Just because it seems like Britain is about to nosedive into another recession, it doesn’t mean that activities with the kids are limited to plonking them down in front of the TV and writing off this year’s family holiday. There are easy ways to have fun without spending a penny (or paying very little). Save money and create wonderful memories together with these inexpensive days out:
Okay, so your kids may not be the next Monet, but if they like looking at pictures, they’ll love a good art gallery. With free entry, you can afford to polish the day off with a bite to eat in the café or a homemade picnic in the nearby park. Encourage your kids’ cultural side and find out which artists they like.
Natural History Museum
Perfect for a rainy day, the Natural History Museum is full of breath-taking exhibitions, from dinosaur bones, to razor sharp sharks’ teeth. You can see extinct animals in all their glory, learn about how our intricate planet works, and swat up on evolutionary theory.
If you’ve struggled to explain the development of human beings to the kids (it’s harder than you think), let the Natural History Museum take that mammoth task off your shoulders.
Bristol Harbour Festival
When it comes to a day out, Bristol Harbour Festival has got it all: circus performances, music, hula hooping, markets, dance artists, children’s activities, workshops, drama…oh, and did we mention the ships? You really couldn’t ask for more from a day out.
Eastbourne Lammas Festival
‘Lammas’ is more commonly known as the Harvest festival. Traditionally a pagan event, this celebration occurred at the first day of cutting the corn crop. Otherwise known as Lughnassah, it’s one of four Celtic fire festivals still celebrated.
This family-orientated Lammas festival is full of music, dance, and entertainment. The whole shindig is run entirely off the back of volunteers. You can expect Morris dancing, drumming, open air ceilidhs, crafts, and storytelling. Dress up in a gorgeous Celtic outfit and join the seaside procession!
Seeing as fun begins in the home, have a cooking day with your kids. Not only does this teach them important life skills, but you can enjoy the tasty spoils afterwards. From homemade pizzas to delicious chocolate brownies, getting messy in the kitchen is a great way to spend your day. Take around any extra cakes to loved ones.
Visit A Zoo
For a small fee, you have an entire world of exotic animals at your fingertips. Take your kids to your nearest safari park and help support conservation efforts across the planet.
Hit The Cinema
With two-for-one Orange Wednesdays, a trip to the cinema doesn’t have to be a bank-breaker. If you’re not with Orange network, Cheap Tuesdays are a great time to take the kids to see the latest movie (and sneak in some sweeties in your bag, so you don’t have to pay for popcorn!). We won’t tell…
Old school cinemas still exist, and they usually show movies for much cheaper than mainstream theatres. Check if there are any in your area, as they usually have a lot of character and make for a more enjoyable night out at the pictures!
This post was composed by Zoe, a British lifestyle blogger, on behalf of http://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk.