5 of the BEST Summer Kids Activities in Southampton

The Summer holidays are here and on top of all the normal challenges they bring, this year there’s social distancing and a global pandemic to contend with too!

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered for the best summer activities for kids that will be fun for them, and stress free for you!

Bookmark, screenshot, and save this list to your desktop because we promise it will come in handy during your summer and as you think ahead to next school year!

1. Marwell Zoo

Marwell is ready to welcome you back!  This one is great because it’s a chance to get your kids outdoors!  Kids love seeing the giraffes, tigers and penguins – and much more!  On top of enjoying seeing all the animals, you and your kids will also get some exercise and some fresh air!  And if you can’t wait til you get there, you can check out the webcams!  

2. Calshot Beach

At Dancewise, we love the beach!  Our favourite is Calshot where you can paddle and enjoy an ice cream! You can also enjoy great views of the ships on Southampton Water!  Plus it’s the home to Calshot Activities Centre which is now open for watersports tuition and kayak hire.  Have a 4 legged friend?  Calshot is dog friendly and your pup can enjoy splashing in the sea or following the sniffs around the salt marsh which is home to lots of birds and other wildlife.

3. Rock Up

Need to burn off some of their energy?  Ready to see them reach new heights?!  Rock Up, Whiteley has amazing climbing walls, towering over 8m!  Rock Up the Twister, walk up up the Stairway to Heaven or set a new record on running up the Speed Climbing wall. There’s so much more to enjoy and achieve each time you visit. Sure to leave them tired and you with a few moments quiet – you’re welcome!

4. Made for Making Family Workshops

At Dancewise, we LOVE finding other local activities that get kids’ creative side working!  The whole family can join Made for Making activities at Eastleigh Museum. Try making a balloon powered vehicle or wind powered weather vane out of materials from the scrap store!  Memories in the making! The best thing about these workshops?  They are FREE!  (And indoors – in case we’re treated to a traditional English summer!) 

We hope this helps creating some fantastic summer fun super easy for you! Do you have something we should add to the list? We would love to hear from you!  We are always looking for new kids activities near Hythe and Whiteley! 

The best thing about this list is that it takes the pressure off YOU to create summer fun for your child. At Dancewise, we see how much our parents do for their kids. We KNOW you deserve a break! Hopefully, this list makes your job just a little bit easier!

5. Summer Stars virtual dance camp 

Now we know we are a little biased, but we couldn’t leave ourselves off this list! 

Our one of a kind virtual dance camp is designed to give kids massive confidence, make them feel energised and excited, plus by the end of the camp they will perform like a star!  Your child will connect with other grown ups who really care about them, make new friends for life, learn awesome dance skills and get the chance to perform in our end of camp virtual showcase.  Dancers at our Summer Stars virtual camp also receive a professionally edited video of their performance with their friends, some surprise treats AND VIP Priority Enrolment for September!

Your Summer Star will enjoy theatre dance sessions, street dance sessions and Surprise Box Sessions – you never know what will come out next – exciting surprise sessions for every day of the week!  Summer Stars runs 10th – 14th August 2020, 9am – 1pm each day.  All sessions are recorded so if any of the days aren’t convenient, your child won’t miss out!  The early bird price is just £124 – book now!

We are also thinking ahead to the 2020/2021 school year and already taking enrolments!  We have classes for ALL ages and levels.  Need a little extra help choosing a class? Take our free quiz here to find the perfect class!  We’d love to welcome you into the Dancewise Family.


Alison Jones is a dance education expert, writer and founder of Dancewise Studios. If you’re ready for your child to try a virtual dance camp or would like to enrol for September, click here for more information https://bit.ly/MissAsBlog

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