School Holidays Budget Boredom Busters

Getting out and about on a budget

Cheap tickets

Being on a tight budget doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the fun and the latest movies. Score cheap tickets to the movies, amusement parks and sporting events by keeping an eye out for deals like these:

  • Shop Docket deals and offers from companies you already do business with.
  • Cheap movie tickets for Telstra customers
  • Cheap movie tickets for Optus customers
  • And don’t forget to reap the rewards of all those reward cards in your wallet – they often build up valuable reward points that can be redeemed for tickets and purchases.

Have some arty fun

Art galleries are a great low budget outing for families, and most offer loads of free activities for kids.

It’s all free and the kids will have so much fun that you’ll have to drag them away at the end of the day!

Pop to the park

It sounds obvious, but we often forget that beating boredom can be as simple as getting the kids outside for a change of scene – and it doesn’t have to cost a cent! Pack some snacks, grab the scooters and head to your local park – or venture to one you haven’t visited before – for the kids to burn off some energy.

Tip: Pal up with a friend and take it in turns to mind the kids while you each go for a walk or grab a coffee and five minutes of much needed peace!

Bush bashing

Explore your local wilderness and hike some of the many nature trails nearby. Pop online to your local National Parks website for walk ideas, or visit Short Walks for walks ranked by location and accessibility to public transport, and even some that are pram and dog friendly.

Get fruity

Go fruit picking, and whip up a family treat using your finds!

  • If you’ve got a mulberry tree nearby, get the kids to go picking and whip up this yummy mulberry crumble for dessert afterwards.

Not sure where to find fruit trees near you? Here’s a list of pick your own fruit farms in

At home budget boredom busters

Explore your inner Einstein

Budding scientists will love these cheap and easy science experiments

Go old school with an indoor cubby house

Remember raiding Mum’s linen closet and draping sheets all over the furniture to create your very own cubby house, and disappearing into it for the day? Well, it’s still just as much fun now as it was then! Grab a pile of linen and let the kids turn your living room into an indoor wonderland. Best of all, if you deliver a few snacks and perhaps a colouring book or two, you’ll get a few hours of peace and quiet!

Stop boredom with board games

Grab those forgotten board games out from the back of the cupboard and join the kids in a good old fashioned games session – you’ll be surprised how much fun you’ll have! Trusty favourites like Monopoly, Battleship, Cluedo, Connect Four and Snakes and Ladders never fail to entertain. If you don’t have any good board games, borrow some or swap with a friend, or check out the range of games and toys at your local Op-shop.

Play with play dough

No matter how old you are, playing with playdough never gets old! It’s easy to make your own and costs next to nothing, find the recipe here. Whip up a batch, add your rolling pin and some cookie cutters and watch the kids get busy.

Water wonderland    

For hours of outdoor fun, grab a pack of water bombs at your local supermarket, pop the kids into their swimmers and just add water. Send the kids out into the garden for a water bomb play session – they’ll have hours of fun for no more than a few dollars!

Get crafty

Raid your recycling for boxes and containers, add a roll of tape and a few kitchen supplies like aluminium foil and paper plates, and challenge the kids to a sculptural session. They’ll have hours of fun letting their imaginations run wild, creating robots, cars and all sorts of characters!