The school holidays are almost upon us. They can somehow manage to be a combination of an oasis of family fun while completely draining your bank balance dry. You may feel like towards the end, you rely on too much screen time to get you through the last few days, and that’s absolutely fine – to help you out, check out the best Nintendo Switch deals. However, there are plenty of ways to be smart and money savvy about the school holidays.
- Check out the culture
Many local towns and cities have amazing museums and art galleries that the kids will love, and during school holidays lots of them also offer free activities. Just make sure that you check that you don’t need to book ahead for some of the more popular ones.
- Visit the library
The library has always been the hub of the community. Whether it’s discovering a new book that the kids love or joining in with the different exciting activities that are going on, check with your local library service.
- Have a movie night
The cinema can be expensive, especially if you have more than one child, but there are so many other ways to do film nights. Netflix and other movie streaming platforms also offer one month free trials so it may be worth signing up for the school holidays – just don’t forget to make a note of when the free trial ends and cancel it, or you will be charged.
Get some bags of popcorn and sweets, invite some friends over, make the living room cosy and you’ve got your own private cinema for next to nothing.
- Pack up a picnic
Making a picnic can be a fun family activity if you get the kids to join in, and you can have a whole range of delicious food in one place rather than having to make one choice at a busy and overpriced restaurant. It doesn’t have to be fancy – most things taste better eaten in the sunshine! It’syou’re
- Head to the park
The weather might be hit and miss, but we’re lucky to have some fantastic parks across the country. Children love nothing more than running around in the nice weather – and often, even if the weather isn’t that nice. Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices!
There are usually fun activities going down in green spaces during the holidays, so it’s may be worth checking your local park’s activity timetable. Even if it’s just getting out of the house for an hour to kick a ball about or making a DIY scavenger hunt, it’s an excellent way to get some fresh air.
- Get creative in the kitchen
Pick up a couple of boxes of cake mix and some cheap tubs of decorations and let them loose in the kitchen. While you might have to spend a while cleaning up the mess afterwards, you can enjoy the fruits of their labours – hopefully!
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post.