If you need some help finding ideas, there are some great lists on websites, such as this one on money saving expert.
2. Arrange get-togethers
If your children are young, arrange with other families to meet up in a park and take a picnic along. If your kids are older, offering to take them to a friend’s house, or suggesting they host a get-together at your home can get them engaging with others rather than staying stuck in their bedroom on their own.
3. Set some ground rules
I’ve seen some brilliant ideas on how to do this on social media, such as writing a list of things you expect your children/teens to do before they are allowed online. These include: washing, getting dressed, eating breakfast, tidying their room, helping with a particular chore (such as hanging out washing), spending a certain amount of time playing outside, another chunk of time reading, some more time doing something creative (perhaps an ongoing project) or interacting with others. They may grumble at first, but it will soon become a new routine for the holidays – and it helps everyone to know what is expected. You will probably also need to stipulate how long the screen time lasts for too.
4. Check out the local summer clubs
It may be that local churches, schools or sports centres hold summer clubs. This can be a great way of providing new activities for your children to enjoy – and gives you a bit of a break too.
5. Get them involved in cooking
Depending on their age, you can get your children to take it in turns to either assist you when cooking dinner or plan and execute it themselves.
Whatever plans you decide to make, offer them up to God and ask that he will help you all enjoy the time that you have together. As one mum reminded me today, we generally only have 18 summers with our children at home, so let’s make sure the whole family enjoys them!