10 Great Activities for the School Holidays

Keeping the kids entertained throughout the school holidays is a major challenge for parents everywhere. How do you keep them quiet without just plonking them in front of a screen?

Well, luckily for you, your local Everyone Active centre has a wonderful range of activities available for you and your family to enjoy over the school holidays.

School Holiday Activities

For the times the kids aren’t booked onto holiday clubs, visit our centres and try your hand at badminton, football, volleyball, netball or tennis.

Some of our facilities also offer soft play, indoor or outdoor swimming pools, climbing walls, outdoor sports pitches, ice rinks, ten-pin bowling and high ropes.

Whatever you want to do, Everyone Active will be able to help you enjoy the school holidays with your family.

1. Sports

Whether you prefer playing indoors or outdoors, you can enjoy a wide range of sports over the school holidays with Everyone Active.

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Sports Halls

We have badminton courts, netball, basketball, trampolining and volleyball sessions running throughout the week during the schoolholidays.

There are also five-a-side football sessions available at many centres. Visit the website to discover which sports your centre offers.

Outdoor Sports

Many of our sites across the country include facilities that enable you to play certain sports outdoors.

This includes outdoor tennis courts that can be booked even during the school holidays, as well as five-a-side, seven-a-side and full-sized football pitches. These are available for anyone to hire and are perfect for keeping your kids and their friends active and occupied.

Some centres also offer outdoor basketball and netball courts for hire.

2. Swimming

school holidays swimming

Swimming is an excellent way to stay active and have fun during the summer holidays.

Not only is it fantastic fun and great value for the whole family, it’s also healthy and an essential life skill for anyone to learn.

Fun Sessions

At Everyone Active, many of our pools will offer a variety of family-friendly fun swimming sessions, both with and without inflatables. Some of our centres also have flumes and water slides for you to enjoy.

School Holiday Crash Courses

While the school  holidays allow the whole family to have fun in the pool. It also gives the opportunity for one or all of you to benefit from our swimming crash courses.

These give someone the chance to intensely work on a particular stroke or area of swimming that they may have been struggling with.

Coral Reef Waterworld

Coral Reef is one of the most unique centres among the Everyone Active family. With its five giant waterslides, fun swimming pool and even a spa, there really is something for everyone at Coral Reef.

Each of the five giant waterslides offer an exhilarating ride for the whole family. While the free-form swimming pool features a pirate ship, fountains, smaller slides, a lazy river and toddler pools for under-fives, meaning everyone can enjoy the water.

The spa gives mum or dad the chance to relax and unwind while another parent looks after the kids in the pool. There are three saunas, a Japanese steam room, a spa pool, cool pool and heated sun loungers available to help you relax.

Coral Reef Waterworld is incredibly popular with people in and around Bracknell – especially during the school holidays, so be sure to book early!

3. Climbing

school holidays Westway Climbing

A number of our centres offer climbing facilities, which include traditional walls, bouldering walls, Clip ‘n Climb facilities and campus boards too.

Climbing is an awesome activity that is a superb way to help you and your family push your boundaries, while also trying something new and getting active during the school holidays.

Climbing Walls

The traditional climbing walls at our nationwide network of centres are all staffed by fully-qualified instructors who’ll take you through all the relevant requirements. This is to make sure you have a tremendous time in a completely safe environment.

Each wall includes a variety of routes that are suitable for climbers of all ages and abilities, regardless of whether you’re an experienced climber or a complete novice.

Clip ‘n Climb

Clip ‘n Climb is a unique climbing system that uses an auto-belay attached to the top of the climbing facility, rather than to another person on the floor. This allows you to have a lot more flexibility in what you climb, where you climb and how often you get to climb during a session.

It’s completely safe and there are always fully-qualified trained instructors on hand to ensure everyone remains safe and has a fantastic time!

Bouldering Walls

Bouldering is an ideal way to get warmed up before starting a major climb. It lets you get in the climbing groove without getting too high off the ground. It’s also perfect for practising tricky manoeuvres and going side to side on a climbing wall.

5. Ice Skating

school holidays Sapphire Ice Rink

Ice skating is an outstanding school holiday activity that everyone in the whole family can enjoy. We offer open skating sessions, as well as skating lessons. Meanwhile, ice skating is also a fantastic alternative for a birthday party or any other form of celebration.

Our ice rinks also play host to thrilling games of ice hockey, so why not head down and cheer your local team on?

6. Soft Play & TAGactive

school holidays Soft Play

The ideal way to keep small children active and entertained during the school holidays. Why not relax in the café with a coffee and a piece of cake while your child explores the soft play area?

Children aged up to 12 can climb, crawl and wade through the ball pits, having an superb time.

If you want something a little more fast-paced, intense and aimed at older children and adults, then why not give TAGactive a go? It’s an arena based game designed to test strategy, speed, agility, awareness and bravery, while promoting fitness, fun and competition!

The Arena itself contains a complicated structure of inter-connected activity areas. Each area contains challenges that require a mixture of physical and mental agility. The arena is split into separated zones, permitting enhanced player distribution and capacity management.

You’ll need to follow the arena rules around height and weight to be able to play, as well as being in good physical condition. Before playing, you’ll also need to take part in a safety briefing. You should also follow our simple dress code to make sure you have as much fun as possible and don’t ruin your good clothes!

7. Salt Hill Activity Centre

Salt Hill Activity Centre in Slough is an exceptional multi-activity Everyone Active facility that’s perfect for the school holidays. It offers a fabulous range of activities that differ from almost all of our other centres.

Whether you fancy trampolining, bowling, soft play or the high ropes, why not give it a try at Salt Hill?

High Ropes

achool holidays high ropes

Suspended 15 feet above the Salt Hill Activity Centre are the site’s high ropes. These form a complicated network across the centre, allowing you to traverse rope ladders and nets. Once you’ve finished, it’s time to take on the ‘leap of faith’.

Think you’re up to the task? Anyone aged five and up with a head for heights is welcome to have a go.

Ten-Pin Bowling


Ten-pin bowling is an enjoyable family activity where everyone can have fun. Regardless of whether you get a strike every time or bounce the ball off the barriers, you’re bound to have a blast!

9. FlowRider

Enjoy the thrill of surfing without having to travel all the way to Hawaii, Portugal, or even Cornwall. Only available at the Redcar & Cleveland Community Heart, the FlowRider allows you to surf on a fast-moving, thin film of water only a few centimetres deep.


All sessions are run by a qualified instructor and it’s a fantastic experience for adults, children, experts and novices alike.

10. Dry-Slope Skiing

Silksworth Slope

Dry-slope skiing is a great way to introduce kids – and adults – to the sport without much of the expense. You get all the excitement of the slopes but without the snow and not quite so much of the cold!

We currently have just the one dry-slope skiing centre, at Silksworth in Sunderland. So why not come and give it a go, whether you’re a novice or an expert seeking some practice?