Summer break has just started, schools are out, and the kids are now running around the house. With the UK weather seemingly making us all a favour with plenty of warm and sunny days ahead, it is time to make the most of the summer and enjoy the outdoors.

Although video games and theme parks may keep the kids occupied for hours on end, these may end up accumulating into hours of extra screen time and expenses. Instead, here are some of the best outdoor activities to help keep your kids busy and active during the next few summer months.

1. Outdoor sports and activities

Once school is out, days spent in front of the TV or video game console can quickly add up one on top of the other. If you are hoping to keep your kids moving during the summer break, outdoor sport activities are a great way for your kids to enjoy both the warm weather and their favourite sport.

As fun as it may be to play around with your children, parents don’t always have the time and energy to be running behind a ball the whole day, nor can they be expected to set the perfect volley every single time. Private sports activities are a great way for your children to stay active and enjoy their favourite sports anytime they want.

Apart from parents not wishing to break their backs over a shaky rugby throw or tennis serve, there are a number of reasons why your child can benefit from private sports lessons. Going Swimmingly London offer a range of private sports activities for children suited to both their interests and skill level – whether they are hoping to improve on their technique during their break from school, wishing to try out a new activity or wanting to try out a mix of both.

Best outdoor activities for kids to enjoy in the summer

2. Arts and craft project

Giving your kids the opportunity to get creative is always a winning strategy to keep them busy for long stretches of time. Try moving their arts and craft project outside for a worry-less mess; just set up a table in the garden or some cushions on the grass to keep the stains and spills away from the carpet. Lay down a set of paints, paper and pencils, or feel free to let them experiment with more unusual media like wood and rocks.

3. Visit your local park or gardens

Even if you are living in the city, London boasts a number of parks and gardens in and around its labyrinth of concrete blocks. With most of them just minutes away from each other – either by foot, tube or bus – heading out to your local greens is a great excuse to enjoy the outdoors as well as the colourful display of flowers which are in bloom this season.

4. Head to your closest swimming pool

Nothing says summer like a day spent by the pool. Whether it is bright outside or one of those rainy summer days, swimming is a fun activity for kids of all ages to enjoy. Not only is it a great activity for the whole family to take part in, but it can also be an opportunity for your kids to learn and improve on this valuable skill.

If your kids don’t yet know how to swim, this summer might be the chance to help them get all the benefits of teaching your children to swim at an early age. Signing your child up to a private swimming lesson is a great way to challenge them physically by teaching them new techniques all whilst having them enjoy the fun of the sport. Going Swimmingly London offers private swimming lessons in and around London to help children of all ages improve their skills and confidence in the pool.

5. Hike or cycling trip

If you have been wanting to get some fresh air away from the city or explore new areas, now is the perfect time to pack your backpack, lace up your shoes and plan a hike or cycling trip in your neighbourhood. This is a great way for kids to connect with nature and discover new neighbourhoods.

6. Picnic and cooking lesson

With the sun shining bright, there is no better way to spend the day than with a little picnic with the whole family. Whether it is by going out into the countryside or simply settling down on your backyard lawn, a picnic is a great way for the whole family to get involved in both the planning, cooking, and, of course, the eating process. This can also be a good opportunity to teach your kids a few cooking tips by getting them involved in the meal preparation.