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When the summer holidays start, if you have children it can be difficult to keep them occupied until school rolls back around in September. Not only that, but it can actually be quite expensive. With the cost of childcare and trying to find suitable events and places to visit, costs can add up. It’s hard to find things to do that aren’t going to break the bank.
Despite these worries there are a number of free things to do around the UK in the summer holiday!
Throughout August, Disney Stores across the country host free activities packed full of fun and games for children. The craft activities tend to include how to draw Mickey Mouse and other favourite Disney characters, designing badges and bookmarks, creating key rings and specific events. You can find out more about your local Disney Store and events across the country by visiting the website.
Your kids may want to run around and play games all summer. And that is great for much of the time of course! How about finding fun ways to add a bit of education and culture to their lives? There are a number of free museums in the UK, or free exhibitions that you can take your kids along to. It’s a great way to watch their eyes light up!
The Natural History Museum in London offers world class artifacts and fun ways for kids to explore history, completely free of charge. The National Football Museum in Manchester offers unrivaled fun and learning about the nation’s favourite sport. There are countless other free museums nationwide, including interactive events at the Museum of Science and Industry that are well worth checking out with the little ones!
It’s worth keeping an eye out for deals and free tickets for every cinema chain that’s close to your home. Kids love a trip to the cinema and if you can cut the costs you can take them more often! You can check the Money Saving Expert cheap cinema forum to stay up-to-date with offers and voucher codes nationwide. For many cinema chains there is the offer of free tickets for advanced screenings on certain films. But these are always first come, first served so keep your eyes peeled.
If you live in a city there are some wondrous city parks that offer beautiful sights. You may also find stunning boating lakes and palm houses, cafes and ice cream vans. Liverpool has Sefton Park for the kids to explore and have fun. In London there is Hyde Park and in Birmingham you’ll find Cannon Hill Park. If you are looking to entertain the kids out in the countryside there are countless beaches, hillside walks and nature of all types within the UK. From the mountains of Wales, Cornish beaches, the English Lakes and the Scottish Highlands. There is something for everyone.
It can be difficult as a parent to have a fun summer holiday plan that leaves your kids happy. Let alone one that doesn’t empty your wallet! We hope you can use these few simple ideas so your family has plenty to look forward to this summer!