We’re now two weeks in to the six week school holiday. Are you feeling it!? Here are some free and easy ways to keep children entertained whatever the weather.

Sunny days

  • Go for a picnic in one of our many parks, woods or beaches. Please take your rubbish home with you. Or can you make it a zero-waste picnic!?
  • Take part in a beach or park clean, and help educate your children on the importance of protecting the environment.
  • Go for a family cycle or book onto a bike course at Eastbourne Cycle Centre to get those endorphins pumping, and a good night’s sleep
  • Create a scavenger hunt in your garden or local area. Write a list of items, and set the kids loose to find them. Think pine cones, clovers, daisies, squirrels, seagulls etc.
  • Go blackberry picking. These juicy berries are starting to pop up across the county, so get them before the birds and bugs do, then you can have fun making jams, crumbles and cakes.

Rainy days

  • Get active with Disney’s free 10 Minute Shake Up games inspired by all the latest films. Just 10 minutes of exercise is really beneficial.
  • Join the library’s free summer reading challenge by pledging to read any 6 books before the summer’s over. There are stickers and prizes up for grabs.
  • Encourage your kids to have a de-clutter of toys, books and clothes. Instead of throwing them away, take them to a boot fair or donate to a local charity shop.
  • Get crafty! There’s endless inspiration on Pinterest to keep your house quiet for hours (hopefully). There may even be local competitions to enter their creations into.
  • Ask your children to cook a meal for the family. It’ll give you a well-earned break, and make them feel grown up and helpful. It’s a great way to teach them about healthy eating too. Please make sure you supervise with knives and ovens if they’re still young.

Share your cheap and hassle-free go-to activities in the comments.