How to Keep The Kids Entertained on a Budget Through The School Holidays

How to Keep The Kids Entertained on a Budget Through The School Holidays

Having your children at home over the holidays, whether one week or the full six weeks in the summer, can be draining on both your energy and your budget. We believe it is possible to have fun through the holidays with your family without worrying about money.

Here’s our top tips to keeping the kids entertained on a budget in the school holidays…

Plan ahead

Whether it’s pre booking entry tickets somewhere or booking a holiday for the family, it’s worth thinking ahead. Often you will only need to pay a deposit so you will potentially have a good few months to pay for the holiday instead of one big amount.

DIY trips over packages

Pre organised day trips or holiday packages can come with a higher price tag. By booking travel, accommodation and extras yourself you can often save money. It’s easy to be lured in by ‘kids go free’ tickets but it’s worth looking into whether you can save money booking each item individually yourself.

Go for a house swap

Instead of booking a big blowout holiday in peak school holiday time why not consider a house swap with a family abroad or offer to housesit for someone. You get an incredible holiday with your family and often with absolutely no cost.

Organise play dates

You don’t have to wait until school is back for the children to see each other. Why not arrange a few play dates through the holidays with a small group of friends and take it turns who’s house you visit each time. You get to spend time with grown ups and the kids get to have a ball.

Find the best dates

If you are adamant to book a family holiday in school holidays, naturally these are more expensive than other weeks throughout the year. Traditionally the last week of August usually has the lowest cost of the summer school holidays.

Consider short breaks

For those open to exploring lots of new places with the kids then why not do a few short breaks instead of one big holiday. This gives you all lots of things to look forward to instead of just one thing plus you get to see loads of incredible places. You could even get the children involved and pick one city they’d love to go.

Make your home a play haven

It’s exhausting doing day trips every day, let alone the costs of entertaining a family for the holidays. Chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time at home too so replace the old paint brushes, get any broken toys fixed and spruce up the play spaces so the children are ready to enjoy their time playing at home.