10 Super Fun & Cheap Summer Holiday Activities that The Kids Will Love

Looking for some summer activity ideas for the kids that are either free or super cheap?

Then look no further because we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of 10 fun things to do whilst the kids are on summer holidays that are perfect if you’re on a budget. You might just enjoy them too! Feel free to add your own in the comments below. 

1. Go fruit picking
Strawberry season may be over but there’s still plenty of fruit and veg to be picked. Plums are plentiful right now. It’s a great way to teach your little ones where food comes from plus you can eat the goodies you’ve found later. 

Use www.pickyourownfarms.org.uk to find a ‘pick your own’ location near you. Be sure to check ahead though to avoid disappointment. 

2. Take advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme 
Eating out can be pretty pricey, especially when there’s quite a few of you. But with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which will run throughout August, it will be a lot cheaper. 

Participating restaurants are offering up to £10 off per person Mon- Weds and  the discount will be added automatically onto the entire bill except alcohol and service charges.

Lots of restaurants are taking part like Nando’s, Bill’s & Wagamamas. You can see the full government list here or use the Eat out to help out tool to see which nearby restaurants are taking part in your area.

3. Turn a walk into a family scavenger hunt 
Getting your kids to go on a walk can be tricky sometimes. Make it fun by turning it into a scavenger hunt. Make a tick list of things they’ll see along the way and get them to tick it off once they’ve found it. You could even give a prize to the person who’s ticked the most boxes. 

4. Go on a staycation - to the garden 
Pop up a tent in your garden, grab loads of blankets and cushions and get cosy under the stars. 

You could also do some stargazing with the Star Walk 2. It’s an app that allows you to easily find stars, planets, constellations and other celestial objects in the sky above you in real time. Simply download it from Google Play or the App Store.

5. Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge 
The Summer Reading Challenge was set up by The Reading Agency and is aimed to help little ones aged 4-11 read more books over the summer. 

Simply join the Silly Squad online and start the challenge. Your little ones will receive rewards, play games and earn badges as they discover awesome books to read this summer! Plus it’s completely free! 

6. Have a crafts day
You don’t need to be super artsy to set this up. Simply pop over to Pinterest and you’ll find loads of craft ideas you can do with the kids. Some you can print off or others will give you a full list of everything you’ll need. There’s loads of colouring pages you can print off too! 

7. Make a home cinema 
You may not want to be venturing out the cinema right now and that’s understandable so why not make one at home? Get all your favourite cinema snacks and pop on a good film. Disney+  is filled with feel-good family films and costs just £5.99 a month. Plus you’ll nab £3.10 cashback with OhMyDosh! 

8. Join Creatives Minds Live on Facebook
Here’s one for the older kids. Join Creative Minds for their series of 'Lets Make Art' sessions live on Facebook every Tuesday at 10am.

During the live sessions you'll learn how to create wonderful artwork using a variety of mediums, materials and techniques across the spectrum of visual art, craft & sculpture!

9. Explore Rock Pools or Play Pooh Sticks on the river
Explore the outdoors whilst enjoying the beauty that is the sea or a river. If you’re lucky enough to live by the coast, take a trip to the rock pools and see what creatures you can find. If you’re by a river, playing Pooh Sticks is always fun to do. When you come to the bridge simply each get a stick, drop it and run to the other side. The person who’s stick appears first is the winner. 

10. Check for free events in your local area
Use FamiliesOnline.co.uk to discover what’s going on in your local area. You can see the top-rated places and where’s reopening again which is super useful. 


Mary Broadbent
2nd of August 2020 08:39:25
Posted by Mary Broadbent
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