We list our favourite low-cost things to do in the February half term.
February can be a tough month. Your finances may still be in recovery after Christmas or you’re saving up for a big summer holiday. It can feel like a challenge to think of ways to keep the kids entertained if you’re on a budget. Luckily, we’ve got lots of fun, low-cost ideas that’ll save your sanity.
Day One – Take in some culture
Get yourself online and find out what museums are local to you. Loads of museums have free or cheap entry. Museums are a great way to engage children in history. There might be a display that links to one of their recent school projects. If you have older children, you could try an art gallery. Get them talking about different artists. When you get home, you can all have a go at recreating their favourite piece.
Day Two – Head outdoors
It doesn’t matter that it’s still chilly! When you need things to do in half term, a few hours in the local woods or beach is a great outing. You could organise a nature treasure hunt, or take buckets and collect shells, pebbles or leaves.
A great way to encourage kids to get outside is with Geocaching. If you're not familiar with it, Geocaching is a super cool way to combine modern gadgets with getting outdoors! Head over to geocaching.com and sign up. Then search for geocaches that are near you. You'll then need to use a GPS capable device to input the location coordinates. Happy hunting!
Day Three- Get crafty!
Stay home and get creative! Get out the paints and glue and all the stuff you collected on yesterday’s nature walk. You could do some colourful leaf prints, decorate a mirror or photo frame with shells or paint pebbles. How about painting some pebble ladybird garden ornaments? An indoor craft day is perfect for rainy half term days when you don’t want to head out.
Day Four – Book in some library time
The local library is a great way to keep kids entertained in half term. The library might even have a half term reading challenge that’ll help get the kids engaged.
Day Five – Have a duvet day
You don’t need to spend every day out in the cold! Stay in with snacks, snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy a movie day. You probably have at least one of popular subscription movie services, so you can pick from hundreds of films at no extra cost to yourself! Here’re some of our top picks across the movie services for February 2017:
- Sky Movies – If you pay for the movie package with your Sky subscription then the kids will love new release The Angry Birds Movie. Over on Disney movies you can catch a few of the recent hits such as The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out and Big Hero 6.
- Amazon Prime – There’s some firm kid’s favourites amongst the listings for those who have Amazon Prime, including The Lego Movie and The Lorax.
- Netflix – If you have Netflix then you’re in luck, there’s a whole host of modern kid’s classics to be found here! Try Boxtrolls, The Book of Life, How to Train Your Dragon and Hotel Transylvania for some instant hits.
The pressure to constantly entertain your children can be huge. But don’t feel like you need to provide expensive days out every school holiday. Getting back to basics with half term activities is a great way to encourage your child’s creativity and imagination.
Allow plenty of time for the kids to bust their own boredom. Encourage them to draw pictures, write stories and invent games with their toys.
And with all the money you’ve saved, you could start one of our 2017 savings challenges! Read more on the blog…