“I’m bored, Mum. Bored, bored, BORED!”
Sound familiar? It should. It’s something that most Mums and Dads hear every holiday. In which case, you might be approaching the upcoming September hols with a mix of excitement – and trepidation. If only there were some simple ideas for spending quality time together that didn’t cost the earth? Well maybe there are!
Five top tips for a fun on a shoestring.
If money were no object (and pigs could fly), school holidays would be a dream. Endless outings, fun-filled activities and a new adventure every day. For most of us, however, balancing the budget is that bit harder during the holidays. Luckily, some of the most memorable times you can spend with your kids needn’t cost a cent. Here are five top tips.
Sun, sand and sea are all free.
Some of the world’s best beaches are right on our doorstep, so why not pack a beach bag and hit the coast. Splash in the surf, build castles in the sand or search for crabs in the creeks. Either way, it won’t cost you a penny, especially if you take a packed lunch. Just remember to slip, slop, slap so you can enjoy your day without worrying.
Set up camp in the back yard.
Kids love camping, but it’s not always possible for parents to get away. So why not keep it simple and pitch a tent in the back yard. As the weather starts to warm up, it’s the ideal time to set up camp, cook your food on the barbie, sit out under the stars and make hot chocolate before bed. It’s all that’s great about a camping holiday, right here at home.
Plan a treasure hunt.
If you’re feeling creative, why not arrange a treasure hunt? It may take a bit of planning, but it will be worth it to see the smiles on their faces. All you have to do is hide clues around the house (or your neighbourhood park) and then watch as your kids follow them all the way to the ‘buried treasure’ at the end of the trail.
Invite a friend over to play.
It sounds so simple, but is a great way to occupy the kids while enhancing their social skills. Plenty of playtime activities – like arts and crafts, board games or outdoor activities – are also really beneficial ways to spend time. And when your playfriend’s parents return the favour, you get some time out to yourself too. Win-win!
See the local area through your child’s eyes.
Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? Feeding the ducks at the botanic gardens. Jumping on a bus or train. Playing on the swings. Splashing around in a creek. These are golden time for youngsters, so why not get out of the house and explore your local area from your child’s perspective. You may end up having as much fun as them!
Precious times don’t need to cost the earth.
There are endless free or low-cost activities you can enjoy with your kids this holiday – limited only by your imagination. So when school breaks up this September, why not explore some of these ideas and give your kids a holiday to remember, without getting a bill to forget about!