02/09/2014 14:22 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

MAD Blog Awards 2014: Tips For Days Out With Kids


Being a parent can be exhausting. Not least because every week you need to think up new things to do with your children, new places to go, new games to play.

Fear not. We're here to help, with some inspiration from some of the UK's top bloggers, who are finalists in the fifth annual MAD Blog Awards, sponsored for the fourth consecutive year by

Below we've highlighted some of the best days out and activity ideas from this year's MAD Bloggers, but if you need more inspiration, then visit the MAD Blog Awards website to check out all of this year's finalists, and find loads more inspiration.

If you're in the North of England, why not try a day exploring the Northumbrian coast? There are some great tips on the North East Family Fun blog. Or how about a day in York, exploring the mazes alongside the historical sites? You can find out more over on the Kids Days Out Reviews blog.

Travelling doesn't always mean expensive or long journeys – Wild and Grizzly has some inspiring ideas for a mini rail adventure, while Family Days Tried and Tested has put together 50 Magical Experiences for your Children to try before they're 11.

A great option for a day out is a festival, and London Bird Lucy has recently written about her experiences at Lollibop. Meanwhile, Around the World with a Highchair has some great things to say about one of the lesser known festivals, the Big Feastival! Head over to her blog to find out more.

Looking further afield for your next adventure? The MAD Blog Awards finalists have got some amazing inspiration – check out our Best Travel Blog finalists for advice on holidays and short breaks galore. Two of our very favourite posts, though, show just how far afield our bloggers get – check out The Sojourn Series' guide to Fuji and Jetlag and Mayhem's thoughts on Asia without planes, trains and automobiles.