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Family and kids' activity holidays articles

Summer Camps Trust
Residential summer camp guide for parents
Summer camps are becoming bigger and better, with a huge selection of offerings in the UK. But many primary-school parents are unaware or unsure of what summer camps are, how they’re run, and what the benefits are for their children.

That’s why we asked Christopher Green MBE from Summer Camps Trust to answer some of the burning questions parents have about summer camps in the UK.
Best literacy resources
Best literacy resources
Whether your child is just learning to read and print letters or looking for ways to put their creative writing skills to the test, we've rounded up some fantastic resources to help them practise phonics, grammar, story-writing and comic-creating at home. Plus there are loads of different ways to connect with authors and listen to stories.
Safety rules for children
The safety rules every child must know
Help your child stay safe at home and out and about by teaching them these important water safety, fire safety, road safety, home safety, animal safety and stranger danger basics.
Learning outside the classroom
Taking your child on a learning adventure
Ever been tempted to take your child out of school and go travelling with them? We take a look at how to make it work.
Butlin’s Astonishing Family Science Weekends
Butlin’s Astonishing Family Science Weekend reviewed by parents
Butlin’s new Astonishing Family Science Weekends are designed to give children aged six to 14 a taste of how science works in everyday life. Lucy Dimbylow visited the Bognor Regis resort with her children Tom, 10, and Katie, 5.
Eureka museum sleepover
The UK’s best museum sleepovers for kids
What could be better than spending a day with your child at one of the UK’s best family museums? Well, how about spending the night there...
Family science at Butlins
The best science days out for families
Looking for a great day out that's educational, too? Inspire your budding scientist with a trip to one of these brilliant, hands-on UK science centres.
TheSchoolRun great family days out map
Great family days out, recommended by parents
Looking for a great family day out? From the Kyle of Lochalsh in the north to Helston in Cornwall in the south, TheSchoolRun’s interactive Great Family Days Out Map offers hundreds of suggestions from the people who know best – real parents.
Lots of children skiing
Top tips for your family's ski holiday
Skiing holidays can take a great deal of organisation, especially if you are new to the slopes. But with our expert advice you can plough through the planning, leaving you more time to enjoy your family holiday.
Mum and daughter on a boat
Cruise holidays - what do they offer your family?
Ever thought about taking your family on a cruise holiday? We look at what could be in it for you and your children.
Kids at summer camp
The benefits of summer camps
In American movies 'summer camp' is a rite of passage. Could UK activity holidays prove to be just as popular? Providing some excellent and unusual learning opportunities, read on to find out how summer camps could benefit your child.
Dad reading to sisters
Summer activities for every age
Keeping the kids occupied over the summer holidays needn't cost an arm and a leg, or be all about plugging them into the latest video games. In fact there's absolutely heaps of fun and games to be had around the house and garden!
Summer camp boy kayaking
How to choose a great summer camp
From local council holiday schemes to residential activities, Moira Holden looks at different kinds of summer camps and childcare. Here's what you need to think about before you book a place for your child.
Child learning to canoe
Summer childcare: children's activity holidays
Summer camps not only offer brilliant and unusual activities for the kids to enjoy, they can provide a break (or much-needed childcare!) for you as well. We take a look at the different camp options.
Children playing on the beach
Keeping your child safe on holiday
Take your kids abroad with confidence by following our tips on keeping your child safe on a foreign holiday.
Bucket and spade on the beach
Top tips for safety in the sun
When your child is out in the sunshine, in the UK or abroad, they need to be protected. Follow this advice to keep them safe.
Family walking outdoors
Walking and orienteering for kids
Walking is something most of us take for granted. But did you know that regularly taking the kids on a walk has some great health and educational benefits? We take a look at what walking could offer your child.
Camping: cooking outdoors
Happy camping – the benefits of a holiday under canvas
A camping holiday in the great outdoors could be just the thing for your family this year. We explore the fun you can have and the new skills your child might learn.