Top buys to keep the kids happy over summer!


The summer holidays are upon us! Whilst it’s great to be able to spend more time with the kids when they’re off school over summer, it can sometimes be difficult to think of enough activities to keep them occupied! 

Here are some our best finds from across UK retailers to help you keep the kids happy and entertained over the summer holidays. You never know, you might enjoy joining in too!

Garden toys and games

Kids love to get out in the garden at any opportunity – often come rain or shine! Garden games are loads of fun and the good news is there’s plenty of choice – from sand pits to water toys, kites to paddling pools, there’s absolutely no excuse for them getting bored! For garden games galore to keep them occupied all day, head to John Lewis.

For younger kids, the Early Learning Centre have lots to keep them entertained all day long, from hop along animals to wheelbarrow sets.

We also love these giant retro garden games, which are fun for all the family to get involved, and this innovative throw and catch game the Funslinger – be warned, this one is highly addictive!

Get sporty

Encouraging your little one to be the next superstar footballer or Grand Slam tennis pro? There’s a sport out there for everyone and kids love to try things out. So head over to specialist kids sports retailer Little Big Sports to pick up some gear to get them in training!

Food and fun

Enjoying the warm weather doesn’t have to mean being active – there are some more sedate options too! Kids young and old love a picnic, and they’re usually pretty good fun for the adults too! For everything from picnic hampers and picnic backpacks to rugs, flasks, coolbags and more, visit the Picnic Shop.

Rainy day activities

Garden games and sports are perfect for when the sun is shining but what about when rain stops play? For crafty kids, Hobbycraft have an almost endless selection of kits and accessories to ‘make your own’. You’ll probably want to get some table and floor protectors in as well!

Alternatively, you can’t beat a good board game – especially if you’ve a number of hours in the day to fill! Kids toy store Smyths have lots of board games to suit all interests and ages.

Tipi fun

Give your little ones their own special space to play with a tipi. Outdoor tipis provide a cool play space and you can be safe in the knowledge that the kids are safe and out of the sun. With a range of sizes from 6 foot up to 10 foot, WigWamSam are sure to have the perfect outdoor play space to inspire. 

If you’re looking for a tipi as a cute yet practical indoor play space, there are some beautiful handmade ones available.  For a gorgeous selection for both boys and girls, visit specialist retailer My Wee Teepee.