As half term looms I’m sure I’m not the only parent who, whilst relieved at the prospect of no school runs, no packed lunch making and no ‘getting them out the door’ nagging, is wondering how to keep them entertained, especially with the changeable weather, without spending a fortune.
I read an article in the Sunday Times yesteday that pointed me to a number of discount voucher websites so, in the spirit of research and saving money, I checked them out and am happy to report that with a minimum of effort you can indeed save money on many of those ‘big days out’ that I might treat my gang to once this half term. Here are my findings –
- A wide range of money off vouchers for days out at THEME PARKS eg 25% off Alton Towers if you book in advance, £2 off tickets advance booked at Diggerland, 2 for 1 at Legoland
- Equally wide range off vouchers for days out at TOURIST ATTRACTIONS eg 20% off admission at Portsmouth Aquarium, 2 for 1 Thursdays at Cadbury World, 20% off at Blackpool Tower and Circus
- And don’t forget the FOOD eg 25% off Main Courses at Pizza Express, 25% off at Bella Italia, 2 courses for 2 only £12.50 at Toby Carvery (home of the 7″ high yorkshire pudding !!)
- THEME PARKS & TOURIST ATTRACTIONS eg Save up to 40% when you book online at Sealife.com, 30% off a group booking at Chester Zoo (and wouldn’t it be so much easier if there were a group of you ?), 30% off entry to Paultons Park
- RAINY DAYS IN eg Kindle for £69 at Waterstones (be great to get them reading during the hols rather than switching on the TV), listen to best selling Books from £3.99 at Audible (I have found audio books are a great way to entertain my 4 in the car on long journeys and I get to listen in too), upto 33% off DVD bestsellers at Tesco (when only a movie will do!!!)
- This site is a bit more difficult to navigate around BUT you can search by area so you are not wasting time wading though offers for Legoland, Thorpe Park etc when you live in the Northwest!
Once you have emptied the bank account but really need to just get out of the house don’t forget that there are lots of museums and galleries that offer free admission (look at www.moneysavingexpert.com for a list) and whilst the idea of a museum or gallery may not float every childs boat you may be able to ‘divide and conquer’ with a friend by splitting your kids into age groups and going separate ways.
I have found that going a little further a field to a new playpark or woods or even a river/stream can be enough to keep them all interested for the best part of the day. Get them to help you with putting together a picnic, spare clothes, football/skipping ropes etc. beforehand and chucking their clothes in the washing machine once back home (and then they can slide off and watch the TV). It’s definitely worth the effort and you will have really earned that glass of wine!!
Happy Holidays x