It’s hardly surprising the terms ‘surviving’ and ‘school holidays’ are often used in the same sentence. Keeping the kids entertained can be difficult at the best of times, and near impossible if you’re trying to budget after the wallop your wallet took during Easter.

Here are five strategies to survive the school holidays in one financial piece:

1) Keep it local

Head online and check out the school holiday programs run by your local library or museum. These programs are packed with activities the kids will love from movie nights and craft sessions to treasure hunts, just without the exorbitant prices.

Local bushwalking trails and parks are also great destinations for school holiday fun and limiting screen time during those couple of weeks.

2) Eye out deals

Subscribe to keep ahead of any coupons and school holiday deals offered by online sites such as Groupon and Scoopon. Depending on which state you live in, you may be able to score massive discounts on movie tickets, horse-riding lessons and arts classes.

3) Get crafty

Bring out their creative genius with a day of painting and paper mache. Most of the materials you’ll need such as toilet rolls, string, paper plates and PVC glue may already be laying around the house or can be bought cheaply and reused.

And if you’re worried about the messy aftermath, it isn’t much of an effort to head on outside for an arts and crafts session.

4) Role play

Get the kids to have a go at being a Masterchef with an hour or two in the kitchen whipping up homemade pizzas and decorating cupcakes. With a quick online search, you’ll be able to find plenty of recipes that are both delicious and kid friendly.

Once your aprons are off, put an eye patch on and organise a treasure hunt by burying a small bounty in the backyard and creating a map for the kids to find it. Ahoy!

5) Backyard camping

Got a tent, sleeping bags and a couple of torches? Go on a camping trip in your backyard! What’s even better than scary stories and toasted marshmallows is the added bonus of access to a bathroom and running water.

Do you have any other fun activities to add to the list? Please share in the comments below.

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  • With a teen boy at home for nearly 3 weeks, I certainly noticed my wallet getting a good workout. Trips to the city with friends, just hanging out at home with friends (required many trips to the supermarket to restock food), buying DVDs to watch… it was very costly. Throw in a birthday party or two, and my son’s social life was ridiculous. I tried to ensure he ate more at home, rather than out to save on money; and opted for DVDs at home vs movies etc.

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  • Thank you for sharing!!!

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  • We do lots of craft sessions and picnics & parks as well, play dates and catch up with friends and not to forget fruit picking at local orchards is also always a nice activity. I receive “what’s on” via the library and Sydney for kids per email and go trough it regularly to look for nice activities.

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  • Libraries often have kid activities during the school holidays and as a bonus, order those books or DVDs your kids have been hassling you for free.

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  • Check out your local community newspaper – they often have holiday activities for free or at a small nominal family fee.

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  • Great ideas. Picnics in the local park or a different park to your usual haunts are always good fun! You could also collect leaves and flowers and other items for a nature art session.

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  • Take the time to check Community Notice Board and other announcements in your free weekly local council provided. There is sometimes free or very low priced actitivies in them. Some have activities in their Libraries. Some you need to book for as numbers are restricted because of space or number of volunteers available. Some Shopping Centres have free activities during School Holidays.

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  • Invite friends over for a movie in the afternoon. Provide popcorn, drinks, maybe an ice cream… The kids will love it.
    The local libraries are indeed generally great places where to spend school holidays!

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