5 summer survival hacks for parents

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The summer holiday is the perfect time to bond as a family – here’s how to make the most of those six weeks

School’s out and it’s time for six uninterrupted weeks with the family. But with so much time ahead, it’s a good idea to get a strategy in place. Making a list of go-to activities can be a game-changer when little ones get bored.

British weather is notoriously unpredictable and it’s useful to have a range of outdoor and indoor activities up your sleeve. Luckily, the team at Sky Cinema are here to save the day with their top five summer holiday hacks.

1. Plan strategic movie nights

Sky Cinema may be your summer hero with its range of DC Superhero films, available 3 to 19 August 2018. With its ‘super’-easy operating system, you can create a movie playlist featuring blockbusters like Justice League and The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

2. Be a dog sitter for a day

Trick your kids into a day of exercise with Borrow My Doggy. The scheme pairs dogs and carers up for an agreed period, so you can sit back and relax while your little ones treat a friendly pup to cuddles and fetch.

3. Outsource the entertainment

If watching children’s shows or playing Disney Classic Monopoly has started to take its toll, why not consider a little outside help? With Task Rabbit you can hire entertainers, cooks and more.

4. Head to a crèche-taurant

This is a relatively new fad that enables parents to sip a guilt-free cocktail and eat a peaceful meal while enjoying a crèche-style service that keeps their kids fed and entertained by trained staff. Search for some suitable options near you.

5. Spend the day in IKEA

We’ve all seen that timeless scene in 100 Days of Summer – and it’s true that IKEA is a playground for the imagination. Take the kids and watch them light up in the colourful, themed rooms.

Fancy going further afield? There are loads of great destinations to take little ones if you’re interested in travelling abroad…

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