67 Ways to Enjoy School Holidays
School holidays are here! Regardless of whether you have two full weeks of activities to plan or you only have a couple of days off with the kids, you are sure to find something for the whole family with our 67 school holiday activities, hand-picked from our team at PakMag.
Get Outside, Get Active
Make sure your child gets at least thirty minutes of exercise each day with these fun ideas.
1. Have a water-balloon fight.
2. Set up a relay race for the kids.
3. Plant a garden in your backyard.
4. Visit your local zoo or wildlife park.
5. Check your local council for free activities in your area. You will most likely find there is something every morning to suit the kids, from face painting to futsal trials.
6. Pack up a picnic, blindfold the kids and drive to a surprise location.
7. Visit a local farm or farm stay.
8. Take a hike with the entire family. Just make sure you choose a route that is suitable for everyone.
9. Go for a family bike ride.
10. Plan a beach day – it might be too cold to go for a swim, but collect shells, bring a fishing rod or make sandcastles.
11. Visit your local botanical gardens.
12. Play tennis at your local tennis club.
13. Set up an outdoor obstacle course.
14. Dig out the tarp from your shed, add some soap and water to it and create your own slippery slide.
15. Stage a garden tea party outside, complete with delicious homemade cupcakes and backyard games like cricket and crochet. Dress in fancy attire and talk in British accents.
But… it’s Raining!
Never fear. We’ve got heaps of indoor activities that will take all day (or at least a couple of hours) to complete.
16. Spend the morning at the movies.
17. Stage an old school movie marathon. Pick three of your childhood favourites. Some of our picks? The Goonies, Stand by Me, E.T. and anything Disney from the 90’s!
18. Set up a dance disco in your lounge room, complete with fairy lights and costumes.
19. Celebrate Christmas in July. Drag out the old Christmas tree and set up the decorations. Play Michael Buble on repeat.
20. Reignite your love for old board games. Remember Monopoly, Life, Taboo and Pictionary? You loved them. And chances are, so will your kids.
21. Have a theme day. Choose foods, games and activities in that certain theme.
22. Set up a box challenge. Every child gets a box and has a certain amount of time to create something cool.
23. Make an inside obstacle course with cushions, pillows, boxes, chairs and blankets.
24. Stage a play or puppet show.
25. Set up a colour treasure hunt in your home. Ask your kids to find 10 things around the house in a certain colour.
26. Stage a salon day.
Visit your Local Recreation Centres
Pick and choose what is available in your area and what your children would be interested in trying.
27. Flip over at your local trampoline centre.
28. Burn some energy at an indoor play centre.
29. Spend the day roller skating or ice skating.
30. Lounge around at your local swimming pool.
31. Check out your local PCYC for any school holiday activities on offer (martial arts, kindy gym, etc).
32. Get competitive with laser tag.
33. Catch some waves with cable ski.
34. Go bowling.
35. Play a round of mini golf.
The kids may have a break from school work but keep their little minds busy with these ideas.
36. Check out your local library. Most libraries will have various school holiday activities including crafts and games for kids of all ages.
37. Visit your local art gallery or museum. Choose one you’ve never been to before.
38. Visit your local planetarium.
39. Host an outdoor bake sale or lemonade stand.
40. Write a letter to a relative and post it.
41. Make a robot out of cardboard boxes.
42. Write a story and get your children to illustrate each page.
43. Stage a painting class outside. Choose something in nature to paint and showcase your work in a gallery in your lounge room.
Let the kids stay up a little later and give these ideas a try.
44. Set up a backyard campout. If you don’t want to brave the crowds or the fickle weather, then why not set up the tent in your backyard for the night?
45. Go to a drive-in movie, if your area has one.
46. Set up a blanket on the grass and watch the stars.
47. Go night-fishing.
48. Organise a neighbourhood street party for one evening. Ask every neighbour to bring a dish and organise party games for the kids.
49. Get creative in the kitchen. There are so many great recipes that are not too tricky for the little ones.
50. Make a collage. You can use things you collect at the park, beach, magazine cut-outs or anything really.
51. Paint rock animals – take a walk to your local creek and pick a few larger rocks to take home, wash and paint. You can make little rock critters, like ladybugs or caterpillars, or stick to abstract patterns and stripes.
52. Create your own placemats – use stickers, magazine cut-outs and clear contact to give your old plain placemat a fresh new look.
53. Make a blanket fort.
54. Play “play dough surprise”. This is a game we just made up the other day. Take little items around the house (bouncy balls, figurines, play jewellery, toy cars, etc.) and hide them in the play dough in various play doh containers. Let your kids open each container and dig out the surprise. Repeat for infinity.
55. Create an aquarium diorama out of an old shoe box.
56. Set up a toy circuit with five different stations such as Lego, puzzles, books, colouring and play dough. Your children will have fifteen minutes to play at each station before rotating.
57. Have a LEGO building contest.
58. Make a photo book out of old photographs.
59. Coordinate a dance. Perform it for your partner when they return home.
School holidays is a great time to get organised for the rest of the year. While your kids may not be too happy to spend the entire time cleaning, try convincing them to take on at least one
of these tasks:
60. Organise their wardrobe.
61. Wash the cars. If you are feeling extra ambitious, let the kids set up a ‘car wash’ station and see if any of the neighbours are interested in a free car wash.
62. Cull any toys they no longer play with and give them to charity.
63. Rearrange their rooms.
64. Host a freezer cooking day.
65. Make jams.
66. Do the bi-yearly doctor and dentist visit.
67. Host a weekend garage sale. Get rid of all that old stuff and make a bit of pocket change on the side.