Summer Family Adventure 2023

We know it can be tricky to come up with fun things to do with kids over the summer that don’t cost the earth. That’s why we've created seven FREE holiday activity packs to help you and your little-ones Splash, Journey and Go Wild together.

Summer Family Adventure 2023

Summer is here! Time to go wild with your wee ones.

For each week of the holidays we have created a three-page adventure pack to help you and your kids (7 and under), learn, read and most importantly, have fun together.

Each pack has 3 pages of:

  • Low-cost or free activities the whole family can get get involved with.
  • Books to read together. 
  • Useful links and tips to help you get the most of each weeks adventure.

We'd love to see how you and your wee adventurers are having fun together! Share using our hashtag #SummerFamilyAdventure


Summer Family Adventure Week 1ADVENTURE 1 - WEATHER DETECTIVE  - 30 June

Are you ready for adventure - whatever the weather? Sun with FaceUmbrella with Rain Drops on Microsoft Windows 11 22H2Man DetectiveRainbowBasket Sandwich Sun Behind Large CloudSports Medal

This week, become a rainbow hunter, make a picnic rain or shine, unravel the tales of clouds, and run your very own mini Olympics!

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Summer Family Adventure Week 2ADVENTURE 2 - INCREDIBLE JOURNEY - 7 July

Continue the adventure by train, bus, car, or on foot! LocomotiveAutomobileBusWorld MapOld KeyWritingPostboxLightbulb

This week, go on hunt to find treasure, make your own imaginary train journey, play games on the go, and send a postcard to someone you wish was on your journey!

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Summer Family Adventure Week 3ADVENTURE 3 - GO WILD - 14 July

Are you ready to go wild? Deciduous TreeLeaf Fluttering in WindLady BeetleSunflower Zany FaceHoneybeeSeedlingFootprints

This week, start your adventure with a minibeast hunt, craft art from natures treasures, grow crazy seed heads, and follow the footsteps of native Americans by making a journey stick!

Download Adventure 3

Summer Family Adventure Week 4


Calling all superheroes - are you ready for a legendary missionTicketSuperheroDragon FaceBookWandCastlePrincessSword

This week, use your powers to transform a stick into a wand, bring your stories to life with shadow theatre, set an awesome obstacle course, and take your bedtime stories outside to make them magical!

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Summer Family Adventure Week 5ADVENTURE 5 - SPLISH SPLASH - 28 July

Prepare to dive in and have an underwater adventure! UmbrellaDuckWaveWhaleSailboatOctopusSharkDiving Mask

This week, make a big SPLASH, build a mini raft made from twigs, explore the mysterious world of the deep sea, and bring a pet sea creature to life!

Download Adventure 5

Summer Family Adventure Week 6ADVENTURE 6 - ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS! - 4 August

Are you a cheeky chimp, king of the jungle, or a cuddly koala? ElephantPigDogBugButterflyMonkeyTigerGiraffe

This week is all things animals! Find out who's best at animals impressions, run wacky animals races, build a five-star bug hotel, and make a beautiful butterfly!

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Summer Family Adventure Week 7ADVENTURE 7 - FEELINGS - 11 August

In our final adventure, let's explore and navigate our feelings! GrinningSadHappyWorriedLaughingWindows 11 22H2SillyCool

This week, slow down to hear everything that's around you, create your very own holiday memory box filled with reminders of your summer, learn to blow away your worries, and get set for the next year of your very own adventures!

Download Adventure 7

2022-FNS-Family-Adventure-Grownups.jpgSTUFF FOR GROWN-UPS

The power of playful parents

Children are born scientists and explorers. Watch children play and you’ll see them experiment, imagine, work together, and overcome emotional ups and downs. They’re learning. And they’re picking up the skills to thrive today and flourish tomorrow. Playing together empowers children to become creative, engaged, life-long learners. But that’s not all, you also create a loving connection that helps children become happier grown-ups. You don’t need lots of time or fancy toys, all you really need is attention and imagination. By blowing soap bubbles, splashing in a puddle or turning a snack into a smiley face you’ve already put more play into your day.

Lots of the summer adventures are outside, and although we know Scottish weather can be a bit…well...unpredictable, outdoor play gets kids active and lets their imaginations run wild. It’ll help them stay healthy, have fun and stop them bouncing off the walls at home, the fresh air even helps them sleep. Getting outside is just as important for grown-ups’ physical and mental health, too! together.

Reading Together
Sharing books and stories with your little one is the first step in building a love of reading. It also helps develop early communication and language skills, and like playing, spending time cuddled up and sharing a story together builds bonds.

Each adventure pack has ideas for some fun books to read together. All the books we picked have been included in the Scottish Book Trust ‘Bookbug’ and ‘Read, Write, Count’ bags gifted to children across Scotland each year. 

If you don’t have a book your local library will have a copy. Local libraries are a wonderful, free resource for readers and writers of all ages, and lots of the Bookbug sessions are held at them. You can find your nearest library and Bookbug session HERE.

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Many Thanks to Funder The Scottish Government and our partners: