Looking to fill the summer holidays with lots of fun for the family is one of the top priorities for parents. According to Epson, parents spend £1,445.23 per child on activities during the summer break. Additionally, juggling work commitments with childcare can be incredibly difficult and expensive.
A recent survey showed that children will insist they have ‘nothing to do’ just 5 days into the holidays. Most of us are now in the final stretch of the school holidays but with the bank holiday weekend upon us we’ve detailed 5 different free activities for the family to enjoy that won’t break the bank.
Visit a Museum
The majority National Museums in the UK are free and are the perfect place to enjoy some quality time with your family. With lots of immersive experiences and exhibitions, museums are excellent for sparking curiosity, encouraging engagement and questions and helping children discover things they’re passionate about, all whilst learning important facts about history.
Head over to https://www.museums.co.uk/ for more information on your local museums.
Geocaching is an exciting treasure hunting game that also provides a family-friendly way to explore the outdoors. A typical cache will contain a log book for you to sign, as well as some trinkets that may have been left by other families. Remember, if you’re looking to take one of these, make sure you replace it with something of your own. From your local area to around the world as you travel, all you need is a GPS device and a great sense of adventure. To find out more on how to get started, visit: https://www.geocaching.com/play
Go on a Picnic
There’s nothing quite like a picnic in the sun with family and friends. Taking some time away from electronic devices and enjoying some good food and fresh air is an excellent way to bond with family, create great memories and meet new people. Get the kids involved in preparing and packing your goodies and games for a fun-filled day for the family.
Bake a Cake
Getting children involved in cooking is incredibly beneficial to their brain development, gives them a sense of achievement, helps with hand-eye coordination as well as helping develop social and practical skills. Let’s not forget, you’re also left with a delicious treat at the end for everyone to enjoy.
Go for a relaxing Walk or Cycle
Exercise not only helps with physical health, but also helps relieve stress in children and adults, regulates sleep and increases the ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain. In the UK, we’re lucky to have a whole host of beautiful parks, rivers, beaches and hills to enjoy, so dust off your walking shoes or helmets and get the whole family moving.
Enjoying great quality family time and keeping the kids busy really doesn’t need to be expensive.
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