Yes, we've got loads of info and tips for families going away on holiday, but we all enjoy downtime at home with the kids and that doesn't necessarily mean spending a fortune.
Nothing says summer holidays quite like swimming outdoors, even if you're still at home!
There are a surprising number of well-maintained lidos around the country, so indulge in some nostalgia for the simple pleasures and introduce your kids to the fun of freezing cold water, soggy towels and dripping ice-cream cones. They'll love it!.
It's also possible to find spots on rivers and lakes where you can swim - it's fun, it's free and it's got to be better than all that chlorine. Take the plunge!
Cheap and cheerful - invite some friends round and go mad in the back garden with these fun outdoor games for 5 children or more.
Fire up the bbq or make a picnic and turn it into a party!
Surely it can't rain any more this summer?? It probably will, so be prepared for some indoor fun with these rainy day play ideas and activities
Organised sport doesn't have to cost a fortune, Premier League clubs' soccer schools, for example, are heavily subsidised, so have a look at our holiday sport programmes for kids,
Down on the farm
Everyone loves a goat! - or a lamb or a pig... introduce your kids to farm animals on of these family-friendly farms but remember to check their pockets when it's time to leave!
Remember charging about outside without a care in the world? Simple, good clean energetic, often hilarious traditional games for kids of all ages.
There's no getting away from it, so embrace the London Olympics and enjoy some of the best Olympic events this summer
Regardless of the weather, it's always fun to enjoy a good old-fashioned picnic, complete with squashed sarnies and spilt Ribena!
Here are some tips on the best picnic spots around the UK
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