Half of parents have never taken their kids to a museum, study says

Half of parents have never taken their kids to a museum, study says

How much time do you spend doing activities with your kids?

According to a study, a whopping half of parents admit they've never taken their children to a museum, while one in three haven't played catch with them.

Researchers who polled 1,000 mums and dads with kids aged four to eight found many have never enjoyed traditional parent and child activities together – like feeding the ducks (27%).

Seven in 10 (69%) are yet to take their children to a toy store, and others haven't shared the joy of flying a kite with one another (63%) or blowing dandelions together (36%).

Historically popular activities like going to the cinema (36%), dressing up (36%), and colouring in or drawing together (23%) also remain unexperienced by many.

Commissioned to celebrate season two of 'Blue's Clues & You!' which airs daily at 4.30pm on Nick Jr, the study found the pandemic (52%) and money (49%) are the biggest obstacles.

Another hurdle is having a lack of inspiration – with 65% of those polled struggling to find things to do.

As a result, the children's TV channel has turned to the top influencers Illy Morrison, Scummy Mummies, Vogue Williams, Meet the Greers, and Jake Graf to provide parents with some ideas.

These include writing a letter to family members, going mudlarking, chalking on the pavement and making a mini-beast hotel.

Vogue Williams said: "Summer is finally here and for a child there is no better time for fun and adventures.

"We've been restricted the past 18 months on what we've been able to do with our children.

"But with things opening up again there is a whole new world of experiences possible for kids who may not have had the chance to try certain things out yet."

The research also found many mums and dads are yet to paddle in the sea with their little ones (38%), take them to a zoo (32%), or share an ice cream together (16%).

More than a fifth (21%) are still to read their kids a bedtime story, 60% haven't climbed a tree with one another, and 17% haven't ventured to the local park.

However, it's not that parents don't want to spend time with their children doing these things.

In fact, 87% said spending time with their kids is more important to them than anything else.

While 88% revealed they're especially conscious children grow up fast, so they actively try to make every second they spend with them really count.

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Eight in 10 (82%) wish they were blessed with having more time to do fun activities together, while 85% said getting up to all sorts of exciting things with their kids gives them a 'new lease of life.'

And 85% think this summer could be a great opportunity to do such things with their little ones.

Carried out through OnePoll, the study found 85% of parents have already planned a series of activities for the warmer months – nine on average.

Vogue Williams, mum of two-year-old, Theodore, and 11-month-old, Gigi, added: "I spent so much of my childhood walking through streams, climbing trees, searching for treasure and following clues to imaginary mysteries.

"Theodore is at that really inquisitive age where he is so fascinated by new experiences and the '30 things to do before you're five' list is very exciting for us both.

"Theodore can't wait to tick the new things off the list this summer and I hope other parents will join me and encourage their little ones to explore outdoors too."

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