Creating a festival in your own back garden is a low cost way of entertaining the kids this summer. If you enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin with an ice cold drink in your hand and some popular music to listen to, here’s 10 ways you can do some summer holiday activities to produce those feel-good vibes at home.
1. Music: Every festival needs tunes so round up the kids to sing their best songs and ask any budding guitarists in the family to perform on your main stage to a capacity crowd. A festival at home is a great excuse to invite your family and friends round to enjoy a free day out! Once the performers have done their set, tune into the radio for non-stop harmonies.
2. Food: Another element to a great festival is savouring tasty street food from BBQ grills to burritos. Appreciate the smell of outdoor cooking in the air and light up the barbie to prepare your feast but don’t forget to leave room for a cupcake or churro for after!
3. Decorate: A festival wouldn’t look like a festival without bunting, glow sticks and solar lights. Get the kids involved in making some decorative flags and tie them around the trees, fence posts and doorways to dress up your pitch. You can pick up craft items to make the bunting, along with glow sticks and lights, at the local pound shop.
4. Fashion: The way you dress at a festival helps you get in the mood so all clothing should be relaxed and fun. Denim cutoffs and wellies are a good choice for true camping style, or you can go with a maxi dress for boho chic. The latest craze for 2015 is ‘tropical beach’ so find clothing in a chaotic mix of colours and be right on trend.
5. Face painting: Festivals are all about expression and anything goes. If your children want to become a butterfly or a spider for the day then do a web search for ‘kids face paint ideas’ and use the images as inspiration for your own designs. You could even put a heart or a star onto your own cheekbone and get into the swing of it.
6. Games: There are always frolics at any outdoor music event, so factor some garden games into your plans. A hula hoop display or dance contest gets everyone moving and bubbles are always a welcome sight for kids and adults alike at a festival!
7. Wristbands: Is it ‘access all areas’ or VIP only? Ask the kids to design some wristbands for the family to wear to recreate the true festival experience. Some ribbon cut to fit around a wrist with enough left over to form a knot should do it and let the children decide what colour ribbon indicates your level of access to the festival!
8. Camping: Pitch your tent to enjoy a night under the stars, there’s nothing like being under canvas to make you feel free. Having the comfort and privacy of your own back garden means that you can have snug duvets and fluffy sheepskins if you like – think of it as glamping!
9. Storytelling: As the night falls, cuddle up in your onesies and blankets to keep warm whilst taking it in turns to tell stories by torchlight. Festivals and storytelling are all about creativity so have a prize for the best story as voted for by the rest of the family.
10. Make memories: Take plenty of photos to remember your summer of love where the whole family got together to enjoy being connected to the moment and each other. Festivals tend to get talked about long after the event has passed and as you are at home, your camera or phone should be fully charged up!
You can easily create a festival in your own back garden with these savvy tips and be glad that at ‘Back Gardenfest 2015’ you didn’t have to queue for the toilets! For more ideas on fun activities for kids this summer, visit SuperSavvyMe
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