Our first summer holiday is here! I can’t quite believe that year R is over, it feels like just yesterday that my eldest was starting school and now I’m going head first into 6 weeks of entertaining both boys over the summer holidays. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling like this is a daunting prospect financially and that I’m going to have to think outside the box to keep them busy on a budget. The cost of entertaining kids has increased by 25% in the last year according to the Post Office Parent’s summer spending report which highlights that parents across the UK are expecting to spend a whopping £7.8 billion entertaining their children this summer – an average of £594 per parent!
This seems like a huge amount of money, and I for one would love to think that I could reduce this cost over the coming weeks by coming up with some exciting ways to entertain the kids on a budget this summer. Luckily my son’s love being outside, so often we will grab the scooters, pop on a helmet and go for a little trip out to a local park. Picnics are a firm fave too so I often just pack up some picky food and a football and head out in the car somewhere different for the afternoon.
The last couple of school holidays kind of caught me off guard and I hadn’t really got into the swing of things (I’m blaming it on being a first-timer and adding working from home to the mix!) So this time, with almost 2 months ahead of me to plan out I thought I would make sure I was ahead of the game and think of some fun activities to throw together on a budget if boredom sets in on a day at home. I thought I would share them over here with you for anyone else looking to entertain kids on a budget this year!
10 Ideas For Entertaining Kids On A Budget This Summer Holiday
Pack A Picnic
Don’t feel like you must eat out each day, the cost of this is extortionate and in fact my children seem to love the freedom of eating snacky bits on a blanket outdoors somewhere more than sat on best behaviour in a restaurant!
Look out for community events
Days out don’t have to be elaborate costly affairs, have a look at your local community events for free things to do such as duck races and country fairs.
Check out places like Hobby Craft and Pet’s At Home for free workshops
Often they open their doors for free workshops throughout the week which make for a fun morning out.
Go on your own treasure hunts or search for rocks
We took the boys on a superhero treasure hunt around the woods one day which was totally free, and they absolutely loved the excitement of it!
Visit a PYO
This is by far one of our favourite summer days out! The kids basically eat their way around a strawberry field whilst enjoying fresh summer air and then we usually end our day for a lemonade at the country pub on the way home!
Keep an eye out for free open days at museums or galleries
Some museums will open their doors to the public over the summer for free, a wonderful way of doing something you wouldn’t usually do.
Check out the National Garden Scheme open days
These are probably not great for younger children, but they can provide something different for an afternoon out if you can find one near you.
Check out 2-4-1 offers on attractions
Often these will be on wrappers or leaflets and will save you lots of money if you’re doing a big day out (bring a picnic too!)
Camp in the garden
There’s something so exciting about making a camp in the garden, pitch your tent, adorn with fairy lights and fill it with cushions and blankets for a fun night time activity or even pitch up during the day! No tent – no problem! Grab a couple of old bedsheets and some pegs and you’re sorted!
Make your own creation station at home
Often my boys need some home time if we are particularly busy in the week, but by around 11am they need some extra stimulation, so I like to create little messy play areas and fun activities to do which all use things around the house so incur no extra cost to me! Here are some cool ideas we do in the garden.
I have also shared some of our ideas with the Post Office for their Summer Spending campaign which you’ll be able to see over on their social accounts soon! I’d love to know what you do to keep your little ones busy during the school holidays, or if this has helped give you some ideas to keep them entertained, leave me a comment down below and don’t forget to check out the Post Office videos for more ideas!