Wondering how to entertain the kids on a budget during February’s half term? Look no further...
If you’re strapped for ideas for half-term family activities, never fear.
We have a whole load of them right here.
Take in a free event
Head over to the Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank centre in London for author talks, family friendly performances and creative workshops (9-19 February).
Over in Blackpool Showzam is back with magic and live performances that you can enjoy for free on 11 February.
Watch a film
There are some great films to catch this half term including The LEGO Batman Movie and Sing.
Head over to your local Tenpin from Monday to Friday and get a cracking School Holiday Special deal. If you go before 5pm, kids can get one game of bowling and a burger meal for £8.70 and adults can get the same for £11.20. Deals vary between bowling alleys so check the Tenpin website before you go.
Learn a new skill
Hobbycraft also runs free workshops for kids in some of its 81 UK stores over the weekends and during half term. Check if your local store is running one.
Alternatively stay in and pass on your own skills (think instruments, drawing etc) to the kids.
If the weather holds up, get them outside for a bit of a kickabout. Find out where to get free holiday football coaching at various skill centres throughout England.
Or if the kids prefer a spot of tennis, clubs up and down the UK offer free weekly tennis coaching lessons in public parks and free ‘walk on and play’ in certain courts.
Councils across the UK offer free swim programmes for certain residents, so check out your local council’s website to see if you or your children are eligible.
Soak up some culture
There are free museums up and down the country just waiting to be explored, and many of them host special events for children during the break.
There are plenty of cooking websites out there with budget recipes which can cost you as little as £1 per head.
Take it a step further: why not go out with the kids and pick your own fruit? Have a look at this list to pinpoint your nearest Pick Your Own (PYO) farm.
Eat out on the cheap
You can guarantee that there’ll be some great offers available for families over the half term.
You can find a load on websites like VoucherCodes. There’s 40% off mains at Prezzo until Monday 13 February for example.
Or if you have a craving for a roast dinner, find your nearest Crown Carvery. If you order a meal on any Sunday (or bank holiday Monday) any child under 10 will get their meal for free!
Spark your children’s curiosity with homemade science experiments.
There are lots of wacky experiments you can try at home like creating your own tornado, fashioning a soap sculpture or growing edible crystals. You don’t even have to leave the kitchen.
For more ideas, check out YouTube.
Have fun at home
You don’t have to go on a grand adventure to have a memorable day with the family. Find something you can all do together like play a game or do a project which the whole family can get involved in.
It can be as simple as grabbing some old scraps and getting crafty. There are thousands of projects available online, including ones that can be made using household junk. Put together a scavenger hunt in the garden using small knick-knacks or wrapped chocolates or take the hunt indoors if it’s raining.
Rediscover old board and card games like chess or snap or seek out cheap new ones like Dobble.
And if all else fails, raid the linen cupboard and make a giant blanket fort.
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