26 July 2018

Take the Family Outdoors this Summer!

Take the Family Outdoors this Summer!
Fantasic For Families

Spend time together as a family in the Great Outdoors! The summer holidays are upon us, and with the heatwave in full swing, it’s the perfect time to head to the Great Outdoors! We’re big advocates of families accessing arts and culture together, and this summer we want to show you why you should incorporate nature into your family’s plans.

If your little ones find it hard to concentrate on performances, why not head outside for an outdoor performance? Studies show that time spent outdoors can increase children’s attention span, by the decrease in distractions that normally occur in their everyday life.

Throughout July and August in various country manors across London, catch Mr Toad and his friends in the Wind in the Willows. This promenade performance encourages families to explore the beautiful garden settings whilst watching the story unfold.

But nature isn’t just beneficial to children, of course – all generations of family can benefit from time spent outdoors. Research has revealed that families who spend time outdoors together communicate with each other better and are more likely to form long-lasting bonds. Families in Lancaster should visit Williamson Park for a swashbuckling adventure with The Three Musketeers. Experience the adventure together as you make your way through the park, with plenty of action and laughs along the way to keep the full family entertained.

And speaking of familial bonds, a study of mothers and their children engaging in arts and crafts together showed a significant improvement in the bond mothers felt with their children. So, parents and grandparents alike, grab the kids and head to Dance4 In The Park in Nottingham on 28th July. Families are sure to get involved in arts together with this free event, which features sports and dance workshops in King Edward Park, as well as creative walks and soft play.

Dominic Higgins, Nature and Wellbeing Manager at The Wildlife Trusts, told us:

“A core part of my role at The Wildlife Trusts is to bring people closer to nature. Contact with nature plays a huge role in both preventing and treating illness, in particular, mental health. Nature is a great leveller, and it’s accessible to everybody. The intergenerational contact, associated with getting involved in nature-focused activities, is an essential part of improving the health and wellbeing of the whole family.”

Whatever you do this weekend, spend some time outdoors as a family and watch those bonds strengthen! For even more ideas of what do this summer, head to www.fantasticforfamilies.com.

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