Bank holidays have been a fixture of British life for decades. They are a chance to enjoy a long weekend, indulging in whatever you like to do. It could be relaxing in the garden enjoying the latest best seller, or entertaining friends and family. If you have young children and teenagers, however, it often means finding activities that they will all enjoy.
Stay at Home
The garden is a great space, no matter how big or small and can be the perfect setting for quality family time.
Encourage imaginative play by providing everyday items and setting the kids a challenge of building a fort – it needs to be completed by lunch because it is the venue for lunch!
Messy play is also good for children of all ages but for obvious reasons, indoors is not the best place for it. Painting with sponges, brushes, hands and feet are great for producing artwork masterpieces, without staining interior walls and surfaces.
Putting on a play is a confidence building activity. Get friends and neighbours involved, inviting an audience for an early evening premiere, complete with front row rattan garden seats and a tasty buffet or BBQ.
Make the garden a pleasant outdoor space and a continuation of indoor rooms with an outdoor sofa for lounging on, as well as outdoor table and chairs for al fresco dining.
Sometimes, even when the sun is shining and you have spent hours in the garden, to break the monotony, you need to get your family out of the house.
There will be many events and places to visit in your locality but again, spending heaps of cash don’t always guarantee a good time. It’s important to support local businesses too, like visiting the local farm and enjoy learning about farm animals, where food comes from and how food products are made.
Keeping a Grip on It All
However great having the family home is on public holidays and school holidays, it can place a strain on both the interior and exterior of the home – and the solution is quick and easily accessible storage solutions.
Toy boxes and blanket boxes are perfect for a quick ‘5-minute tidy up’ when guests call, as well as keeping a semblance of order in the home and in the garden.
However, you don’t want the style to be compromised which is why you need these great ideas;
- Reclaimed wood storage units work well in any interior design scheme. Stylish and functional, a four-rattan drawer wooden unit is great for keeping in the playroom, dining room or lounge.
- Blanket boxes were a common feature in homes of old and this chunky, yet delightful blanket box can be used for storing linen or kid’s toys. Made to measure to your requirements, the box is stylish enough for the bedroom and the lounge, it is a versatile piece of rustic furniture that will grow with your family.
- Combining storage with another function is always worth considering, which is why this reclaimed wood blanket box works well as both a storage unit, as well as a coffee table. Great in the lounge it is also robust enough for daily use in the garden too, pairing well with rattan furniture or any other garden set you have.
Making your garden a great place to be for both adults and kids is a great way to get outdoors without having to face the traffic this bank holiday weekend – and the results are sure to last all summer long!