Well, we're well and truly into the summer holidays and if your ideas are slowly waning and the cries of I'm bored are coming thick and fast, here's a pick of the best goings on locally and a bit further afield.
Black Park in Wexham is home to Go Ape, the ultimate mix of forest excitement from the Treetop Adventure which will have you metres up in the air navigating obstacles and crossings. Or, tackle treetop nets in Nets Adventure. If you’re up for even more, you can give the Forest Segway a go. Longridge are holding holiday activity days where your little adventurer can take part in zorbing, a leap of faith, bell boating and more. For a little petrol Absolutely Karting in Maidenhead can offer the ultimate adrenaline rush with their arrive and drive sessions. Following on the petrol theme Brooklands Motor Museum is the home of British Motorsport, Aviation and Concorde where you can step on board and experience the supersonic age.
FUN ON THE FARM
Get ready for Amazing Summer Adventures at Odds Farm Park, with water play, themed shows, super-sized summer games and an art and craft tent. Get lost in Bucklebury Farm Park's new woodland wildlife maize maze, go for a tractor ride through the deer park, pet the goat's and pony's and enjoy the soft play. If you've a pig lover in the family Kew Little Pigs has the perfect treat, meet the little piggy's in their pen where you'll be introduced then get to spend an hour grooming, playing and getting to know their personalities. But beware, there are little squealers for sale, so before you know it you could have an addition to the family. 20% of proceeds go towards Save the Children.
Go Alpaca walking on 17 & 18 Aug at Millets Farm in Abingdon, with Wyld Court Alpacas take the lead with these fluffy gentle giants and then enjoy a day at the fun filled farm, with a maize maze, animal walkway, play area, falconry centre, woodland to explore and PYO - phew!
ESCAPE THE RAIN
Let's face it, we're going to get rain at some point. But, don't let it spoil the fun. Head to the Living Rainforest at Hermitage and try to spot the sloth living in the canopy.
Hell Fire Caves is great bet for older children. But if you have one that will find the dark too scary head there on a Monday with a torch for free child entry and a guide to the tunnels with fun facts that won't terrify. Alternatively take a tour of the caves with the Gruesome Georgians which will expose the gory 18th century. The tour is included in entry.
At Maidenhead Heritage Centre climb into the cockpit and try your hand at flying a Spitfire in their Spitfire Simulator Experience, age 8 + while you're there inspire the next generation with the museums exhibition of Inspirational Women from Maidenhead Life.
Avoid the crowds in London and try out the Natural History Museum in Tring instead, it's bijou but great fun with trails a plenty.
Wycombe Museum has a whole host of events taking place over the holidays, from Discover & Make where each week takes on a different theme to Let's Cook for Kids where the kids get to take home their tasty creation. Round off the holidays at Wycombe Museum with an inflatables fun day including zorbing on 1st September and screenings of Mary Poppins Returns on 6 Sept and The Jungle Book on 7 Sept.
Head back in time on a steam locomotive with Chinnor & Princess Risborough Railway, throughout the summer school holidays the popular 'kid for a quid' scheme is running. Up to 2 children 5 - 15 go for £1 when travelling with a fare paying adult. If all else fails, there's always soft play. Our favourite is The Jelly Lounge in Windsor, not your average soft play, this place has delicious well thoughtout menu's, a cool vibe and a great selection of workshops. For your Lego fan inspire them with a Brickies summer workshop for a couple of hours where you can leave them to build to their hearts content or master their skills at stop animation. Workshops are taking place in Maidenhead, Windsor & Wycombe as well as other locations over the holidays.
Consider yourself at home at Theatre Royal Windsor 20 - 24 Aug, when TRW Summer School present Lionel Bart's classic musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver!
Featuring all the classic songs such as ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Pick a Pocket or Two’, ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘I’d Do Anything’, guaranteed to get you toe tapping. Milkshake Monkey will be putting on a spectacular new musical at The Wycombe Swan on 31 Aug, with all his favourite MilkShake friends.
Henley's River & Rowing Museum has so much to see and do from the new Bears! exhibition to the ever popular 3D Wind in the Willows exhibition. With children's workshops and events throughout the school holidays, there is something for children of all ages.
Concertini will be hosting the 8 piece London Brass Band, The Brass Funkey's at Waterman's Arts Centre in Brentford on 8th August, expect to hear soulful jazz, reggae and swing to pumping brass funk. Get the smalls inspired without the worry of them wriggling and making noise. In fact, it's positively welcomed. Make a day of it and visit Kew Gardens just opposite and their new children's garden.
We're blessed with our watery location but away from the river there's an abundance of fun to be had. Bray Lake offer kids water sports courses for the holidays. Liquid Leisure is adrenaline filled fun for the whole family from 6 +. Put in the lengths or watch the Smalls splash away in the toddler pool at Wycome Rye Lido. With shooting water fountains, Bachelors Acre in Windsor is great fun for a cool off on a hot day, next to the play park and library. Grab an ice cream and enjoy. Runnymead Pleasure Park has a paddling pool, café and old skool children's amusements and right on the river.
The secret beach at Frensham Ponds is a Green Flag Award winning site, with ample space to splash,swim and build sandcastles in warm weather – just remember to check the website before going, the water quality is checked daily. The woodland trails and paths around the pond provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the local nature.
At Locks Ride in Winkfield Row there's a large open children’s beach themed play area together with a water splash area . The splash pad has limited operating times, so check before you go.
Jocks Lane near Bracknell is another splash pad park with cafe facilities.
Hobbledown a bit further a field is a true adventure world with wondrous play parks, animals, zorbing and a high ropes experience all included in the price.
Stonor have the summer sorted with their thrilling play park where both younger and older kids will have hours of entertainment swinging, jumping, sliding and splashing.
Us grown-ups haven’t been forgotten either, there’s the Pit Stop Café where you can get a coffee and a little something. To compliment the Wonder Woods, Stonor have a selection of activities taking place. Use the special nature packs to explore the park from 12 - 18 Aug. Head for a Robin Hood & Friends dressing up theme from 19 - 25 Aug and Pirates & Princesses will be in the grounds with a ships figure head to design as well as painting and creating. For outdoor fun Mud & Guts will be at the park, giving your small the chance to learn about the natural world, there's bush-craft, old fashioned games, navigation and tracking skills. Booking essential www.mudandguts.co.uk
Wellington Country Park is set in 350 acres with a petting zoo, play parks a plenty and a much coveted sand and water area.
Head back to the 1930's at Bekonscot Model Village when you visit this miniature world, on Monday and Thursday over the holidays the village is running drop in craft sessions.
PULL IN THE PURSE STRINGS
Head to the local park, Oaken Grove, Ockwells Park, Marlow Park & Henley Riverside are always a good bet or take the bikes and scooters to the Great Park in Windsor with (mostly) traffic free roads and miles to explore, finish off with an ice cream in the stunning Savill Garden building.
If you are an advantage card holder you can get into Windsor Castle free of charge, visit the majestic state apartments, take a tour of the castle precinct and watch the ceremonial changing of the guard and become part of Knights of the Garter.
From 5th August pick up a trail map for Lions of Windsor which will take pride of place on the streets of the Royal Borough, from Windsor to Eton, Ascot, Datchet, Maidenhead and beyond, from World Lion Day on Saturday 10th August. The beautifully decorated lion sculptures will remain in place until 27th October and will then be auctioned to raise funds for charity. For older kids, why not head for an out of the ordinary adventure with a self guided Treasure Trail, let the trail guide you through the hidden corners of villages, towns and cities. Work as a family to crack the clues and unlock fascinating stories along the way to solving the mystery at the end. Although there are plenty of local trails why not take a trip to Portsmouth Historical Dockyard or the City of Oxford and before you know it, you’ll have walked a couple of miles and taken in the highlights. Woolley Firs Environmental Education Centre have some great activities planned for the summer, from butterfly I.D & pond dipping to awesome arachnids with a Teddy Bears picnic and more in between and at £4 a child a snip.
NATIONAL TRUST ROUND-UP
Somewhere in Cliveden’s woodland there's a lost treasure waiting to be discovered. Band together to solve the clues and see if you can solve the case of the missing Sancy diamond for age 10 +. Performances of Gangsta Granny by David Walliams will be taking place in Cliveden's stunning water garden on 13, 14, 15 Aug.
The enchanting Greys Court has a wildlife themed trail for all the family.
Get into the war-time spirit at Hughenden Manor with events and activities inspired by the esates secret world war two story. Waddesdon Manor takes on a sporting theme for the summer with a variety of activities and events. The Victorians have lost their toys at The Vyne this summer go on a digital geocache to track them down.