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If you are going somewhere on holiday where it is BOUND to be bloomin' raining, what are you taking to amuse the kids?

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Enid Tue 17-Jul-07 15:02:36

apart from patience and cash obv

We have dds - 7, 4 and 1

am taking monopoly, uno, nintendo ds, lots of colouring books and pencils, blow up ball for dd3

MilaMae Tue 17-Jul-07 17:22:23

twin boys nearly 4 & dd2

Charlie and Lola sticker books
dot to dot books
fuzzy felt
magic sticker sets
those picture pads you scratch with a coin
gel pens
Kids Knex
carry along Thomas sets (going by car does have it's advantages at times)

huge crate of wine for me and some Strepsils to ease all the shouting I'll be doing

will watch with interest to see other ideas

HedTwigg Tue 17-Jul-07 17:23:25

wellington boots .. raincoats .. buckets and spades

lots of towels

moondog Tue 17-Jul-07 17:26:42

I don't cart crap around
Maybe some books
Otherwise,force them out into the rain or swim,swim, swim.

I have spent 6years^ in various pools aronud the globe with me kids.

Enid Tue 17-Jul-07 17:27:58

we have no pool

but there is an excellent local pool 20 mins away

Enid Tue 17-Jul-07 17:28:33

"I have spent 6years^ in various pools aronud the globe with me kids."

hark at her

moondog Tue 17-Jul-07 17:29:38

Er,I hasten to add that most have been in rather dreary spots.

Local leisure centre complete with used sanitary towels on lockers and poo stains in the loo good enough for yer?

FioFioJane Tue 17-Jul-07 17:29:45

itsd one of those fold away paddling pools though I reckon

moondog Tue 17-Jul-07 17:30:44

Swimming knackers them like nowt else thus on return you can leave them to gawp at tv while yuo lounge about/sip wine/peruse papers with a clear conscience.

Also doubles as a good wash.

moondog Tue 17-Jul-07 17:31:33

I buy various things that you throw to the bottom of the pool and urge them to dive for in manner of performing seals.

Again,knackering which is good.

Enid Tue 17-Jul-07 17:32:08


dh will start crying if we haver to go to municipal french pool (speedos oblig) every day though

moondog Tue 17-Jul-07 17:34:09


Just back form nasty experiences in French territories with same unbendable rule.Dh sat in the stalls with a book rather than facethe humiliation.Oh,and you forget obligatory rubber hats for all.I nearly scalped ds (2) levering it on.

moondog Tue 17-Jul-07 17:34:23

Where are you going Enid?

roisin Tue 17-Jul-07 17:43:10

We are going to the Isle of Mull on Friday - daily rain is pretty much guaranteed. We will be taking:

Walking boots, waterproofs, binoculars, and midge repellant
Plenty of clean/dry clothes!

Gameboys and DSs
Games - Mastermind and Connect 4 are popular
Notebooks and pens
Paper and colour pens and pencils


moondog Tue 17-Jul-07 17:44:18

Oooh Roisin,that sounds like an interesting place.
Far better than some roasting Med beach surrounded by oiks.

roisin Tue 17-Jul-07 20:53:29

We went last year Moondog, and it's the first time we've ever gone straight back to the same place!

In a week there we saw golden eagles, sea eagles, red deer, fallow deer, otter, common seal, grey seal, harbour porpoise, and loads and loads of seabirds.

The boys adored it, and I can't wait to go again

moondog Tue 17-Jul-07 22:31:29

I fancy a cruise around those islands (OMG, must be getting old!) and i would love to go tpo St. Kilda.

scattyspice Tue 17-Jul-07 22:35:52

Mull's lovely roisin.

We went to Arran last year (rain+++). Went to the beach in wellies and macs everyday.

ChudleyMintonCanons Tue 17-Jul-07 22:42:33

small box of lego
crayons, paper, stickers
a comic each
portable DVD player & popcorn
rush hour (doubles up as toy cars)
will let them choose some playmobil in the hypermarket when we get there
bat & ball, football
buckets & spades and fishing nets

Enid Wed 18-Jul-07 10:28:05


wet, stormy, rainy Brittany

ChudleyMintonCanons Wed 18-Jul-07 13:26:32

See you there enid!
We're going here next week. Is the weather forecast bad?

robinpud Wed 18-Jul-07 13:36:11

Story cds for the car, mp3 players for when they can't bear each other or dh and I want a decent conversation.
top trumps /watercolours/ elderly half broken digital camera for them to tinker with/
dvd and video in case there is such a thing in the place
selection of crap wrapped in tissue paper and thrown into the back of the car at irregular intervals as "treat"

If going camping PROPER WINE GLASSES as these are proven to be medically essential.

{{As an aside Enid, had hilarious experience with a friends' dh at a pool in Brittany. He had boardies on and Madame behind desk explained they were not suitable. she then held up teeny tiny pair of speedos and assessed him over her glasses. She frowned, replaced them and got out a slightly larger pair. She sighed loudly, replaced them with a more commodious pair and then handed them to him with a disdainful look and an audible tusk. He was humiliated- not a large man but quite reduced by the end of it!)

moondog Wed 18-Jul-07 13:41:14

lol Robin.
Exactly my dh's experience.

ChudleyMintonCanons Wed 18-Jul-07 13:45:11

that has reminded me to dig out DH's emergency nutcrunchers. He's never had to wear them, but i fear this may be the year.

moondog Wed 18-Jul-07 13:45:43


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