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Five free ways to keep your kids entertained this summer

Summer is upon us and if your little monsters are prone to complain that they’re bored after just a week take a look at our ideas to keep them entertained and out of harm’s way.

Children running on towpath Children running on towpath

Check out your local library

When was the last time you took a trip to your local library? Do you even own a library card? The UK has over 4,000 libraries and, as well as lending out a humongous range of children’s books, many of them run events especially for children. Whether it’s craft-making, story-time or creative writing there’s bound to be something taking place at your nearest library.

DucksFeed the ducks

This activity never gets old and there are always plenty of ducks grateful for the odd snack. Be creative with the snacks though - avoid giving them bread and instead treat them to left-overs like salads, rice and peas. Have fun finding out what your local ducks like to eat.

Be a tourist in your own town

If you take your town for granted why not get reacquainted with it this summer? Have a wander and challenge your kids to spot the oldest building by their date stone. Find out about local events and markets – most towns and villages have their own website full of local information. You could event explore your local museum. If it’s a little dull invent a game to play with the kids. What’s the biggest or smallest thing they can find in a display case?

Get creative with cardboard boxes

Forget about the contents. The packaging is where it’s at. Next time you’re at the supermarket pick up a few spare cardboard boxes and challenge your children to turn them into space rockets, Ferraris or teddy bear houses. Encourage them to decorate their creations using cut outs from old magazines or newspapers. Hours of fun for next to nothing.

A group of girls spotting wildlife by the Montgomery CanalTake a trip to the water

We’re the Canal & River Trust so of course we’d say this but our inland waterways really do offer everything you need to have a memorable day out with your whole family. To help inspire you on your visit we’ve prepared a series of local guides with activity ideas for youngsters. Spot some colourful narrowboats, feed the ducks or simply enjoy a picnic down by your local lock.

Last date edited: 12 August 2016