As a parent, the long summer break between school years can be overwhelming, daunting and wonderful all at the same time. Not only do you get six weeks of time with your little terrors, you get the exciting/terrifying task of trying to plan out the weeks to avoid boredom! Some people choose not to plan every single day down to a tee, preferring to allow children to get a little bored and figure out their own entertainment. Others? Others map out an entire six weeks’ worth of activities. Either way, it can get pretty pricey if you aren’t careful.
The other downside of the summer holidays is whether or not you get your own time off work. If you are fortunate enough to be at home with the children, then you won’t have to think about childcare costs. You will, however, have to prepare yourself for six weeks of concentrated time which isn’t diluted by school! This means more using the car to get places, more spending money on activities that tend to be slightly more packed as it’s the season for children to be out of school. It also means UK breaks and breaks abroad are slightly more expensive. Money may not be the be all and end all, but if you haven’t got it then you need to get creative! There are so many things that you can do over the summer that don’t have to cost a lot, so check out our ideas below:
- Beach Day. If you are fortunate enough to live close by to a seaside – at least within driving distance, then set up a picnic bag, grab the sun cream and buckets and head to the seafront. Children can while away the hours building castle forts and paddling in the surf. If your car has packed up, check out a loan website for an easy fix so you can keep going on days out through the summer. Beach days are a favourite for kids and grown-ups alike and all you need is petrol and some cash for ice cream!
- Nature Hunt. Hopefully, the summer months should bring good weather for you and the family to go out and enjoy yourselves. If this is the case, you can create scavenger hunt sheets for the children for them to collect items in nature such as leaves and pinecones. This isn’t just fun and hands-on, it’s educational!
- Movie Days. For the days right before payday, create a darkened cinema in the living room and choose movies with the kids to create your own cinematic experience. You can have fun making homemade flavoured popcorn right beforehand, making healthy snacks more fun!
- Garden Party. The beauty of the summer is the sunshine when it appears, so set up a vintage garden party with finger sandwiches, orange juice and homemade cream cakes for the kids and their friends. You could set up some games and have a great time without going too far away! Your holiday should be a fun one and it’s up to you to make it so!
Have you got any suggestions to add to our list?