Lift the lid on rainy day fun with Prestige
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It’s raining, it’s pouring, and the kids are finding everything boring, so how do you get through the grey month of January without losing it?
Ok, they’re back at school but there’s still the wet weekends and the no-daylight days while everyone is complaining and moaning about the slow trek back to normality after endless festive fun.
Well fear not, as Prestige has plenty of ideas to keep them occupied and maybe even allow parents and guardians to have a little ‘me’ time in the interim!
Here’s our top 10 hacks for all-weather fun.
1. Food for thought. Lots of restaurants offer 50% off food offers in January from big-chains such as Piccolinos to independent restaurants in your area. T&Cs apply (offers normally run from Sundays to Thursdays) so why not check out who is doing what. It’s a great way for the family try out different cuisines for a fraction of the price, a marvellous supper treat on Wednesday ‘hump’ day and a fab way to catch up with friends while the kids’ are at school for brunch, lunch or even afternoon tea.
2. Give it some welly! O the weather outside might be frightful, as the song goes but even if it’s bucketing it down why not instigate a ‘welly walk’ with friends and family? It’s a way of enjoying the great outdoors all wrapped up, splashing around parks and trails. There are even organised welly walks that you can join in. Check out your local parks for further info.
3. Make hay while the sun doesn’t shine! Budgets are tight in this most miserable of months which entertainment giants from bowling alleys to cinemas know too well. That’s why they are giving discounts and great deals that you can make the most of. For example, Vue cinemas has nationwide discounts on Mondays, ideal to sneak off for a ‘me time’ matinée or a cheap way for the whole family to watch the latest blockbusters such as The Last Jedi, Paddington 2 and Jumaji, for a fraction of the normal price, click here for details.
4. Batching fun: Wallets are empty and waistlines are bulging at this time of year, so no doubt like every family in the UK you’re looking at ways to lose weight or just get plain healthy. Bulk buy veg taking advantage of those supermarket ‘super six’ and other deals and make Sunday a family batch cooking day. Kids can be involved in the prep and can even make some healthy snacks from scratch. It’s a way to keep all the family busy, make cheap veg last and stock up the freezer so you have healthy family meals throughout the working week. Prestige has the best healthy food hacks you can read in our blog on how to get your family eating healthy in 2018.
5. Home sweet home: Um decluttering, not exactly the most exciting of activities but if you look at the hacks which are treats such as meals out and cinema experiences these could also be considered incentives (or as parents’ call them bribes). So why not challenge youngsters to sort out their wardrobes, games, or even a whole bedroom, in return for a discounted tea or film? It will keep them busy, save you a chore and decluttering is renowned for helping us all feel better knowing that the cupboards can be opened rather than hiding a messy horror. Bargain.
6. Board games: Making a resurgence with all the bearded hipsters and these are fun to do with the family if you’re looking for ways of spending a rainy afternoon without resorting to electronic babysitters. Golden oldies such as Monopoly offer city and updated versions and there’s a raft of new fun board games. If the coffers are low, good old fashion card games are a cheap alternative with plenty of apps on how to play different games. Beware though, these can be strangely addictive.
7. Arty smarty: Art galleries and museums often have free sections and are a great culture fix, especially if you research and involve youngsters on what the exhibition is before you go. You may get a few ‘ughhs’ but many galleries have family-friendly exhibits this time of year that should appeal from Star Wars to Barbie.
8. Organised chaos: There are a host of organised winter adventures and days out from the National Trust to theme parks. Check out Visit England for events in your area, click here.
9. Sowing the seeds: Get down to earth with the kids and tidy up your garden as we promise Spring will be here sooner than you think (two months and counting). It’s the perfect time to rake up the leaves, clear lawns and tidy up beds as the recent storms should have blown away the last remaining leaves. A couple of hours of hard graft and ‘help’ from youngsters will leave them tired and exercised, and you will have a tidy garden ready for the lighter days and planting.
10. Burns Night: January 25th is Burns night and there’s a host of fun to be had. Why not have you own family Burns night with the traditional meal of cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by the traditional pudding of clootie dumplings. No idea what that is – this handy BBC link will tell you all you need to know.