Three weeks down, three to go! If you’ve got school age children, you’ll know what a nightmare it can be to keep them amused during the summer holiday. It’s not like the old days when your mum used to send you off in the morning with an apple and see you 8 hours later at bedtime.
As a number of our staff here at Attic Self Storage are doting modern parents we’ve cobbled together a list of tips and ideas for filling the time between now and September.
Okay, admittedly this is only going to keep them amused for 90 minutes or so, unless you drop them off early and make them sit through endless commercials for products and services that you have no intention of buying them. For pre-teens there’s a raft of summer movies that might appeal – plastic toys and animals are the stars this season with Toy Story IV, The Lion King, and The Secret Life of Pets 2.
For older children we’d recommend buying them a GoPro camera and encouraging them to go out and make their own feature film that gets thousands of views on YouTube and gives them instant celebrity status.
Attic Self Storage has branches conveniently located near London’s green open spaces. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is right next door to our Wick Lane branch (and Victoria Park’s not far either), while our York Way branch is well placed for Caledonian Park, Regent’s Park and a short hop from Hampstead Heath. Relive the England of Enid Blyton’s imagination by packing a wicker basket with your children’s favourite food, fizzy drinks and fruit. Bring a blanket, a Frisbee, a football, sunblock, an umbrella and a first aid kit just to make sure you’re ready for anything that might be thrown at you, including Frisbees and hailstones.
The summer holiday is a perfect time to take an organised tourist trip down the Thames to Greenwich. Or D.I.Y by hiring a pedalo in the shape of a giant swan in the Olympic Park. Rowing boats are back on the lake in the middle of Victoria Park. Or take your youngsters canoeing on the River Lea, Grand Union or Regent’s Canal and meet the wildlife. Healthy hint: don’t feed the ducks bread, offer them seeds, sweetcorn, peas, oats, rice or torn up bits of lettuce. (Basically all the salad stuff from the picnic that the kids didn’t eat).
Why not introduce your children to the ancient concept of trees, grass, plants, flowers and exercise? This may prove to have limited appeal with teenagers as most forests don’t have free Wi-Fi, 3D goggles, or access to Minecraft, Fortnite or FIFA 19. Virtual reality still can’t beat real reality for younger kids though. Gasp with pride as they discover walking, running, jumping, pushing one another into stinging nettles, leaping over wasp’s nests and climbing 30 metre high oak trees unassisted. Hmmm, maybe not.
Head to Brighton if you like crowds and shingle, but we’d recommend catching a train to somewhere with a nice sandy beach. Camber Sands in East Sussex, Botany Bay in Kent or Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex. Enjoy making sandcastles, eating sandwiches filled with real sand and watching psychotic seagulls dive bombing people for their chips. Great fun for the whole family.
If you have a look online you’ll find plenty of free sports on offer to keep your children active during the holidays. These guys are offering great sessions in Islington and Hackney: https://accesstosports.org.uk/summer2019/
And finally, may we recommend the ultimate fun day out in London:
Bring your whole family to one of Attic Self Storage’s branches for a free tour of our futuristic facilities. If you are already a customer, you trust your child, and they can reach the electronic keypad, you can get them to key in your unique 8-digit pin-code to gain entry. Show them our marvellous automatic lighting system, which illuminates the corridor in front of them as they hurtle along it. Get them to help you load the goods lift and store your prized possessions away in your very own secure unit.
Yes, for a real summer holiday treat why not get your little ones to tidy up their rooms, de-clutter their cuddly toys and embrace the unbridled excitement of having an Attic Self Storage unit? Who needs Disneyland, when we’ve got free bowls of sweets in reception?