More than 50% of children want more time with their parents but say they are ‘too busy’

BRITISH children want more fun and more time to play with their parents – but say their adults are too busy to have time to spare.

A study of 1,000 children aged 6 to 13 found that 58% wanted more entertainment, yet 7 out of 10 said their parents and guardians were too distracted by other things. .

Together learning life skills like swimming can help them in the future


Together learning life skills like swimming can help them in the futureCredit: Getty

The top things kids like to do with others include going swimming, going to the water park, and watching live shows.

Others want to have a picnic together, go to the bowling alley, or ride a bike.

It also emerges that the average young adult wants four quality hours with their parents on the weekend – almost double the two and a half hours they are currently getting.


And 84% of children enjoy family time together.

More than eight out of 10 people will enjoy spending time with their family, but more than half are missing out on the opportunity to do so every six months or less.

The study, commissioned by Butlin’s to celebrate its first find of ‘Funbassadors’, will see one lucky family win £1,000 and the chance to visit all three of Butlin’s resorts.

Psychologist Emma Kenny says: ‘In everyday times, it’s pretty easy to get caught up in routines and forget to spend quality time together.


1. Go swimming

2. Take a walk in the amusement park

3. Go see a live show

4. Going to the cinema

5. Go to the zoo

6. Play video games

7. Go to the park

8. Have fun at the fair

9. Go to the water park

10. Play football

11. Play with toys

12. Dinner out

13. Go to softplay

14. Bake

15. Kite flying

16. Going on a picnic

17. Go bowling

18. Take a bike ride

19. Get what you need to know

20. Take a walk together

“So some time away from family, whether it’s midweek or weekend, is a great opportunity to switch off and engage in fun activities with your kids.

“Findings show that two-thirds of children claim their parents are preoccupied with work and three in 10 are regularly distracted by their phones.

“Going to a resort like Butlin’s is the perfect antidote to bringing the family back together.”

Research also shows that playing soccer, eating out and quite simply, going for a walk together are among the activities that children would rather do with their parents.

Children surveyed through OnePoll cite that their parents are overworked, overwhelmed with cooking and cleaning and also can’t afford it as the top reasons why they don’t get much time off. rest together.

Mike Godolphin, entertainment director at Butlin’s, said: “This new study shows that three out of four kids agree their parents are capable of having fun, hence their new Funbassadors. I’m the perfect starting point for that.

“Our resorts have all the activities children aspire to do with their families.

“We are delighted to welcome our Funbassadors to the team. They’ll have a great time experiencing all the endless family-friendly fun at our resort – while getting paid for it. ”

Working together can release endorphins and bring families together


Working together can release endorphins and bring families togetherCredit: Getty
Going for a walk or going to the park is a free fun activity open to everyone


Going for a walk or going to the park is a free fun activity open to everyoneCredit: Getty

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