A boy on a paddle board in the sea kicking the water towards the camera.

Summer can be a tricky time if you’ve got kids at home. With all those long summer days to fill, it can be hard to keep them active and occupied. We’ve put together 7 of our favourite summer activities, which should help keep them busy and provide more than a few great photo opportunities too – and don’t forget, you can turn them into photo products on the go with the bonusprint app.

Theme parks

Theme parks are always a guaranteed great day out, even if you have to travel a few hours to get to your nearest one. There’ll be tons of photo opportunities that are wall art in the making – like the kids enjoying the rides or having an ice-cream with some their favourite characters. You could also make a weekend trip of it, and we’ll guarantee if you take some little ones, they’ll be well and truly ready for bed by the end of the day.

A woman and two young children smiling on a rollercoaster

Head to the beach

Sunny days should always be spent by the water, and it’s the perfect spot for getting some summer snaps taken. Even if you don’t live near the coast, a lake or local lido is still a great way to soak up the sun.

A pair of legs on the beach facing the sea, with an empty pair of trainers in the foreground.

Learn something new

With so much free time to fill, it’s a great opportunity to pick up a new skill or hobby. There’s a whole host of things to choose from – maybe learn a few phrases for your next holiday abroad with apps like Duolingo, take up hiking or pick up a summer sport like surfing or volleyball. It’s even more fun when you do it as a family, and the perfect material for a summer photo book.

An older man smiling on a surfboard in the sea.

Bike rides

Whether you live in the city, the suburbs out in the countryside, a bike ride is always a great way to spend the day, see more of your area, and keep fit and healthy. Plan your trip ahead and make sure you stop off to take in some sights and enjoy some great food along the way – whether that’s at local culinary hotspots or a picnic of your own. And of course, don’t forget to take your camera for those all important calendar snaps.

A young couple in a park with bikes, placing sunglasses on their young son in the bike seat.

Go fruit picking

A great way to get out into nature and have a few treats to take home is to go fruit picking. It’ll teach kids a little about where their favourite food comes from, and it’s a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon.

A young woman in the forest with a bowl of freshly picked fruit

Explore local sights

Every town, city and village has a few local sights to take in – and if you’re anything like us, you’ll have lived near them for years but never paid a visit. Take the opportunity to explore what makes your area unique, and learn a little more about the history that made it was it is today – and when you’re done, create a photo book about your discoveries and pass the knowledge down to the next generation.

A young girl on the battlements of an old castle underneath a bright blue sky.

Go camping

Camping has been a favourite summer past time for generations, and it’s no different today. Pack up the car for the weekend and head to the great outdoors – it’s the perfect way to fit in some extra summer activities too, and unlike a trip abroad it won’t break the bank. Make sure you take the time to snap some great nature shots too – a Boomerang of your campfire is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

A mother and daughter smiling in a tent in front of a campfire

We hope we’ve helped you fill out a little more of your summer calendar and have plenty of ideas for how to keep the kids occupied. And of course, don’t forget to photograph as much of it as possible – it’ll be autumn before you know it!

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