Four great apps for planning days out with the kids
Let these apps take the strain before your next grand adventure
Like most dads, you've probably got your 'go-to' days out. The local attractions and sights that you've been going to for years because the kids always have a good time and, well, it's easy. But how about mixing it up a bit for a change? If you fancy looking into something different for those long hazy weekends of summer that are upcoming, we reckon these apps will be just what you need.
Days Out With Kids
Talk about 'does what it says on the tin'. If you're looking to plan a day out with the kids, then it's probably a good idea to download the, er, Days Out With The Kids app. In truth, the app does have more than its fair share of bugs at the moment, but it's worth persevering with because the listings it contains are excellent. Local attractions are listed from closest outwards and there's a small selection of upcoming events you can browse as well. All can be rated by the community, and you get info on prices, opening hours and the like as well.
This one's hot off the presses - the National Trust only released this heavily updated version of its app this month. What you get now is a slick and striking mobile guide to every NT property in your area, all ordered by proximity. The stunning imagery that accompanies each listing makes it hard to resist visiting them all - at the very least virtually. Click on one and you're presented with every fact you could need - from the site's history to its opening times.
Change4Life Fun Generator
Here's one for if you've got a slightly different problem to solve: you're not going anywhere today, the kids are climbing the walls and you need something ingenious to keep them occupied. This NHS-produced app, which is all about keeping active and healthy, can help you come up with brilliant ideas to keep even a throng of youngsters entertained for hours. Just tell it how many kids you need to amuse, plus whether they'll be playing indoors or outdoors and the app will sling a stack of games and activities at you, along with instructions and rules.
We see apps like this a lot, but most of the time they turn out to be US-focused and therefore of little use until we get around to booking that long weekend in New York. This one, however, is produced by a UK company and therefore doesn't neglect these fair isles in its listings. What it does is tell you where the nearest [insert what you're looking for here] is to you, right now. Enormously handy if you're out with the family in an unfamiliar town and suddenly need to find a cash machine/restaurant/cinema or pretty much anything else really.