The summer holidays are on the way, and they can tend to remind you how expensive your kids can be. There are plenty of options when it comes to activities and day trips for the little ones, especially at this time of year. However, daily outings to Legoland and Alton Towers are things that very few parents can afford. In fact, one family outing to any sort of theme park or attraction seems to cost a small fortune; the bigger your brood is, the more out of pocket you’re going to be.
While these special excursions will make great family memories, and are considered a wonderful treat; there are plenty of affordable alternatives to occupying your little ones over the holidays and weekends. You might just need a helping hand to find an idea, and to work out what can keep everyone smiling on your staycation, at home. The following are some tips, tricks, and fun ideas for your family to enjoy themselves during their free time, without you having to spend money left, right and centre.
Whether you’re on holiday in the UK or are staying at home for the duration of the summer; there are always going to be rainy days when the kids seem to be climbing the walls. Therefore, it’s a smart idea to start collecting a box of goodies for art and craft days. Encourage the kids to delve into paints, wool, glue, paper, and foil, and get them to express their creative talents at the table. Pop down some newspaper so that they can get as messy as they like, and use up some of the energy they’d usually save for outdoors. There are always great deals in pound shops and discount book and activities stores; so grab the sticks of glue, sequins, and craft card when you see them on special offer.
You can add to the craft box all year round so that there’s a plentiful supply when the weather turns wet. Sunny days can also be crafty ones; set the kids up outside on a blanket or at the outdoor dining table so they can paint what they see, or create art from dried leaves and various things they find in the garden.
A Family Movie Night
If you’re keen to save even more money, and perhaps the weather (still) isn’t so good; a movie-filled morning, afternoon, or evening will provide hours of family fun. Make the most of your unlimited broadband and head to the kids section of your Netflix account, or whatever app your little ones are loving, and make a list of their must-see movies and programs. Pop a cosy blanket down with some scatter cushions, popcorn, fairy lights, and a living room picnic so that you and your kids can enjoy a cinema date in the comfort of your home. For more inspiration; check out an array of sites on the internet and begin planning your affordable summer staycation ahead.
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