8th August 2019
The school summer holidays are here and whilst we like the idea of spending quality family time together, long, lazy summer days and no more rushing around in the morning to do the school run, we also know that the thought of entertaining and caring for the kids over six long weeks can seem a little daunting.
So, to avoid the constant chants of ‘I’m bored’ or the inevitable meltdowns because your little darlings dared to look at one another, let us save you frantically searching Google for ‘fun things to do with kids near me’ with this helpful guide of family friendly attractions in West Sussex to keep your little (and big ones) entertained!
1. Mewsbrook Park, Rustington
One of our favourite parks to visit in the local area, as there is simply so much to see and do. Let the kids run free in the adventure playground, take a walk around the pond and feed the ducks or simply sit back and relax on one of the large grass areas while the kids take part in an impromptu game of football.
2. Crabbing in Littlehampton Beach
With little or no expertise required, discover the fun of crabbing along the River Arun or in the boating pool next to Harbour Park. Simply dip your bait in the water (we’ve heard they quite like bacon bits) and see what you catch – endless hours of fun!
3. Southwater Dinosaur Park, Horsham
This hidden gem is perfect for families of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a stroll around the lake, follow the footprints to the Dinosaur Island play area – an absolute must for any dinosaur loving child or adult. There’s also picnic areas and you can enjoy a paddle at the ‘beach’.
4. The Beach
A summer holiday isn’t complete without a trip to the beach, so grab your buckets and spades and get ready to build sandcastles galore, catch some waves or search rock pools for hidden underwater treasures. Take advantage of the fact that we live on the doorstep of some of the UK’s finest beaches including the unspoilt sandy beach of West Wittering.
5. Fishers Farm, Wisborough Green
So much more than a farm, this family run farm park offers everything from interactive animal experiences to exciting rides, outdoor adventures including ‘Splash Attack’ and ‘Sky Fall’, plus an indoor soft play area for when our very British weather decides to pay a visit.
6. Ferring Country Centre, Ferring
While away an afternoon at the popular Ferring Country Centre. Visit Dales Farm and meet the donkey’s, pigs, goats, alpacas and all manner of other farm animals, the children can burn off some energy in the outdoor play area.
7. Aldingbourne County Centre, Aldingbourne
With so much to see and do, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Start your day meeting the farm animals, enjoy a woodland walk and spend time in the natural woodland playground and end the day in the sand and water area building sandcastles and generally getting very wet and messy.
8. Arundel Lido, Arundel
Outdoor swimming fun for all the family, where you can lay back and pretend, you’re on a holiday abroad. There’s a large swimming pool for adults / big kids and a great paddling pool for the little ones. Have a day of outdoor play in the swimming pool, work up an appetite in the adventure play park and then after all that fun enjoy a delicious picnic lunch or grab an ice-cream from the café.
9. Victoria Park Splashpad, Haywards Heath
Perfect for the when the sunny days, let the kids cool down in the pretty new splashpad at Victoria Park. The fun is always flowing with sprinklers, and an interactive area that squirts, sprinkles and tips water, there’s hours of fun to be had for the entire family.
10. The Triangle, Burgess Hill
The ultimate in aquatic fun for the whole family with a choice of indoor and outdoor flumes, rapids in the Aztec fun pool and even a beach area with interactive water features including fish squirters, perfect for your little people.
11. Watch a film at the cinema
With so many great blockbuster family movies out this summer, there really is something for everyone. Catch up with Woody and co in Toy Story 4, see the return of the Lion King (we’ve watched it and it’s amazing!) and for children that love Dora the Explorer, check out this film as the beloved character comes to the big screen.
Choose from Worthing’s Dome or Connaught, Chichester’s Cineworld or Brighton’s Odeon or the Marina.
12. Let’s bowl
Great fun for all the family, you can’t beat a little friendly competition to bring the family together! We happen to know AMF Bowling in Worthing have a great family bowling offer from £19.29 for 2 adults and 2 kids.
13. Jump for joy
Enjoy a child-free hour as the kids go crazy in one of our local trampoline parks. Try Flipout in Chichester which has recently opened a new soft play ‘fun house’ in addition to the trampolines, foam pit and ninja obstacle course or bounce, flip and flop at Air Arena in the centre of Chichester, plus it’s air conditioned so a great place to cool down!
14. Escape to Out of Bounds, Angmering for a fun action-packed few hours. The kids can have fun in the multi-level soft play area, challenge their limits in the clip ‘n climb, take on the safari-inspired 18-hole adventure Golf course or try their hand at footgolf. If you can’t choose which activity to do, why not buy a £28 day ticket that entitles you to all of the above plus a game a bowling – what great value!
15. Highdown Gardens
These stunningly beautiful chalk gardens on Downland countryside are a tranquil haven for all to enjoy. Idea to play hide and seek, explore the unique collection of plants and trees, and enjoy a picnic.
16. Roundstone Farm – PYO
Pick your own (PYO) homegrown fruit and vegetables – the choice is vast, in the sun and fresh air. Enjoy cold refreshments and ice creams and the tractor ride will take you to the end of the fields.
17. Worthing Museum & Art Gallery
There is always something going on at the museum whether it is an exhibition, an event or workshop so take a look and see if anything piques your interest.
If there’s a favourite place of yours that we’ve missed, please let us know so we can add it to the list!
Enjoy this precious time together, take lots of photographs and make amazing memories!
In less than 6 weeks’ time they’ll be back at school and guaranteed you’ll be back to missing them again.