Written by a contributing writer
When school’s out, boredom can creep in. Keeping kids entertained can be tricky at the best of times, but even more so when they’re off school for a week or two at a time during the holidays. To help combat boredom and make the most of the time you have together, arranging some fun days out is the way to go. This list will show you that things don’t have to be expensive- here are some ways you can spend time as a family but without breaking the bank!
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Hikes and Bike Rides
A great way to get in some exercise as well as enjoy your surroundings. You could take a picnic and make a day of it. Inexpensive and a fantastic way to bond and spend quality time together. You could have a look at local routes, or if you live in a busy city look into cheap car hire and take a drive to the country or coast. Explore forests, beaches, caves, and meadows; whatever kind of scenery you have nearby.
Museums and Galleries
Museums and galleries are fascinating places, and getting your children interested will nurture a love of history and culture. If you’re looking for something educational to do to keep their minds busy, this is a good option. Best of all, most are completely free to enter which is ideal if you’re after a budget day out. Keep an eye on the websites of your local museums, some days they might have fun, interactive exhibits and other things to do for kids to make the experience even more enjoyable.
Farms give children a chance to see and interact with different animals but can be far cheaper than things like zoos, safari parks, and sea life centers. Many give children the opportunity to handle and feed baby animals, and tours give them more information about the different creatures which is again educational.
Nature Parks and Gardens
Many nature parks and gardens are free or cheap to enter, you just pay a small fee for parking. The perfect way to spend a sunny day, strolling through the beautiful surroundings at a leisurely pace. These kinds of places often have routes you can follow, along with things like bird watching huts, picnic areas, and various activities. See what kind of things you have locally and go and check them out!
Days Out With Vouchers and Discounts
Theme parks, experience days and other exciting days out are usually expensive. However, if you keep an eye out for vouchers and discounts you might find you can take the family without spending much. Whether it’s a buy one ticket get one free, children under a certain age going free or just a percentage off deal, it could be an idea for a special day out even if you’re on a tight budget. Keep your eyes peeled for ways you can get that cost down!
What’s your favorite budget day out with the family?