Fun summer competitions for the family

Here we go again – six weeks of full-time kids action! I’ve got a trip to Eurocamp and a weekend at the Green Man Festival lined up for our summer holidays, plus a few prize theme park and cinema tickets to use –  and hopefully I’ll convince Ryland to do a little comping too!

Here’s my round up of creative kids (and family) competitions to keep you busy this summer…. if you spot any more, feel free to leave a link in the comments!

Win a family stay in London

Baker Ross want to see Playmobil characters created from crafting materials! The winner gets an overnight hotel stay in London and entry to Kidzania – 20 runners up get a Playmobil movie goodie bag. Find out more at – it closes on 2 September 2019.

Win a Cornwall holiday, £200 of Konfidence vouchers, a Mark Warner holiday & more…

8 year olds and under can enter their creative sand castles in the Konfidence Sand Art competition – the winner gets a trophy, but also an overnight family stay at the Polurrian on the Lizard hotel in Cornwall, a suitcase full of travel prizes from Trunki, a £200 Konfidence voucher, and a holiday voucher from Mark Warner – as well as BubbleBum, Snoozeshade, Cuddledry and Milton products. The 2nd place entrant gets a £100 Konfidence voucher, a Trunki and a Cuddledry washbag, and 3rd place gets a £50 voucher, a Trunki Paddlepak and a Cuddledry washbag. The competition ends on 30th September 2019 – weekly winners get a certificate and every entrant will receive a metal badge! Post your entry on the Konfidence Facebook page with #GoldenBucket19. For inspiration, you can see the 2018 entries here). Full details are at

Win your dream train made into a toy!

5-12 year olds can draw a picture of what their dream train journey would look like, upload it at, and they could be in with the chance to have it turned into a real-life toy – plus take 3 friends to a Rookies Academy Experience Day, where they will see what goes into running a real-life railway station and get hands-on with all sorts of different activities. Three runners-up will win a Rookies Experience Day. This one closes on 11 August 2019.

Win £100 worth of Maped Helix goodies

Maped Helix are looking for Back to School testers aged 6-11. To enter email a video of up to 30 seconds demonstrating why your child would make the perfect Maped Helix Back To School Tester. Each entry must include child’s name, age and category (either 6-9, or 9-11 years old). Ten children will receive £10 of products to review and the winning entry will get £100 of stationery products. Closing date is 2 August 2019.

Win a short break at Alton Towers

Maped Helix are also giving away a trip to Alton Towers! Pop down to Poundland and snap a photo with the promotional Back To School stand in store, then share on the Maped Helix Facebook page – and one entrant (chosen at random) will win a stay at the Alton Towers Hotel for 4 people. This one closes on 30th September 2019. Find out more here. Why not buy a few props for your Back to School review while you’re there?

Win a Smiggle shopping spree for your class

Smiggle are giving away three shopping sprees for you – and your class! (a £20 voucher for every class member). Simply complete the form at saying why you will choose kindness this school year – entries are judged. Closing date is 10 September 2019.

Win your story published in a Jacqueline Wilson book

Creative 7-12 year old storytellers can win a school visit from Jacqueline, a Microsoft Surface, £100’s worth of WH Smith Vouchers, a year’s subscription to First News, AND a book bundle for their school library. 500 runners up will also get their names published in the same Jacqueline Wilson novel! To enter, submit a fictional story between 750 and 1000 words at before 2 September 2019.

Win a £250 creative crafty hamper

The Creation Station have set twelve creative challenges for the summer holidays – share photos tagged with #CreationStationSummer to enter. You get an entry into the draw for each challenge you complete – so twelve entries maximum. The winner of the £250 crafty hamper is announced on 1st September – find out more on their Facebook page.

More ways to keep the family entertained

  • Check my advice on entering competitions in kids comics and magazines – and look out for the mags where you can only enter on the forms as entry numbers will be low.
  • Hollywood Bowl have the chance to win a family trip to Hollywood, a treasure hunt in the bowling alley, plus lots of other prizes if you get a strike including the special Coca-Cola pins.
  • Eat in Las Iguanas and ask the kids to draw/colour in on their kids menu before 2 September – 15 winners will win a Trunki plus a £40 voucher
  • There’s always lots of fun prize draws on the WhipperSnapperKids website – as well as downloadable activity sheets.
  • Don’t forget to take a Swizzels product on your adventures and enter their Snap Your Summer photo comp!
  • Pop in to the Entertainer toy shop – they have a couple of Playmobil and Bakugan entry form prize draws to post in store before 4th September 2019.
  • If you’re near the beach, why not do your own mini beach clean? Send a photo of you with your finds to Eco Kids Planet before 10th August and you could win one of 5 toy sets!
  • Complete theToppsta reading challenge by 9 September and you could win a £50 Smiggle voucher!
  • Look out for large standees in Cineworld – take a photo with the ICEE one and you could win a year’s supply of Icee drinks, or with the Playmobil movie one to win one of 50 Playmobil merchandise prizes!
  • And talking of Playmobil, if you’ve had their catalogue in the post check inside for their annual colouring competition (closing date is 6th September) – there’s also a Playmobil colouring competition in selected Toymaster stores!

Have a fantastic summer!

3 Responses

  1. Maz A says:

    A huge thank you for putting this list together Di, it was really kind of you and great fun to do.
    My little one really enjoyed doing them, she won one competition and came runner up in another. Thank you so much ( your lists and advice have been brilliant)

  2. phil cairns says:

    Hi, we are running a colouring in competition for kids aged between 6 and 12 for a chance to win a free game and for their drawing to be included in the actual game. The game (Salty Dogs) is going to be released later in the year and features animal Pirates. This is currently up on our website if you would like to check it out and let me know if this is something you would like to have on your website. Closing date is 1st September.



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