Top Ten School Holiday Activities for the Whole Family
Keeping the kids entertained and out of trouble during the seemingly endless summer holidays is a challenge almost every parent faces. But if you’re living with diabetes, a day out with the kids could be just what the doctor ordered. Combining family time with exercise is the perfect way to keep things fun and ensure you stay active – all while keeping boredom at bay for the kids.
Feel free to take inspiration from the list of boredom-busting family activities below. We’ve even provided some ideas on ways to get your blood pumping indoors so that whatever the weather, you can still enjoy a healthy, happy and active break.
Tip: With any activity or lifestyle change, particularly for those living with diabetes, remember to start small and monitor for any changes in your blood glucose levels. Talk to your doctor about what to expect as a healthy baseline. Check your levels before and after exercise and take note of fluctuations and changes.
Take a hike
– When was the last time you strapped on your hiking boots and made time for the great outdoors? The school holidays provide the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get active together by exploring local walking tracks, national parks and forests. You could even make a weekend of it and go camping!
Play a round of mini golf
Test out your skills on the golf course by taking the family to play some mini golf. Whether you’re a rookie or the next Tiger Woods, putt-putt is a fun way for everyone to get involved, have a laugh and maybe even learn a new skill.
Hit the track
It’s time to put those motoring skills to the test and show the kids how it’s really done. Take a few fun laps around your local go-kart course or challenge one another in a race for some friendly competition. Introducing some healthy family rivalry can be a great bonding exercise for the entire family.
Strap on some skates
Get rugged up and lace up your skates at your local indoor ice rink. Fun and family friendly games are often hosted during session times and they’re renowned for pumping out some great tunes to keep the atmosphere lively.
Get your game on
Nothing gets the blood pumping like a game of soccer, basketball or backyard cricket. Whatever your favourite team sport, grab the family and your bat and ball and head to a nearby park – or even your very own backyard.
Battle it out
Split into teams and get tactical during a family game of paintball. Or, for the all-ages version, find your local laser tag venue. Both of these are games best played in larger groups, so inviting extended family and friends is highly recommended.
Make like a tourist
Explore what your closest city or own backyard has to offer by playing tourist for the day. Visiting museums or botanical gardens is a great way to get moving while keeping the kids amused – and many don’t even charge an entry fee. Make a day of it by taking a road trip to a beach or country town for some traditional sightseeing.
Explore the local bikeways and parks with your family. No bike? Just check out one of the bike hire companies in your local area. Remember to pack a blanket and healthy picnic snacks.
Encounter some animals
Whip out those binoculars and head to the zoo for some animal-watching. Why not make a game of it by creating an animal checklist before you go. And the plus side: there’s plenty of walking involved so you’ll clock up your 10,000 steps for the day in no time.
Reach for the skies
Indoor trampoline parks are a great way to get your heart rate up and utilise a variety of muscle groups while doing so. With games like dodgeball at the ready and foam pits to enjoy, there’s plenty to entertain kids and adults alike. Just make sure you warm up first with some gentle stretches – trampolining is a serious workout!