Summer is the ideal time to round up your friends and family and head to the park for some outdoor fun. With some great weather forecast for the coming months and plenty of activities available, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. The good news is, with over 27,000 parks and green spaces throughout the UK, there’s probably one close by to you. Here’s what you need for a fun day in the park.
Toys and games
Parks provide the perfect environment in which to relax and have fun with friends and family. So, when packing for a day at the park, don’t forget to take a good selection of games and toys along with you. Ask them to pick 5 of their favourite toys to play with during the day, that way they can be entertained throughout and you don't have to carry around a huge bag. If they find it hard to pick, then narrow it down for them by categories for example if you have a huge Disney fan then get them to pick 5. Luckily for them, we have a massive collection of Disney toys
that you can treat them to. What’s great is that not everyone has to join in, allowing those who don’t want to be active to kick back and relax instead.
Team sports are ideal activities for the park, particularly if there are several people in your group. Rounders and tennis are good options, with these sports suitable for all ages and abilities. French cricket is a very social game and really easy to play without a pitch. All that’s really needed is a bat and a tennis ball, as the batter’s leg is used as the wicket. Get your family or friends together for a match and make a day of it. You may also want to pack a football, boules or tennis racquets.
Fun activities for the park go beyond team sports. Good ideas for toys to take with you include a frisbee (probably the most underrated summertime activity!), a kite, water guns and water balloons and bucket and spade. Taking plenty of toys and games with you will ensure that no-one gets bored. There will always be something to keep everyone entertained and if you're short for ideas, then we are the pound shop
you need for the perfect toys and inspiration!
Food and drink
Whether you’re playing games or relaxing on the grass and catching some rays, it’s only a matter of time until you get hungry and thirsty whilst at the park. So, rather than spending a fortune at the on-site café, why not bring along a picnic? Picnics are a lot of fun, and they don’t have to be difficult to prepare either. There are plenty of picnic recipes online, or you can pick up some tasty bites from your local deli if you want to avoid spending time in the kitchen. Don’t forget to include plenty of drinks to make sure everyone stays hydrated. To add a little specialness to proceedings, why not include some fizz and plastic flutes for the adults? To make your al fresco dining experience more comfortable, make sure you pack a blanket. There may be seating available at your local park, but on a gorgeous day, it’s likely to be limited. A soft blanket will provide somewhere to eat and relax throughout the day.
Sun protection essentials
Long days in the park are a lot of fun, however, the summer sun can be harmful if you’re not careful. You need to take steps to protect your skin from the sun as soon as you step outside. Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause sunburn and eye damage, and what’s more is that it’s the number one cause of skin cancer. Fortunately, sunscreen with a high SPF can help to protect your skin from the sun’s powerful rays. It’s also a good idea to stay in the shade as much as possible, especially when the sun is at its strongest. You may also want to take insect repellent along with you too. You’re likely to encounter many insects during your day in the park, however, you can reduce bites by applying bugspray liberally.
Fun-packed days in the park over summer can create many happy memories, so it makes sense to capture them. So, make sure you either charge up your smartphone or bring along your camera. You may want to consider packing a portable charger to ensure your device doesn’t run out of battery when you want to use it the most. You only have so many summers with your kids whilst they are young but taking photos of special moments will allow you to hold on to them for longer.
The UK has some amazing parks and green spaces, so there’s likely to be a great one not too far from you. When you arrive, choose a spot that’s not too far from facilities like toilets, especially if you have kids with you. This will make your trip far more convenient and enjoyable. Apply sunscreen and relax, either playing games and sports or soaking up the summer sun. Take their favourite toys with them that they can play with when they get tired, after all nothing beats playing with Thomas & Friends whilst basking in the sun. A trip to the park in summer is one of the UK’s most favourite pastimes, with families and friends coming together to have fun and unwind outdoors.
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