In the midst of the Cost of Living Crisis, getting away for a summer holiday may seem like an unattainable dream for many of us, especially those of us who are solo parenting. However, with a little creativity and some fun ideas, you can turn your own garden into a delightful holiday destination that you and the children will love. Embrace the concept of a “garden holiday” and discover how you can create lasting memories and enjoy quality time with your kids without leaving home.
Transform your garden into a camping oasis
Pitch a tent, roll out the sleeping bags, and set up a cozy campsite right in your garden. Create a sense of adventure by spending a night or two under the stars. Roast marshmallows over a fire pit or barbecue, tell stories by torchlight, and enjoy the simple pleasures of outdoor living. This camping experience will make your kids feel like they’re on a real holiday, right in the comfort of their own garden. What’s even better – you have all the amenities you need on your doorstep!
Splash and cool off with water fun
Beat the summer heat and create a water wonderland in your garden. Set up a paddling pool, water slide, or sprinkler system for hours of splashing fun. Don’t forget reusable water balloons, water guns, and buckets for exciting water games. This refreshing aquatic adventure will transport you and your children to a tropical paradise, without having to leave your garden.
Host a garden picnic
Pack up a picnic and spread out a blanket in your garden for a delightful al fresco dining experience. Encourage your children to help with the preparation, from making sandwiches to arranging fresh fruits and snacks. Set the mood with some cheerful music and enjoy a meal together outside. This simple yet enjoyable activity will give you a taste of outdoor dining, akin to a relaxing holiday lunch in a scenic location. It might not quite be picnicking along the Seine, but you can still have a lot of fun with it! We really love our Close play mats as picnic blankets too, as they have a fleecy side, and a wipe clean side!
Create a miniature theme park
This one takes a little time and energy, but it’s worth it! Transform different areas of your garden into exciting zones for the kids to explore. Build a DIY mini-golf course, set up a bean bag toss game, or create a scavenger hunt with hidden treasures. Get creative with decorations and signage to give each area a unique theme. This playful setup will make your kids feel like they’re exploring a brand new amusement park right at home.
Unleash your inner artists
Set up an outdoor art station where your kids can unleash their creativity. Provide an easels, paints, brushes, and various art supplies. Encourage them to create masterpieces inspired by nature or their favourite holiday memories. Display their artwork around the garden for a mini art exhibition. This artistic experience will spark imagination and (hopefully) provide hours of fun!