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Great Free Things to Do With The Kids Hunt

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Marriage, Relationships & Families
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MSE_MartinMSE_Martin Money Saving ExpertMoneySaving Expert
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Marriage, Relationships & Families
The summer holidays are nearly upon us and if you're tearing your hair out at the thought of entertaining your kids for six long weeks, here's a bit of help. I'd like to tap MoneySavers wealth of knowledge to come up with some free things to keep the little 'uns entertained. Whether it's indoor or outdoor activities, games that can be downloaded from the net or free places to visit.

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    icon5.gifFreebie Days Out For The Kids Holidays!! Lets List Them!!
    Thought it might be an idea to list different places people could visit with the childrens school holidays imminent:eek: :eek: :eek: Maybe we can state where they are too, so that they can be referenced easily IYSWIM:confused:

    The places I know of are:

    National Gallery-London
    Science Museum-London
    Tate Gallery-London
    Natural History Museum-London
    National Potrait Gallery-London
    Museum Of London-London
    Victoria & Albert Museum-London
    British Museum-London

    Tubes in London are now free for the under 11's and buses in London are free for all children under the age of 16-ID may be required if children look older.

    We normally take a packed lunch with us as the prices in these places are normally very expensive!

    Many Thanks!!

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  • Princessa_2Princessa_2 Forumite
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    We went here last Summer, I don't know if they charge now but it was free then. It's got lovely gardens to have a walk around, and it's also where they filmed Harry Potter (it's hogwarts!) so fun for the kids (and why I went, lol!)
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  • hobo28hobo28 Forumite
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    Markeaton Park - Derby
    National War Museum - Salford
    Heaton Park - Manchester
    Ripley Water Gardens - Ripley, derbyshire
    Pennington Flash - Leigh, Wigan

    As usual tho, car parking fees apply
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    Margam park - Port talbot http://www.neath-porttalbot.gov.uk/margampark/ ( free entry just pay car parking £2 a day )

    Bryngarw Park - Bridgend - http://www.bridgend.gov.uk/Web1/groups/bryngarwhouse/documents/marketing/003622.hcsp as above for parking charges

    Tredegar park - Newport http://www.ukattraction.com/south-wales/tredegar-park.htm

    Amelia Trust farm - no fixed entry ,but donations welcome http://www.ameliatrust.org.uk/

    Cardiff Bay barrage - sand pit & play park http://www.cardiffharbour.com/barrage/todo.htm

    St Fagans museum of welsh life http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/stfagans/ car parking £2.50 a day
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    Edinburgh, https://www.cowparade-edinburgh.co.uk

    As the holidays are already here in Scotland there is still time to spot and photograph all 94 cows before they leave the streets on 23 July:)

    We bought day tickets for the bus and spent the afternoon on Friday spotting some 60 odd in varying areas of the town.
  • QueenieQueenie Forumite
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    MSE_Martin wrote:
    .... I'd like to tap MoneySavers wealth of knowledge to come up with some free things to keep the little 'uns entertained. Whether it's indoor or outdoor activities, games that can be downloaded from the net or free places to visit.

    I'm going to emphasise that you check out your local Tourist Information Board and Library too - often they have leaflets promoting events which are free or some which include money off vouchers to local attractions.

    Days Out Uk - is a website which sometimes has vouchers for places, worth checking.

    Real Days Out - is another searchable database, giving a idea of prices (including free entry attractions)


    For printables and art & crafts ideas and a whole host of other stuff, check out:-

    Family Fun

    Kids Domain - Summer Boredom Busters

    Rainy Day Fun and Boredom Busters

    Holiday Boredom Busters

    Summer Craft Activities
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  • Scarlett1Scarlett1 Forumite
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    you're local beach with a bucket and spade :T
  • There are many animal rescue centres that let you look around for a small donation...i.e. woodgreen animal shelter at Godmanchester.

    Cycle routes around reservoirs/nature reserves.

    Check out if your local council are holding any holiday schemes.

    Look for ideas at your local leisure centre...there are the normal football / hockey / swimming courses etc but also there may be offers. Ours offer the badminton / squash / and gym for 14-16 year olds a half price rate if used between 9 and 5 in the school holidays

    Is there a play bus visiting?.....Some villages in our area have a mobile skate park visit.

    Some places/sports have a try it free day, so keep an eye in the local newspapers....we've tryed archery, canoeing and pottery this way.

    Group up with other families for a fun/sports afternoon in the park. It gets the community together and lets your little ones have a great time too. :)

    Go pond dipping

    Go on a wellie walk if it rains.....mine have always loved this..letting them get as wet as they like :)

    Arts/crafts....make own skittles from drink bottles, paper mache pigs, make up play dough or slime using cornflour and water,

    Visit your local library..they have lots of books with ideas as well as having story time/sing alongs and other events going on in the holidays at a really cheap price. (ours has magicians, snake visits, etc)

    Google on the internet for crafts/arts

    Have a dress up day....through all bits and pieces together and make up fancy dress. Even if its with old newspapers, scissors and sellotape.

    Cooking......whether its cookies and cakes or a meal..its always fun

    Our local museum is free for residents in the town..so maybe yours is too.

    Let your children loose with a digital camera and see what images they can come up with on a walk/visit/even just in the house.
    They could make up a game ..taking photos of close up objects in the house and other people have to guess what they are.

    Get all the old photographs out and go down memory lane...if they arent in photo albums yet let your children arrange them into albums.

    Watch old home made videos/dvds.

    Make old fashioned tents in the garden with sheets, poles, garden forks, washing line, clothes horses, pegs etc.

    Paint or chalk the paving slabs (make sure they can be brushed off after with an old broom and water)

    Wash the car...mine always loved doing this and getting as wet as anything..it always ended up in a water fight :)

    Go swimming.

    Local nature reservoirs often have special spotting afternoons/days..so contact them and see.

    If they're old enough get them to make up their own magazine..interview neighbours, relatives, local sports news, photographs/drawings, birthday greetings etc. etc.

    make up your own treasure hunt, or the older children make one up for the younger ones.

    Cycle rides...perhaps get the children to use mapquest so they have to follow instructions?

    I always had a list of things to do and places to go at the begining of the holidays so if boredom stepped in there was always something different up my sleeve rather than putting me on the spot. So have a look in the library and talk to other mums for ideas too.
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