Summer activities on a budget

Written by Jools Smith

9 July 2018

The summer holidays are almost upon us which for many of us can be a testing time on our finances. Day trips and mini breaks can be very expensive, with travel and food costs all adding up.

We’ve pulled together some ideas of how you can enjoy the summer holidays without breaking the bank.

Visit the park

This is a great way to get out in the sun. Take a picnic and your only expense will be travel costs and treating you and the kids to an ice cream while you’re there!

It’s also a great opportunity to go for a walk and explore the local nature.

Have a water fight

What better way to cool off on a hot summer’s day? Fill the water balloons up and get the water pistols out. Your local shop or supermarket should sell them if you need them!

Go for a bike ride

A great way to explore your local area is going for a cycle, not to mention a fun form of exercise for you and the kids. You’ll be surprised how far you can get in a day and unearth local gems you never knew were there.

Go camping

If you or a friend already have a tent why not go camping? It’s a great way to spend a weekend and enjoy some quality family time outdoors. There are plenty of camping spots across the country for you to enjoy. Alternatively, set up camp in your back garden. The kids will still love the sense of adventure and spending the night outdoors.

Plant your own little garden

Pick up some seeds from your local garden centre or a DIY store and grow your own mini garden with the kids. You can get seeds for all kinds of fruits and herbs, and you can enjoy the rewards!

You could also grow some flowers for a nice centrepiece to your dining table.

Go swimming

Check out your local swimming pool for any offers or deals they have on over the summer holidays. It’s a fun day out for you and the kids and a chance to cool off out of the sun. You might want to take a trip to the seaside for a free alternative!

Movie day

If the cinema is a bit out of budget for you try bringing the movies to your home. Draw the curtains, dim the lights and create that cinema experience in your living room. Get some popcorn and sweets on the go and enjoy an afternoon in front of your favourite family movie. A great idea if the weather is being typically British and raining in summer.

Visit a museum

A good day out for you as well as the kids is to visit a local museum. They are often free or ask for a small donation and are a great way to learn something new.

Paint a pebble

You may have heard of a recent craze of people painting pebbles and hiding them in a nearby park or countryside for other people to find. Have a go yourself with the kids and hide them on your walk to the park. You can be as arty and creative as you like to make your pebble memorable.

Keep your eyes peeled for other pebbles dotted around, too!

Arts and crafts day

Another way to pass a rainy summers day, go through your cupboards and pull out anything that you haven’t used in a while which could be turned into something else. It gives the kids an opportunity to get creative and make something for their bedroom wall or a grandparent.

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