As the Summer holidays are almost here (or already are for some lucky people!) I thought I would re-publish my top tips for a great family day out that was originally published on Patch of Puddles’ wonderful blog. I have added a few more too!
- Plan for the journey – be prepared for lots of games of motorway bingo, eye spy or bring the iPad for emergencies.
- Preparation. Check out the website for maps, pushchair friendliness etc, read reviews or ask friends for recommendations. I think researching where you are going beforehand helps enormously in planning your day and your enjoyment of it. You know your family and what everyone likes to do so make sure there is something for everyone.
- Look out for any special events or interactive things going on on the day you are there e.g. animal petting or feeding times if a zoo, farm or aquarium and note the times when planning your day. Nothing worse than missing out on stuff!
- Look on the voucher websites (VoucherCloud, MSE etc) for discounted entry to attractions
- Practicalities – check out where to find toilets, baby change, café etc.
- Even if you don’t have a baby, take baby wipes, as they are very handy for wiping sticky faces and hands.
- Check out there are picnic facilities are indoor and outdoor and bring your own picnic (otherwise bring plenty of cash!).
- Take your own multipacks of drinks and snacks to keep energetic hungry children happy between meals. Much cheaper than buying them when you are there.
- Pack a little medical emergencies kit with plasters, antiseptic wipes, calpol sachets and anything else you think you may need.
- Don’t forget suncream, hats, sunglasses if it is a sunny day!
- Set expectations before leaving the house. Everyone in the family will no doubt want to do different things to make sure everyone is aware of the need to take turns and have patience when for example Dad wants to spend hours in the garden centre.
- Decide before hand if children are going to be allowed a treat from the gift shop. If so let them know how much they have to spend and if not try to avoid the gift shop altogether.
- If you have young children and know the day is going to be long, pack their pajamas and get them changed before setting off home. If they nod off on the way home you can just whip them into bed without them stirring (good luck with that one!).
- Have fun!
Do you have anymore tips to add? Would love to hear them!