Summer is upon us! Eek! So, with the sprogs at home, how will you cope? What will you do? And how will you cope with the extra spending?
Fear not! This blog will give you some useful ideas of things to do in and around Hampshire plus further afield if you are happy to travel!
You don’t need a My VIP Card to do any of the things we mention in this blog, but it helps save you money when visiting all the mentioned places so why not get one!
To start with of course you have the free options like parks, woods, nice walks, splash parks and they are a great idea for days when you just need to get out of the house for a few hours, but kids get bored of doing the repetitive things pretty quickly so it’s a great idea to have some options lined up where you can try something different or at least save some money.
If you have not heard of My VIP Card we are a multi award wining discount card and employee benefit scheme that help people to shop local, support their community and their local high street. We are not just for parents we are for anyone who wants to save money and #Shoplocal.
Founder Maddy created the card after suffering with post-natal depression and anxiety after her son was born and wanted to help parents to connect and get out of the house more so she started to organise discounted things for parents, this was just the start of what is now the fastest growing discount card in the UK
With over 4000 discounts to choose from we want to tell you about how we can help you save money with kids over the summer!
Buy your card in July and automatically get an extra month added for free! So it will take you through two summers!
Soft Plays , Trampolining , Role Play and Sports
One of our favourites who joined My VIP Card last summer are the Children’s Pleasure Park in Southampton, this little gem offers two free tokens (Equivalent to two extra rides) to My VIP Card holders, it has a huge slide that you go down in a sack, which is great for the kids and secretly thrilling for the grown ups too! A merry go round, Helter Skelter, Trampolines, Swing boats, Roundabouts and games and can easily occupy kids up to about 6 or 7 for a few hours, the walk there will tire them out a bit as well!
Trampoline parks including Atmosphere in Basingstoke , Flip out in Portsmouth and Southampton , Oxygen Free Jumping in Southampton. All do sessions for toddlers and for older kids too. Flip Out Southampton now also has a soft play and you get both trampolining and soft play, so killing two birds with one stone.
Soft plays we have Play Shack , Monkey Bizness Gosport and Southampton, Jungle Jeans , Qube in Winchester and Playdays in Basingstoke to choose from! And I am working on getting Injoy singed up, Watch this space!
Play cafes we have on My VIP Card include My Place Play Café in Romsey, Pop up Play Village in Basingstoke, Tots City Southampton, Lottie Tots Street in Southampton, Tot City Andover, Tiny Treasure Town in Otterbourne, Role Play world in Salisbury or if you are having a party you could book Wannabe Street who come to your event!
Tennis camps with Tennis Eastleigh, Treasure Gymnastics summer camps, Wyvern Theatre School Summer Camps, Pyjama Drama Fun with Kirsty could be some options for your more active or creative minds.
Why not take your little ones swimming at the Quays? Or take them horse riding at Catherington Equestrian centre , check out the activities at Woodmill Activity Centre or take them swinging through the trees at Go Ape!
There are also still quite a few groups operating over the summer that take My VIP Card such as Jiggy Wrigglers.
National Attractions and Local Days out/Events
If you are happy to travel further afield then you can buy discounted theme park tickets through our rewards portal for Alton Towers, Chessington, Thorpe Park , Drayton Manor or maybe visit London for some top attractions like Madame Tussauds or the London eye.
Save up to 40% off at cinemas across the UK including Showcase De Lux, Odeon, Vue , Reel and Cineworld! And you could go for ice cream after! We have Sweet in Totton and Winchester on the card who do the most delicious gluten free and vegan ice creams and treats! Evelyns tea rooms in Sholing do Ice Cream and Waffles, and you can even (unofficially I don’t know why they wont join, Creams if you are reading please sign up) Get a discount at Creams in Eastleigh by showing your My VIP Card
Rock up in Whiteley in you fancy a climb! And they are about to sort out soft play discount for us as well!
Trainmaster have events in Andover, Winchester and Fleet over the summer and are well worth a visit!
Visit Finkley Down Farm in Andover for a whole day of fun, with animal feeding , soft play, ride on tractors and more!
Staying at home or having to work?
If you want sweet treats and a DVD then Prime Time in Hedge End can sort you out with amazing deals on sweets, Popcorn and DVDs!
Recently joined are the Toy Cupboard in Winchester who can provide you with toys for home entertainment as well as Rockbottom toy store in Southampton.
There are tons of summer camps on offer with My Coaching , Planet Education, Creative Kidz or sports and dance classes like AG Martial Arts or Jitterbugs to try too.
If you are still needing to work as well then maybe consider contacting one our babysitters or childcare agencies First at Home and Mums The Word. Or we have nursery’s and pre schools to fall back on as well.
If you have not booked your summer holiday and are leaving it until the last minute remember we have travel agents and tour operators! Nathans Holiday Village, Travel Counsellors, Away Resorts or even Disney Land through our rewards portal.
Wow that is a lot of stuff! Please also make sure that you download the Hampshire Mums App and keep an eye open for the My VIP Card app coming over the next couple of weeks!
It is also important as parents to take time away from the kids, remember My VIP Card is not just about childrens activities! You can use it for Beauty, Relaxation, Eating out, Coffee and even a cleaner to clean up once they go back to school!
If you make it to the end of the summer without killing any of your children celebrate with a cocktail at Banana Wharf, Grand Café or Mettricks and remember when people tell you they grow up so fast they are right, they may sleep one day! Until then just rest in the solace we are all going through it together! For parenting advice and to find out about what is going on in the local area make sure you join the Southampton Parenting Forum, as supportive place for you to make friends, get support and find about child related activities.
If you are reading this and you are not advertising your business on My VIP Card please visit our website to add your discounts to our list! We would love to get you on board! We are growing nationwide!
Our next blog will be on how to save money for back to school! So make sure you check it out.
If you have not got your My VIP Card yet why not? It will save you’re a fortune over the summer! You can now pay monthly as well for £3 a month! The is about the same price as a cup of coffee!
Share this blog with your friends and help people to get some idea on what to do with their kids over the summer!
And visit out website myvipcard.co.uk to buy your My VIP Card! Buy in July and it will cover you for next summer as well! Your extra month will be added automatically when you buy!
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