From theme parks and water parks, to cinemas and safaris, we’ve selected 10 of the best days out and activities that are sure to keep the whole family entertained.
Offering all kinds of thrills, from roller coasters and log flumes, to fast trains and dodgems, theme parks are all about having as much fun with your family as possible. Kids will love the variety of rides available in theme parks, but it is often a good idea to read up on the attractions first to make sure they suit both yours and your children’s interests and ages.
If you are looking for a trip that balances fun with education, the zoo could be a perfect option. Zoos can provide a great educational experience for children of all ages, and those that are young at heart as well! There will usually be organised tours provided, as well as interactive features and exhibitions to enhance the entire experience.
If you would rather see animals in their own environment, a safari park can be a wonderful experience. There are no cages or restricted areas, instead you will find acres of land where animals live naturally.
Sticking with the animal theme, why not visit a farm? Days out at farms have grown in popularity over recent years, and with good reason. Not only are they one of the few outlets which truly allow children to interact with the animals, but farms actively encourage families to mix in with the animals, handling them and helping them with feeding.
Most kids love playing in the water, so whether it is a water park or a swimming pool, both offer plenty of fun for the family. Swimming pools often offer small water flumes and some even have rapid rides, however if you’re after wave machines, waterfalls and gigantic water flumes then head over to a water theme park.
If a water park doesn’t cut it for your family then how about a trip to the seaside? A weekend trip to the beach is a great British past time and one that your children are sure to love. England has some great seaside resorts offering sand castles, swimming and piers. With so many vouchers for restaurants available online you should also be able to fit in some traditional fish and chips to finish off the day.
More interested in fish than water? Then get up close and personal with marine life at one of the many aquariums located up and down the country. Your family can encounter sea horses, sharks, sting rays and hundreds of other weird and wonderful creatures. Talks and feeding displays are also on hand to add an educational element to your trip.
While museums may not be everyone’s idea of a fun day out, many modern museums offer exhibitions and activities aimed at entertaining the children in your family. While an art gallery may not be the most stimulating environment for young children, they will often love to learn about dinosaurs and animals, so spend time choosing the best museum for your whole family.
Castles can be a great place for children with a wild imagination. From Warwick to Windsor, Leeds to Inverness, castles are dotted all over the UK and offer a variety of entertainment. Take a trip through history with a wax work exhibition, take part in a theatrical battle or just enjoy a picnic in the stunning grounds.
London has so much to offer that it can easily fill up a day with entertaining activities for your family. Choose from museums, art galleries, aquariums and sightseeing tours. If you find a shopping voucher online then you will also be able to treat your family to a purchase or two from the famous Oxford Street.