It is that time of year again when the long summer days stretch in front of you and you need to find ways of keeping the kids entertained for the next six weeks. Lots of days out cost a bomb nowadays but if you know where to look there is still plenty to do for free in and around Worcestershire.
Here are some of my suggestions. If you know of any great free places to go it would be wonderful if you can share them with us:
It is so hot and stuffy at the moment, splashpads sound a very appealing way to cool down (and that is just me). Luckily there are many free ones in local parks, here are a few for you to give a go:
Brinton Park Splashpad
The main entrance to the park is from Sutton Road. Other entrances can be found at Park Lane and Stourport Road/Park Lane. Nearest postcode for main entrance DY11 6QT.
Riverside Meadows, Bewdley
Dog Lane, Bewdley. DY12 2EF
St George’s Park, Kidderminster
Radford Avenue, DY10 2ES.
Riverside Meadows, Stourport on Severn
Martins Way. Nearest Sat Nav postcode is DY13 3SA.
Rock Painting and Hiding
This has been quite the craze over the past couple of months. If you have not heard of it, it involved painting pebbles and hiding them for others to find whilst hunting down rocks painted by others. There are lots of local Facebook groups you can join where you can take photos of those you paint, find and hide.
Picnics and fun in the Park
We often underestimate how much fun you can have at a local park. Why not treat it as a whole day out and take a picnic and some games like football and rounders. You can pick up some cheap outdoor toys in your local poundshop like skittles or badminton.
Pop down to the library
A trip down to the library to pick some summer reading can be great fun, come rain or shine. It is also worth checking out their summer schedules as they often do lots of activities for free or cheap.
If you are like me I am always nervous about letting the girls loose with pens and paint. However chalk is a great way of letting them have some naughty fun which will just wash away. Why not draw a hopscotch and teach your kids some numbers whilst having fun.
Make a rock garden or plant a flower bed
This is not strictly free but you can often get some really cheap plants and seeds at Aldi, Lidl and at poundshops. Reserve a section of your garden or even just a pot to plant some flowers and spend the summer watching them grow.
You could combine this with your day at the park. Go old school with egg and spoon (remember to hard boil), one legged and obstacle races and make medals for the winner. It will have the added bonus of being able to tire the kids out too.
Camping Trip (at home)
If you have a tent and a garden big enough, there is no need to travel to enjoy a night under the stars. Why not have a camping night at home? It also has the added bonus that if the weather turns, your bed is not far away 🙂
One Off Events
Sunday 12 August
Worcester Show 2018 @ Gheluvelt Park. WR1 3EY Worcester. 10:00-17:00. FREE EVENT – INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. Don’t miss out on this year’s Worcester Show, set in the award-winning Green Flag Gheluvelt Park. The Worcester Show celebrates the creativity and green fingered skills of local people, alongside a whole raft of entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. For more see here
Thursday 23rd August
Free Crafts in the Park @ Mary Steven’s Park. 10:30-11:30. Come and join us for some free crafts at the park. We will be based outside the hub building by the play-ground. No need to book. Donations to the park welcome but not compulsory.
For more summer holiday fun have a look at our Summer Holiday Guide
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