The school holidays are here, and although you may be on a tight budget, there’s no need to worry! We’ve got you covered with these 10 affordable ideas to keep your children entertained without breaking the bank.
Get ready for summer holidays filled with fun, adventure, and quality family time!
Embark on a Literary Journey
Head over to your local library and discover a world of books that your children can borrow for FREE! Engage in the Summer Reading Challenge ‘Ready, Set, Read’ either online or at the library itself.
This summer, explore the wonders of nature by visiting your nearby local parks and open spaces. Gather some friends, pack a picnic, and enjoy a day of outdoor fun while the kids burn off their energy playing games.
Experience the thrill of geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt! Use a GPS-enabled device or smartphone app to find hidden caches in outdoor locations. It’s an adventurous and free activity that the whole family will love.
Take advantage of the UK’s free entry to museums and delve into the world of history, science, and art. The summer holidays are the perfect time to explore the fascinating exhibits and learn something new.
Discover restaurants and eateries where kids can eat for FREE or just £1. It’s a great way to enjoy a meal out without burning a hole in your pocket. Click HERE for the latest deals and offers.
If you have a garden, make the most of it! Host a Teddy Bear’s Picnic for your children and their friends, and let their imaginations run wild as they build dens and enjoy time outdoors.
If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast, spend a day at the beach these summer holidays. Pack some essentials like food, beach gear, and sunscreen, and relish in building sandcastles, hunting for crabs, and enjoying the waves.
Home Cinema Magic
Create your own movie theater experience at home. Gather cozy pillows, blankets, and beanbags, and have a film afternoon with your favorite flicks. Don’t forget the popcorn for the ultimate cinema feel!
Step away from screens and dive into classic board games. Invite friends over for a non-device morning and discover new games while fostering social interactions and healthy competition.
Charity Shop Bargains
Spend some time over the summer holidays, exploring your local charity shop for fantastic deals on books and toys. You can even involve your children by encouraging them to tidy up their rooms and sell unwanted items. The money earned can be donated or used for more budget-friendly adventures.
Remember, it’s equally important to manage your spending during the holidays. Discuss your budget with your children, so they understand the financial limits and learn to make thoughtful choices. Challenge yourselves to have “Free” days, where you enjoy activities that don’t require any spending.
So, embrace the summer holidays with these exciting and affordable ideas that will create lasting memories without putting a strain on your wallet. Happy thrifty adventures!
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Hi, I’m Karen, I am a blogger and finance coach. My speciality is helping couples get on the same financial page and win with money and marriage.