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. .
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.
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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.
TOP 20 ACTIVITIES CHILDREN WANT TO DO MORE WITH THEIR PARENTS
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
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. ”
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