The school holidays are a great chance to spend some quality time with the kids, but it can feel like you need a short-term loan just to afford everything. So to help keep the costs down, we’ve put together our list of some of the cheapest ways to keep the kids entertained during the summer months.
Visit the Beach
A day spent beside the seaside is always a day well spent, and the beach offers plenty of completely free things to do while there. Whether that’s building sandcastles, searching in rock pools for crabs or taking a dip in the sea, there’s bound to be something for your kids to enjoy.
And what’s more, an active day spent outside with all that fresh sea air is sure to have them worn out for the evening – ideal for giving you some much needed time to relax when you get home.
Go on a Bike Ride
Ensure that your little ones still get their daily exercise during the summer break with a family bike ride. Kids will love spending time as a family and knowing that they aren’t wasting the day in front of the TV is sure to be a weight off your mind.
A quick look online at the Let’s Ride website highlights plenty of great cycle routes around the UK.
Visit a Fruit Picking Farm
As the fruit season gets into full swing with the arrival of summer, the chance to visit a pick your own fruit farm sounds incredibly appealing. Kids are bound to love collecting the fruit in their baskets, while knowing that they are enjoying a healthy outdoor activity is sure to offer at least a little peace.
Create a Mini Garden Patch
Teaching your little ones about growing their own herbs and vegetables in the garden can be both a fun and educational experience. Creating a small patch in the garden, or a window box if you lack the space, is easy and kids are certain to love watching their vegetables progress. Once your vegetables are ready, cooking them up into a delicious meal is sure to be extra rewarding knowing that you grew them yourself.
Visit One of the UK’s Many Free Museums
One great thing about the UK is that many of our museums are completely free to visit. So if you’re looking to keep the kids entertained and to possibly learn something, all while keeping costs down, then you won’t go wrong with a visit to a museum.
If you’re after a bit of inspiration for museums this summer, why not check our Alternative 2019 Summer Days Out Under £10 page. Here, you’ll find a number of brilliant museums amongst our many suggestions of places to explore for cheap this summer.
Picnic in the Local Park
Easy, fun and affordable, the local park provides the perfect option for getting out of the house when the weather’s good, so why not make an afternoon out of it? Packing a picnic of favourite foods can help to make the trip into more of an occasion and is sure to put a smile on the face of your little ones.
Keep an Eye out for Offers
Keeping the costs down throughout the school break can be tricky, and trips out to the cinema or a theme park can quickly end up blowing your budget.
However, by keeping an eye out for regular deals you could comfortably enjoy a day out with the kids that won’t leave your pockets empty. A number of cinema chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Vue all offer up cheap child tickets with an accompanying adult. While there are a variety of ways of getting a hold of two for one vouchers, including with National Rail tickets, Tesco Clubcard points and Kellogg’s cereals.
So to ensure you can still treat the kids without overspending, try taking advantage of the many deals offered up during the summer months.
Enjoy Local Council Activities
Many local councils offer a mix of fun and affordable classes over the school holidays that are ideal for getting the little ones out of the house for a few hours. Activities such as football, swimming and tennis are often offered completely free and it’s not just during the summer months either, as many councils provide these schemes all year round.
Take a Trip to the Grandparents
Sending the kids off to their grandparents for a day or two can be a win/win situation all round during their extended time off. Kids and grandparents both get to spend a bit of quality time together while you get some free time to get on with other jobs can be a great idea.
Cook Dinner Together
Showing your kids a few easy recipes can be an incredibly rewarding experience once they get to taste the results. If you’ve also got fruit or vegetables in the garden, cooking with those can cut down costs, while it’s always more gratifying when you’ve grown the ingredients yourself.
Play a Game or Two
We’ve all got those old board games hidden away for a rainy day but digging them out for the summer months is just as good a way of keeping the kids busy. Setting up a classic game in the garden when the weather’s nice can provide a fun-filled and hopefully not-too-hectic afternoon activity that will also keep your budget in check.
Let them be Bored
One of the great things about the school holidays when you’re young is the sheer amount of time available, however, filling this time can often be tricky. Though you shouldn’t worry, letting your kids be bored can be a great way of encouraging their imagination and creativity.