How to keep the kids entertained on Boxing Day


After all that food and drink on Christmas Day, most of us are happy to slouch in front of the TV on Boxing Day, lazily nibbling turkey sandwiches and mince pies. But the exhausting truth is that even the kids’ new Christmas toys won’t keep them amused all day.

To maintain the Christmas cheer you’ll need an entertainment plan.

Happy hunting

A great way to start the day, that will keep kids entertained for hours, is a Christmas treasure hunt. Hide a series of festive-type clues around the house or garden leading to the treasure. This could be a leftover present, or some more Christmas chocolates.

Simple scavenging

For mums and dads who can’t face thinking up lots of clues, organising a scavenger hunt is a simpler option.

Think of a list of things for the kids to find in the house and garden, ranging from Christmas goodies like a cracker or a Christmas bauble, to outdoor items like a worm and a dandelion. Try to think of items that won’t be impossible to find. See how many the kids can find during a set period of time, or give a prize to the child that finds all the items first.

Festive bubble & squeak

After all that hunting, the children will want something to eat. Bubble and squeak cakes are a great way to use up Christmas leftovers and keep the kids occupied as they can help too.

Mix together the veg and mash leftovers, perhaps with a chopped and fried onion, and add a sprinkle of coriander and salt and pepper.

Get the kids to form the mixture into a cake – or perhaps a Christmassy shape of their choosing – then fry them either side until golden brown.

Which Christmas character am I?

For more sedate fun that the whole family can join in with, write the names of Christmas characters like Rudolph, Santa or Frosty the Snowman on sticky notes and put one on each person’s forehead.

They have to take turns to ask a question about who they are – questions can only be answered “yes” or “no”. Have a prize ready for the person who guesses their identity the quickest.

Burn off those Christmas calories

Wrap everyone up warm and head outside for a family walk. This will be sure to blow away the cobwebs and burn off some of the excess calories from the day before.

If you want to try something a bit more adventurous than the local woods, head off to one of the many National Trust grounds and gardens around the country. While the houses will be closed on Boxing Day, many of the grounds and gardens will be open.

For information on opening times and prices, visit the National Trust website.