Budget friendly things to do over the Summer months

Monday 24 June, 2019 Budgeting

Summer Holidays. Two words that divide the nation. Some parents love to hear them as it means a break from the hectic school routine in the morning, waking sleepy heads from their beds, monitoring the bathroom schedule to avoid a squabble, getting them dressed, hair, breakfast, shoes, schoolbags, packed lunches, school run and…breathe.

On the other hand, holidays can be a difficult time for parents when the children are used to the busy hustle bustle of school life and keeping them entertained throughout the break can prove a task.

In this blog, we will highlight some things that you can do with your children over summer holidays that will keep their little minds busy and won’t break the bank.

Visit A Farm

Why not take a day trip to a local petting farm and let your children make some furry friends! Many farms and petting farms are free in and simply ask for a small donation at the end of your visit! Simply search ‘free farms near you’ on the internet to find the closest farm and begin planning your day out!

Have a Picnic

Picnics can be a great way for the family to spend some quality time together. Just pack up your basket with the family’s favourite sandwiches and treats, pack a blanket and some toys or equipment for activities and you’re good to go. This is a much cheaper alternative that eating out at a restaurant and often proves to be much more fun for the children.

Backyard Camping

For children there’s just something so exciting about making a camp in the garden. Pitch your tent, fill it with cushions and blankets for a fun night time activity or even pitch up during the day!

No tent? No problem! Grab a couple of old bedsheets and some pegs and you’re sorted! You may even want to make it into a full overnight camping experience — there will be no campground fees and the children are sure to love the thrill of it. Roast some marshmallows, tell spooky stories and watch out for shooting stars.

Visit the Play Park

While it may sound a little simple, heading down to the park for a walk in the summer sun to absorb some of that much needed Vitamin D, is an activity that requires little planning, money or effort! It’s a bonus if there is a play park amidst the grounds and all this running around is a great way for the children to burn off all their excess energy.

Have a Garage Sale

This is not only fun for the children but also allows you to declutter the house and have a few helping hands along the way. Have the children sort through their clothes and toys and part with the things which they don’t have much use for anymore!

Allow them to set up their own display table and perhaps use some pocket money as the incentive here, allow them to pocket the money they make from parting with their things or organise a prize for the person who sells the most. Nothing wrong with a little healthy competition amongst siblings (even if it is totally for you benefit).

Organise a Movie Night

No matter where you live, there are likely to be rainy summer afternoons when many of the fun summer activities that you’d like to do with your children just aren’t possible. For those days, consider organising a movie night around a theme — perhaps a marathon of some of their favourite movies. Add some popcorn into the mix and I’m sure you will have some happy campers.