Summer holidays are approaching fast. Don’t wait to hear the dreaded ‘Mum, I’m bored!’ With a bit of planning you can make long holidays become great holidays without breaking the bank.
1. Day trips
Try a day trip to London. Get organised and plan the day. Get train tickets well in advance for cheaper fares. Visit the free Science Museum, Natural History Museum or the National Maritime Museum to name a few.
2. Cheap Getaways
If you haven’t booked a holiday for this summer, keep an eye on daily deals sites like Deal Zippy. Lots of deals are available and new deals are always coming up both in the UK and overseas. Local entertainment deals are also available on the site so keep checking for updates.
3. Use your vouchers
Many theme parks have deals available. 2-for-1 entry vouchers can be found on cereal packets, flyers in the surrounding area, or even on theme park websites.
Whatever the weather children love a picnic at a playground. Simple but effective. Take them shopping with you and give them a picnic budget. Let them work out how to get the best picnic for the money available. Pick an adventure playground, or one with paddling areas and let the kids romp around.
5. Use Clubcard or Nectar points
Book days out using your Tesco Clubcard or Nectar card. You get far better deals by booking activities than paying for your shopping with your vouchers!
6. Meal Deals
Forget unhealthy takeaways. Have a look at your local restaurants instead. Many will have kids eat free options or 2-for-1 deals on meals. Treat the whole family to a yummy lunch with nobody having to wash up.
7. Movie night
Some cinemas offer weekend movie deals from only £1. Keep an eye on upcoming movies and bag a bargain for the whole family to enjoy.
8. Make the most of your library
Libraries are no longer echoing silent places as in days gone by. Modern libraries are filled with colour and light (and books). Computers are available for members use so your children can each use one without having to fight over it. Story time is popular with younger children. Older children may prefer curling up with a good book in the corner.
9. Camping or Glamping
Let the children get close to nature. You can either take your own tent to a campsite or rent a static van onsite. Perhaps you would like to try glamping – otherwise known as glamorous camping – when everything is at your disposal including the kitchen sink, and the tents are more like canvas houses.
10. Look for local festivals
Have a look at websites such as Away with the kids for information about your local child-friendly festivals. Make the most of the day by getting there early, planning what you want to see and leaving as late as possible.
So keep an eye out in your local area or daily deals websites for entertainment that makes a memorable summer holiday.