Fun Summer Holiday Activities on a Budget!
The 6 week break… our kids dream about it all year. And while we look forward to more time with the kiddywinks, most of us wonder how on earth we will be able to keep them entertained without breaking the bank!
This guide will look at some ideas inspired from our real mamas in our private group!
Babies and Toddlers…
- A good way to kill time cheaply over the holidays is to spend time outdoors; why not make the most of your garden? Argos have a fantastic range of garden toys; they have a 2 for £15 range, a 2 for £20 range, and a 2 for £30 range meaning that you can get excellent value for money.
We bought this excellent pop up tent and matching tunnel from the 2 for £15 range; my son loves it, and the quality is excellent. He has heaps of fun in the garden whilst I do the laundry or work from home on the decking.
- Local parks are another excellent resource to access; feeding the ducks, the play area, picnics…. completely free and a fab trip outdoors!
- National Trust membership is an EXCELLENT invesment! There are so many National Trust properties across the UK with awesome educational activities, historical locations, beautiful woodlands, lakes and soooooo much space for walks with the pram. We visit our local National Trust properties (I live in the National Forest so we have LOADS near us) for long walks and picnics when the weather is good. It costs £114.60 for an annual 2 adult and up to 10 children under 17 pass, or £9.55 a month. A single adult and up to 10 children under 17 pass costs £71.40 a year or £5.95 a month. Under 5’s go free! You can use it as much as you want, and you’ll also get free parking.
- If the weather isn’t fantastic, there are a plethora of fun things you can do indoors. Barnados has print out activity sheets for exciting toddler-friendly activities on a rainy summers day. Handsonaswegrow also has some excellent activity ideas, such as crafting and creating.
- Charity shops sell baby and toddler books extremely cheaply, so another idea could be to stock the bookshelves with books in anticipation of a rainy day. TheWorks often has a 10 for £10 deal on too, which we have always found excellent. The book shelf is officially FULL!
Infant and Primary School Age…
- National Trust membership, as previously mentioned, is fantastic. For the older kids of school age, treasure hunting is great for a cheap day out; for instance, you could write a checklist of items for the kids to retrieve such as an acorn, a leaf, a shiny pebble etc, and then you can take them for a lovely long walk around finding each item and awarding cheap and cheerful prizes such as fun size haribo or other good behaviour incentives! This can even be done at the local park, or in your back garden.
- Arts and crafts usually go down a treat! Hobbycraft always has wicked deals on arts and crafts materials, from baking to sewing, painting to creating, to keep the kiddies entertained without spending a fortune on crafting activities.
- Gardening may not be every ones cup of tea but it’s actually a great educational activity, it’s pretty cheap, it teaches responsibility, educates them about natural processes, and it’s a longer term project that the kiddies can see through until the end. Growing Sunflowers, making scarecrows, decorating pots with ceramics paints and then planting cheap bedding plants in them… the world is your oyster! I spotted this cool project over on Kidspot!
Preteens and Teenagers…
Teenagers are probably the hardest to entertain (when they’re not off out with their mates!), so its all about scouting for good deals!
- Odeon has the ‘family ticket‘ deal on until the 3rd of September, so basically the offer lasts for the duration of the summer holidays. The ‘family ticket’ is for two adults and two children or one adult and three children, children being defined as aged 12 and under. Each adult will be charged at the price of a child ticket (or less)! T&C’s apply.
- Theme park deals are a good one to look out for; Money Saving Expert has some tips for getting discounts here, for attractions across the UK!
- ‘Long term’ projects can be fun for the more artistically inclined. As mentioned above, Hobbycraft often have brilliant deals on crafting materials, which cuts the price a tad. Projects such as a decorating task or making their own customised quilt from old clothing thus also recycling can easily last for the 6 week stretch, and they’ll finish the holidays with something to show for their time off, plus with honed crafting skills!
I hope that this helped inspire you to plan some amazing summer holiday activities without breaking the bank!
Love from Katie! Xx