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Keep the kids entertained for less over the summer holidays

Posted 20 June 2017

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There are lots of great ways to keep the whole family entertained over the summer holidays without breaking the bank. Here are some of our best ideas.

The summer holidays will soon be upon us. Children up and down the country will be excitedly looking forward to six weeks of freedom and fun. But for many parents the summer break can bring financial anxiety along with it. Keeping the kids entertained for so long can end up being pretty expensive and if you’re already on a tight budget, this might fill you with dread.


So how do you have a great summer break without breaking the bank? Try a few of our top tips.


1. Check out free events in your area


A bit of planning goes a long way. Why not have a look ahead and see whether there are any free events in your area over the summer? For example, if you live in or around Manchester you can enjoy free park runs, arts markets and even free lunchtime concerts at RNCM. A simple Google search should come up with what you’re looking for, and you can always go directly to your council’s website which should have all the information you need on any free, family–friendly events they have planned over the next couple of months.

2. Free museums


There are lots of free museums and art galleries you can visit. It’s worth doing some research before you go, to see whether a museum near you has any special events or activities planned designed to keep the kids happy.
For example, you can pop in and listen to a free talk on Ancient Egyptians at The British Museum on the 22nd June, great if you’ve got any budding historians in the family.

3. Cheap cinema tickets


If you pick the right time to go, you can end up seeing the latest releases with the little ones for a fraction of the price. Cineworld have weekly screenings of kids’ films, with tickets starting at just £2.00. With prices that low you might find that you can see a few films over the holidays and still not break the bank.

4. Pick an inexpensive summer hobby


One way to make the days at home go a little bit faster is to pick a hobby that you can do as a family. For instance, maybe you could all learn a language together, or work on your baking and cooking skills? If you’re a family of book worms, why not choose a few books to read over the holidays and form your own book club to discuss them? A hobby like this can be very inexpensive indeed and it will also give you the chance to learn something new together, really making the most of family time.

5. Free kids clubs


See whether there are any free kids clubs in your area running over the summer holidays. What’s on 4 School Kids? is a great place to start looking for the right club for your children. Just click on your region on the map and you’ll be able to find holiday clubs and classes, compare prices and find something within your budget.
For example, if you live in central or South-east England then Kids Run Free organise kids’ runs once or twice a month. Picking an active past-time like this will keep the kids happier and healthier, killing two birds with one stone. You can register your child here.

The summer holidays can be a great opportunity to get more active, learn something new and spend precious quality time together as a family, and it definitely doesn’t have to cost the earth. Whatever you decide to do over the summer holidays, we hope you and your family have an amazing time.

by Christine Walsh

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