Sun is out- so should we be!

 Who turned the heat dial up? This perfect Spring weather is normally short-lived in Malta, so we can say from past experience that families had better make the most of this glorious weather before we all start complaining of the unbearable heat!

Here are our picks of the best ways to spend the next month doing something fun with the family:

1.Attend a car boot sale. The joint effort of setting up folding tables and chairs, a couple of worn throwovers to lay on the floor to put your wares on and a clothes rail will be worth it once you see how much clutter you can clear from this exercise. Pick up some cardboard boxes from a relative's office, and give the kids the responsibility of clearing out their own rooms to see what they no longer play with. Letting them keep the money which they make from the sale of their stuff is always an excellent incentive. Meanwhile, go around the home and pick up all those unwanted ornaments and unused gadgets. The day before pack the car (or, if possible borrow a van- you're gonna need it!) and put half a dozen small bottles of water (after removing a fourth of the contents to allow for expansion) into the freezer, and prepare the sunblock, sunhats and comfy outfits (especially shoes!) for the day. In the morning (we're talking a 5am start!) cut up some watermelon from the fridge and cook something quick- like chicken tenderloins, to pack in a thermos for the kids lunches. You can even take a microphone to flog your clutter!

2.Visit a farm. Vincent's eco farm organise fun family days out in nature, and the kids will love being shown how organic produce is cultivated. Grab some carrots and apples and small change to buy pellets for the goats, rabbits and donkey at the Ta' Qali petting farm. Watch out for the Manikata Co-operative's organised afternoons of picking carob off the trees and milking the goats while touring the farm before treating you to some snacks al fresco. Diar il-Bniet have seasonal strawberry picking and organise tours of their farm on request. Join 'Il-Merill' to be informed about their seasonal activities- from goats cheeslet workshops to salt harvesting to get stuck in!

3. Cycle to your local playground. Very often weekdays pass in a flurry of school, homework, catechism classes and extracurricular activities. But the longer days mean that you can get out with your kids for an hour or so before the dreaded bedtime routine. Pump up the tyres of your bicycle before setting off, and gauge wheher your children can be trusted to cycle on ahead of you to the local playgound, while you walk along the promenade and wonder at the beautiful sea views. Some parks offer bingo nights which are super exciting for kids, and have sporadic visits from the bouncy castle operators- while you grab a beer at the cafe while keeping an eye on them.

4.Attend and volunteer at a school fair. Being part of the PTA means that you often get the inside scoop as to how your children's school is being run, whilst also benefitting from a personal relationship with the school administration. Your children will love to see you lending a hand at the school Spring fair- whilst they run amok on the rides and trawl the stalls for goodies enjoying hanging out with their mates, away from the confines of the rigid school timetable. Many schools organise this main fundraising event during the month of May, which are fun days out even if your kids do not attend that school. 

So get cracking- as the temperature will shortly be hitting the 30's and then the air-conditioned comfort of your home, not to mention the sunset swims, will beckon.

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Lisa Grech is the founder of the Malta Baby & Kids Directory and website. Together with Denise Briffa and Crysta Darmanin we combine work on the publication and website while bringing up lots of children (seven between us!).

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