We all know the feeling. The kids are off from school and you want to get them out and about to see the world and not spend all day on their Playstation or Xbox. Days out to the shopping mall or to a structured play center can cost an arm and a leg. Trips out of town can also get expensive, especially if you take in a theme park.
So here’s our guide to 4 great ways to get the kids out of the home and off that gaming console.
The first great tip is the fact that so many “kidseums” offer free entry at different times for different people. Finding out their free or reduced entry times can be a real money saver as you can get the kids out to see some of the wonders of the world without wondering where the money will come from.
There are also many offers for museums and galleries such as 2 for 1 entry if you search online or contact them directly. Kids love museums that can give them something different to do and will learn from the interaction with the displays.
Reading is a great way to improve your child’s concentration and really adds to their knowledge base in ways that television just can’t manage to do. So why not combine reading with another activity?
When the weather is great there is the perfect opportunity to find somewhere quiet and secluded to sit down for a few hours and take in the scenery and read. You can often find books that match the background if you search for local history, books written by local authors or books that have great descriptions of the world around us.
Baking is a great way to pass down skills that you learnt from your mom to your kids. The messy play scene that baking generates is something that kids love as they get to just go for it. Don’t worry about the mess because it is all a part of the fun!
Once you’ve baked then the next level is to combine this activity with the great outdoors and find somewhere to have a picnic. If you find somewhere to sit and eat the creations that your little bakers have put together then baking can become an all day fun activity for your children that doesn’t cost a fortune.
The local play park is a great place to spend a few hours and won’t cost a penny! The kids can play ball, jump rope and generally run around. You get the added bonus of tired kids at the end of it too! You can combine this activity with either of the previous two to make an all day bake, read and play session at the local park for you and your kids.
Never let the fact that you don’t have loads of money get in the way of getting your kids out of the house.