Having the kids at home for a full six weeks can prove to be seriously expensive. There are more meals to make, more spare time to fill, and it can start to seem like you can’t turn around without spending a small fortune on one thing or another.
Still though, it’s important to recognise that you have choices, and you don’t have to resign yourself to blowing that budget. Here are five purse-friendly activities that will keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank…
Geocaching is one of my all-time favourite activities to do with the kids. It’s a real life treasure hunt, and it involves hunting down hidden items in your local town or city. Wherever in the UK you happen to live, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be plenty close by for you to check out.
An added benefit of geocaching is that it’s a great way to get some exercise in without even realising it. Some caches even contain small treats like toys and pencils that the kids can take away with them. For more information, check out this guide to geocaching. It’s totally free to get started.
In the days of video games, traditional board games are often overlooked. They get the kids away from the TV screen though, and they can provide hours of fun for the whole family. You could even turn it into an ongoing tournament.
If you don’t already have board games in the house, then head to your local charity shop. There’s almost always a massive selection available for just a few quid each. It’s definitely worth checking that all the pieces are in the box though!
It’s always a good idea to introduce children to cooking and baking in the summer holidays. It’s a real skill that they’ll be able to use later in life, and it’s also a whole load of fun. Much of the time, you’ll already have everything you need in your kitchen cupboards. A favourite in our household is this recipe for simple butterfly cakes.
Yes, it can create a bit of a mess, but it’s easily tidied up. Make sure that you encourage everyone to help out with the washing up, and serve the cakes after teatime as a special treat.
Playing sports in the park
Most of us could benefit from being a bit more active. We’re so often lead to believe that we need to splash out on an expensive gym membership or flashy workout clothes, but this just isn’t true. Some of the best childhood memories are created in the great outdoors.
Grab a football, get your kids and a few friends together, and make a day of it during the summer holidays. Pack a picnic if you want to avoid forking out for snacks and ice creams whilst you’re out.
Look for bargain tickets FOR THEME PARKS
Days out to theme parks and similar destinations are really popular in the summer holidays, but they can also be extremely pricy. The good news here is that there’s often an abundance of offers available that can really slash the cost.
A great place to look for the latest offers is on the Money Saving Expert’s dedicated page. You’ll find deals that are redeemable in places like Alton Towers, Legoland, and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
If you’re feeling apprehensive about how you’ll manage your finances during the summer holidays, remember that you’re definitely not alone. It can be a tricky time, and even if most won’t admit it, it’s a time that many parents almost start to dread!
Remember though that there are plenty of ways to make memories with your family and keep your kids entertained, without breaking the bank. Why not get started with trying out thees activities listed here?