Family summer

Laters school run – hey there endless days stretching out before you.

But fear not – Mumsnetters have got your back; fully versed on everything from pulling together the perfect picnic to how to win at theme parks. Here's to six weeks of F.U.N.

 



Free fun

Summer holidays can be a serious drain on the family budget. Here are 22 ways to have fun that won't break the bank.

Play schemes and fun days out

Our local editors have found all the best events in your area that are perfect for keeping your kids entertained this summer.



How to make the most of family days out

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Ah, the summer hols – sometimes a bit stressful, but always over too soon. Here's how to get every last ounce of fun out of your family's time off.

Summer snacks

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From perfect picnics to banging barbecues – if you're after a summer recipe, you'll find a great one here. You're WELCOME.



Styling it out

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Looking hot stuff when you're feeling sweaty is a tough ask – but Mumsnetters are, of course, up to the challenge.

Days out with the kids

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Whether you fancy pottering to the park or attempting a full theme park operation – find fun ideas for family days out this summer.



Family festivals

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Festivals can be brilliant events to take kids to – but you'll want to follow Mumsnetters' tips for having the best possible experience.

Seasonal spending

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Whether at home or away, the summer holidays can wreak havoc with any family's budget. Here's how to keep a rein on expenses.



My big fat Mumsnet wedding

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With wisdom distilled from MANY, many (really, so many) threads – find out how to have the elusive wedding that both you AND your guests will enjoy.

Holiday health and safety

Because nothing puts an end to the party like a trip to A&E. There's no need to panic – just read up to get clued up.



Not letting their brains turn to mush

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From best new picture books to page-turners guaranteed to grip even the most reluctant of readers, here's our pick of what's on the shelves this summer.

Under canvas with kids

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Camping with kids can provide some, ahem, unique challenges – and there really is no better time to channel your inner Boy Scout and be prepared.



"I'm bored!"

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Channel your inner Mary Poppins and suggest one of these delightful ways to pass the time. With our Fun Generator, there's NO excuse for the kids to be bored!

The anti-Ross fake tan guide (and then some)

If summer means nothing for you but the terrifying prospect of revealing bare skin and feet, let Mumsnetters buff you up an absolute treat.



Summer car journeys

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All going on a summer holiday? No more worries for a week or two – or the journeys either side, with this essential info.

At the pictures

Blockbusters, arty foreign films and everything in between – find out what to see at your nearest cinema over the summer.



Craft your way through summer

Hobbycraft have shared a bunch of crafty projects with us that are easy, fun and not too messy! Perfect for keeping DCs entertained over the summer – come rain or shine.

In flight

Travelling with small children anywhere is stressful, but airports seem the worst of the bunch. Here's how to make it plane sailing