As every parent is well aware, school’s out for summer.
That means our local attractions are putting on a huge range of entertainment and activities each day from now until the beginning of September.
Kicking off this weekend are summer programmes at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Fort Nelson, the Spinnaker Tower and Port Solent.
First up, the dockyard has too much going on to list it all here, but key events over the summer include a Victorian Navy Days Weekend aboard HMS Warrior 1860 next weekend, It’s A Naval Knockout on August 5 and an Olympics themed event every Wednesday from next week.
Entitled Sea Voyage Adventures, this weekly drop-in workshop takes place at the National Museum of the Royal Navy and teaches families more about past and future Olympic hosts and the seafaring heritage of these nations.
Other dockyard holiday attractions include dressing-up at the Mary Rose Story every day from Monday to, September 2, all the fun of the Victorian seaside on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays at HMS Warrior 1860 and a family activity area aboard HMS Warrior 1860 from Tuesday to September 2.
Up at the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill, they have an action-packed series of events planned to showcase the redeveloped site’s fascinating history.
Three themed weekends focus on the Victorian age and the two world wars, but there are family events such as treasure hunts, trails and gun firings running every day from Monday to September 2.
Like the dockyard, Fort Nelson has an Olympic event running through the summer. From Monday, families can discover how many countries are represented in the Royal Armouries international collection.
Also starting on Monday is a Victorian fortnight, which includes a Victorian fair next weekend.
Meanwhile, the Spinnaker Tower’s summer events begin on Tuesday and run until August 31.
These include another Olympics event. A Wii Olympics will run from Tuesday to August 9.
The sporty theme continues when, later in August, families can complete a step challenge at the tower. And they will be joined by creepy-crawlies and scary sea creatures in Face Your Fear Fridays at the tower throughout the summer.
Finally, Port Solent brings back its school holiday Kids Club from Wednesday, starting with, you’ve guessed it, an Olympics-themed day.
Port Solent is making circus skills an Olympic event and the club will be teaching kids some amazing tricks before testing the skills they’ve learned. There are even medals to be awarded to the biggest clowns.
Events continue on Saturdays and Wednesdays until September 1.
Port Solent also holds its annual Open Kitchen event this weekend, with cookery workshops, tastings and demonstrations from 11am to 5pm both tomorrow and Sunday.
It’s a mostly adult-orientated event, but kids can join a sundae-making workshop at Harvester at noon each day.
See the Days Out page in The News every Friday for ideas on what to do with the kids this summer.