Lots of people that we buy static caravans from tell us about the wonderful holidays they have enjoyed with their grandchildren. In fact that is often a big reason people buy a static caravan in the first place. Making lovely memories with our families is really important. Now that the school summer holidays have started, how do you occupy your grandchildren when they are staying with you in your static caravan?
One of the main benefits of owning a static caravan is the proximity to the great outdoors. Whether that is rugged coastline, seaside with sandy beaches or the countryside with beautiful scenery. Children love to run around and explore new places; collecting shells, pebbles, conkers or pine cones. They enjoy simple pleasures like running down a hill or climbing over a stile. But they also get fed up quickly and can also tire easily when they are young.
Planning lots of short activities with rest time in between will make sure the little ones (and the grandparents) keep their energy levels up. Also, trying to keep to their normal routines can save a few tears. Aim to have regular meal times, snacks and even naps or a bit of downtime in front of the TV will keep everyone happy. If grandma and granddad like to watch the lunchtime news (or Bargain Hunt) then make that the time the grandchildren get to play on their tablet or phone before heading out on another adventure.
Stately homes and castles are always great days out with young children. Chose one with a kids treasure trail or similar so that you can enjoy the history, architecture and interiors while the children race around following the trail finding clues. Don’t forget to bring plenty of money for ice cream and the inevitable gift shop though! Check out the National Trust, English Heritage or National Trust for Scotland for places to visit in your area.
Larger static caravan parks often have great children’s entertainment either during the day or in the evening. Trying a new activity or sport or dancing at a kids disco will be remembered by your grandchildren – don’t forget to take lots of photographs. And if the children have brought their parents along, evenings are a chance for them to enjoy some time without their children whilst you babysit for them!
Older children and teenagers are also well catered for at larger Parks with lots of activities aimed at them. They might meet other young people also away with their grandparents and could enable you to meet other owners on your Park you hadn’t met before.
If the weather isn’t great keep some board games in your caravan. These days families are often so busy they don’t get chance to play games together. Teaching your grandchildren to play Monopoly or a card game will provide hours of fun and competition – just don’t let them win every time!
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