Wondering how to entertain the kids on a budget during October'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 West Country Iluminated Carnivals for your half term break. There's one happening in Trowbridge on October 22 and another in Warminster on October 29.
For something a tad more chilled out, watch an early firework display. The Sussex Bonfire Season kicks off on October 22 in Nevill while the Titchfield Carnival and Bonfire is on October 23 and entry is free.
Watch a film
For a lazy start to the day, Vue cinemas host Mini Mornings every morning during the holidays. Both adult and child tickets are £2.49 for selected movies, so you could release your inner child for very little expense.
Head over to your local Tenpin from Monday to Friday and get a cracking School's Out deal. If you go before 5pm, kids can get one game of bowling and a burger meal for £8.49 and adults can get the same for £10.99. 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, cooking) 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.
If you’re in or around London, there’s plenty of children’s theatre to keep them entertained too. For example, if you go and see Let's Fly at the Little Angel Theatre you can get tickets for £10 for adults or £8 for children.
Have a Halloween party!
To celebrate Halloween, have a party for your kids and some of their friends and really let them get involved! Everything from the food to the decorations to the party games. You can keep it low budget by buying cheaper ingredients or taking advantage of supermarket multi-buy deals to help you along. Give our weekly supermarket bargains round-up a try too.
Everything else can be done with a little imagination and some scrap paper.
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. You can get a code for 30% off orders over £25 at Domino's Pizza (until October 23).
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!
Get creative 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. If it's not raining, put together a scavenger hunt in the garden using small knick knacks or wrapped chocolates. Don't worry if it is, just take the hunt indoors.
There are also some wacky experiments you can do at home like creating your own tornado, fashioning a soap sculpture or growing edible crystals. You don’t even have to leave the kitchen.
And if all else fails, raid the linen cupboard and make a giant blanket fort.
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