11 playdates to try out

The summer holidays might be drawing to a close but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to end. You can still find time to play at the weekends or after school if you don’t have too many other commitments during the week.

I try to interject things during the week but it can be tricky as the children have lots of activities, so most of our adventures are saved for the weekends during term time.

There are loads of great venues for playdates if you don’t want to stay at home. You could head to a local park, a soft play or local woodland.


When presented with an opportunity for free play many children thrive. They create their own fun and their own games.

If they do need some promoting though, here are 11 great ideas for playdates:

  • Climb a tree
  • Roll down a hill
  • Build a den
  • Fly a kite
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Jump the waves
  • Hide and seek
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Pooh sticks
  • Rock pooling
  • Survive in the wild

big brothers

The National Trust has a range of locations that are ideal for playdates. Check out their website to see what they have local to you, and share your playdates with them on social media using #11playdates.

To round off the summer holidays we headed to Erdigg near Wrexham. It was a mixed day weather wise, but turned out OK in the end.


The children enjoyed the Wolf Trail they have there, climbing, running, jumping, swinging and challenging themselves. Mix that up with seeing horses and donkeys and having an ice cream and it was a lovely day.

tree swing

How did you round off the summer holidays? What’s your favourite playdate?


  1. The kids usually play at home on a play date. We have a small garden. It’s a great idea to go somewhere, though.

  2. We love all of these things! Rock pooling and flying a kite are the two things that the children talk about the most from our holiday this year. They always seem to forget the expensive days out and the amazing places we have visited, these are definitely their favourite things to do! #sharewithme

  3. That looks like a great place to play! My boys love Pooh Sticks. 🙂
    We visited Calke Abbey and Calke Explore recently, part of The National Forest, and they have a great play area there. 😉

  4. Some great ideas here. NT locations are definitely perfect for many of these. We often head out to the Lookout in Bracknell to do stuff like this with the kids. Everyone loves a bit of den-building, right? #sharewithme

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