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
C = Crafts
Lyndsay-Rose Get scrolling on Pinterest for Mothers day/ Easter inspiration. https://MyFamilyOfRoses.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!
G = Geocaching
Rachel Have fun on walks with a digital treasure hunt! https://outandaboutmummy.com/…/get-outside-this-winter…/
Great minds as Katie had the same idea…
G = Geocaching
Katie Here’s a post with ideas and tips to get you started. http://mumof2point5.com/…/geocaching-the-free…/
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.
J = Jump in muddy puddles
Ell There are lots of those around at the moment!
K = Kite
Ell Fly a Kite.
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
Q = Quilling
Angela Quilling is super cheap and fun. https://www.theinspirationedit.com/unicorn-pictures…/
R = Rock Painting
Jenny Why not paint some rocks and then go hide them for others to discover. https://the-gingerbread-house.co.uk/category/painted-rocks/
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.
V = Visit relatives/ friends
Rebecca Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery.
X = X marks the spot
Rebecca Draw a treasure map of your house or garden and hide toys where you mark an X.
Y = Yoyo
Rebecca Dig out a yoyo and have a go. www.imperfectmummy.com
If all else fails, we head to our local garden centre. It easily fills a few hours and is a surprisingly good outing for little ones.
Do you have any other budget, family-friendly ideas?
If you enjoyed this, you might like to head over and Ell at Typicalmummy.co.uk for more FEBRUARY half term inspiration.