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Budget-Friendly Activities for the Summer Holidays

Looking for some fun activities to do with the kids this summer that won’t break the bank?

We’ve got you!

With the summer holidays soon approaching, we understand how challenging it can be to keep the kids occupied for a whole six weeks. We also understand how challenging it can be to find ways of keeping them occupied that won’t leave you skint within the first two weeks!

Keep reading for our budget-friendly activities for the whole family that are both cheap AND cheerful

1) Head to the Beach

You may need to pay a small fee to park your vehicle or to enter the beach, but a family trip to the beach can be a fairly cheap day out.

Pack up plenty of beach towels, drinks and snacks for the cooler, and sandcastle supplies (which you can get cheap from any pound store) to give the kids hours of endless fun in the sun. Bonus: you can also use this time to sunbathe and relax.

Just don't forget the sun cream!

2) Get Cosy Indoors

UK weather can be disappointing, and this summer has been no exception.

Make sure you’re prepared by planning an ‘emergency’ day should your outdoor plans be ruined. Make it extra exciting for your kids by creating a ‘rainy day’ box filled with blankets to build a fort, their favourite Disney DVDs to host a movie marathon, some hot chocolate/snacks - whatever you like.

You could even introduce the kids to some of your favourite board games from your own childhood for some extra nostalgic fun!

3) Go Camping

Tents can be expensive - especially if you’re looking for one that’s family size. If you can, borrow a tent from a friend or family member so that you can take your kids camping for a weekend.

If a camping ground isn’t within the budget, why not set up a tent in the back garden for one night? You can toast some marshmallows, look up at the stars, and your kids can still enjoy the wifi connection from the house to watch a film on their iPads.

The bonus for you? You can enjoy a restful night’s sleep in your own bed!

4) Hike or Bike

Some of the most fun summer activities cost nothing at all. Spend time in nature and soak up that Vitamin D with a hike somewhere scenic, or visit your national park to feed the birds and squirrels.

If you have bicycles, a family bike ride is another great option for the summer - and good exercise, too!

5) Get Crafty

If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, arts and crafts can be relatively inexpensive and are great fun for the kids.

There are tons of easy DIY ideas to get you inspired on Pinterest: have your very own DIY Day and make anything from homemade slime to delicious home-cooked pizza!

*Credit to Budgeting for Bliss for these great ideas


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