February half term may have only just been and gone but we guarantee that the kids will already be counting down to the Easter holidays. School holidays can be an expensive time for families, so the money savings team at MoneyPlus have pulled together some ideas which won’t break the bank.
The big screen
- Cineworld’s ‘Movies for Juniors’ offers weekly screenings of films from just £1.75. Click here to find your local Cineworld.
- ‘Mini Mornings’ at Vue Cinemas runs every Saturday and Sunday and every day in the school holidays. Enjoy the big screen experience with all the family from only £1.99 (3D £2.79) per ticket for adults and children. Visit Vue Cinema’s website to find out more.
- From just £2.50 per ticket, see the latest kids’ movies at weekends and on holiday mornings at your local Odeon Cinema. What’s more there are no fees to pay for for booking online. See your local Odeon for more details.
Up and down the country, there are over 1,500 parks and green spaces that have achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award status. Click here to find an award-winning free park near you.
The National Gallery offers free hands-on workshops and drawing sessions for 5-12 year olds every Sunday 11am – 2pm. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more details.
Each month LEGO stores run popular hands-on ‘mini build’ events. If you can’t get to your local store, instructions are posted online so you can do the mini builds at home. Click here to find your local store.
The Dobbies Little Seedlings Club is a free-to-join gardening club for 4-10 year olds. The club meets on the first Sunday of the month and gives youngsters the opportunity to learn about plants, wildlife and the environment. Places are in high demand so book early to avoid disappointment. Contact your local Dobbies to book your place.
Time for some culture? Check out Visit Britain’s Top 10 free museums for some inspiration.
Most kids love rolling up their sleeves and getting busy in the kitchen and it doesn’t have to be expensive or unhealthy.
The CBeebies ‘I Can Cook’ website is full of easy recipes that little ones can cook with the help of an adult.
A family day out at the Zoo is an expensive affair. One way of giving the kids their animal fix is taking them to your local pet store. Pets at Home run free workshops teaching children how rewarding pets can be and how to care for them. Click here to find your local store.
Kids eat ‘free’
A family trip to a restaurant can be expensive. There are plenty of ‘kids eat free’ offers out there – with some offers, you can walk in – with others you’ll need to register and print a voucher off first. Here are just a few of the restaurant groups we’ve come across which run ‘kids eat free’ offers – don’t forget to check with your local restaurant first.
Make the most of Facebook
Don’t forget that Facebook is a fantastic resource for ideas on how to entertain the kids and is a great place to track down discounts and offers local to you. Groups like ‘Days out with Kids’ is just one example. Group members are always willing to share their recommendations and experiences of great days out whatever your budget.
Please note: any rates or deals mentioned in this article were available at the time of writing.