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Keeping kids occupied during the summer is no easy thing to do. Without the routine of school and stimulation, being at home often means they get bored easily and you are panicking about how to keep them entertained. Going away and getting out and about is even harder. At least at home, they have everything they need such as their games consoles, toys, access to WiFi, etc. So what then?
Many families like to spend the summer going on holiday or heading to new places for days out. While in theory, these will provide eclectic family memories and opportunities for quality family time, the car journeys and the downtime can be equally as difficult with kids as being at home. The inevitable “I’m bored” starts all over again. Without the benefit of having all of their things with them, what do you do?
Many families choose to take handheld and lightweight consoles away with them such as the Nintendo Switch. An ideal option for kids as it can hold a few games on the home screen, and is small and compact enough to not take up too much space in the car or in bags when you are out and about. But is it practical? Here are some of the ways a console such as the Nintendo Switch can keep your kids occupied on the go, especially when utilising PowerA accessories.
Road trips for holidays or days out
One of the obvious times of the summer where the kids get a little bored is in the car. There are so many times where you might find yourself on some sort of car journey that is longer than usual. It might be that you are heading away in the UK, heading to a caravan holiday, going camping, or off to explore a new part of the country for a break. Or perhaps you are just heading out for the day such as off to the Zoo or Safari.
Whatever the reason, car journeys are tedious at the best of times but made worse when kids are asking if you are there yet or fighting with their siblings. This is where a game’s console can come in handy. There are a few ways that you could use it. If you have more than one child then each of them having their own handheld console will allow them to happily play their own games. Or if you just have the one, consider investing in PowerA FUSION Pro Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch that will allow both children to play the same game as multiplayer. This might be racing games, for example.
This will help you to get the peace of mind that your kids are happy and occupied and may give you a chance to relax and enjoy the downtime yourself.
Enjoying a UK Staycation
Many families are embracing the UK staycation as being the ideal holiday choice for the summer months. While you may have to travel in the car to get there, families are experiencing many benefits such as flexibility, ease of holiday, and feeling instantly relaxed. If that is at all possible with children.
But while on any holiday your kids can get bored, being prepared with things for them to do can help to ensure that as parents you also get the opportunity to relax. Keeping kids occupied using a games console like the Nintendo Switch could give you and your partner some welcome rest and relaxation, and no matter what sort of holiday you are enjoying, it can be a great addition to bring along with you. Here are some examples.
A lot of families love the idea of camping, however, bringing a games console with you may not be on your list because you are effectively spending all of your time outside. However, a games console like the Nintendo Switch can still be a great option to consider. Getting something like the PowerA Protection Case for Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite means that it is always protected from the elements. A handheld device like the Switch means they can relax and use it when they need a little downtime, or when the weather isn’t what you want it to be.
Sometimes you may find yourself in a hotel. Especially if you are enjoying a weekend break somewhere or exploring a new city with the family. Hotels often mean that you are confined to one room and this can be a little intense with kids. Using the Nintendo Switch and connecting it to the TV could give you that welcomed break while your kids are occupied. Using the PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller for Nintendo Switch will help you to connect up more than one controller, and allow the one TV to occupy your kids while they enjoy playing their games.
The same can be applied to a caravan holiday. Using a device like the Nintendo Switch as a handheld will give your kids a little time to relax in their own space and play games they love, or connect up to the TV and allow them to play multiplayer games using wired or wireless controllers.
Nintendo Switch family games
- Top 10 educational games on the Nintendo Switch – These days, video games offer so much more than a way to pass the time. Some video games are perfect for keeping young minds ticking over, and can be used to provide outlets for a variety of unexpected interests – including subjects like palaeontology, and coding!
- Top 10 family-friendly Nintendo Switch games – Video games offer hours of endless family fun, and there are an abundance of games available for the entire squad, even if they’re non-gamers.
- Race With Ryan: Road Trip – Ryan’s World has come to life with Race With Ryan: Road Trip Deluxe Edition, and it’s every bit as colourful, fun and fast as you imagined. So pick a racer, head to one of six magical locations, and step on the gas to show your friends and family who the fastest racer really is.
- Carnival Games – Carnival Games from 2K is the perfect way to enjoy all the fun of the fair with 20 different mini games that will not only bring on the laughs but a slice of competitive spirit too!
Hopefully, these suggestions will help you to keep your kids gaming on the go during the summer and allow you to get some enjoyment out of downtime opportunities.