It’s not long into the summer holidays before you’re to hear the dreaded remarks “There’s nothing to do!”. Is Pokémon Go the only way to get kids outside? No way!

Making the most out of your garden is way easier than you think. Here’s eight ways to make the most of your garden (or your local park!) that are simple, cheap and most importantly, awesome.

 

1. Croquet Away…

It’s not only the well-to-do who play a spot of croquet, you know! Although it seems pretty fancy, croquet is fun, perfect for every age group and you’d be surprised how many cheap sets are available to buy.

Throw in a glass of something sparkling for the adults and you’ll feel practically regal, darling.

2. Make a Racquet

Just because you don’t have your own tennis courts, doesn’t mean you can’t play! Badminton and tennis racquets can always be picked up on the cheap. Yes, yes, they may not be the best quality, but they will tide you over until you’re at Wimbledon.

3. Lawn Twister

This one is super easy, really cool and straight up FUN. Simply get some water-based coloured spray cans, spray some circles onto your lawn, and bam – TWISTER. The water based paint means your lawns will stay in tact and while we’re not sure if this counts as sport, it’s definitely exercise…sort of…

4. DIY Beer Cooler / Kids Summer Juice Stand

Who wants to have to go all the way to the fridge to get a top up? Uh, no thanks! For a vintage looking drinks cooler, why not pull out your old wheelbarrow? Perfect for entertaining a lot of guests, and it sure beats it just sitting in the shed.

Fill with ice, throw in some beers or some soft drinks for the kids and you’re ready to go! Perfect if you’re having the friends round for a BBQ!

5. Family Picnic

Sounds like a no-brainer, but why not take dinner al fresco? Pack a picnic box, maybe a BBQ – it’s a great way to make some memories, have a bit of fun and indulge in some extra special treats while you’re at it. (Plus, with no one driving, it means Mum and Dad can have a cheeky drink!)

6. Light My Fire

It may be summer, but let’s get real, the UK still gets chilly in the evenings. Squeeze every last second out of these summer nights by making a fire pit. As simple as a circle of stones to control the flames, it can be as complex or rustic as you like (or take the easy way out and not buy one like this?).

Marshmallows are optional, but adult supervision is mandatory for this one, kids!

7. Open Air Screening

Ok, ok, this one is a little more ambitious. You might have to ask around, but there’s always someone who’ll have what you need. Realistically, an outdoor cinema can be yours with a projector, screen and speakers.

It’s no bad thing that you might need some help from your friends for this one, as you can share it them and watch movies or sports together. And, let’s not forget, popcorn and drinks are way cheaper when you get them at SPAR.

8. King of the Swingers

One word – hammocks. A hammock needs somewhere to hang from and that’s it. Watch the sport, read a book or have a little snooze – trust us, whatever you want to do just became a thousand times more relaxed. Maximum comfort, minimum effort.

And let's not forget the Olympics! With the games fast approaching in August, why not host your own mini games? There’s plenty of garden/park friendly activities to choose from that will ignite some Olympic fun. Cricket, Badminton, Rounders, Long Jump and volleyball all are crowd pleasers. Instead of Medals, treat the kids to something tasty…

See? We told you it was easy peasy. Now there’s no excuse to not get out in the garden and try a few for yourself!