Whether you are jetting off somewhere warm or not, you can still enjoy summer in England (even if the sun doesn’t shine every day) and if you need to watch your pennies, here are 8 ways on how to have a fabulous summer on a budget with your kids:
1. Garden Party
Who says a garden party is just for the palace! Whether you choose to have your friends and kids over during a week day in the summer holidays or friends and family over for an evening or weekend, you can make it special. If you organise everyone to bring something with them, you’ve got your food and drink sorted. If you’ve got a barbecue great, but if not borrow one and the same for chairs too! Simply go to a pound shop and stock up on some decorations and you’ve got yourself a Garden Party!
2. Picnic by the Water
There’s nothing more relaxing than messing about on the river. Of course if you’ve got your kids in tow, you need to be alert, but there are plenty of places around Nottinghamshire where you can spend the day by water with things to do for the kids. Pack up a picnic and make a day of it!
3. Seaside Getaway Day
There are some fantastic coastal getaways you can get quite cheaply through National Express or Megabus. Why not take the whole family or team up with a couple of other mums and their kids and go spend the day on the beach or around a coastal town. Even if the weather isn’t the best (and it may well be!) your kids will have a great time playing in the sand and splashing around in the sea.
4. Great British Bake Off
What kids don’t love cooking? You could set up your own British Bake Off – yes, it’s going to be messy but such great fun. As well as helping them on their way with some basic cooking skills, your kids will love it. Maybe give them a few receipes to choose from, set up different stations in the kitchen and you could always team up with people who have children or join family members in the fun. It will take up most of a day and if that doesn’t the cleaning up most certainly will.
5. Sports Day
Not all kids love sports day but back in the day sports day involved egg and spoon, three legged and other bizarre races that usually had everyone falling over and in fits of giggles. If your garden isn’t the right size then take it to a local park. Enlist your family and friends and create your own sports day. You’ll have a great time and exert some energy out of the kids so you can chill and relax later.
6. Treasure Hunt
I guess a little bit like the Easter Egg Hunt but without the chocolate eggs. Think of something really cool that your kids are going to love and that is about all you are going to need to spend your money on. It could be cinema tickets or a trip to the local laser quest, a new game maybe or back to the idea of Easter eggs and a whole basket of sweets and chocolates even! Depending on the ages of your kids set about writing clues and leading them to the treasure. You can always get your friends involved too for a great morning or afternoon out.
7. Mystery Trip
It doesn’t have to be anywhere extravagant but think of somewhere your kids love to go and make a whole build up of secrecy around going. You could even make up three different places to go and get your kids to choose one card or something to pick the place, but not telling them until you arrive! Kids are easily pleased and suspense always adds a huge element of fun.
8. Walk in the Woods
There is so much choice when it comes to countryside in and around Nottinghamshire. Pick somewhere to go that is surrounded by trees or countryside and take your kids along on a nature trail. It doesn’t have to be one you pay to enter, it could be you set it up yourself. You might even find yourself learning new things too! If you want to get clued up, just Google what you can expect to find in and around that area and set your kids the task of pointing things out. Maybe give them a prize for the one who points out everything on the list you make.
Whatever you choose to do, have a fabulous summer with your kids!