Schools out for the summer and if you’re a parent you might find yourself with the tiresome task of keeping the kids occupied for six weeks. It can be a real challenge not to mention expensive. Long gone are the days when summer holidays meant playing conkers, climbing trees and building make shift dens, according to a survey by outdoor adventure company GoApe. The research revealed this year kids will spend on average three and a half days of their summer holidays staring at screens, that’s 86 hours and 48 minutes of their 6 week break.
So we’ve got some great ideas for entertaining the kids on a budget, before school starts again.
- Free craft pack – get crafty with your kids with Toucan’s free craft pack. Toucan Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers craft kits for children. You can grab your first pack free here. It’s worth noting that you’ll need to create an account and enter you card details and after you’re first free box you’ll be charged £3.95 so make sure you cancel within seven days of it being dispatched.
- Free tennis coaching – could your child be the next Andy Murray or Serena Williams? Find out with free tennis classes this August, as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend. Taking place this weekend with 148 events and loads of venues across the country, you don’t want to miss it. Plus, did we say it’s free? To book your family day out just click here.
- Free museum – school’s out but the learning doesn’t have to stop. Lots of museums around the country are free to visit, just check out Visit Britain to find those nearest to you. Some run summer activities and workshops for children which’ll take the ease off you having to keep up with their immense energy levels. From natural history to science and even a museum about toys there’s plenty to choose from and hey, you may even learn a thing or two yourself!
- Roald Dahl adventure game – Persil and Roald Dahl have teamed up to create a free adventure app to help kids get outdoors this summer, great if you really can’t the tear them away from their phones and tablets. The interactive story involves doing tasks that encourage children to get outside and be active whilst featuring some of Roald Dahl’s most beloved characters. https://www.persil.co.uk/roald-dahl/
- Theatre days out – if you live near London or are planning a trip to our nation’s capital then a trip to the theatre has to be on the books especially since under 16’s can get a free ticket to over 35 top West End shows this August. Depending on the show and your seats you can save £15-£65 however it must be bought with a full-priced adult ticket. Shows include Wicked, The Gruffalo, Billy Elliot and more. Click here for full details.
- Cinema deals – there are some great kids movies out this summer but it doesn’t need to cost and arm and a leg for a family trip to the cinema. The large cinema chains have kids only offers running throughout the summer holidays. Vue do morning movies for £1.99 and accompanying adults get to go for £1.99 too. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see the new Minions movie? Also check out Odeon and Cineworld for their kids cinema deals and showings.
And if you still need something to do then here’s another thrifty idea to keep the little ones busy:
- Fruit picking – find your nearest fruit farm here and pick your own fruit. Picking your own can often work out cheaper than buying it in the supermarket and can be a fun activity for the kids whilst encouraging them to eat what they pick. You could make some tasty treats using the fruits of your labour or get them to eat their greens by visiting one of the many vegetable farms scattered around the country.
For more ideas to make this summer a fun-filled 6 weeks for your children check out Day Out with the Kids, for a fun way to plan a day out.