1- Play in the park
The Sun and Moon pub has it's own large outdoor terrace overlooking a lovely play park. There is lots of grass to play games on too. We spent an hour here every afternoon enjoying a glass of wine whilst the kids could run around and play with new friends.
2 - Go to the beach
Butlins Skegness has it's own direct beach access (gate closes at 6pm). The beach was lovely and sandy and despite it being a pretty warm day it was quite deserted when we visited around tea time which was nice.
3 - Enjoy the fun of the fair
The free funfair is one of the biggest advantages of Butlins Skegness over it's competitors. Open from 10am-6pm there are plenty of rides for little ones in the little stars fairground and older children/teens in the main fairground. There were never any queues for rides during our visit and it was lovely just letting the kids go on as many rides as they wanted without worrying about the cost.
4 - Stop for ice cream
Butlins Skegness has it's very own ice cream parlour on site where you can choose from a huge variety of flavours. We love the quirky outdoor seating too.
5 - Play in the outside water garden
We didn't take a photograph but there is a lovely outdoor area near the swimming pool where children can splash around and play in the water fountains (they 'dance' every 20 minutes) whilst the grown ups relax on the surrounding sun loungers.
6 - Join in with a sports activity
There are lots of sports activities to choose from. Most need to be pre-booked (check for times in the 'what's on' guide you are given on arrival and book at the booking point in the Skyline Pavillion) and some are free. You can choose from football coaching, archery, fencing, tennis and more.
7 - Relax in the gorgeous gardens
Both myself and my mum remarked just how manicured and well looked after the gardens were. In fact I'm sure I remember hearing they have actually won some awards for this! We loved the traditional deckchairs that were dotted about the site if you needed a 5 minute sit down and the grass outside our gold apartment was the perfect place for the kids to play.
8 - Hire a bike
There is a hire shop on site where you can hire a ride range of equipment from bikes for 4 to balance bikes and scooters. Most children either had their own scooters or hired them on site and there were plenty of places to lock them up too.
9 - Play mini golf
We didn't get around to playing mini golf however it was inexpensive (I think £2.50 each) and the pirate theme looked like lots of fun.
10 - Explore the local area
Skegness has a blue flag beach and is easily accessed from Butlins - you can either catch the bus that stops directly at reception or book a taxi (with a set fare) from the taxi rank at the main entrance. It is only a 5 minute drive in the car too. There are beaches, a new aquarium, traditional seaside fun, fantasy island theme park and a seal sanctuary nearby too so lots to do if you'd like to explore.
We stayed at Butlins Skegness during a term time weekend break which is perfect if you have school-aged children in need of some fun! You can find out more and book here:- http://www.butlins.com/