Summer Fun With The Kids

How to keep the kids entertained this summer

If children’s moans of ‘I’m bored’ are pushing you to the limit this summer then allow us to make some suggestions which might just save your sanity. Here at TOAST.LIFE we’ve sourced the freshest picks of holiday fun to inspire your little ones, so prise them away from the iPad, start packing them a picnic and choose from the following…

Farmyard frolics (in the big smoke)

Young Farmer Days

Don’t let urban life crush your rural idyll - dig out the children’s wellies and head for one of London’s city farms.  From £25 a day Deen City Farm in Merton runs Young Farmer Days for children aged 8 to 12 (from Tuesdays to Fridays) to give youngsters the chance to join livestock staff and enjoy all the aspects of running a farm and keeping animals. If you can’t get to the farm, the farm can come to you! Deen City can offer a ‘mobile pop-up farm’ where they will bring a selection of friendly small pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, ducks or chickens to your event, along with all the suitable caging and equipment to clean up after themselves, perfect for a children’s event giving little-ones the chance to handle the animals under expert supervision. Ignore the maxim of never working with children or animals and throw them both together for a party the little-ones will love! 

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(Images courtesy of Deen City Farm and Wimbledon Guardian)

Crazy Gold and Mucky Monsters

Jurassic crazy golf and ‘mucky monsters mud run’ are some of the activities running until September 4 at Godstone Farm in Surrey where a crew of fabulous farmers will also be demonstrating giant tyre turning, bale budging and trailer pulling! This farm attraction has an indoor play barn so rain needn’t stop play. Ticket prices start at £8.40. Godstone Farm also hosts children’s parties and its fantastic play barn can be hired out for private children’s birthday parties and events.Godstone (1)

(Images courtesy of Godstone Farm)

Introduce them to the festival scene…

Just So Festival

In the magical setting of Rode Hall estate, Cheshire, amidst enchanting glades with names like Spellbound Forest, the family orientated Just So festival (August 19 – 21) encourages children’s imagination to take flight! Look forward to pillow fights, a bake-off, sports day, midnight feasts and a wonderful children’s literature programme Rode Hall Parkland, Cheshire.

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(Images courtesy of Just So Festivals)

Gloworm Festival

A sparkling new fixture on the family festival circuit this summer is Gloworm Festival in Nottinghamshire (August 20 & 21). The event promises a great line up of musicians and entertainers, with appearances by several children’s TV characters and some magical lands to explore, from a Mad Hatters adventure to a woodland bug hunt your children will be in their element. Tickets start at £8.25 for children and £24.75 for grown ups – and, refreshingly, once you’re in, there are no hidden costs, (apart from the obvious food, drinks etc) as rides, workshops and activities are all included in the ticket price.

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(Images courtesy of Gloworm Festival)

DIY Festival… 

If getting away isn’t an option create your own children’s garden festival! Think bunting, picnic rugs, vibrant scatter cushions, tents, gazebos or dens and campfire singing. Get the small people involved and decorate the garden with lengths of colourful bunting we love this Carnival range from the Cotton Bunting Company at £12 for five metres. For a splash of circus style fun we’ve fallen for this dinky tipi style play tent from Myweeteepee.co.uk for £149. Invite some little chums over, throw in some face paints from hobbycraft (let them do each others – it’s so much more entertaining than painstakingly trying to meet their exacting requirements yourself! ) a bit of fancy dress, we highly recomend Land of the Small for some gorgeously made children's costumes, or the whimsical Sequins and Swords and Isabee for some unique one of items that encourage play. 

Hire in the Amazing Art Cart and let them decorate their own headgear or even cardboard noodle boxes before dishing out chicken or vegetable noodles for a festival style supper. As the sun goes down and you serve up some mugs of hot chocolate settle the mini festival goers on some fun and colourful cushions from Children's rooms from £7.99 scattered around a felt campfire for £24.99 from Etsy. Place a few LED tealights around the faux flames and hey presto – your magical (safe!) festival night is born.

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(Images Courtesy of The Cotton Bunting Company, The Amazing Art Cart, Isabee, The Teepee Company, My WeeTeepee Company)

Let them cook up a storm

Cooking Lessons

Don’t unleash your budding little chefs on your own pristine kitchen –let them cause carnage in somebody else’s! As well as hosting fabulous children’s parties London’s Kids Cookery School in Acton is running a range of classes and workshops during the summer holidays. Workshops are priced at £32 a session and run for 2 hours 30 minutes. Classes are priced at £17 a session and run for 1 hour 15 minutes. If the session is a hit with your budding Nigella or Jamie, then how about holding their birthday there? For £30 per guest, the children get to cook three dishes chosen by the birthday boy or girl and then eat them together for their party tea!

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(Images Courtesy of the Kids Cookery School)

Get teens away from screens

Seriously improve your street cred with your teens by organising them and their crowd a graffiti or urban fashion workshop. Book them in and let them get creative with their mates.  Graffiti Stars supplies the whole of the UK with graffiti services from Street Art, Graffiti and Fashion Workshops and parties. They will bring their kit and expertise to you with a ten person graffiti party package starting at £315. Hashtag coolest mum ever! 

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(Images from Graffiti Stars)

From karaoke warbler to recording artist….

Let your little Lady Gaga have her moment! Find a group of like minded pop wannabes and book them a session at Studiostars’ amazing luxury London recording studios. A two-hour package for up to 10 including a photo shoot, CDs for each guest, snacks and more starts at £350. The session offers the chance to record up to 3 of the group’s favourite hits – excitement levels will hit the roof, this is the stuff young girls’ dreams are made of!

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(Images from Studio Stars)

Book a survival session!

Woodland Adventure 

If civilised walks in the wood descend into mud fights and kids going feral, then a forest adventure building camps, inventing games and generally getting as mucky as possible will tick all the boxes. Cue a call to the experts at Sharky and George! These party heroes don’t just have to be brought in for birthdays, why not book up a survival party as a holiday treat for the little Bear Grylls in your life and his classmates? The camo paint clad mini explorers will learn how to be sneaky snipers, make fire without matches, build shelters and much more.

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(Images Courtesy of Sharky and George)

Bush trial 

If you want them to take their woodland skills a little more seriously, then former Captain of the British Army and chief instructor of Big Hat Bushcamp Ian, will give your kids the ultimate bushcraft experience. Amidst the beautiful woodlands of historic Runnymede in North Surrey, and Godstone in East Surrey, Big Hat run holiday and weekend courses, year round, for children, family groups and private parties to learn such as matchless fire lighting, campfire cooking, shelter building, archery, navigation, wilderness first aid and traditional bushcraft skills. The courses are designed to promote personal development, teamwork and leadership, as well as inspire an enduring passion for fresh air and the great outdoors and leave behind the clamour of the 21st century.

A family bush camp day and night is £75 per person, bespoke parties start at £6 per person per hour, min spend £250. 

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Let’s be honest - entertaining the kids in the summer can be tough, if calling in experts is an option then don’t hesitate, there are some great fun makers out there to bring in the fun. Either way, in amongst the chaos, try and carve out some time for yourself, preferably in a sunny corner with a glass of something chilled….happy holidays!




Posted in Inspire Me

by Emma Cooling
on on 16 August 2016

  children's entertainment, kids entertainment

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