Cheap and free things to do this half term
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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
As we're close to bonfire night, there are quite a few public firework displays going on towards the end of October.
Watch a film
For a lazy start to the day, Vue cinemas host Kids AM every morning during the holidays. Both adult and child tickets are £1.99 for selected movies, so you could release your inner child for very little.
Head over to your local Tenpin from Monday to Friday and get a cracking Eat and Play deal. If you go before 5pm, kids can get two games of bowling and a burger meal from £8.49 and you can get the same for £12.99. Deals vary between bowling alleys so check the Tenpin website before you go.
Learn a new skill
There's everything from craft clubs at Macclesfield Silk Museum to digital art drop-ins at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Or stay in and pass on your own skills (think instruments, drawing) 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 The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me at the Little Angel Theatre you can get tickets for £5 each if you see the Friday performance at 5pm.
There are plenty of cooking websites out there with budget recipes which can cost you as little as £1 per head.
Eat out on the cheap
You can guarantee that there’ll be some great offers available for families over the half term.
Bella Italia is offering diners a £1 main course if they buy another main course at full price. Just be aware that you can’t redeem these vouchers on Friday and Saturday.
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. Since Halloween is close now, making costumes from scratch
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.
We update this article ahead of every major half-term holiday