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Summer Holiday Activities On A Budget

The summer holidays are fast approaching and if you’re feeling slightly daunted by the thought of keeping your kids entertained for six whole weeks (not to mention the expense), you’re not the only one!

To give all the parents out there a helping hand, we’ve rounded up our top summer holiday activities on a budget to help you beat the boredom and save a few pennies!

Cheap summer holiday activities for kids

Build a fort

What child doesn’t love building a fort? This summer holiday is perfect for rainy days and the typical British summer – use old blankets and sheets propped up with chairs to make a shelter, then make it more comfortable for your little ones with cushions and bean bags. Once it’s up, give them a torch and encourage them act out their favourite film or story – it’ll keep them occupied for hours!

Strawberry picking

If it’s a sunny day, how about heading out into the great outdoors to go strawberry picking? Check where your nearest picking farm is on and take the kids along to pick some delicious berries. The perfect recipe to enjoy a delightful fruit salad when you return home. And the best thing is, this summer holiday activity is great for kids of all ages!

Go on a picnic

Turn the laborious task of making lunches and organising the family for a picnic on its head – have your little ones make their own picnic and give them the responsibility to find a green area to enjoy it in. Let their imaginations run free with creating any sandwich of their choice. Assist them in any cutting and packing using VELCRO Brand® Adjustable Carry Straps to transport your feast to the surprise destination. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the spread they’ve created.

VELCRO Brand® Adjustable Carry Straps

Go camping in the garden

This is a fun summer holiday activity for kids and you don’t even need to venture far from your house! Get the kids outside and encourage them to set up camp on their own –  from putting up the tent to furnishing it with airbeds – and you can watch them from the comfort of your sofa!

Kids’ film club

Local cinemas often do deals for kids during the summer holidays so check your local cinema for cheap kid’s cinema listings. You can usually view recent children’s films for just a couple of pounds!

Organise a treasure hunt

Make a treasure map for the kids and hide some of their favourite sweets around the house. Add a personal touch by using some individual moments as clues (for example, the place where they lost their first tooth) so you can reminisce about those special childhood memories. The kids will love pondering over their early memories and searching for their favourite things throughout the house.

Summer reading challenge


Make the most of local library with free activities including The Summer Reading Challenge which takes place every year during the summer holidays. The aim of the game is to read six library books of your choice in order to complete the Challenge, collecting rewards along the way.

Ready to face the summer holidays? Let us know if you try out any of these activities and stay on our blog for even more summer activity ideas! 

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