Things to do with kids in the summer holidays on a budget

The summer holidays are near enough here now, most schools break up in the next day or so and you’re probably thinking how are you going to keep the kids entertained for six weeks! I have put together a list of ideas of fun things you can do with the kids without breaking the bank at the same time.

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The weather has been amazing lately and hopefully it lasts throughout the whole of the summer. It will definitely be easier keeping the kids occupied if we can get out and about in the sunshine.

  • Picnic in the park – if the weather carries on the way it has been, pack a picnic and get outside for the day. Even if you just go to the closest park or field, its great to have a picnic and enjoy the outdoors for a couple of hours.
  • Runaround in the nearest forest/national park  this idea could even be tied in with a picnic. Go to your closest national park or forest and just let the kids have a run around. Explore nature and even keep an eye out for all the different animals.
  • Gruffalo trail – if you’re close to Essex, there is a great Gruffalo trail in Brentwood in Essex. This is great fun for the kids. All you have to pay is 50p for a map and then you search for all the Gruffalo characters in the forest.
  • Peter Rabbit trail – this is the same idea as the Gruffalo trail. It is in Basildon and again you just pay £1 for the map then search for the Peter Rabbit characters. This one has a lovely picnic area and play area for the kids too.Local council run activities
  • Make cakes – this is an activity that can be done in all weathers at any time of year. Kids love baking cakes and you can normally rustle up all the ingredients you need from your cupboards. This is great if you just fancy an afternoon at home. The kids still have fun and then you can all enjoy a tasty cake at the end of it.
  • Play with water in the garden – if the summer heat wave continues, you’ll want to be sunbathing in the garden whenever you can. Even if you don’t have a water table, you can just get a big tub, fill it with water, throw some toys in and the kids will be entertained for hours!
  • Visit a local library – we are lucky to live right behind our local library. Libraries always have activities going on over the summer including the summer reading challenge. The theme this year is Mischief Makers. These challenges encourage kids to read six books over the summer holidays and they are given a sticker each time they read a book.
  • Movie day – who doesn’t love a movie day? Do you even need to get dressed? Just stay in your pyjamas all day, put Netflix on or Amazon Prime and just watch loads of films.
  • Local museums – if you have any museums local to you, they sometimes hold events over the summer. Or you can just take a stroll around the museum. These are always free and will be educational for the kids too.
  • Paddling pool – in my local town, there are a few communal paddling pools run by the council that open for the summer holidays.
  • Gardening – why not get your children to help with a bit of gardening. They can help pull out weeds and do some digging. This will help you out and they will enjoy it too.
  • Arts and crafts day – get out all your craft materials and let the kids go wild. You could even do this in the garden so it doesn’t matter how much mess they make.

Let me know in the comments if you have any more ideas for the summer holidays.

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  1. Claire Stewart
    July 20, 2018 at 1:13 pm (11 months ago)

    I love some of these ideas. I think the gardening one especially, we planted some vegetables and it was great to watch them grow


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