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Summer holidays: 7 cheap family-friendly activity ideas

The summer holidays are just around the corner and for many parents, this can mean spending out a lot of money to keep your children entertained. Well, worry not, we’ve gathered 7 of the cheapest and most fun activities for both you and your children to enjoy!

A picnic near a river

There’s a standard picnic in a park and then there’s a picnic by a glistening river. A river to paddle in and all those tasty cold meat and cheese platters in the sunshine – what more could you want from a family day out? This is the perfect summer heatwave activity. Buy a trusty cool bag and you’re good to go!

Visit your local museum

With exhibitions changing throughout the year, you’re bound to come across one both you and your children will enjoy together. Plus, it’s air-conditioned in a museum so it’s a nice way to spend a few hours cooling down and educating your children. There are many museums with interactive displays to help make learning even more fun – this is a great day out and usually free of charge! A thumbs up from us.

Free tennis coaching

Visit the Tennis for Free website to see if there are free coaching sessions near you. There are many areas participating in this up and down the country. These sessions enable your children to mingle with their appropriate age groups and level of tennis knowledge. Parents can get involved in this one, too with a parent and child session.

Build a den

All you need is your imagination… and some loose twigs/branches or old clothes and curtains. Take a trip to your wooded area or set up camp in your back garden. This is a fantastic way to get your kids outside and help them problem solve without worrying too much about sun exposure – hurrah!

Go wandering from your doorstep

You don’t even have to drive for this activity and all you need are some drinks and snacks – just in case you wander far out, you don’t want anyone getting hungry! There are probably paths and walks around your area that you simply haven’t explored yet. This is a wonderful way to save money and explore your local area.

Get involved in Junior Parkrun

If your children are aged between 4 and 14 they can take part in free 2k runs in parks all over the UK. The runs take place every Sunday morning and they’re timed, too. So, they can try each week to beat their previous time!

Like Lego? Attend their free toy build

Lego stores nationwide take part in a session a month of toy building for small Lego enthusiasts. If your children are between the ages of 6 and 14 and love Lego – it’s the perfect match. Get there early and make sure your children get a spot as the stock is limited. Lego staff members will help your children build that month’s model and they can take it home with them. Read all about Lego Mini Builds.

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