10 Cheap Activities for School Holidays

10 Cheap Activities for School Holidays

It’s that time of year again where the kids are home and looking for things to do! School holidays can be an expensive time for you and your family – a poll run by ASIC’s MoneySmart website found that most people acknowledge they spend more money during school holidays than at other times of the year.

But the school holidays don’t have to blow your budget, here are 10 cheap or free activities you could try with your kids this school holidays!

1. Go Camping

This doesn’t necessarily mean driving for a couple of hours and making a logistic nightmare – plus big expenses – who says you need to leave the house to go camping? Why not set up a tent in the backyard and have a night out camping? There’s also the option of a fort made out of furniture and a doona or two inside if the weather is bad!

2. Plant a Veggie Patch

Even if you only have a small outdoor area you can create a simple veggie patch with the kids. If you don’t have a yard you could plant seeds in pots and even decorate the pots! Choosing fast growing plants means the kids can see results quickly. As we move through Autumn and into Winter some great veggies to plant include carrots, leeks, lettuce, onion, spinach and garlic.

3. Have fun in the kitchen

Kids love helping out in the kitchen, especially with baking! You could even have a cooking competition with the family. This is a great activity because you can then eat the results

4. Kitchen science

Not feeling like cooking with the kids? Using the kitchen for science is a great option! You could make silly putty with the kids, inflate balloons using bicarb soda, explode Ziploc bags, dye eggs and so much more! Check out this website for more great ideas.

5. Write a story

Sit down with the kids and write a short story – one word stories are always fun. Reading stories is always a good option too.

6. Libraries, museums and galleries

These institutions often have fun school holiday activities for kids of all ages, and they’re usually free, educational and fun. Plus there’s other kids they can play with whilst they’re there.

7. Head to the park or beach

This may be the last opportunity to really enjoy the beach for the season! You can’t beat the park and it’s play equipment for a bit of fund for the kids.

8. Treasure hunt

Hide some things around the house or yard and write some clues or create a treasure map to lead your kids on an exhilarating adventure with a prize at the end!

9. Movie night

Turn down the lights, put on some popcorn, get out some blankets and have a cinema experience at home! You could even more your TV outside for the night and watch a movie under the stars

10. Bowling

Go to the bowling alley for a couple of hours of fun. Bowling is inexpensive and most of the time there are other games around such as an air hockey table.

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Sacha Loutkovsky
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