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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