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A Quick Guide to Festivals (and Relevant Tooled Up Resources)

A music festival is about so much more than the headline act. It’s an immersive event that feels a million miles away from everyday life – and for parents, a daunting prospect if their teenager announces it as their next big plan! This quick guide, developed in conjunction with drugs education charity the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about festivals, as well as signposting to further sources of information. Please note that legal information and some of the services referenced are applicable to the UK and rules for other countries may differ.

The Best Family Friendly Festivals This Summer

We’ve carefully curated a list of family friendly festivals across the UK and mainland Europe that guarantee an unforgettable experience for the whole family. From captivating performances to engaging activities for kids and adults alike, these festivals offer the perfect blend of entertainment, safety, and fun.

Goal Planner for the New School Year

Goal setting can boost self-esteem and confidence. Encourage children and teens to use our planner over the summer to set some achievable targets for the school year ahead. It’s a good idea to prompt them to think broadly. They could consider skills they want to improve, activities they want to try, school work goals, having fun and acts of kindness.

Beach Science for Teens

Whether we are young or old, there’s so much learning that can be done at the beach. We asked science teacher, Lucy Haseler, to provide us with some fun and informative beach activities for secondary aged children to try during the holidays. Each suggestion is accompanied by either links to further resources or some age appropriate facts.

Beach Science: Primary Aged Children

There’s so much scientific learning that can be done at the beach. We asked science teacher, Lucy Haseler, to provide us with some fun and informative activities for children to try during the holidays. Each suggestion is accompanied by either links to further resources or some fun facts.

Teen Party Planning and Problem Parties: A Lawyer’s Perspective

In this webinar, Dr Weston and experienced criminal defence lawyer, Harriett Mather, (herself a mum of three teens) discuss teen parties.
Post-pandemic, parties are understandably back in fashion, but it is essential that parents understand how to plan for them effectively and safely. Harriett understands all too well what can go wrong at parties and shares her top tips, so that teens and parents can enjoy festivities without fear of regret, harm or… liability!

20 Ways to Celebrate the End of Exams

When finishing exam season, your teen’s first thought might be to celebrate with a house party or somewhere else that might involve alcohol. However, partying is not the only way to mark the occasion and it’s good to remind them that there are so many more options for unwinding and rewarding their hard work. If you need some inspiration, here’s a list of 20 fun and varied activities.

75 Things to Do Outside

Encouraging children to get outside and engage with the natural world around them is beneficial to their mental health and wellbeing. We all run out of ideas sometimes, so here’s a list of 75 things to try. They are generally suited to primary-aged children, but many can be enjoyed by young people of all ages (or anyone who is a child at heart). Why not print it out and see how many your child can tick off over the summer months?

Apps to Help Children Engage with Nature

We put together a list of brilliant apps and websites that combine on- and offscreen activities to engage children with nature. These apps are designed for both outdoor adventures and learning and encourage children do everything from creating landscapes, growing vegetables and feeding animals to identifying constellations.