5 reasons to make the most of the summer holidays
Published: 12 July 2019
School holidays, at this time of year it seems no sooner has one finished; the next is just around the corner. Some parents and carers love them and others dread them – or at least the juggling of work and commitments. But before you panic, remember, by using the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) directory you can find childcare, holiday activities and things to do to bridge any gaps and turn this free time into quality time.
BFIS is the ideal place to find holiday activities with lots of local attractions and organisations adding their activities to the website. Search by location, age, free or low cost, and those inclusive for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). If it’s childcare you’re looking for you will find a variety of Ofsted registered camps and holiday clubs for peace of mind.
Here are 5 reasons to think ahead to the summer holidays now and make the most of them.
Free and Low Cost: The Summer Holidays can be an expensive time so take a look at free and low-cost summer holiday activities in Buckinghamshire and our article on Keeping school holiday costs down.
1. A chance for children to try something new
It’s easy to get caught up in our daily routines no matter how old you are. For children, between school, homework and any regular extracurricular activities that might not leave much time or motivation left to try something new. Especially if you’ve waited a whole week to play out with your friends. The summer holidays are a great time to shake things up a bit.
From arts, crafts and cooking, to performing arts and outdoor activities. This is the time when children begin to pick up hobbies and interests that could become a big part of their life in the future. All Ability Days at Green Park, for example, sees kids trying climbing, archery, adaptive bikes, giant swing, trebuchet and more for only £10 per participant.
2. Help shape their education
For many children, especially the older ones knowing what you want to spend your time studying in the coming years can be daunting. Like developing hobbies, the summer holidays give them the time and opportunity to explore what makes them tick. Do they like the sound of contemporary art? Well, get them making comic books and sketchbooks with a range of Summer Arts classes at the Buckingham Arts School. The Young Engineers Summer Camp, on the other hand, will introduce 6 to 12-year-olds to all things science and engineering.
3. A time for family time
At this time of year, the days are long, the temperature is comfortable (mostly) and Buckinghamshire really does look its best. This makes it the perfect time to get out there and explore together. Even if you’re working, those longer evenings can be put to good use by taking to one of the many Local Walks and Trails or activities at local parks and open spaces. Things like Pokemon Go and Geocaching can spice things up too and provide that extra stimulation and encouragement for the little ones. If walking is not your thing, try a Family Friendly Cycle Route instead. Either way, it’s a chance to get some fresh air and spend some quality time together outdoors.
4. Taste of independence for older children
For older children, the summer holidays might be the time when they experience a little more independence. This might include making their way to and from activities, spending time with relatives or friends, or even doing some work experience or volunteering which will strengthen UCAS, apprenticeship or job applications.
Although there is no legal age a child is deemed old enough to be left alone, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) says children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time and that children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight.
5. It’s a time memories are made
Believe it or not, the summer holidays don't last forever. The glorious six weeks or more of freedom can be the good times that will stick with them and let’s face it, they're unlikely to enjoy such freedom when they’re older.
Take a look at what’s on locally, try something new and have fun! More and more activities are being added to BFIS every week. Lining up a few activities here and there will keep your children active, stimulated and give them things to share when they start back in September.
Like BFIS on Facebook to stay up to date. Their offers section is a great place to find the latest early booking and discounted activities.