There’s nothing better than making memories with your children over the summer break. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or glorious sunshine; it’s just great spending some uninterrupted time together, where you don’t have to worry about being late for school, having all the uniforms washed and ironed, or where the P.E kits are…
We like to keep busy, but of course, don’t want the summer to cost a fortune. That’s why I like to use sites like https://www.vouchercodes.co.uk/ to get discounts for various attractions and restaurants. I can even get discounts on places like Paradise Wildlife Park and Sea Life London Aquarium. The kids will be excited!!!!
But for many of us, summer is a time of concern. Concern for our finances. Let’s face it, six weeks of keeping the kids entertained isn’t exactly kind to your wallet, especially if you’re on a budget or you’re struggling with debt. Discounts don’t help if the overall cost is money you don’t have. Those that are struggling to pay for activities will find companies such as Creditfix helpful for giving information or help with debt management. This can mean the kids will be able to do a varied range of fun activities that are free or discounted and have a wonderful summer.
With this in mind, I’ve come up with 10 low or no cost summer activities you can enjoy with the kids that are either super cheap or completely free!
Low & No-Cost Activities for Children’s Holidays
Visit The Library
The library can be a really fun place to visit during the summer break! Not only is it bursting with books and dvds, there are normally reading challenges for all ages, creativity afternoons, guest authors, storytime and much more! Head over and see what they have coming up. It’s a great way for them to keep up their reading skills while they’re away from school.
Visit a Beach or Lake
Obviously, this is something to do on a warm day but the kids are guaranteed to have a great time. Pack some sandwiches and drinks in a cooler to keep costs down, some sun protection and a beach ball.
Arts and crafts
If you don’t already have supplies then you can pick up the basics for a minimal price. Many supermarkets will stock a good range of fun arts and crafts goodies that children will love using. These usually last a while too, so they’re a good investment. Crayons, pens, craft paper, paints, glue, stickers, glitter, googly eyes, pom-poms – all the things that kids love! I tend to store mine in large boxes, we now have a good assortment for creative play. The children also love to use recyclable items to create fabulous designs with. I normally cover my table with a large plastic cover that can be easily wiped clean. We like to invite a few friends over to join in the fun.
Make a Fort
Forts are super fun to build and play in. Make them out of boxes, blankets or anything else you can get your hands on. Kids can spend hours, even days occupied with their homemade fort. It’s great fun and doesn’t have to cost a penny.
A popular and fun way to get creative over the summer is to decorate rocks. You’ll find plenty of inspiration online. The children have tried their hand at this a number of times. Some rocks they kept, some were gifted to friends and others left in local parks.
Go On a Picnic
A picnic in the park can be a nice way to spend a day or two over the holidays. Of course, this will be dictated by the weather. Take a ball, frisbee, kite or any other outdoor toy that will ensure a fun day out.
Visit Different Play Areas
No matter where you live there will always be numerous local parks nearby. Each of these parks will have their own unique play area. Visiting different play areas makes visiting the park really good fun and is a great way to use up excess energy they would usually work off at school.
A Movie Night
There’s no school, so why not let them stay up past bedtime? I often let the children choose a movie that everyone will enjoy. We’ll bring in the blankets and bean bags, get cosy and bring on the snacks! Don’t forget the popcorn.
Discovering Local Wildlife
You can spot all sorts of wildlife in local parks. Many will have a great range of bird visitors, others may have frogs, newts, rabbits, deer and other creatures waiting to be discovered. As many adults will soon discover children love looking for creepy crawlies. My children are obsessed with spiders and other such bugs which I can’t stand. You’ll find a pocket microscope will come in handy for a close-up view.
Visit a Free Museum
I’m glad I live in London. There are plenty of free museums for the kids and I to go and visit. Sadly, we haven’t been often or to many. I know my son would love to go see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.
What low cost or free activities would you suggest for keeping children busy over the Summer?
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