There's no need to spend a fortune to entertain your kids when there is free and low cost fun on your doorstep.
School holidays can be a tricky time for parents of primary school aged children. Entertaining children of the 5-12 age group is exhausting...and expensive.
There are always lots of ticketed events happening during each school holiday break. There are new movies to watch at the cinema, theatre shows to see, child-friendly workshops to attend and both pop-up & existing attractions to entice families.
Such activities are great but most of us don't have the time, energy and cash to entertain the kids with paid activities for 2 or more weeks, throughout the year.
Instead, consider the following budget-friendly suggestions for ways to entertain your kids these school holidays (and none of them require a tablet or smartphone!)
Junior Ranger Programs with National Parks
Ranger programs are offered by National Parks throughout the country. Such activities include guided bush walks, working bees and historic discoveries.
If your child enjoys the outdoors, nature and wildlife, check with your local government National Parks website to see whats on. Junior Ranger programs are often free or very low cost and are incredibly educational, not to mention fun.
Movie Days In with Friends
The latest kid-centric movie blockbuster is always timed for release bang on school holiday time. There's obviously a reason for this. Before you frown upon the costs of today's movie tickets, remember that you don't need to rush out to see the latest release during the school holidays.
As a child yourself, do you remember watching the same movie over and over again? Your children will be equally happy hanging out with their besties in their own house, watching their family favourite.. regardless of whether they've seen it once before or 100 times.
Decide on a film favourite, invite your child's friends over and set them up with their very own indoor movie day fun. Bring in the popcorn, snacks, plenty of pillows and your kids will be entertained for hours.
Name a child who doesn't love cake, biscuits or muffins? The majority of young folk love baking as much as they love eating aforementioned goods.
Sit down with your children and decide what's on the baking menu for the day. You don't need to be a pastry chef, just reach for the pre-packaged mixes at the supermarket. Your child won't mind! Then you can eat them while having a picnic in the backyard or at the local park.
Free Entertainment in Shopping Centres
Shopping centres all over the country offer free entertainment for families each school holiday break.
Such activities involve all sorts of themed things; arts and craft stations, sports try-outs, small concerts.
To find out whats on at your nearest shopping centre, go to the "whats on" page of your nearest mall's website or follow their Facebook page for announcements.
How do you entertain your children in the school holidays on a minimal budget?