School holiday fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 5 budget friendly ideas to enjoy during the school holidays this Autumn.
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Check out your local shopping centre for free or cheap activities
Most local shopping centres these days offer great holiday activities for kids. Sand art, Lego competitions, petting zoos, and scavenger hunts are just a few things we’ve had in our small town. I find the best way to know what’s coming up is to keep an eye on Facebook. See what you can find on offer near you.
Play board games
I’ve written before about how awesome board games can be. I think Trouble is a good one to start with. It’s relatively quick and simple, it even offers the opportunity for a little bit of basic addition revision.
Build a blanket fort
This is an awesome idea for those rainy days when you’re stuck at home, inside. Throw a blanket over the dining table or rearrange the couches a little to make a hidey-hole. Bonus points if you can set it up just right so that you can see the TV from inside and they can double as snuggle nests for a movie night.
Geocaching involves finding hidden caches (treasures) using an app and GPS. We actually call this Treasure Hunting in our house. Check out the app to see what treasures are available in your local area.
When all else fails, get the Lego out. I don’t think I’ve ever met a child that doesn’t like Lego (Let’s be honest, even I love Lego!), and they can then play with their creations once they’re built. Two activities for the price of one!
What do you have planned for the school holidays? I’d love to hear some more ideas to keep Porkchop busy in the comments.
After a long year we are all ready for a little bit of a break. However, it doesn’t take long for boredom to set in, so here are 5 budget friendly school holiday ideas.
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Check out your local library for fun holiday activities
I’ve mentioned before that a visit to your local library is great for cheap family entertainment but the library in our area also offers school holidays activities. My son and I have made sparkly jewellery, cute badges, sand art, we’ve been to Lego afternoons, we have even enjoyed a pizza party! Check out what is on offer in your area. Keep in mind some activities do require you to book and don’t forget to stock up on books and movies while you’re there.
Have a movie night
Put on your comfiest jammies, pop some popcorn, build a pillow fort and throw on one of the movies you picked up at the library. A great (cheap) way to spend an evening with your family.
Holiday at home
Sometimes a trip away just isn’t feasible, whether due to financial or time constraints so why not have a holiday at home? My son loves to help set a tent up in the back yard and playing in it with his toys. Finish the day off with a BBQ for dinner and eat outside. The best part is your still get to sleep in your own bed! Of course if you’re feeling really adventurous you could always sleep in the tent.
Do some baking
Cooking is a great activity for kids. Older kids can read the directions, younger kids can help with measuring ingredients and everyone has a turn at stirring. Once you’re done, sit down for an afternoon tea party to enjoy your spoils. Snap a picture and tag me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see.
Pack a picnic and head to the beach
Take your own lunch, maybe some of the treats you baked or just a few simple sandwiches. Enjoy the sun, fresh air, salt and build some sandcastles. Just remember to take lots of water, hats and sunscreen!
There you have 5 budget friendly ideas for activities to enjoy during the school holidays. What type of things do you like to do during the school holidays?
School holiday fun doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Here are 5 budget friendly ideas for activities to enjoy during the school holidays this Spring.
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Plant some seeds
In my 5 Ways to Save This Spring post, I mentioned now is a great time to plant a veggie garden. Why not get the kids involved and put them in charge of their own little project these holidays? Let them pick what they would like to grow and who knows, it might even encourage them to try a new veggie or two come harvest time (You can always dream right?).
Go on a nature walk
Spring is the perfect time to get outside in the sunshine and explore! Check out your local area’s website for bush walking tracks near you and see what you can find.
The term “painting” is used loosely here. A number of different mediums can be used to create beautiful rocks; paint, chalk, decoupage, even textas. Collect a few rocks from your backyard, or pick up one or two when you’re out on your nature walk (be very careful you don’t disturb any critters), then get the craft box out and see what the kids come up with. You can even use them to decorate your new garden, if you’re planting one!
Another great idea for getting creative outside is chalk drawing. You can pick up chalk for only a few dollars these days. Set the kids up outside, preferably in a shady spot, and let them go nuts! The best part is clean up is simple; it will all just wash away next time it rains. Make sure you snap a picture before the masterpieces disappear and tag me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see.
Learn a new talent
Porkchop is currently really interested in learning how to code. After a trip to our local library for some books, he slowly teaching himself a thing or two, with a bit of help from the husband. Maybe your kids would love to be able to juggle? Solve a Rubik’s cube? Or do magic tricks? Check out your local library or even have a look on YouTube for how-to videos for their chosen skill, and let them go for it!
There you have 5 budget friendly ideas for activities to enjoy during the school holidays this Spring. What do you have planned for the school holidays? I’d love to hear some more ideas in the comments.