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23 free & low-cost activities for kids this summer

High five – We’ve made it through the first chunk of the school holidays! With the kids being off of school, we’re feeling the pressure to fill the days, and it’s reported that 58% of parents have had rethink activities they had planned to entertain their little ones due to additional cost this year. There may be money worries with the current cost of living crisis but your summer activities don’t have to add to that stress!

With a few more weeks to go of summer, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite activities you can do with your children that’ll keep the costs low, but the fun levels high.

  1. Find free events at your local library
  2. Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge
  3. Organise playdates to share the load
  4. Go camping in the garden
  5. Treasure hunt with the Geocaching app
  6. Find discount days for the cinema (aircon & nap time for mum!)
  7. Draw a chalk playground
  8. Play nature bingo hunting for flowers and leaves
  9. Go on a picnic 
  10. Visit a free museum or gallery
  11. Decorate homemade pizzas
  12. Check out Hobbycraft’s in-store workshops
  13. Rent a bike or scooter
  14. Have a water fight with some sponges and a bucket of water
  15. Check out Pets at Home free feeding days 
  16. Walk around your local garden centre
  17. Find your local free splash parks
  18. Go for a dog walk with Borrow my Doggy
  19. If you’re by the sea, go crabbing or rockpooling 
  20. Use a cake mix to do some baking
  21. Have a board game afternoon 
  22. Have a home movies day complete with popcorn & duvet
  23. Find free nature walks with Woodland Trust 

Remember, summer doesn’t have to be all days out and memories made. Slot in some TV and tablet time around the organised fun to give yourself a much-needed rest. If you’ve got a free or low-cost activity to add to our list, drop us a comment on our Instagram post! 

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