It can be a challenge keeping the kids entertained on the cheap during half term – but being strapped for cash doesn’t mean you have to be short on ideas.
There are lots of things to see, do and experience this February half term – and we promise that not one of our ideas will busting your budget.
- Get out in the great outdoors
Spring is just around the corner. And despite there still being a bit of a chill in the air, if you wrap up warm you’ll find lots of adventures to be had in the great outdoors. There are walks to go on, birds and squirrels to spot and bracing bike rides to enjoy – all rounded off with a cup of hot chocolate back indoors. And it doesn’t cost a penny.
What are you waiting for? Get down to your local park, bring out your bikes or explore local fields.
- Look at what’s on at your local leisure centre
Local leisure and community centres are a super source of low-cost entertainment during school holiday time.
Take a look online – or pop in to your local centre – and you’re likely to discover a great range of events come rain or shine.
- Take a look at the National Trust
There’s plenty of family fun to be had during February half term with the National Trust.
Overseeing some 300 historic houses, more than 600,000 acres of land and 700 miles of coastline across the UK, they put on lots of events and things to do. Whether that’s going wild in the great outdoors, travelling through time or keeping the kids busy on a rainy day, they’re a super source of half term inspiration.
We absolutely love this list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. How many have you completed so far? What are you waiting for? Download the full activity sheet and get cracking.
- Find out about local events
A quick internet search of what’s going on in your area often throws up some excellent events to enjoy.
- Catch a film
A family trip out at the cinema can be costly, but there are ways to save.
Find out which local cinema chains offer cheap tickets for children’s movies. Adult and child tickets for Vue’s Mini Mornings cost £2.49 for the best family films. There are similar offers available from Cineworld too.
- Oh we do like to be beside the seaside
You really don’t have to jet off for some winter sun this half term if you want some seaside fun – we have loads of brilliant beaches here. Admittedly, you won’t get warm weather, but you never know, there may be a little early Spring sunshine to enjoy.
Take in the two-penny machines at the amusement arcades and hit the high dunes and wide sands for exhilarating outdoor adventures. And don’t forget the kites to make the most of those blustery February breezes. In fact, make your own like this one before you go.
- Get sporty
A bit of sport is another cheap and easy way to keep the children active, suitably entertained and tired by the end of the day.
So, find the football, take out the tennis rackets and sling the cricket set over your shoulder and head for the park and an afternoon of friendly, family competition. Even if wet weather stops play, again call in at your local leisure centre for a bit of badminton, indoor football or swimming.
- Use discount codes
When planning your February family fun, research discount codes and offers that you could redeem against bookings. Sites like https://www.vouchercloud.com, https://www.hotukdeals.com and https://www.wowcher.co.uk offer deals of up to 80% off ten pin bowling – making it very much worth a look.
- Visit your local library
The mere mention of the library might not be the obvious activity to float your kids’ boat, but there’s plenty of fun stuff going on at libraries all over the UK this February half term. Even better, it could be a great way to get the kids into reading.
Find out what’s happening at the one nearest to you by looking online or popping in for details.
- Head down to your local museum
Many museums host free, family-friendly events over half term – adding some extra fun to keep the kids entertained.
Take a look at this round up of the best museums for kids in the UK. But with around 2,500 museums in the UK, there is sure to be one on your doorstep.