Depending on where you live in the country, half term is almost upon us and so comes a period of relaxed routines and more free time. Well for the kids anyway. Sometimes you just need a few ideas up your sleeve to keep them entertained on quieter days and without breaking the bank.
With the help of some friends, I set about compiling an A-Z of budget friendly activities. Below you’ll find lots of inspiration to keep everyone happy this half term whatever the weather decides to throw at us.
C = Cinema Josie Lots of cinemas do cheap morning showings of slightly older films in the school holidays. My local Odeon is £2.50 a ticket so we take our own sweets and it’s £7.50 for me and my two kids, compared to £40-£45 for a brand new film and buying snacks there. Https://Methemandtheothers.com
C = Cakes. Fran Most of us have the basics for whipping up a batch of fairy cakes at home. 2 oz of sugar, butter, self raising flour and 1 egg will make around 6-8 fairy cakes. A bit of icing sugar mixed with water or milk and some sprinkles! www.backwithabump.co.uk
D = Dressing up day. Jo Dress up as your favourite Disney or TV character and do activities around these characters all day. Www.arosetintedworld.co.uk
E = Explore Ell Explore your local village, town or city because sometimes we ignore what is right under our noses! I’ve recently found the website treasuretrails.co.uk where you can put in your postcode and download self-guided Treasure Trails/Spy Missions based around places local to you! It looks really good and we’re going to try a couple this Half Term! Http://typicalmummy.co.uk
G = Games Jade We love to play board games. We have a small collection and we can spend anything for an hour upwards playing different board games. It’s great when it’s bad weather outside. Https://www.jadeslongjourney.co.uk
N = National Trust Natalie If you’re a member you can have a full day out there for free if you take a picnic. There’s plenty to keep the children entertained, loads of space to play and it’s dog friendly too. plutoniumsox.com
U =Uno Rebecca If your little ones are a bit too small for the actual game, a pack of uno cards can be used for lots of fun activities including colour sorting or a simple matching game. Www.imperfectmummy.com