How to entertain the kids this Easter without breaking the bank
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
When you're looking after children in the holidays, it's all too easy to spend a small fortune entertaining them. But short on cash needn't mean short on fun - here are some ideas that don't cost a packet to help you through the break…
1. Head outdoors
The National Trust annual family pass is great value, with lots of properties and acres of gardens to explore - they offer great Easter egg trails and lots of other activities for kids in school holidays too. Register at www.50things.org.uk to complete the National Trust's '50 Things to do Before You're 11 ¾' series of outdoor adventures. Castles with dungeons and moats are a great way to spark young imaginations - visit www.english-heritage.org.uk to find your local romantic ruin.
2. Have some fun on a farm
Even if you live in the city, chances are that there is a farm nearby that's free to visit. It's a wonderful opportunity to get close to animals, whether grooming a pony or feeding the goats. Click here to find one near you.
3. Hit the library
They're not just for books - most libraries offer a good range of free activities for children in the holidays, from Easter egg hunts and craft projects to sing-alongs and storytelling. Find your nearest library here.
4. Become culture vultures
Boost IQ with some QI (quite interesting) places - there are plenty of free museums and galleries to be found in every region and they're all set up with activities to attract younger visitors. Visit Britain and moneysavingexpert.com both offer good guides to these, but it's also worth checking locally.
5. Bag a deal
With all the discount vouchers you can find online, a day out with a difference needn't cost a fortune. Good old moneysavingexpert.com comes to the rescue again with lots of deals for activities, attractions, theatre and more on its cheap days out listings. There are lots of kids eat free deals to be had too - check out which national chains offer free meal deals for children accompanied by a well-behaved paying adult.
6. Come over all creative
It's easy to find ideas for projects that you can make by recycling junk from around the house - borrow a book from the library or go online for inspiration. Here are a couple of our favourite ideas: make your own sundial and build a wormery.
7. Where to find out more
There are plenty of other resources online to help you find free activities and events in your area, but these three are a good place to start: Visit Britain, netmums.com, bbc.co.uk.
Enjoy the holidays!
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