The summer holidays offer the perfect opportunity for some adventures with the family. However, it can end up getting expensive when you have to pay for pricey attractions. Following on from our summer holiday activates for children’s post last year we’ve come up with some news suggestions for fantastic days out with the kids that won’t break your budget.
Visit a park
Most of us live somewhere near a park, and they’re great places to spend a day out of the house with the family. Many have fantastic playground equipment to keep younger kids entertained, and you could take other portable toys and games, too. Don’t forget to pack a picnic with snacks and drinks to last all day!
If there isn’t a decent park on your doorstep, you could go a bit further afield to a national park or country park and explore the great outdoors. To make it more engaging for kids, you could make use of the Woodland Trust’s free activity packs for exploring nature.
Catch a movie
The cinema can easily become a very expensive trip, but most major chains offer decent value daytime tickets during school holidays. You can get tickets for around £2.50 for morning viewings during holidays, and sometimes weekends, usually with adult tickets at the same price. Buy your snacks from the supermarket before going, and you have yourself a good value way to entertain the family for a few hours.
Visit a museum
Most museums across the UK are free to enter, and there are some great ones for kids. There’s the World Museum and the Maritime Museum in Liverpool, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Museum in Cardiff, and the National Museum of Scotland.
This might sounds like a terrible idea if you’re used to trailing round the shops with kids, but many stores put on free activities and events for kids during the summer. Pets at Home stores run small animal workshops during school holidays, and official Lego stores offer a free toy build on the first Thursday of every month for 6-14-year-olds.