their website for more information.

Have we missed anything?

So that’s your lot. If you have anything to add to our list of Summer Holiday ideas, just comment below or get in touch on Twitter @MyTimeRewards. Have a great summer!

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Top Five London Museums for Kids

Thinking about what to do with the children over the summer holidays? The My Time Rewards blog can help you with ideas! We had a look at the TimeOut Top Ten London museums for kids, and cherry picked our very favourites to keep the kids entertained and always learning. In no particular order, here are the best London museums for the hols!

London Museums for Kids…

1. The Natural History Museum

Top Five Museums in London for Kids - Natural History MuseumThis is a favourite for both adults and children, as there is simply so much to see and do! One of the best London museums for the dinosaur exhibition alone, there are also some special exhibitions.

This summer welcomes the arrival of a 42,000 year old perfectly preserved woolly mammoth (pictured below) as part of the Mammoth Exhibition, on until September.

Definitely a great way to get kids interested in natural history! Visit www.nhm.co.uk

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2. The Horniman Museum

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The Horniman is a very children-friendly site, set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens in South-East London, and won the Family Friendly Museum 2013 award. This year they have a special exhibit, titled Extremes, which gives children a chance to understand how different animals survive in unusual circumstances. Undoubtedly one of the best museums in London, check out their opening hours and events at www.horniman.ac.uk.

3. The Science Museum

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London’s Science Museum is a delight for both children and parents alike, and is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. As TimeOut says, Icons of science (Stephenson’s Rocket locomotive, Crick and Watson’s DNA model) are treated with due respect, but this place couldn’t be less stuffy with its games, simulators and interactive exhibits. Visit the website here: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk.

4. Geffrye Museum

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The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton is one of those museums in London that take you right back in time. On the first Saturday of every month, there are free quizzes and activities for 5 – 16 year olds, and over the summer holidays and half-terms there are hand-on workshops suitable for all ages. Visit the website here: www.geffrye-museum.org.uk.

5. The Imperial War Museum

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Just south of the river lies the imposing Imperial War Museum – possibly one of the best London museums. It has something for everything, and you can immerse yourself for a whole day, or more! There is a ‘trench experience’, as well as an exhibition of war planes.

Did we miss anything?

What is your favourite museum for taking the children to over the summer holidays? Let us know by leaving a comment below, or getting in touch on Twitter @MyTimeRewards.

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