The summer holidays are the perfect time to have fun together as a family and strengthen your bonds with your children, but sometimes those family outings can seem a little too expensive. If you’re trying to save a bit of money, or have already spent your budget on a family holiday or day out, you might worry about how you’re going to entertain the little ones for the rest of the summer. While it can be stressful to try and plan activities that are either free or low cost, here are some ideas that are simple, fun and suitable for all ages. Some of them don’t even involve leaving the house, so you can catch up on some work or chores while the kids enjoy themselves!
Affordable Days Out
If you’re not planning a summer holiday with your family this year, you’ll probably want to go on a few days out to enjoy the sunshine, have some fun and make them feel a little bit spoiled. While many days out, such as theme parks and cinema trips, can seem to cost a small fortune for families, there are many options for those of us who can’t afford to splurge too much. Visiting your local family swimming pool will only cost a few pounds each, and is a great way to get a bit of exercise and have fun together as a family. You could also look for special deals on family days out, which will allow you to visit more expensive attractions at a fraction of the price.
If you’re looking for free days out, then there are plenty of options for you too. Visiting a new park or beach is a great idea on those warm summer days, providing that you have transport. You can also visit many museums for free in the UK, which offer the perfect solution to rainy days, as they can provide a whole day’s worth of activities in one building. For creative kids, you might choose to take them to an art gallery and nurture their artistic side. Ask them to recreate their favourite piece of art in the gallery, or do some research on an artist when they get home. This has the potential to offer days of fun activities and, best of all, it’s free!
Activities at Home
If you don’t have the transport for a day out, you could arrange a special family day in instead. This could be based on any activity or theme and can cost as much or as little as you want it to. You could give your kids some basic cooking classes and have fun making snacks together, or, depending on their age, give them a mini MasterChef challenge and ask them to invent their own recipe. You could also create activities for them based on a favourite book, film or game, asking them to make artwork, write a story or even compose and perform a song. With a little bit of advanced planning, this can become a full day of fun activities that they’ll love.
Being outdoors is one of the great joys of summer, so if you have a garden then now is the time to make the most of it. Many children don’t spend enough time outdoors these days, choosing instead to spend hours glued to a screen, but it doesn’t take much to persuade them to play outside in the sunshine. You could teach them some gardening skills, have your very own family sports day, or create an obstacle course that you can all have fun with. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the garden, then external bi-fold doors are a great idea for opening up your space and allowing you to keep an eye on the kids. They’re also the perfect complement to an at-home picnic or summer birthday party, so if you’re saving up for a bit of home renovation, they’re ideal for transforming your outdoor space.
For many of us, the summer holidays are a time to relax and enjoy a slightly slower pace of lifestyle. However, they’re also an excellent opportunity to increase our fitness, get active and set a good example to our families. Children are likely to take the lifestyle habits they learn in childhood into adulthood, so it’s important to instil them with a love of exercise and an understanding of healthy living. Taking your family on walks in your local area is an excellent and affordable way to stay active together, and it’s completely free. Cycling and playing sports such as football and tennis are also great ways of staying fit and bonding as a family. Just make sure you let them win once in a while!
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