If you’ve got kids you don’t need anyone to tell you that they are expensive…but worth it!
Half term is generally a mixture of joy and dread. It’s an excuse to take time out of work or spend more time doing things with the kids, but at the same time it can often be dampened by the fact that holidays and days out can get expensive. We can all relate to how frustrating it can be that holiday companies hike up their prices over half term. Unfortunately, we can’t change that, but we can you thinking about what you can do. Here’s our half term on a budget 10 fun things to do with your kids:
1. Great Deals!
At the beginning of October, The Mirror newspaper published deals on cheap half term family days out from 35% off concert tickets to see pop group, Fifth Harmony, to 2 for 1 park access to Disneyland Paris! Click here for the great deals.
2. 10 Things under £10
Rather than just giving you one suggestion for something to do for under a tenner, we have done some research and found 10 things for you to do with your kids at half term for under £10. Click here for details.
3. Head for the Kitchen!
Get them in the kitchen! Yes, we know it is going to be messy but if you can become one with that for a few hours, it will be fun. There’s lots you could do and why not plan the time out with them as well to make it more fun. You could try baking rice crispie chocolate cakes or having high tea with sandwiches and cakes. Spend an hour or so researching some ideas and get them involved. Roll up your sleeves and be prepared to get stuck in!
Volunteering. This is a great way to get your kids to think about others. There are lots of ideas but you could try a visit to a local residential home to spend some time talking to elderly residents or maybe popping in to your local children’s home and spending some time with kids there. Volunteering does come with some restrictions in terms of what is allowed and what isn’t for safety purposes but there will definitely be opportunities in your area – even if it is asking friends and family if you can help with dog walking or grocery shopping.
5. Write a Story
Write a story! Get their imaginations running wild. Although they may roll their eyes because they are actually off school this week it is a great way of doing something together. You could suggest they write a different ending for an existing fairytale or if there are a few of you write chain stories where one person writes a paragraph and the next person carries it on and so on. When the final person has written their story you read the whole thing through. It can be quite entertaining.
6. Go for Dessert
If your budget won’t stretch to dinner or lunch out you could just book in somewhere nice for dessert. Most restaurants have ice cream sundaes for less than £5 and you could book in and arrange balloons to make it extra special.
7. Make a Treasure Hunt
Always fun. Come up with a whole list of odd items for them to find. If they are older you could also add clues for them to find the next thing and you might enlist the help of an older child in creating it with you. The prize doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, maybe chocolate or even that they get to choose the activity for the following day!
8. Visit the Seaside
Although we are now into October and it is definitely chilly, wrap up warm and head off to your closest beach. For some that might be a distance but if you can’t get there by car there are plenty of other inexpensive ways you can travel – try coach or train for starters or maybe join forces with another family who do have a car and you can go together. Walking along the beach, exploring shells and rock pools can soon pass the day away without having to step foot in an arcade!
Not all kids enjoy walking but there are lots of places in and around Nottingham where there are activities in the midst of forest walks. If you don’t fancy somewhere conventional, why not make it into a mystery walk and just head off and see where it takes you. You could take a picnic and provided you have some idea where you are, you could easily spend half a day wandering around and exploring in and around your local area. Be sure to make sure you keep to public paths to avoid getting into too much trouble with farmers!
10. Get Creative!
Finally, be creative. If you can’t head off on holiday or take a day out by the beach, just think outside the box a bit. Get the kids involved with ideas for things you could do. You’ll be surprised what a little brainstorming can do. Most of all try to do things you don’t usually do, relax, have fun and enjoy!