We’re right in the middle of the school Easter holidays so, if you’re running out of ideas for keeping your teens entertained, here are four activity ideas that’ll make them feel grown-up…
How’s your Easter break going so far? If you’ve already exhausted all the holiday activities, museums and movies, today’s blog post might help you to keep “I’m bored…” at bay for a few more days. It can be especially tough to entertain teens without them feeling like they’ve been dragged along to an activity ‘for kids’, so I’ve come up some suggestions that appear grown-up.
TAKE A TRIP TO THE CAPITAL
Wherever you are in the country, a trip to London is an exciting adventure for a teen. Even if you live in a London borough, your teens might not have had much chance to explore the city itself. It doesn’t need to cost a lot to enjoy a day out in London – the exciting thing for teens is simply that you’re visiting the capital and seeing all the sights.
There’s often off-peak trains and buses that can get you into London on a budget, and there’s always a special deal available during school holidays. Teens can get 50% off a rail ticket with a child’s fare until they are 15 years old and from ages 16-25, they can get a railcard to get 1/3 off train fares.
Once you’re there, you can spend all day wandering around the centre of London, photographing landmarks and nipping into museums and galleries, most of which are free of charge. This can even be helpful for their coursework if they’re studying history or art at school! If you fancy going for a meal while you’re in the city, search online for restaurant recommendations before you go to check out menus and prices in advance.
GO FOR A GROWN-UP AFTERNOON TEA
Sure, it’s easy enough to entertain little ones with a low-cost picnic in the park, but teens can be less impressed with al fresco eating. Instead, why not treat them to a grown-up lunch experience at a favourite hotel or stately home? Surprise them with an afternoon tea for two gift voucher and give them the freedom to choose which restaurant they want to visit locally.
Then you can book a table together knowing that everything is taken care of in advance and there won’t be any surprises on the bill. You and your teen can really make the most of the occasion by getting dressed up and taking plenty of Instagram-worthy photos of the tiered cake stand laden with delicious goodies.
GET LOCKED IN (OR NOT!) TO AN ESCAPE ROOM
I recently had my first ever experience of an escape room and now I’m hooked. And I can see just how entertaining it can be for teenagers. A group of us visited Suffolk Escape Room to solve a mystery in an original war time Nissen hut within one hour. I enjoyed the fact that it was a themed experience and all the props were spot on, which made it feel a very realistic scenario.
Escape rooms are exciting and challenging, and it’ll really help to improve the way your family communicates with each other. I also think it would be a great way to help your teen develop their problem-solving skills without them realising that they’re learning during the school holidays! There are escape rooms all around the country so do a search online for the closest location to you and book a session!
VISIT A FACTORY
I’m a big fan of those factory programmes on TV – you know; ‘how it’s made’ and ‘inside the factory’ etc. I’m fascinated by the processes behind all the things we use on a daily basis and I find it a real treat to visit a factory in real life to get a glimpse behind the scenes. So really, this option is as exciting for me as it would be for a teen and I’m sure a tour of a nearby factory will be educational too.
I visited Station 119 brewery for a tour at the weekend and it was absolutely fascinating to hear about the process from start to finish. Plus, the machinery makes for some great industrial instagram photos! Likewise, I visited the Munchy Seeds factory on an open day and it was sooo interesting – and the best part was tasting all the treats at the end of the tour!
What do you think of my suggestions for keeping your teenager entertained during the school holidays? What other ideas do you have for days out or activities? Please share your tips in the comments below 🙂
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Thanks so much Pip, I’m glad my blog post has given you some ideas 🙂
Absolutely great ideas. I have 2 teenage boys and struggle to find things to do. London is only an hours train ride from me so this is definitely on my list. Love your blog by the way