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Summer holiday activities with kids


With so many weeks ahead to keep the kids entertained, you could end up spending a fortune over the summer holidays if you're not careful. Here is a selection of cheap and free activities to keep the whole family entertained during the summer:

 1. Pack a picnic, kite and sunshade and head to the local park. Best of all, parks are free. See find your nearest park

 2. Build an insect hotel and give nature a helping hand to attract and keep beneficial insects in your garden such as ladybirds which eat aphids that damage plants. Plus, insects need somewhere to stay in the winter too! The Eden Project has a fabulous project to help you build your very own insect home.

 3. If the weather takes a turn for the worse (when!), there are plenty of free museums across the North West. To get you started, here are a handful of museums that are free of charge or have a nominal entrance fee:

Located in Oldham, Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities, events and workshops for children and families of all ages.

Suitable for a rainy day is the Stockport air raid shelters. While not free for adults, children under the age of 16 are free with a paying adult! Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, the intriguing network of underground tunnels offers visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940's.

Warrington museum and art gallery is free to all and has well over 200,000 objects under its roof. This museum is well worth a trip and is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.

A little over 15 miles from Wigan is the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre. Family tickets are available from £17.95 for a family of four. Makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and educational day out.

Free entry for everyone at the Museum of Wigan Life where you can discover the people and places of Wigan both past and present. A good place to spend a couple of hours. There are often children's activities for which there is a small charge. 

4. Totally free nature activities are available from the Woodland Trust website. Activities include downloadable guides for outdoor fun making squirrel-proof bird feeders and more, and for the bad weather, there are craft activities such as colouring sheets. 

5. Money Saving Expert shares some fabulous offers for the family including 2 for 1 at Alton Towers, Legoland, and other Merlin attractions. Look for promotional packs of Cadbury chocolates which cost between £1-£2.99 at most supermarkets until early Sep 2017), to get a voucher for 2for1 entry at more than 20 Merlin attractions. The vouchers are valid until the end of July 2018! 

6. Free music festivals! Again, all thanks go to Money Saving Expert for sharing 50 FREE music festivals up and down the country. Most of the festivals are family friendly which is great news, so get your wellies out so be prepared to have some musical fun with the kids! 

If you have bicycles at home or can borrow some bikes from friends or neighbours, check out these family-friendly cycle routes courtesy of the National Trust. 

8. Liven up the day with a scavenger hunt. If it's not raining then head to the garden or park. Not sure what a scavenger hunt is? Take a look at these brilliant and fun scavenger hunt ideas

9. Take the family to the nearest library. There are often holiday activities taking place over the summer, but even if there is nothing taking place, take your kids to the children's area and have your own story time. 

10. Teach the kids some old-fashioned summer fun and show them how to play hopscotch, make a daisy chain, roll down a hill and make paper aeroplanes. This is a great activity to get the grandparents involved in. 

11. Make your own bored jar. Simply take a clean jar and some lolly sticks and write things to do on each of the sticks. The kids can colour and decorate the sticks before you write on them. Some example things are:

  • Draw a picture of our house. 
  • Make a gift for someone. 
  • Bake some biscuits or a cake. (A good idea to have some packet mixes if you are not into baking)
  • Find patterns in the clouds.
  • Make a den. 
  • Start a craft club with your friends. 
  • Make a bookmark. 

We hope you have a fun-filled summer and enjoy some of these activities.

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