Taking your kids out for the day seems like a big expense. You’ve got at least one adult ticket to think about, and the children aren’t cheap either! You normally end up buying drinks, and maybe even food. Let’s not mention the huge array of gift stalls and amusement arcades that you’ll inevitably spend money on. Suddenly, you’ve spent a vast sum of money without even realizing it. Does it always have to be this expensive?! No! There are many ways to take your kids out for the day without spending much. Sometimes, you don’t even have to spend a thing! Let’s take a look at some examples.
OK, so your kids have watched everything Nickelodeon has to offer, and now they want to go out for the day. You’ve probably started panicking already, but you know it’s for the best. First of all, start looking at places you can go for free. There are so many places in the UK that offer beautiful scenery and don’t charge anything for you to see it. You can climb hills, explore caves and even go to the beach with your kids. We live in a fantastic part of the world, let’s not take it for granted!
If you’re not so big on those things, there are other activities you can do as well. Go out to the local park and play sports with them. You can do some of the things that we loved to do as kids, like make kites or paper planes and fly them outside. It’s easy to forget that kids don’t grow up with this stuff these days. They spend a lot of time online, so get them outdoors and teach them some fun activities.
There are other activities you can do that charge very little for kids in particular. Find out what your children really want to do. Do they want to go to the beach because of the sand, or do they just want to swim in the sea? You could always take them to the local swimming pool as an alternative. Do they want to go to the cinema because they really need to see the latest film, or could you rent a film at home for a much lower price? Gauge what they want and look at the options.
There are times when you’ll want to take a more extravagant trip. The best attractions such as theme parks and famous museums command higher prices, but there are loads of ways to get around this. Before you make your trip, go to the attraction’s website first. You’ll often find that you can get cheap entry by booking in advance on the internet. Secondly, do a wide search for any coupons or vouchers that might be valid for your trip. These things come and go at different times of the year. Sometimes, you can find 2-for-1 vouchers or even ones that allow kids to go for free. You won’t always come across them, but it’s worth searching for 10 minutes-or-so before you leave the house.
When you’re going on these trips, see if you can get cheap hotel accommodation in the area. It’s very easy to find deals online that will offer special packages for families. While it’s a common myth that these hotels are run-down and not worth the money, this is rarely the case. You’ll find 4* hotels in great locations that will save you a lot of money. Make sure you look at the reviews before you book anything to ensure you’re getting what you want.
It’s important to remember to mix these activities around. You won’t be able to afford the best attractions every single day, but make sure you don’t neglect them for your kids. They’ll have a fantastic time when they’re there, and you will too. These are the times that you’ll miss when they’re grown up, so allow yourself to spend a bit of money on these places. Similarly, you shouldn’t neglect the simple pleasures of life from time-to-time as well. If it’s a rainy day and your kids want to go out to a play barn, offer to do some indoor activities instead. Play board games or get involved in arts and crafts with them.
Whether you go to a top attraction or a local park, everything can be made cheaper. There’s no reason to spend vast sums of money as long as you’re prepared beforehand. You don’t need to worry about finances too much; just enjoy spending time with your kids!