Activities for children

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Why I love being leader of the cub scout pack | Hilary Osborne
Being an akela is the best way to switch off and have fun – and 90,000 children are on the scouts waiting list…

Hilary Osborne

19, Jun, 2022 @6:45 AM

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From sundae stations to snorkel trails – 30 ideas for cheap fun this summer
A great summer doesn’t need to cost a fortune – or anything, in fact. All you need is our wallet-friendly guide

Rhiannon Batten. Illustrations: Hannah Robinson

04, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Adventurous play boosts children’s mental health, study finds
Research comes as one of Europe’s biggest indoor play centres is set to open in Wetherby, Yorkshire

Sally Weale Education correspondent

20, May, 2022 @11:27 AM

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Children of the stones: family fun in Avebury, Wiltshire
Speckled piglets, yoga classes, stone circles and woodland camps to build… Avebury is a delight for adults and kids alike

Nazia Parveen

30, Mar, 2022 @6:00 AM

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A twist on Oliver: a Dickens-themed family holiday in Broadstairs, Kent
A Victorian cottage paying homage to Oliver Twist is the perfect place for children to indulge in make-believe. Plus seven more magical themed places to stay in the UK

Gemma Bowes

21, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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We walked the world’s longest suspension bridge in Portugal’s natural playground
In Arouca Geopark near Porto, my sons dared each other to tackle white-water rafting and a scary, record-breaking bridge

Oliver Balch

06, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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School’s out! Enjoy the freedom without breaking the bank
Making sure children have fun is a challenge. Here’s how… our guide to keeping them busy on a budget

Shane Hickey, Rupert Jones and Hilary Osborne

25, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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10 challenging UK outdoor adventures for children and teenagers
Activities like hiking, cycling, surfing and kayaking are ideal for enjoying nature as a family. Take your kids’ skills to the next level on one of these advanced trips this half term

Sam Haddad

27, May, 2021 @10:41 AM

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10 of the best outdoor activity days out available from 29 March
As restrictions in England ease to allow groups of up to six to meet outside, we pick 10 adventures to enjoy with family or friends

Rachel Dixon

26, Mar, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Family lockdown activities for half-term: chosen by readers
Travelling the world one dinner at a time is proving popular, but readers also have outdoor ideas involving oaks, fairies and common-or-garden weeds

Guardian readers

11, Feb, 2021 @11:00 AM

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10 fun ways to entertain kids over half-term
Escape that Groundhog day feeling by trying out our creative tips on cooking, crafting, ‘camping’, and chucking stuff at Dad

Gemma Bowes

06, Feb, 2021 @7:07 AM

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Family fun and coasteering in Tenby, Wales
Scrambling up and jumping off Pembrokeshire’s wild coastline is an exhilarating activity for kids – but will mum also take the plunge?

Sam Haddad

18, Sep, 2020 @5:30 AM

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