Fun Things To Do In Your Holidays

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family having things to do on their holiday vacation trip

Don’t you all wait for holidays or vacations? But sometimes, I’m sure you must be running out of ideas about the things to do during such holidays.

You all know that holidays and vacations are all about getting away from the daily hustle and bustle of life and being with each other.

It doesn’t matter whether you are married, have kids, or if you are single – you all need a getaway break!

If you‘ve read my recent post on holiday fun, you would know why holidays are so important.

That makes it all the more necessary to know exactly what things to do in your holidays.

Here are some holiday fun ideas that can set you rolling and enjoying these holidays.

Things To Do In Your Holidays

Vacations are a wonderful getaway, especially if you are with your family and loved ones. There are plenty of things you can do during the holidays with them.

Choose any of these and just get started!

If you have a family, you can have fun together by doing all or any of these together –

 Just get together and have fun Canyoning, Kayaking, Water rafting, and Mountain biking if you enjoy these.

 Plan out and have a holiday fun game night by just playing various games that interest you all.

 Head over to the beaches, visit parks and other locations while on your vacation. Don’t forget to carry toys, DVD’s, and board games too, just in-case you need them to keep your kids busy.

 Those of you who are headed towards the hills, you’re bound to find lots of picnic spots and walking trails. Choose the ones suitable for your kids and keep taking breaks and having fun.

I had a lot of fun when I recently visited the hills – not to mention the various picnic spots and waterfalls that just took my breath away!

 Camping and hiking are what most kids love, and they are affordable too. So, plan one out for your kids or join them and there’s lots you can do together like raising a tent, gathering firewood, and going for nature hikes. Nature trails were another thing my kids thoroughly enjoyed.

Remember, that when you are out a lot, wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat because if you get burnt, you might ruin your fun.

 Don’t forget to teach your kids to give back and helping others in whatever way you can during your vacations too, because there are many who aren’t as lucky as you to go on a vacation.

“Vacation: Two weeks on the sunny sands – and the rest of the year on the financial rocks.” ~ Sam Ewing

Mother riding bicycle with kids at the back on a beach during vacations

If you are home – boredom can set in for your kids, and if you cannot afford an expensive trip, or feel that you would rather stay home and have a family holiday, then here are some things to do you’d like –

• Try out having fun by doing things like making an ornament if you are fond of craft works, or make a Gingerbread house. Just decorating all of these is an activity in itself.

• There are many holiday fun programs and activities too for children in most of the local areas. So, if you aren’t going for a long holiday or prefer staying at home for your holidays, you can try out those.

They have many activities like dress-up days, craft workshops, movie screenings, indoor and outdoor games that are all designed for children of various ages, and all for a minimal rate, depending on your location.

• As a family, you could even explore places like the local museums, libraries, galleries, sports and leisure center, gardens and other local places of interest that you’ve not had the time so far to visit as a family together.

• Plan out and cook together. Summer holiday fun activities in our house include making ice creams and ice lollies, and even smoothies at times, besides the cakes my kids loving baking.

I can vouch on this one because there are days when as a family we take a break and just get involved in the kitchen and have our share of holiday fun being together.

Do read my earlier post on how you can enjoy family celebrations in your holidays too.

• Go out for a drive and watch a movie and eat out with your kids. Anything that makes you spend time with your children works.

• Keep a look out for coupons for the craft fair, local zoo, heritage sites, and recreational facilities.

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” ~ Earl Wilson

Man enjoying things to do in vacations

If you are single or without a family and kids, and plan on having some holiday fun by just being at home and relaxing, there are many ways of doing that too.

Check out these things to do list that I follow at times –

• Find a good book to read and just get lost in it! There used to be a time I loved reading and would read hundreds of pages a day.

Just grab yourself a cup of tea, coffee, or your favorite drink and start off till you don’t end it all!

• Relax yourself by watching a good movie, whether it’s a romantic or action one, depending on the kind you like. Or perhaps a great television show might do the trick for you.

It surely works wonders for me and takes me away from the daily stresses of life. Just put on your pajamas, grab some popcorn, and enjoy your movie!

I can spend hours watching a romantic one, though again, it’s been ages I really relaxed and saw a complete one, so, a good reminder for me too.

• Unwind yourself by listening to music. Just turn on the radio or listen to your favorite songs on your players and enjoy!

Music surely helps me relax and de-stress and I use it whenever I am not writing, especially when I am out for my walks, cooking, dance a step with it, or just otherwise.

• Relax yourself by practicing yoga and meditation. They DO work and if you haven’t tried them, do give them a try because they help lessen your stress.

• Spend time with your family and friends. Yes, this is one of the simple things to do to have holiday fun being at home and with your loved ones, yet it’s the one that’s often ignored.

Switch off the television and other electronic devices and just be with each other, talk and laugh and have fun.

• Go for a long drive because taking a leisurely drive without any motive can be a relaxing getaway too. It calms your mind and helps you feel renewed and refreshed.

• Spoil yourself a little by taking a spa treatment, or just float away to your own exotic place by having a bubble bath! Put on some light music, light a few candles, and enjoy yourself.

• Experiment with various dishes in your kitchen, which otherwise you don’t find time for. I do a lot of those when I want to have my share of fun during the holidays, though I need to make time for it now.

• Decorate and do up your house as you don’t find time for it otherwise. It gives you a ‘feel-good’ feeling when you reshuffle the place or re-do a few things.

• Go shopping! Ah…don’t you love that! I guess if you are a woman, you would, though not necessarily.

But a part of having a little bit of holiday fun includes going ahead and buying something that you might think twice about otherwise. Keep a look out for deals and discounts that are always up during this time of the year.

You might like to read my post on various ways to save money during the holidays.

• Indulge a little because holidays are also time for many things to do like partying, eating, drinking, and making merry. You could do all of these with a few friends, or family, depending on your choice.

• Get creative and pick up some hobby or do something that you’ve been keeping away for later. The holidays are the right time to get into the mood because you don’t have work always on your mind.

Now, I’m sure you will never be short of holiday fun ideas and the things to do on such occasions. There can be many more holiday activities that I’d like you to let me know in the comments.

Remember to make the best out of your holiday moments as these not only recharge you but also help you live life to its fullest!

Speaking of myself, my vacations are coming to an end, but I’m going to cherish the memories of the lovely time we all had as a family.

Next time, I might choose some of your ideas of the things to do in the holidays and make the most of those days. 🙂

Over to you –

What fun things do you do in your holidays? Which holiday activities would you recommend for a family, or the single and married lots? Share your fun ideas about the things to do in your vacations in the comments below.


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  1. Shailesh jangra

    2014-03-10 at 1:19 pm

    Great Fun Harleena Ma’am. Holidays are meant to enjoy. So your are supposed to discover fun in every activity. Glad to read a number of options of enjoyment.

  2. Melisa

    2013-08-08 at 11:18 am

    What a fab list, it’s great to gather ideas from others particularly with 4 kids and the summer break just weeks aya! Other i do include, beauty salon and the boys love having their sister glitter them up. Shaving foam or cornflour make good meassy paly or kitchen fun and clean up very easily.

  3. Robin J Emdon

    2013-07-06 at 6:56 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    I LOVE the ‘teaching your kids to give’ back tip! To remind them of how lucky they are! It’s so important we gently teach our kids not to accept good things like holidays for granted!

    Great article.



  4. Ferb

    2013-07-05 at 4:32 pm

    They are great things to do in holidays. In my holiday, hangout with friends, going cinemas, singing, dancing are my most favorite things to do.

  5. Mayura

    2013-07-04 at 9:58 am

    Hi Harleena,

    How true! When my friends and I find some free time, sometimes we go out of ideas too 😉 The thing is that not everyone love travelling, movies etc. However as we can arrange everything in a short notice, we have made it all the time though it took time for ideas 😀 lol…

    I had fun time last weekend with my friends 😉 Now here I find some fabulous ideas to execute next time too.

    As I spend all my time at home, I can’t keep away from music and movies 😉 Why not, video games and blogging too. I used to be a bookholic in my kiddie days too. Keeping myself busy is the best way to not to allow myself to feel boring 🙂 Working from home is like being on a vacation for me Harleena. Earlier, when I was going out to work, I just come home at night and do nothing much as I feel tired 🙂 Having freedom is awesome!

    I think throwing out a party is another good idea, as we can do it without spending too much money but love 🙂

    I can recall my kiddie days with my family Harleena 🙂 We were much together and even going out to a movie was so much fun. Even parents need to act like kids that time, no? 🙂 They all leave sweet memories and that’s what make us feel how much we enjoyed our lives 🙂

    You have a wonderful time with your family over there and have fun all the way Harleena 🙂


  6. Siddhartha Sinha

    2013-07-03 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Basically its the time to enjoy with the family and to move with the family and go to the beaches, meet with relatives so plann accordingly.


  7. yogesh pant

    2013-07-03 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Holidays provide a good time that we can spent with our family members.
    Also, they might be very helpful in exploring the creativity within us.
    They can really provide a good, quality time to us doing some things that we are passionate for.
    Really an informative article.


  8. Neamat Tawadrous

    2013-07-02 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Great article and on time with the kids school vacation.

    I love vacations but I haven’t been to one for quite a long time. Indeed, there are so many things to do in vacations. I like to go to the beach. The beach is my favorite place to go to when in vacation.

    For our family this year as it will be the last summer for my daughter before she goes to University, we are planning to go on a cruise somewhere in the Bahamas. It will be a good get together as a family.

    Vacation time do recharge our soul and mind and clear our head from all the clutter and the “daily to do lists” which never ends and steal the precious time which we are supposed to enjoy together as a family.

    Thanks Harleena for a great reminder and for the suggestions of the many things that can be done when in vacation.

    Be Blessed,


    • Harleena Singh

      2013-07-02 at 11:41 pm

      Hi Neamat,

      It sure is, and as I was also on vacation with my kids, I thought it would be apt this time of the year with kids all over going on their vacations too 🙂

      Ah..the beaches are wonderful getaways, and so are the hills which are my favorite, and all such places have a never ending list of things to do, especially if you are with family or friends.

      Sounds like a coincidence, but it’s my elder one’s last summer with us too before she goes on for higher education too! And I think a cruise would be awesome and something she’d surely enjoy, along with all of you of course.

      You are so right – that’s what vacations and getaways are for. I do hope you leave all your work behind before you leave, and I literally mean that you leave ALL of it, unlike me, who took part of it along, which I realized later wasn’t the right thing to do because your mind isn’t always free from work then – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Have fun during your vacations too 🙂

  9. Rudraksh Pathak

    2013-07-02 at 9:45 pm

    I just love going out for camps and hangouts with my friends. Your article just excite me once again to do the same.
    Worth reading your article Harleena Mam

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-07-02 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Rudraksh,

      Oh yes…camping out friends, or simply spending time with those close to you is fun. If you have things to do while holidaying, it makes it all the more enjoyable. Glad that the post excited you to have fun once again 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. Temilola Globalwalyy

    2013-07-02 at 8:58 pm

    Hello Harleena, you making me thinking of going on a vacation right now, even when its not the time….

    Everyday we are always busy, most of us forget we need to have some times for our self and the family, going on a vacation can help solved that out..

    Thank you for this post.. it surely deserve a share..

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-07-02 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Temilola,

      Aha…that’s what I really wanted to do – inspire and motivate you to go on one 🙂

      Yes indeed, such holidays refresh us and boost us up with new energy to take on things when we return, beside being a great way to bond better with our family and loved ones. Or those who are single, it’s a great time to let loose and just enjoy yourselves and relax.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing the post. 🙂

  11. Evelyn Lim

    2013-07-02 at 7:39 am

    I usually get my kids to do creative projects like art or even cooking. We also enjoy having movie nights and playing board games. Every once a year, we go on a family vacation too. In fact, we are in the midst of planning our next trip in December.

    I just enjoy holiday and fun posts! Thanks Harleena for making me smile with your article!

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-07-02 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Evelyn,

      That’s wonderful indeed 🙂

      I think if you are home and can see to your kids, especially if they are young still, there are a lot of things to do with them too. I enjoy cooking with my kids as well, though as they are in their teens now, the focus has shifted more onto their studies.

      Trip in December sounds nice, and it might be your kids winter/Christmas break as we have ours here that time too, though it’s limited to about a week to ten days. Glad you liked this post and it made you smile 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  12. Donna Merrill

    2013-07-02 at 4:17 am

    What a great post Harleena!

    I remember when I had kids and didn’t go on a “formal” vacation, we would spend the weekend at a local hotel with a pool. The kids had a blast and we spent quality time with them.

    For my single friends I always tell them that there are so many things they can do. Join a meet up group that you are interested in. Go for dance lessons. Things like this get you out of the house and meet new people.

    Anything we can do to get out of our routine to me is a vacation! Sometimes my husband and I just go out for a drive to a place we have never been before. It becomes an adventure every time. A new restaurant, observing new towns, or just enjoying the landscape.

    When we get home we are refreshed. I rather go on mini vacations than long ones. Three days here and there is so much fun. But I’m not adventurous but admire folks who are!


    • Harleena Singh

      2013-07-02 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Glad you liked the post and could relate so well to it 🙂

      Ah…I can see it brought back old memories! We did something similar, though at my Grandad’s farm where he used to have a huge tubewell, and being kids, we all used to spend our whole day just sitting in and around it – playing happily with the water gushing right onto us. I can never really forget those days.

      I agree with you – there are so many things to do if you put your mind at work, whether you are single, married, or with a family. I guess some people just don’t like to make an effort to reach out and meet new people and that stops them from enjoying life – especially the single lots because they are so used to living alone. While some depend on others for their own share of happiness – I guess you have a whole lot around 🙂

      Oh yes – that’s so well said – anything out of the routine IS a vacation because it brings a change to your life, even if it’s for a few moments or hours, it’s so worthwhile. I’d say you ARE lucky that both you and your hubby enjoy such getaways, and they do rejuvenate you, don’t they?

      I wait for the day when my kids are independent and I too can afford to take mini getaways because those we do need more than the long ones as you mentioned, which happen just once or twice a year, and because of that one tends to make them long ones. Seeing so many new places is kind of an adventure I’d say because you don’t know what you might expect 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and adding more value to the post 🙂

  13. Sonia

    2013-07-02 at 2:08 am

    We are gearing up to take a vacation, but we tend to go after the kids go back to school. We found that it was less crowded and all we ended up seeing was Europeans. I guess it was secret “squirrel” tactic to avoid the crowds when we were doing it already. I just hate crowds when I am on vacation. Camping is in my plan and I can’t wait to get to it. Great ideas and I didn’t think of some you mentioned.

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-07-02 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Sonia,

      Ah…what fun! I guess it’s a timely post for you then as you might have got some ideas of the things to do on your vacation 🙂

      I like the idea of going when the kids return to school, and yes, the less the crowd the better it is. I love it too with less of a crowd, though we can’t do that as our kids are with us, and we can only leave when they are on vacation, which is the time when the rest of the schools are off too – and it does get pretty crowded. That’s why we head to the hills where there’s more of nature and less of crowds.

      Camping would be fun. It reminds me of my childhood days when we were made to collect firewood and cook our own food collectively as we were a group of friends – it was so much of fun.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Hope you have a nice time on your vacation 🙂

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