Whilst it is lovely to have the children at home, trying to think up new and engaging ways to keep them occupied can be difficult, and more often than not, expensive.
Here are some top tips for keeping down when out and about this summer.
- CHEAP ACTIVITIES: Your local council will have loads of great activities planned all summer. Some will be free, and others much cheaper than the private options. Go to the website of your local district council and they will have a full list of summer activities. Options range from every sport you can imagine to dance classes and movie making. Prices vary from council to council. Just give them a call – I called mine and they were very helpful. Top tip! If its OFSTED approved then you can pay with childcare vouchers saving you a small fortune.
- FREE DAYS OUT: There are lots of amazing places to visit in the UK that kids will love and they are free. Check out the Morrisons/Play England Play Map with nearly 4,000 free or very low cost play activities for you and the family to enjoy this summer. www.english-heritage.org.uk also has great free days out. If it’s a rainy day then head to one of the many free museums in the UK, many of which offer free activity days during the summer holidays.
- USE VOUCHERS: Never buy anything online without searching for a voucher first. If there’s a specific theme park or pricey attraction that you (or the kids!) want to visit do a quick internet search before booking anything. There are loads of amazing online deals to take advantage of. For example, a quick search for ‘Alton Towers voucher’ brought up loads of 2 for 1 offers. Keep an eye out for the 2 for 1 deals in national newspapers or on the back of car parking or train tickets. Tell family and friends without children to save anything they see for you and your kids.
- DON’T OVER SPEND WHEN YOU GET THERE: Food is expensive almost everywhere when eating out, especially with the whole family in tow. Take a picnic. My kids love a picnic. They help me make the sandwiches, bake cakes, slice fruit. Best of all, for some reason they love to wrap it and put everything in little bags they’ve made. They would always rather have food THEY’VE made at home. This summer the kids are excited about trying out the new M Savers summer recipes – and so am I!
Last updated: Thursday, 12 July 2012