Here are my Top Tips for finding things to do in the holidays to keep those kids of yours busy without breaking the bank!
1) The Library
There is a summer challenge every year. This year is the ‘Creepy House Challenge‘ where the kids read 6 books by the end of the summer holidays and they get loads of encouragment from the librarians with stickers and the chance to tell them about each book.
This is a great activity. It’s Free. It takes time going to the library. You can do it when it rains! Plus it’s a gentle way of keeping them going on reading.
I’m an ambassador for The Forestry Commission and love Wendover Forest. They have a Forest Fairy Tale activity going on at the moment, which is a great way of getting our kids involved in being outside.
Take a picnic, make dens, let their imagination run free!
Take your own food and drink to keep the cost down and give the kids a purse with their money in it so that they understand there is a limit and can choose what they would like to do, but that it’s not an endless supply.
4) Simple Things are good for the kids
Don’t worry about a lack of money, it’s good for the kids to enjoy the simple things in life.
Don’t try to fill all their time, it’s good for them to get a little bored, or to learn to occupy themselves (although you may need to give them a bit of direction or make it easy for them to think about it).
5) How to keep the house together and yourself from going crazy
Check out my Top 7 Tips For the Summer Holidays , with ideas on how to keep the kids occupied and help the house to survive!
6) When You Are Exhausted
Read these top tips for cheap games to play when you are tired: so that when you are exhausted, or if you get sick, you have some simple things that take little energy for you to do, or that they will be happy doing over and over.
Take some time out. Swap with another mum. Ask relatives to give you a day off. Or pop the kids into a day’s camp if you can afford it. You’ll come back revitalised and fun to be with, so it’s a win-win for the whole family!
7) Don’t Do Things You Can’t Afford
Don’t put yourself in debt in order to survive the holidays. Your kids don’t need that. A simple rule of thumb is that if it’s going to take you more than 3 months to pay off (i.e. a season), then you can’t afford it.
They won’t be ruined forever if they don’t get to go to Disney World or an adventure park. Look at the free things available instead like museums or community events.
8) Don’t Feel Guilty About Working
It’s a fact of life, some of us have to work full or part-time during the holidays. I’m particularly aware of this as things are going to be really busy this summer with the preparations for my new Salon and Spa as it opens in October.
With the time that you have, be present with them. Create Memories. Have fun.
What are your top tips? (Feel free to add your blog post if you have written one, I don’t mind people adding links).