10 things to do in the summer holidays on a budget

So end of term is upon us and you’re trying to find things to do in the summer holidays to keep the kids entertained. It can be difficult to think of new and exciting activities that will ensure children make the most of their 6 weeks off. We have put together a list of things that might help you fill the time, no matter what the great British summer brings.

1. Days out – if the sunshine we have been promised does arrive then make the most of it by taking the kids outdoors and enjoy some fun family activities. Attractions such as zoos, local farm and theme parks will often have deals on for family tickets, especially during the summer, so make sure you visit the discount websites to save yourself some money.

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2. The great outdoors – if you want summer holiday activities that are more active and hands-on, why not book a trip to an activity day. With things such as obstacle courses or high wire adventures to choose from there is something to suit all ages. Plus this will not only get the adrenaline pumping, but also act as a confidence builder as they face challenges and possibly fears, and conquer them. And if your kids are sporty, there are many options for cheap tickets across a range of sports. Cricket for example, tickets for the T20 Blast competition are just £5. This is not only a fun day out for all the family, but also gives kids the chance to experience live sports action. These matches only last a few hours so are great for short attention spans. And they can even socialise with other children and practise their cricketing skills.

only a fun day out for all the family, but also gives kids the chance to experience live sports action. These matches only last a few hours so are great for short attention spans. And they can even socialise with other children and practise their cricketing skills.

3. Theatre trip – this summer why not take the kids to the theatre! And there are over 35 shows that kids can get into for free on the West End, so why not make a day of it. A good show will stay with you for years, and there are a range to choose from, from classics for older children such as Billy Elliott and Wicket to new shows such as The Gruffulo for the younger kids.

4. Camping -  not all holidays have to be abroad, and often the most fun ones are simply spent enjoying the great outdoors. So grab a tent, a sleeping bag and a couple of air beds and head for your nearest campsite. You can go on walks, play games and then at night, gather around the campfire, roast some marshmallows, and take in the beauty of a starry night. And for an even simpler way to camp, why not pitch a tent in the back garden and invite their friends over.

5. Arts and crafts – if you are looking for free things to do in the summer holidays, a great idea for some fun family especially on a rainy day is to do some arts and crafts. Whether it be simply for fun, or to make decorations for their rooms, it is a great way to gets the kids engaged and have show off your creative side.

6. Kids clubs – not all parents can spend all 6 weeks with their children, so if you have to go to work, why not find a fun club for the children to enjoy. From acting to sport there is range of fun opportunities for all ages, and some are even free. Maybe they have mentioned they enjoy playing tennis or their drama lessons at school, so why not help them to develop their skills, whilst meeting new people.

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 7. Film day – if the weather is miserable, then grab a duvet, a pile of films  and some snacks, and spend the day on the sofa in front of the tv. This is not  only a great way to spend time with the kids, but also a way for them to  relax and enjoy some of their favourite films.

 8. Baking – children love getting messy and what better way than to have  fun baking. Whether it’s simply fairy cakes or something a little more c  complicated, all ages can enjoy and you get to eat the results!

9. Cinema – there are a lot of great movies out for kids this summer, including the Minions, Disney’s new film Inside Out, and even Thomas the Tank Engine. And most have jokes for the adults to enjoy as well! Take advantage of offers and discounts, and you will even have enough money left for some popcorn!

10. Last minute holiday – the great British weather can be so unpredictable so why not jump online for cheap summer holiday ideas and book yourself a last minute family holiday. You can get some great deals, and many will have a range of fun activities for the children when you arrive so you can have some down time too!

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Whether it’s activities at home or exploring new places, there are so many fun family things to do on a budget. Take advantage of discount sites as they will often have a whole range of things to do and may even help you with ideas. The summer is here so make sure you and the kids enjoy it!

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