When we take the kids out for the day, we like to look for educational things they can enjoy. A lot of places like museums are free to enter, which is always a bonus. Plus, I like to think that they’re learning something on a day out, even if they don’t know it. It’s not difficult to turn a day trip into an educational experience. Even a trip to the shops can be a chance for them to learn some valuable life skills.
I like to look for things where they can expand their knowledge and interests. We love visiting castles and museums, in particular, and learning about all the history there. These are some of my favourite activities to do as a family when I want to sneak some education into our trips.
Some museums can be boring for kids, but thankfully most of them make an effort to entertain them. The best places to go are the ones that have exhibits that kids can participate in. Even though they should learn to look at and admire things from afar, it’s also fun when they get to touch and do an activity. We love our local museum, the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, but there are many more around the country that are great for kids. For example, there’s the Motor Museum in Beaulieu or the Science Museum in London.
Castles and Palaces
We’re lucky in the UK in that we have a rich history. Go to America and you won’t find many castles! We love visiting castles and palaces on our days out, and you can find them all around the country. Naturally, a lot of them are in slightly more rural places, but there are lots to see from cities too. London’s palaces are fun to visit, and there are more of them than you might think. Then there’s Edinburgh Castle, which sits on a hill above Scotland’s capital. Our nearest castles are Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle, both of which the kids love.
Nature Walks and Beach Days
Museums and castles can be great trips for rainy days. But when the weather is a bit brighter, or even if it’s raining, it’s nice to get outside for a walk. We try to stay active and spend some of our family time outside. If you want to get your children interested in nature, going for a walk is a great way to do it. You can find your nearest park or wander off into a forest to explore. There are lots of things you can do, from playing Pooh Sticks to having a scavenger hunt or foraging for edible plants. A walk along the coast can be great fun too – it doesn’t have to be a sunny day to enjoy the beach. The kids can peer into rock pools and dig through the sand to see what they can find.
There are lots of ways to make your family days out educational. If you do it right, no one will even notice that they’re learning.