Collaborative Post¦ Want to prevent your kids from getting bored this summer and make memories without breaking the bank? Here are five fun, frugal activities to consider.
Family days out at the beach are what childhood memories are made of. Sandcastles, paddling in the sea, fish and chips on the pier and ice cream- it’s a fun filled day for kids and adults alike. If you live close to the coast you can make this a regular thing, but if you’re a little further away then it’s even more of a novelty and a treat. Get yourself a little car from a site like Motor Mill so you can enjoy regular day trips with the kids, otherwise look into bus and coach tickets Megabus is great as it runs all over the country and costs hardly anything.
The countryside is the perfect place to disconnect, to breathe in fresh air and let little ones run around. You could bring their bikes, pack up a picnic and enjoy nature trails, bird watching, fishing and more. It’s a chance to teach kids ‘forgotten’ skills such as orienteering using a paper map and a compass, or just to get some peace and quiet away from the town or city you live in.
Farms tend to be cheap to enter and they’re a lot of fun for kids. Search for nearby farms with miniature petting zoos as children are able to interact with animals like baby bunnies and guinea pigs. You can teach them about all kinds of animals in a more interactive way than showing them in books, and some farms even offer things like alpaca walking and feeding lambs. The animals might not be quite as exotic and varied as what you’d get in a zoo, however zoos tend to be really expensive whereas farms aren’t.
Finally, the park is a lifesaver when you have kids. It’s free, it’s local and it’s fun for them, they can burn off steam and it’s a chance to get some fresh air. If you have a nearby park you could go a few days a week while they’re off school, and at the weekends you could take a trip to where there are larger parks with more equipment.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, make use of it! Give it a good tidy, cut the grass and clear clutter to make it child friendly. Kids can dig and make mud pies, have water fights, draw on the patio in chalk and go hunting for minibeasts. You can keep an eye on them from a sun lounger or from the kitchen as you cook!
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