School holidays can be hard work, testing your finances as much as your patience. There are plenty of things to do, however, that won’t cost you anything and may even stop your children from moaning about how bored they are – for a little while, at least. Here are some ideas for free summer fun for kids, but make sure you also keep an eye on your local media for details of things happening in your particular area.
Free Sports | Tennis For Free (TFF) works with tennis clubs, local councils and coaches to offer free tennis sessions designed for the whole family to enjoy, meaning you could all beat the boredom whilst getting a little fitter at the same time. Check out the TFF website to find your nearest sessions. If your kids prefer football to tennis, FA Skills offer free soccer sessions for girls and boys between the ages of five and 11. Visit the website for more details.
Take In a Show | Pay full price for adult entry and you could get a free ticket to allow children aged under 16 to see one of more than 35 different shows, including The Gruffalo, Billy Elliot and Wicked, in London’s West End during August as part of this year’s Kids’ Week. Of course, you still have to pay for your own ticket, but if you want a completely free show, how about taking the youngsters to see a TV show being filmed? Register your details at the Applause Store or SRO Audiences. Recent ticket offers have included shows such as Guitar Star, Games Changers, Child Genius and The Voice.
Learn Something New | This country is packed full of free museums, and so it shouldn’t be hard to find something that your children will enjoy that isn’t too far away from home. Most are so interactive these days that your kids will be having so much fun they won’t even realise they’re learning. Top choices include the British Museum in London, Hendon’s RAF Museum, Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry and the National Museum Cardiff. If your kids prefer to be outside, they could learn about the area you live in – or somewhere completely new – if you take them Geocaching. It’s basically the chance to take part in a real-world treasure hunt, where you use GPS to find little tubs with toys inside.
Fab Free Festivals | There are over 70 festivals taking place in Britain this summer that don’t have to cost you a penny if you decide to go with your kids. Scouting for Girls and Union J will be at Dumfries’ Youth Beatz, or head to the Summer Jam of Liverpool International Music Festival to watch acts such as Labrinth, Katy B and Basement Jaxx. There are also plenty of other event options spanning the country, ranging from the Notting Hill Carnival to the Bristol Harbour Festival or the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.