Boys who love cars will no doubt want to head along to the nearest supermarket where Team Hot Wheels is on tour.
The adrenaline-fuelled TEAM HOT WHEELS is zooming on down to an Asda, Tesco or TOYS R US and kids are invited to TAKE THE CHALLENGE, get in the driver’s seat and contest friends and family behind the wheel by getting involved in cool challenges to receive free Hot Wheels goodies!
There's also a chance to be named the UK’s best driver by entering an awesome competition to win the ultimate road trip; an amazing ride-to-school in a cool Hot Wheels car driven by a Team Hot Wheels driver!
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Your best free tips
We've had some great tips coming in for the holidays from entrants to our National Trust competition - and it looks like most of you are watching the pennies, because you've come up with some great suggestions that cost very little or absolutely nothing.
Here's our favourites from all the entries...
Build a den in the garden if you don't have a tent.
Our kids love making 'rock bands'. They go on the hunt for various stones, then we wash them and paint them with my old nail varnishes and stick googly eyes on and various bits and pieces for the instruments.
Young children never seem to tire of treasure hunts. Either collecting things or spotting things. They can be adapted to cater for any ages / places to explore.
Visit a woods and have a go at den building
Make the most of the lovely weather and find your nearest/favourite National Trust property with outside space, gather the family together, pack the picnic box full of treats and make the day a time for culture, relaxation and family bonding
Go camping - beautiful in the sun and exciting in the rain
Put together a 'street-trail'. I wrote down a route to follow around our local streets and put questions in it like - at Number 12, what does the writing say on the house alarm and what colour front door does Number 22 have etc. They also had to collect things such as five white stones, three different coloured flowers and they had a tick list of things to spot such as one person with a buggy, somebody wearing blue clothing etc.
Drag a mattress downstairs and put cushions around it and on any hard edges. Voila! Your own indoor soft-play centre. Great for jumping around on - and then when they are tired, grab a heap of books and lie around reading.
Get fit for action
This odd-looking pair will be helping visitors to IWM North find out about dry-land synchronised swimming and learn how to commando crawl without the mud as part of get Fit For Action, until Sept 4.
Fencing and table tennis sessions are on offer, along with a one-off session with the National Football Museum on August 27.
Visitors of all ages can find out how sport was used to rehabilitate servicemen injured in the Second World War, design their own Fit for Action T-shirt, or laugh as Mr Stretch and Mr Armstrong set out to get the nation fit using only their enthusiasm and some PE kits rescued from lost and found.
Entry to the IWM in Manchester is free.
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Rockpooling is a must.
Pack up a picnic and lots of outdoor games and head
for anywhere outdoors. We take up residence for
the day, having loads of fun running round! We play football, rounders, have running races, practice cartwheels and handstands and generally ALL enjoy being kids!
Find a wood, make a den and toast some marshmallows
Picnic by a river, paddling, treasure hunting (stones and other oddments!), reading, sunbathing.
Learn to fly a kite - especially useful when on camping holidays in UK where it can be guaranteed to be very windy!
My boys and me have been growing a veg patch all summer. It has kept them entertained growing, watering, weeding and now we are at the picking which they are loving and the cooking and eating
Make sure that you have the perfect footwear so you can walk for hours, and are able to climb trees
We all enjoy geocaching as a family; free, fun, fresh air and, er, fitness!!
Take at least one outdoor photograph, every day, not in your garden, for the whole summer.
Let your children build a den, in the garden if possible. It's something they can really take ownership of and it encourages them to use and gain different skills. They can recycle materials or you can get things from freecycle etc. They can make it as nice as they want (or as grotty!), perhaps they'll want to play house and then you can decorate it by making/painting/sewing all kinds of things!
Don't take yourself too seriously - have fun with your kids!
Play throw and catch with water bombs. Great fun.
Picture credit: National Trust Images Arnhel de Serra