10 Best Ideas for Family Half-term Fun on a Budget

I have 10 fabulous ideas for you here today for you to explore family half-term fun on a budget. If you have any others then please do add them in too!


Half-term Fun on a Budget

Family Half-term Fun on a Budget ideas abound and it is entirely possible to have a low cost half term. 


Research kids go free attractions

Although the price of attractions and days out may seem daunting, many major attractions do actually offer ‘kids go free’ options. A quick Google search will allow you to find out which attractions offer free or discounted tickets for children below a certain age. 

Utilising free resources such as Visit England and Days Out With The Kids is a quick and easy way to search for free or affordable family days out by region. 


Utilise cereal box vouchers

Most Kellogg’s cereal boxes will offer a free adult ticket to attractions such as Alton Towers, LegoLand, Madame Tussauds and more, when you purchase a child ticket. Take advantage of these offers to significantly reduce the cost of family days out during the holidays.

Free museum events

If you are looking to take the kids on an educational day out, many museums are free to enter. Yes, free! From the British Museum in London to the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, many are unaware that these educational days are actually free of charge.

Permanent exhibitions may be free, but specialist, limited time exhibitions usually charge a fee. Remember that you still have to book in advance to secure your free place, as turning up on the day may not guarantee entry.


Free events at local library

For more educational days out , check out your local library, as many will offer free events and workshops for kids during the half-term holidays.



Attend restaurants where kids eat free

Eating out can certainly be expensive, especially if you have a large family. Fortunately, many restaurants offer kids eat free deals and heavily discounted prices:

  • ASDA Cafe: kids eat for £1
  • IKEA: kids eat from 95p 
  • Sainsbury’s Cafe: kids eat for £1 when an adult meal for £5.20 is purchased
  • Morrison’s Cafe: : kids eat for £1 when an adult meal for £4.49 is purchased
  • Purezza: kids get one free mini pizza with a paying adult
  • Bella Italia: kids eat for £1 with a paying adult, Monday – Thursday between 4-6pm


Go fruit picking for half-term fun on a budget

It’s officially fruit picking season in the UK, and what better way to keep the kids entertained than with a wholesome activity, whilst also ensuring that they get their five a day? 

This activity can be a low expense, as most fruit picking farms will charge just £2 for a child, and around £5 for an adult admission. 

Fruit picking is great from a sustainability perspective, too, as you are sourcing fruit without all the plastic packaging, whilst keeping the kids entertained at the same time.


half-term fun on a budget


Host a campout in the garden

Going camping doesn’t have to be an expensive weekend trip, so why not host a campout with the kids by setting a tent up in your own garden? 

Save money on food by using up your freezer food for a BBQ, or go shopping in the reduced sections in the supermarkets.Tip: do you supermarket shops in the evenings to take advantage of the reduced items.


Spend a day on the beach

With sunny weather forecast for over the half-term break, a day out at the beach can be a budget-friendly way to entertain the family, whilst getting plenty of fresh air. Remember to pack your own lunches, water, and suncream.


Host an arts and crafts day

An arts and crafts day is a great way to keep the kids entertained whilst letting their creativity flow. Arts and crafts supplies can be purchased for affordable prices from high-street retailers, such as Wilkos or B&M. 

If the weather is nice, get creative outdoors to save on any indoors mess. If you are looking to save money on arts supplies, why not get creative with nature? Go on a wholesome walk and collect leaves and sticks that can be used to create something artsy. Take a look here for more nature games


Host a family sports day for more half-term fun on a budget

A family sports day is ideal for burning off plenty of energy, whilst also keeping fit. From running races to the classic egg and spoon race, keep the kids entertained and active for little to no cost.


Thanks for these fab tips to Sam Whillance, discount expert at Deal.Town, has got parents and guardians covered with a list of fun, budget-friendly activities for keeping the family entertained over 

Find more ideas here  and take a look here for fun family ideas under a fiver


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