Check out our Cheap days out with the kids guide

It’s the third week of the Summer holidays and there’s no doubt the cost of having children home for six weeks can take a strain on our purse strings.

Here are some tips and ways to entertain the children and save money this Summer

Cheap local places to visit with kids

Lots of libraries have closed down over the last few years due to budget cuts but if you’re lucky enough still have one near to you don’t forget to check out what free activities they have on offer over the coming weeks. During the Summer holidays, my local library has put on a magic show, an animal roadshow, crafts and movie mornings plus the Summer holiday’s reading challenge. If you click on your council website, go to local libraries, then click on Young Children and Families, you should be able to see a list of

events the one on the Birmingham Council website.

There are some great parks around the country that cater for all the family. Some are very large and have a children’s playground, a lake or pond perfect for feeding the ducks or going on a pedal boat ride (many big parks have this available during the Summer months and charge extra to use them.) Some have outdoor paddling pools or water feature, perfect for keeping cool during this lovely hot weather. Many are equipped with toilets and a café, better still prepare a picnic and take one down to eat at the park. If you google local family friendly parks near me, you can see the most popular family parks and get a feel before you decide to go by reading the google reviews and looking at the photos.

Hashtag for cheap kids activities and ideas

Now I couldn’t write about researching free things to do without mentioning hastags!! As we live in this information age, it’s getting easier to sift out relevant information on Instagram or Facebook using hashtags. To discover what other people are doing to have cheap days out with the kids use #summerholidaysuk (will give you some ideas as to what other families are doing or going this Summer) #childrensactivities has over 15k of posts with lots of things to try with your children. If you’re like me and you find it hard to come up with a variety of lunch ideas for your children then head over to instagram’s #childrenslunch to see great ideas to steal for lunch!

If you hashtag your area with the word park e.g. #birminghamparks you should see lots of posts from people who have visited parks in your local area.

Other hashtags to try on Instagram: childreneatfree, schoolholiday, schoolholidays, schoolholidayactivity, schoolholiday2018.

Days Out Vouchers to use

Lots of popular attractions also do ticket promotions and family ticket deals. Some that are currently running Summer offers by purchasing items such as Carex Handwash, Kellog’s cereal and Cadbury’s chocolate,

Head over to where they have loads on info on where to take children over the holidays and where to find the best money saving deals.

Don’t forget to use your railcard a to save on train fares and check your car breakdown service or car insurance membership for deals. For example, if you have a AA membership, visit their members benefit page to see places where you can get up to 20% off on food and up to 45% off on Vue Cinema tickets.

Virgin Trains have a fantastic blog post detailing 100 Family Friendly Activities to do with children over the Summer ranging from making a bug hotel, mastering a magic trick to painting pebbles and having breakfast in a park.

Remember the holidays can be fun and not as expensive if you do a little planning and make sure you use all the discounts, vouchers that are available to you to have brilliant cheap days out with the kids. Leave a comment if you’ve managed to find any other offers that might help this Summer x

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