Time spent with kids during the summer holidays is a novelty for most people, with the majority of UK parents now working full-time. Most people want to spend the precious few days they do get off with the kids doing something fun, however, during a cost-of-living crisis, a lot of people are in the same boat when it comes to cutting down on extra costs! If this is you, we’ve got you covered! In this blog, we have detailed our top fun things to do with the kids during the 6 weeks holiday, that won’t break the bank.
1.Take a trip to your local beach:
A day at the beach is one of the best affordable days out, with so many fun activities to do. You can build sandcastles, swim in the sea, and go rock pooling! You’ll have a jam-packed day out without having to spend loads.
2. Picnic at the park:
If like us you are located a fair distance from the sea (Midland’s folk will understand the struggle), a day at the park is the perfect alternative. Simply pack yourselves a little picnic and round up your favourite outdoor activities such as frisbee or rounders, and you’re good to go. You can even take some duck-friendly food and feed the local birds.
3. Visit a museum or art gallery:
A day out at the museum or art gallery are a fabulous way to immerse your child in history and culture, without breaking the bank. Most of these locations are free with the option to donate. During the summer holidays, most of these venues will also put on some sort of activities for the kids, such as drawing or pretend fossil finding.
4. Go Geocaching:
A very trendy option for this summer is geocaching. Geocaching is a free treasure-hunting hobby where you can simply download the app and search for treasure in your local area. You can find out more on the official website: https://www.geocaching.com/sites/education/en/
The UK is home to ample free animal farms and sanctuaries. Most people should be able to locate one within a 20-minute drive or bus journey. With loads to do from feeding the animals to treasure hunts, you’ll have a jam packet fun day out.
6. Visit your local library:
A library is a great, peaceful way to spend a day, morning, or afternoon. Most libraries are free to enter and read, you typically only have to pay if you choose to take a book home with you. Most libraries will have activities for kids during the summer holidays also, just check their website and find a day that best suits you.
7. Visit a local landmark:
Most counties have their own famous landmark. For example, in Worcestershire we have the Malvern Hills, Tyne and Wear have the Angel of the North and Wiltshire has Stonehenge. Just take to Google and see what your area is known for and head out for the day.
8. Visit a Botanical Garden:
There are Botanical Gardens all over the country that are free to enter, where you can immerse yourself in lots of different types of plants from all over the world. You can do some research before you go and set up a little scavenger hunt for your kids if the botanical gardens don’t do this already.
9. Attend a free local event:
Most towns and cities put on a variety of free events for families across the 6-week holidays. You can find out about these on local Facebook groups of the local newspaper.
10. Go for a family Hike:
What better way to get out and enjoy nature with your family than on a hike? You can find a route near you using All Trails handy website. They have routes all over the country, including inner city routes for people who don’t have direct access to hills and fields.