Top 10 nature activities for kids
Exploring the great outdoors is part and parcel of a British holiday, and a Haven break takes things one step further thanks to a bunch of Ranger-led nature activities.
Spark the kids’ love of nature, nurture their inquisitive minds and fill them full of fresh air at the same time. Teach them vital skills with bushcraft and water safety activities, spark their creativity with pebble and plant pot art, or just help them to explore with a variety of Ranger-led trails.
There are so many nature activity options on a Haven holiday, but here are 10 of our absolute favourites.
1. Bug Hunt
We’re going on a bug hunt… we’re going to catch a big one! Learn all about the various creepy crawlies that live along the coast as you explore with our Rangers. Find out how to spot and identify different bugs, becoming expert hunters in the process.
2. Plant Pot Art
In this activity, kids can design their own plant pots before filling them with compost, seeds, and taking home a truly wonderful holiday creation. Make your design as funky and bright as you dare, and as your plant grows, you’ll be reminded of all the wonderful memories you created on your Haven break.
3. Den Building
Head into the forest and forage the best sticks for your den, work with others to create your structure, and learn the very best techniques from our Rangers on how to build the perfect den. Will your shelter pass the waterproof test?
4. Nature Trail
Our Rangers are passionate about the nature surrounding Haven’s holiday parks – as you’ll see during a nature trail! Enjoy a guided tour of the park’s natural environment and learn bucket loads of facts from the experts.
5. Sand Sculptures
Head to the coast and create your own sand sculptures in whatever design you choose. Decorate them with shiny shells, perfect pebbles and anything else you can find, and learn plenty of interesting facts about the coastline from our Rangers.
6. Firelighting Techniques
Give your budding Bear Grylls all the skills needed to safely light a fire in the wild. This bushcraft activity will see young explorers learning from our Rangers and putting their new-found skills into practice safely.
7. Pebble Art
Perfect your pebble art in this creative activity. Bring your pebble to life and take home your brilliant designs to show off to friends and family.
8. Grass Head Creations
Plant your seeds and watch your grass head grow. Kids will create and take home their own flowerpot man during this activity, and parents get to re-live their school days at the same time!
9. RNLI Water Safety
This fun family activity is all about how to safely enjoy the coast. Led by a park Ranger and developed by the RNLI, you’ll take part in fun games while learning all about keeping safe near the water.
10. Treasure Trail
Put your navigation skills to the test as you find the clues and search for hidden treasure on this Ranger-led nature trail. It’s a great way to explore the beautiful surroundings of Haven’s parks.
Browse and book activities
Activities and swimming are available to Haven package guests. Find out about our packages here
See what activities are on which parks, and when, and any associated prices, on our activity listings.
Want to book your activity in advance? New for 2023, pre-book from 12 weeks before your break. Swimming sessions can be booked four weeks before your holiday.
Book at haven.com/experience.
Activities and swimming can also be booked whilst you’re on holiday, subject to availability, but we recommend booking ahead for anything you’re sure you want to try.