3 Low-cost (or free!) places to take the kids during the summer holidays

The school summer holidays are nearly upon us so it won't be long before those chants of 'I'm booooored!' become a regular occurrence. So, if you want to entertain your youngsters during the school holidays but don't want to spend all your savings on costly days out, here are three places you can go where you'll find low-cost (AND FREE!) activities for kids...

The school summer holidays are nearly upon us so it won’t be long before those chants of ‘I’m booooored!’ become a regular occurrence. I’ve previously blogged about ways to entertain kids at home during the school holidays but if you want to make the most of the glorious weather during the school holidays you’ll want to head outdoors. But do you really want to spend all your savings on costly days out? No! So here are three places you can go where you’ll find low-cost (and free!) activities for kids…


Wherever you live in the country, you can be sure that you’re not too far away from a park, woodland or beach. So, head into the great outdoors with a picnic to enjoy a thrifty day out at the beach or the park. It needn’t be anything more elaborate than the usual sandwiches you’d have at home, it’s just makes it more of an event if you take your packed lunch with you, and you can enjoy a healthy walk on the way.

Plus, it’s worthwhile looking up details of your local park or beach online to find out whether they have any summer holiday activities planned for the month of August. They might have a free “teddy bears picnic” that little ones can join in with, a bug-hunting day or a sandcastle building competition. Our local beach even runs sports events on the sand for kids to enjoy, so make the most of these free events to save cash during the summer.


Did you know that many schools put on activities and trips during the summer holidays? These will either be in the form of extra tuition for older students, sports events or as fun days out for all the family. Check out the summer holidays activities schedule at your child’s school for free and low-cost things to do. And you won’t event have to worry about arranging travel to sports venues or museums as the kids will simply hop into the school minibuses as usual and be on their way – saving you on transport costs too.


If you haven’t already become a member of your your local library, why not? It’s a fabulous free resource for keeping kids entertained during the school holidays. Firstly, you can borrow books, and there’s nothing better than seeing your youngster getting into reading (or a teen finally sitting down to read a book rather than play on their phone). Secondly, you can rent films, music and computer games from the library, so that even more free entertainment for the kids to enjoy over the summer. And one more thing – your local library probably has a programme of summer holidays activities planned, so head down to check out their noticeboard now!

Let me know what you’ve got planned for the school summer holidays in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you about any low-cost or free activities you’ve discovered so that we can all enjoy a thrifty summer break 🙂

This blog post is a collaboration. The pink links in this post may indicate a collaborative link or information source. The blog post reflects my own experience and the partner hasn’t had any control over my content 🙂

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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