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Free Summer Activities for Kids

School is shutting for summer in about 4 weeks, so it makes sense to have plans for the 6 weeks summer break. Money can be tight for many of us and let’s face, we all need free summer activities to keep the kids busy, regardless of how rich we may be. You can’t be on a beach or in a theme park every day for 6 weeks, so you have to think ahead of how to keep the little ones engaged.

I have lots planned for the summer holidays. As a work from home mum, working at home with the kids can be hard.  I will be planning lots of different activities and be fitting in work around our schedule, so everyone is happy.

Here are some free summer activities for kids we will be making the most of –

 

Go for walks

We love to go for walks. The kids enjoy being outdoors so we will be going for lots of long walks in our area.  There is something so refreshing about being outdoors especially when the weather is nice. It is a good way to get those steps in and stay fit. Plus, fresh air and sunshine does wonders for our state of mind so make the most of this free activity with the kids this summer.

 

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Make the most of your garden space

Now I know I am so guilty of not making the most of our garden. We don’t use our garden as much as we should and that is going to change this summer. I am going to get fun stuff for the kids to play with and make the garden as child-friendly as possible. It is amazing how running around and playing can keep the kids so busy for hours.

 

 

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Riding bicycles and scooters

We have spots in our estate where kids can ride their scooters and bicycles safely away from the road and cars. We are going to be visiting the spot quite regularly. I like being able to sit on a bench and watch the kids ride safely. It is another exciting activity for them to do outside the house, and it is free once you have the bike/scooter and safely accessories!

 

Visit your local playground

I will be visiting the local playground with the kids. Luckily for us, it is not far away from where we live, so we will be making the most of it. The kids enjoying playing on the slides, swings and the other rides. We can easily spend an hour there. A good spot to spend an afternoon.

 

 

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Baking

For days when the weather is not playing nice, we will be baking indoors. The twins are very into baking now and are interested in the whole process. So, we will be doing a lot of baking this summer. It is a fun educative activity for the whole family.

 

Camping in the garden

Camping in the garden is on our list this summer. It is something we have never done but want to do, and I think the right time is the summer. We will be getting a tiny camping tent and all the necessary camping gear to make it as much fun as possible.

 

These are just some examples of free summer activities we will be doing this summer holiday. Of course, we will be doing other paid activities like soft play, theme park, visiting a farm, and the likes. But more of free activities, so a lot of thinking outside the box.

 

What plans do you have for the summer holiday? Please share them in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Kiddies Do 360 Play Basildon

We spent our spring break holiday in Essex and London with family. The Kiddies had a lovely 2 weeks holiday and they went back to school with stories to tell. On the first day of our holiday, we had the opportunity to watch Dumbo in the cinema. It was a lovely movie. We all enjoyed it, which I found surprising as I wasn’t sure I was going to like. On the second day, we decided to go spend the day at 360 Play Basildon, and I am glad we did.

 

 

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This was our second time at 360 Play Basildon. We visited a few years ago for my nephew’s birthday party but we were restricted as it was a birthday event. This time, there were no restrictions. The kiddies had a lovely time going from the bottom floor to the top. They went on all sorts of rides and explored every bit of the place. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed because it wasn’t really busy when we were there. Kids were still in school in the south, as our school went our holiday pretty early. So there was room to really enjoy and have fun.

We were at 360 Play Basildon for about 5 hours and the twins did not get bored for a minute. There was so much to do. There were the massive slides they couldn’t get enough of. The cars were another hit with the kids, they really enjoyed the rides. My daughter also enjoyed riding the Carousel at the top floor. She also found the Vet shop and the dressing up rooms fascinating. My son was more into the slides, ball pit, Lego section and the fire engine trucks.

 

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I recommend 360 Play Basildon. It is really a place to play. I found it a bit pricey at first, definitely more expensive than your regular soft play. But as soon as soon as I stepped inside, I could see why it was more expensive. We went on a week day and it wasn’t school holidays in Essex yet, so we paid off-peak prices – £3.50 per adult and £9.95 per child. I booked our day online and got some discount for registering and booking before the day.

360 Play Basildon is definitely not a regular soft play centre. There are so many rides and activities to keep the children busy for hours non stop. There were also no restrictions on how long we could stay, which made the journey to the spot and price worth while in the end.

 

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Have you visited 360 Play Basildon? What are your thoughts on this place? What did you do with the kids over the spring break? Do sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week.

 

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Back to School with Tesco F&F Clothing

The kiddies start Reception aka Big School in September, and they are really looking forward to it. We have been busy shopping for back to school items in time for the school term. And I proud to say we now have all we need for school. I rounded up the school shopping some days ago, and I just need to find the time to label all the items with name tags in time for school. I did most of my back to school shopping online and only popped into shops for school uniforms and a few other school essentials.

 

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What we got from Tesco

We had the opportunity to try out Tesco F&F School Uniforms some weeks ago thanks to some Vouchers we got from Tesco. So we popped into our local Tesco store to pick some school uniforms. We got 2 packs of white polo shirts, 1 grey pinafore dress and a pack of grey trousers from Tesco F&F Back to School range. The first thing we did as soon as we got home was to try every item to make sure they were the right fit. The kiddies were really excited to try out their new uniforms (anything Big School related is a hit at the moment). And they were more excited when they realised I was going to be taking some photographs.

 

Thoughts on the girls school uniform range

I am really impressed with the overall quality of Tesco F&F uniforms. They look like they would last a very long time. I like the White Teflon Polos. The light price tag of £2.50 for a pack of 2 polo shirts got my attention. That is a great bargain. Plus the shirts look very durable and the Stain Repellent Teflon means the Polos would stay white for longer. Which is exactly what I want them to do. Kids are usually very active. And most times they come out of their classrooms looking like the rolled in sand. So having these white polo shirts with a stain repellent technology would make my laundry life a lot easier.

The Girls Polo White has a beautiful collar design which my daughter really likes. It is so cute and girly. We also like the grey pinafore dress. It is such a pretty design with the neat pleats and silver zip. My little lady is really looking forward to wearing it to primary school.

 

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Thoughts on the boys school uniform range

The 2 pack grey slim leg trousers is a great fit for my son. The trouser length is perfect. I like the adjustable waist and the slim leg design a lot. The re-enforced knees are also handy to have especially when you have active children like mine. Both my kids are really active, especially my son. So I am happy to know his new school trousers comes with  reinforced knees. The trousers look like quality pieces that would stand the test of time.

Having shopped the Tesco F&F School Clothing Range, I can now see why the range is so popular with many mothers all over the country. The Tesco F&F Uniform is Mumsnet Rated. 262 Mumsnet users tested the Tesco F&F school uniform range: 82% would buy again and 75% would recommend.  These stats don’t surprise me. I can clearly see why 82% would buy again, and why 75% would recommend the range. The great quality of the school uniforms speak for themselves. 

 

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Final thoughts

I really the Tesco 100 day guarantee. It shows Tesco is certain about the quality and durability of their school uniform range and that speaks is really amazing. This means parents can shop in confidence because they know they can exchange the uniform if it wears out within 100 days. The thought of that alone makes me really happy. And I can’t wait to see what these school uniforms look like after 100 days of wear.

 

 

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I will be updating this post once we have had 100 days of wear. And I will be informing you all on how the school uniform pieces look. So keep an eye out for that update on here and my Instagram page.

What are your thoughts on this Tesco F&F School Uniform Range? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

100 Days Later

The uniforms still look as good as new. The whites are still whites and the greys are still grey. There are no tears or stubborn stains on the pieces  They have survived 100 days of wear and they look as great as they looked the first day the twins wore them. I am very impressed with the quality of F&F informs and I will be shouting from the rooftops about them.

 

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