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8 ways to keep the kids active this summer

8 ways to keep kids active this summer

The school summer holidays are upon us. Time for the kids to kick back on the sofa? Nah, we didn't think so. Make it a memorable summer with this selection of inexpensive ways to keep the kids occupied in the great outdoors this summer. Don't forget the sun cream!

1. Sleep under the stars

Over the weekend of 7-9 August, the RSPB is running the annual Big Wild Sleepout. The conservation charity is encouraging families throughout the UK to sleep out overnight, either in their own garden or as part of an organised RSPB event. How you take part is up to you. You could pitch a tent, build a shelter or, if the weather's kind, spend a night under the stars. Visit: www.rspb.org.uk

Begin your year of microadventures - small and achievable outdoor overnight adventures. Microadventures' originator Alistair Humprey's is challenging everyone to sleep outdoors at least once a month. You can do it whenever you like but there is a schedule to follow which helps book a date in your diary and adds to online camradarie. The next suggested sleep out is on 31 July when there is the rare occurance of a Blue Moon.

Visit: the micro adventure calendar or get involved with the Facebook page.

If you're thinking of wild camping, you can read up on the legalities of wild camping here.

2. Wild Time

Project Wild Thing has a whole host of great ideas to help parents and children spend ‘Wild Time’ together exploring the outdoors.

They encourage you to swap screen time for wild time and reconnect to the outdoors. To quote a fun line from the trailer "Stop buying ipads, take your children outdoors. You've bought enough ipads now."

You can find lots of ideas from cloud spotting to building dens on the Project Wild Thing website and there's also a free app.

3. National Parks Week

National Parks Week (27 July to 2 August) is an annual celebration of the amazing places, people and things to be found in the 15 National Parks in the UK.

There are loads of family-friendly free events taking place across all of the National Parks. From guided walks to wildlife spotting and geocaching, find all the free events on the National Parks website.

Of course you can visit National Parks throughout the whole summer, not just in National Parks Week. For instance, check out all the events that the Peak District National Park has to offer families this summer.

4. Take to the hills

Taking your kids hill walking can instil a love of the nature and the mountains which will stay with them forever. Yes it can be a faff and not short on the familiar phrase 'are we nearly there yet' but if you plan your route well and end with a nice pub lunch you'll be on to a winner for a great family day out.

Think carefully about the duration of the walk and whether it is realistically achievable for the littlest legs in your family.

British summer weather is notoriously fickle, from the current heat wave to the recent thunderstorms, so you'll need to watch out for the weather forecast and take precautions to keep your family protected come rain or shine. The Ramblers have some useful tips on walking with young children. Also if you're looking or accessible routes for buggies you could check out Walks with Buggies.

Before you go, read up all our essential hill walking know-how.

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Posted in News July 2015