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28/05/2013 at 14:01
What do you do with the kids over the holidays? Nicky will have 9 weeks off and last year was really boring for us both because I had awful morning sickness so couldnt do much or venture too far from home.
This year I want to make up for it so we've got a week's holiday as a family and 3 long weekends away - a christening, a wedding and a mini break in Italy.
I'm going to sign him up to 3 or 5 day football camp which is a morning thing.
I've just bought groupon vouchers for both children to go to 5 family sessions at Gymboree where they can also use the gym equipment before the class.
We have ludotheques here which are toy libraries that hold play sessions, in the summer they use a bus and go round to all the big parks. Other than all this I think it will be picnics in the parks, walks by the lake and visits to the beach. Bit worried about the beach though as he likes to go in for an actual swim which I can't do with two hmm. I will have to save swimming for the weekends with H for this reason too which is a shame. N is not satisfied with toddler pools unfortunately.
what will everyone else be up to?
28/05/2013 at 14:21
It's just normal for us. He will work Mon / Tues with daddy then nursery Wed- Fri. The girls are old enough to entertain themselves which means sleeping til lunchtime, eating us out of house, watching crap on TV, asking to be dropped here there and everywhere, spot of shopping on the odd day but generally not seeing any real daylight.
K has a 7 day stay in Spain with school in August which she is really looking forward to, then we have our 2 weeks in Spain as well.
28/05/2013 at 14:24
our routine stays as normal too. Molly will be with my parents all week and Lauren will be either at Belle's or in bed or lakeside with her mates. She has a week in France with school then we all have two weeks in Spain. I may actually take a couple of Mondays off with Molly to do some fun stuff but will need to see whats happeneing at work
28/05/2013 at 14:29
Ah the joy of being a teenager and lazing around, hanging out with mates all summer!
28/05/2013 at 14:30
H and I will be off so it'll be trips to the zoo, going to the beach very regularly and holiday to Wales.
28/05/2013 at 14:35
I work 3 days a week but over the summer itl more than likely be Monday, Friday and 1 day at the weekend, that way our childcare costs won't increase.
We have picnics in the park
Go to the beach
There's special activities at the library
Will go to baby gymnastics too
Will have Ls friend round a few days and he will go to his friends
Will go and feed the horses in the field near us
We are off to Spain to off to see in the night garden too
I was also going to look into one of those football camps for L
28/05/2013 at 20:03
We have two weeks away on holiday. I work three days a week otherwise. She's going to one set of grandparents for 4 days one week and I'm hoping the other set will have her for 3 days another week.
I expect we'll arrange some get togethers with some of her friends - go to the parks and have picnics if it cheers up enough.
Its only since she started school that I've had to think about school holidays, before then she went to nursery.
28/05/2013 at 20:08
We go to local gigs
Park and picnics.
Drayton Manor/Thomas Land (it's on our doorstep, and my friends son works there, so I get free tickets)
Ash end house farm
Bowling, connected to a soft play area, perfect for both boys.
C will play with friends.
Day trips to seaside places.
We always spend a lot of money in the holidays...
28/05/2013 at 21:06
Its hard not to spend money in the holidays.
28/05/2013 at 21:11
Easier when they're younger, can get away with free stuff.
28/05/2013 at 21:17
I've bookmarked loads of free/cheap things to do, like country parks, water playground, forests, river walks. My two can amuse themselves for hours with some sticks, stones and a shallow stream! I'm using our Tesco clubcard vouchers for days out tickets for legoland, london zoo and prob Warwick Castle, so they will all be free or minimal payment.
We've got 2 weeks in France in August.
When it's good weather there's normally a good group of playgroup and school mums who meet up at one of our village play parks for play and picnic so we'll do that a few times. I'm also planning on helping S ride her bike without stabilisers as I think she's ready.
Ooh and free London things like natural history, south bank and Diana memorial playground. Milton Keynes indoor beach, and visiting friends who don't live near!
28/05/2013 at 21:43
Today we went to a free crafts activity at the local library. It was theatre related. She came home inspired and made some puppets this afternoon and used a handy big cardboard box as a theatre. It kept her occupied all afternoon.
28/05/2013 at 21:53
I wish C was still into stuff like that.
He's a 9 yr old, who acts like a teenager.
28/05/2013 at 22:12
It is going to be a nightmare here and baby is scheduled to arrive 2 days after Zoe breaks up from school for 6 weeks ... that will be the 6 weeks I can't drive for. As it is her last holidays before starting school though I want to try and do some stuff with her.
I am planning on having quite a few of her friends (and their mums) around for playdates and hopefully nice weather so we can hang out at the park and picnic in the garden.
We have a trip to London and another one to Edinburgh planned although Zoe doesn't know about them. H works in both those places so Zoe, Noodles and I will join up with him at his hotel for a couple of nights and do Buckingham Palace and Royal Yacht Britannia - obviously depending on how I am feeling.
Mostly though, if I am honest, she is going to kids club. Itis attached to the creche she has gone to since she was 6 mths old and she did a few times during the Easter holidays. We are going to book her in for 5 afternoons and then use it as much or little as needed. They go swimming every afternoon as it is part of our gym and she loves that so I'm sure she will be happy.
29/05/2013 at 18:35
AK it's hard when they get to this age isn't it? Not so easy to keep them entertained.
The council are pretty good in our area, they do a kids party every Tuesday and Thursday, it has a different theme every time and the kids can get dressed up, there's talent show's and loads of kids games, its great fun, the kids love it and even better its FREE.
The council also have free concerts on on a Sunday which are great when the weather is nice.
We also have our holiday at the end of August.
Other than that E will be going to a playscheme run by the council when she wants to, picnics in the park, bike rides and the beach.
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