Perhaps you've been away, or you've been making the most of lazy mornings in the absence of the gruelling school run every day. But the novelty of kicking back has - well and truly - worn off.
So, what can you do with yourselves to keep the children entertained and keep yourself sane?
Here's a list below to give you some inspiration. It's not like you won't have seen or done any of these before, but often we lack inspiration when trapped in a pit of boredom and hair-pulling (and that's just the parents).
Make a den/indoor fort
Grab two kitchen chairs, a blanket, and some cushions. Place the chairs back-to-back, a short distance apart, to make space for two small people to inhabit. Bung some cushions down on the floor (the kids can rearrange them how they see fit) and shroud your den-frame with a big (preferably dark, to create atmosphere) blanket, and let the children crawl in while their imaginations run riot in their secret cave. Offer to read them a story from outside the den and stick some books and a torch inside for them to amuse themselves.
Visit your local library
Many libraries have craft activities on throughout the holidays - it's the perfect place to take them on a rainy day for getting lost in some colouring or sticking and pasting. Just remember your library card (or join up if you haven't got one. Just think of all those stories and adventures going undiscovered!), and recreate the magic of reading some inspiring tales with your children at least once a day at home.
If you're lacking inspiration, there are many online resources for ideas of what to make with the little ones. Think of a theme - a summer beach day, or a birthday, perhaps? Something that the children can identify with. A good site to go to is www.activityvillage.co.uk, which provides colour-in templates and craft ideas. Another great source is the MK Play Association Scrapstore in Kiln Farm - a whole treasure-trove of materials to be used for a variety of craft activities. Check out Pinterest for some inspiration - otherwise the only limit is your imagination!
Visit the garden centre
Do you have any green-fingers in your family? Jump in the car and go and visit your local garden centre. Even if it's a wet day, you could go and buy some seeds, or even just have a mooch around. Some garden centres even have a small soft-play area for the kids to play in (a small charge may apply), while you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in peace!
Pack a picnic
Visit your local park/green space/river/lake, and take a picnic along with you. The children love nothing more than eating away from convention. Remember your picnic rug, pack a variety of snacks (vegetable sticks, hummus, pitta bread, mini-pizzas, fruit salad, mini-sausages/sausage rolls - to give you a few ideas), and while away the afternoon watching them run around on the grass while you relax.
Go for a bike ride/scooter ride
Can you get the bikes/scooters in your car? Great! Get out of the village and discover the Milton Keynes network of redways, where your younger children can practice their scooting/balance biking skills away from the traffic, and enjoy the change of scene.
Visit your local park
If bike rides aren't your thing, or there aren't any wheels, or you just can't get them in your car, just head out for a walk. Check out www.parkstrust.com for some ideas on where to go. Alternatively, why not go adventuring over the fields around the village? Children love exploring. Tell them you're going on a bear hunt, and you're going to catch a big one.
Hunt for creepy-crawlies
It's got to be done. Bugs are fascinating to the younger generation. Try making a list of the different creepy-crawlies to look for, and see who can find the most. Take some treats to reward their efforts.
Love it or hate it, soft-play is a wonderful place to let the children burn off excess energy, especially if you've exhausted all of your other ideas, or - shock horror - it's raining! (Yes, it happens, and always seems to do so during the holidays. And the school run!). At least you can sit down and watch them tire themselves out. You should - you're likely exhausted! Or, maybe you'll join in with them and have a whole heap of fun. Go on - release your inner child! 😃
Being young is all about being adventurous. Have you booked your summer holiday yet? Can you squeeze in a UK weekend camping trip? If you've never camped before, or don't have any equipment, ask around and see if you can borrow kit from friends or family. You might discover a new hobby for the whole family. Then again, you might decide never to camp again. But you won't know until you've tried, will you? Why not have a trial of overnight camping in the garden? Bring a torch, some "midnight" snacks, and a stack of stories. If it all gets too much, you can always go home.
Check social media for open days
Facebook is a fantastic resource for seeing what's on. Just click on your Events tab, and you'll be shown a list of local events - many of them free. In addition to this, you'll often see events shown in your news feed if your friends are interested in them. Alternatively, try www.wikiplacesforkids.com for a list of sites to visit, or just for some ideas on where to go. You can filter your search results to suit your requirements.
Have a movie night/afternoon
This one is not only popular, it's easy, too. Choose a family film, close the curtains, and bring in the popcorn and other movie snacks. Then snuggle up on the sofa. It's probably raining anyway.
Bake some cakes or biscuits
Yes, that old classic. Let the children help - and try not to freak out about the mess. When ready, you can all scoff the lot, then get outside to burn off the sugar.
These are just a few ideas to help you survive the summer holidays, and hopefully it'll kick-start your imagination. Our children are only little for such a short while, let's enjoy them while we can in these precious early years.
Do you have any ideas to share? Please add them in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you on our blog!