Although Tom and I don’t have kids it’s always really clear when it’s school holiday time because:
1. The streets of Wellington become cluttered with under-dressed tweens, and
2. The level of parental bitching and moaning on Twitter and Facebook increases ten-fold.
So here’s some ideas for what to do with kids in the school holidays…
Ignore them aka ‘making your own fun’
The top-notch approach used by my Mum when we were kids. We merrily entertained ourselves for most of the holidays by building tree-huts, reading books, running around and punching each other etc. And the answer to the gripe from the kids that “I’m boooooored” is “only boring people get bored.”
Make giant pancakes
Once each holidays we would invite all our friends around and Mum would make pancakes as big as the pan. It was epic and the highlight of every holiday.
Do some baking or cooking
Kids need to learn to bake and cook and the school holidays means there’s heaps more time to patiently help them. If you pick something with several stages then it will take longer meaning they’re entertained for longer. When we were kids we made gingerbread men, crab apple jelly and Easter eggs with our friends, which seemed to take all day. Cupcakes would be a great activity too because you have to cook them and then ice them.
Get them to clean out their wardrobe/toys/books, photograph them and list them on Trade Me. If you start now then their auctions will close before the end of the holidays. That means you get them to sort their stuff out, they learn selling skills and get a whole lot of money for a blow-out spending trip in town to buy new stuff.
If you have stairs in your house…
Invite the cousins round, get an old mattress and ride it down the stairs.
Visit the library
For books, to find out what activities they have or both. You can also get DVDs at the library for much cheaper than other places.
Have a picnic in a really wild or crazy place
Bundle up warm and head to a wild and crazy place for a picnic. You can either picnic in the car or let the kids round around screaming until they’re completely stuffed. Here’s a good location.
Build a tree hut
Let them saw and hammer away until one of them cries or they build a tree house, whichever happens first.
Make a kite
Build a kite out of brown paper, sticks and string and fly it at the local park.