The Summer Holidays have now started for all school-aged children. It can feel like a daunting task entertaining your children for such a long period of time, without spending an absolute fortune. So, here we are sharing some free/cheap ideas to try and help you.
Picnic in the Park
Pack a homemade picnic and head to a nearby park. Enjoy the outdoors, play frisbee, fly kites, or simply relax on a blanket.
Nature Scavenger Hunt - Create a scavenger hunt list of natural items like leaves, flowers, rocks, and insects. Explore your neighbourhood or a local nature reserve to find them all.
Water Balloon Fight - Cool off on a hot day with a water balloon battle in the garden or a local park.
DIY Crafts - Get creative with arts and crafts using materials you have at home. Try making friendship bracelets, origami, or painting with watercolours.
Den Making - Create a den using sheets or blankets and pegs, close all the curtains and use torches to read stories. A fab cosy activity for the rainy days.
Storytelling and Drama - Encourage imaginative play by creating stories and acting them out with friends or family.
Library Visits - Many public libraries offer free summer programmes, including reading challenges, storytelling, and workshops.
Visit Local Events - Check community websites/Facebook pages for free or low-cost events in your area.
Gardening - Start a small garden or tend to potted plants. It's a rewarding and educational experience for both kids and adults.
Beach Day - If you live near a beach or lake, spend a day by the water building sandcastles, swimming, and having a beach picnic.
Bike Rides - Go on a family bike ride or explore nearby bike trails. It's an excellent way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors.
Science Experiments - Conduct simple science experiments using household items, like making a volcano with baking soda and vinegar.
Free Museum Days - Many museums offer free admission days during the summer. Take advantage of these opportunities to learn and explore.
DIY Mini-Olympics - Set up a mini Olympics in your garden with games like relay races, long jumps, and hula hoop contests.
Geocaching - Try geocaching, a real-world treasure hunt using GPS coordinates to find hidden containers (search for it on Google to find out more).
Additionally, here’s a great list of places where children eat free or for £1 for the next six weeks from moneysavingcentral.co.uk.
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