School’s out!… and parents everywhere are preparing to barricade themselves in the toilet with whatever supplies need to see them through the next 6 weeks. Many parents I know struggle to keep the mini monsters occupied during half term while maintaining their household budget, let alone a full six weeks. However, school holidays don’t have to leave you out of pocket, there are lots of free or low cost activities you can do to help burn off some energy and relieve the boredom.
Here are some of our favourite low cost activities
The British summer can be unpredictable so we always like to have some rainy day options available.
Baking is the firm favourite in our house when it comes to rainy day projects. However, if you’re not the next Mary Berry, then why not try some arts and crafts.
Junk modelling, painting and play dough are all cheap activities that will keep the kids entertained for a while.
Finally if you have children that will sit still long enough, why not make your living room into a cinema. Close the curtains, stick on a movie and pop the popcorn.
Visit the park
We are fortunate enough to have loads of fabulous parks not too far from where we live. We often take a picnic and some outdoor toys and make a day of it (weather permitting).
You could also set up a scavenger hunt for flowers, leaves, pinecones etc. The possibilities are endless.
Again, we have lots of free to enter museums nearby including the National Media Museum in Bradford, The Royal Armouries and Leeds City Museum.
Many have additional activities/workshops on during the school holidays too so why not take a look at what’s on offer in your local area. Your local council website should be able to help.
We will definitely be working our way through this list during the holidays as well as crossing things off our family bucket list.