It may seem as though we’ve barely put away the heavy coats and thermals of winter, but the long summer holiday is looming.
And, while we hope for another blissful heatwave, with a bit of forward planning your summer can be just as wonderful and memorable.
Of course, it seems ages away, but it won’t be long before the hairdresser is asking what you’re going to be getting up to this year.
Working parents struggle with the long school holidays cobbling together child-care and making sure their children don’t feel abandoned.
For them the answer might lie in one of the many summer camps or activity sessions. There are many sporty camps on your doorstep and Glasgow Life has an extensive programme of activities planned throughout its plethora of museums and galleries.
However, specific sports clubs also frequently offer fun-packed sessions to keep children busy and teach them something new. Try your local tennis club, the nearest football club, sailing centre, equestrian stables or athletics club. The intense nature of a week of teaching can improve children’s ability and understanding of the sport considerably.
For those less sporty, there are plenty of opportunities to learn something new or develop a budding skill. The local theatre, try the Beacon Arts Centre, may have a summer project, as might your nearest dance studio or visual arts centre (Rig Arts).
You’ll even find that nurseries and afterschool clubs turn their hand to holiday clubs during the long break. Ask what’s on offer, even if your child doesn’t normally attend during the term-time. You’ll find planned activities, games and fun that will free you to go to work and dish up lots of fun for your youngster.
Of course if you’re at home with your youngsters too this summer, then if you’re all to have a great time, it’s a good idea to do a bit of planning.
A schedule of days out will certainly mean the time passes without them wailing “I’m bored. I don’t know what to do”.
And days out don’t need to be extravagant either. Firstly, start looking around now for vouchers and discount offers that you can use later.
The likes of Park Life Deals, Itison and Groupon often have special offers that would work in the next few weeks. Please check the small print though. The added advantage of this is you are spreading the cost.
Voucher schemes from supermarkets or big brands are also worth looking at. Kellogg’s has a promotion at the moment and ScotRail has a kids go free scheme if you travel by train.
There are dozens of things to do locally that don’t cost very much – if anything at all. Most of the country’s museums are free to visit and if you check their websites you’ll find a host of activities.
Fruit picking is great fun and usually you only pay for what you collect.
Your local country park is likely to have a schedule of activities at little or no cost to get your kids a bit closer to nature and burning off some energy.
Of course, when it comes to using energy the Commonwealth Games is going to dominate this summer’s landscape. Of course, your children are too young to make this year’s squad, but there are dozens of ways they can become part of it.
Whether you’re going to follow the baton as it makes its way across the country or seek out activities from the Glasgow 2014 programme – both sporting and culture, there’s plenty going on. The city – and its surrounding areas – is undoubtedly going to be the place to be during the summer of 2014.