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How to get your kids active this summer

Getting kids active in the summer months can be a challenge when there are so many enticing things at home, like televisions, games consoles and tablets to enjoy. However, in the warm months of the year, with no school and some time off work, it’s important to keep the kids active. Here’s how to get your kids active this summer.

How to get your kids active

Planning things to do to fill the time during the summer months can be a challenge for parents, especially if you’re coming up short with ideas. Fortunately for you, our helpful guide is here to give you some inspiration. First of all, you’ll need to think of things that your kids will enjoy, activities that will get them up off the couch and out the front door.

Here are six ideas for you to consider when trying to get your kids active:

  • Days out at parks
  • Museums and attractions
  • Camping
  • Gardening
  • Keep their mind active
  • Chill Factore

Days out at parks

A great way to spend some hours outdoors with the kids is to head to a local park and enjoy the scenery. Feed some ducks at a pond, play on the swings and climbing frame in the playground, and have a kickabout in the sunshine.

Head down to Whitworth Park to enjoy all of the above outdoor activities. There’s a children’s playground for under 12s and beautiful scenery for a leisurely stroll. It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors. If you have a dog, you can take them along for a walk too. But be sure to keep them on their lead at all times.

Museums and attractions

If you’re wondering how to get your kids active during the summer months, don’t discount the many museums available to you. In Manchester, there are several opportunities to visit museums to learn about a wide variety of topics.

If you’re a football fan, you can pay a visit to the National Football Museum to experience a stunning look back at historical moments in the history of the beautiful game, with tons of memorabilia to spot.

There’s also the Science and Industry Museum, filled with incredible learning opportunities. Manchester was the world’s first industrial city and this museum is a place full of amazing objects and revolutionary ideas that changed the world forever. Take the kids here for the afternoon to keep their minds active as well as their bodies.


Another opportunity to get the kids active and out of the house is to spend a night or two actually outdoors. Stock up on food essentials and lots of other treats, a tent and sleeping bags, and head to a local camping spot.

The kids will have the time of their lives roasting marshmallows over the campfire, and you can all treat it like a mini-break away from day-to-day life. In the daytime, take the kids on a long woodland walk to sample the sights and, hopefully, spot some wildlife! Finish the day off with cooking food around a campfire and a night of laughter and bonding.

Who knows, the kids could love it so much that a little camping trip might become a regular fixture for your family.


If you’re struggling for ideas around how to get the kids active this summer, but don’t want to head out of the house, there’s always the possibility of keeping them energised in the garden.

Let them help you pull up some weeds, plant some flowers and water them, and maybe even mow the lawn! For children of certain ages, these activities - and the chance to help mum and dad - is such an exciting opportunity.

Is there any painting needed in the garden? Let the kids grab a brush and get painting. An afternoon in the sunshine out in the garden is a wholesome and exciting (and cheap!) way of keeping the kids entertained.

Keep their mind active

Another good idea when thinking about how to keep the kids active is to make sure their mind is active. This could involve historical tours of the city to learn more about what came before them, or even puzzles at home to keep them busy.

During the summer holidays, it’s important to keep children’s minds active because of the drop-off in terms of learning hours per day. Setting up little tasks for them throughout the day can be a good way of keeping their minds active.

Family fun at Chill Factore

Finally, consider a day out at Chill Factore for the kids!

There’s no need to haul the whole family from one location to another because you can please everyone, from the adrenaline enthusiast to the chilled observer, at Chill Factore.

Near one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, The Trafford Centre, Chill Factore is packed with fun things to do for the whole family. We’re home to the longest real snow slope in the UK (180 metres!). And what says fun more than real snow? From sledging and sliding to ski lessons, we’ve got something for everyone. There’s even a comfortable viewing gallery for the less active, so you can sit back, enjoy a coffee, and watch the excitement unfold.

As well as fun on the slopes, we also have a restaurant - The Lodge Bar & Kitchen - where the whole family can enjoy delicious food and drink at great prices.

Check out the tickets for our snow park and ski lessons for the whole family today.

If you’d like to speak to a member of staff to find out more about what fun you can have at Chill Factore, contact us on 0161 749 2222 or email us at

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