Whether it’s half term, a fortnight holiday or the full six week summer break, it’s often hard to find things to do with the kids. Take a look at our list of school holiday activities which will inspire you to spend time with your children having fun and making awesome memories.
How do you fancy a couple of hours of silence whilst munching some popcorn? Take your kids to see the latest blockbuster and blow their minds with amazing animation. Take advantage of 2 for 1 tickets via offers like Meerkat Movies or visit a kids screening where all tickets are cheaper. A family of four can then see a specific film for around £10! Take a backpack along with your own drinks and bags of your own sweets and popcorn. Cinemas charge a crazy amount for sugary snacks because that’s where they make their money so taking your own in will be much cheaper and allow you to enjoy other school holiday activities too.
Kids Eat Free
Many chain pubs and restaurants run kids eat free offers all year round or during the school holidays. They all have different terms and conditions depending on the retailer but the general idea is that two children can eat for free from the kids menu when dining with an adult paying full price for a meal. If there is one adult and two children, you can usually all eat for between £10 and £15. At £5 per head, that’s not bad for a tea time treat.
Get some fresh air in your lungs and enjoy a walk in the local park. If there weather is good, take a picnic blanket and some food and settle in for the afternoon with a good book as the kids run around. Let them blow off steam and use their energy on the play park as you sup a flask of tea. You could even be nature detectives, seeing what bugs you can find in the woodland floor or which birds are in the trees. It’s amazing how much time you can enjoy spending in your local park.
Enhance the fitness of your family by playing a game of football together. There’s nothing quite like the laughter of a kick about with the kids. You could also head to the local swimming baths and buy a cheaper family ticket. Swimming is a life skill that can be taught with plenty of fun. Alternatively, take this fitness things to another level and join parkrun. If your children are between 4 and 14 they can take park in free weekly 2k runs on Sunday morning. You could also tackle the Saturday morning 5k runs as a family but these are usually a little bit more busy. It could become a new family hobby and might even save your life!
There are loads of amazing wildlife parks, zoos and sea life centres where you can view the wonders of the natural world. There’s something amazing about your little monkeys seeing real life little monkeys! Don’t pay full price for tickets, do a little bit of planning before hand. You can often find a 2 for 1 voucher online or on the side of cereal packets or pay online in advance for cheaper. This is the same for theme parks. Even though they’re notoriously expensive, you can find discounts to reduce the price of these fun filled school holiday activities.
Museums & Galleries
Check out local museums and art galleries where you live or in your nearest city. During the school holidays they so often put on free events to help kids get involved. From craft mornings to Lego workshops, there’s usually something for everyone. Alternatively, just explore the exhibition and galleries. You never know what might spark off their creativity!
Whilst it can be easier to throw money at last minute plans, it’s much cheaper if you do a bit of planning before the children are actually off school. If you chat to them about what they fancy getting ahead of time it will allow you to plan things in and find the best possible prices. Spend time together and make amazing memories enjoying fantastic school holiday activities.