Entertaining our kids over the holidays and even for a day can be quite stressful for us parents. Not only do we worry about keeping them happy, but also not overspending while doing it.
If you and your family are in need of that long-overdue holiday, and money is tight, you have the option of taking out a short term loan which can relieve much of the stress. However, if you’re simply looking for low-cost ways to entertain your kids on a day out, you’re in luck as there are many.
The good news is that what kids mostly want, more than anything, is to spend quality time with their parents. Fortunately, this costs us nothing but our time and attention. We tend to take our kids to the cinema, out to dinner, or even to fun parks which are all great fun. But such activities not only cost too much, but they also make it hard for us to give our kids enough quality time and attention.
Here are some tips on how to entertain your kids on a budget while giving them your undivided attention:
Instead of taking the family out to lunch at a pub or restaurant, organise a picnic. Make some homemade snacks such as sandwiches or wraps. Take some fruit, crisps or popcorn and a few sweet treats like cookies and you’re good to go! The kids will love it and so will you.
Taking the kids camping is one of the best ways to keep kids happy and costs next to nothing. You don’t have to stay the night if you’re not comfortable doing so. You can go early in the morning and return late at night. They will inevitably want to go again and again.
Doing sports together as a family is another low-cost activity and really creates fun memories for you and your family. Games such as football, basketball, swimming and cycling, for example, don’t cost much to partake in.
Playing games like hide and seek, charades, board games or card games are a great way for parents to spend quality time with their children. They also learn how to lose and move on, which is a good life lesson. Make the most of games by doing them outside at a park or during a picnic.
Gardening and building projects
Whether it be a little gardening, DIY or even building a tree house with old pallets, kids love working with their hands and building things, and especially with their parents. These are also quite educational activities for them as you get to teach them a thing or two in the process.
With today’s kids being glued to a screen much of the day, they miss out on making memories. Venturing outside may be a chance to bond with the family and make some real memories. Exploring and sightseeing by taking long walks or by hiking are great ways to spend quality time with your kids. They get to breathe in some fresh air, exercise, observe nature and wildlife and have interesting conversations with you in the process.
You can find a number of simple science experiments online that are not only fun but also educational. Your kids will be fascinated. Be prepared for a little mess.
Arts and crafts
Drawing together or crafting something from scratch is also quite fun and low cost. You can take some stationery outside and look for something they find interesting enough to draw and draw it together or recreate a craft you found online.
A day at the beach
Spending the day at the beach doesn’t take cost much (unless, of course, you live far from one). You can search for cool looking pebbles, have a pebble throwing competition, and pretty much do all the aforementioned activities there.