Free Summer Holiday Activities for Kids

We’re a few weeks into the summer holidays now and I have to be honest and say that I’m loving it!

The extra time spent with our girls is wonderful, and thankfully it hasn’t cost us a fortune.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed that we’re trying to complete as many of the National Trusts 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 List. A lot of the activities are cheap, or free. For more info, click here.

I thought I’d share with you some of the free/cheap activities that we’ve been doing so far!

Summer Reading Challenge

Libraries across the UK have a summer reading challenge, and our six year old twins are taking part.

It’s free to join in and lots of fun. The idea is to read six books during the summer holidays. For each book you read, children will earn stickers that they need to stick on their maps. At the end of the challenge, when six books have been read, children will earn a medal and certificate.

Our girls have loved walking down to our local library, and choosing their books. We usually spend an hour or more in the library as they have free colouring sheets and crayons/pencils on the tables etc.

It’s lots of fun, educational and free!

Fruit Picking

We’re lucky that where we live there’s a local park with plenty of blackberries growing.

Usually after our trip to the library, we’ll wander over to the park and spend a good while picking the blackberries, then come home and make jam!

Visit a New Park

After our library trip, I decided to walk to a local park that the girls hadn’t been too before.

Because it’s somewhere new, they happily spent hours playing, running around and enjoying themselves!

It was a nice change from our local park, and I’m sure we’ll visit again soon!

Play dates

Going over a friends house can be lots of fun, plus it’s free!

Children will keep each other entertained playing with toys, making up games etc. I recently took my girls to my visit sister and her children. She’s lucky as she lives opposite a heritage museum with park. For just £2 we were able to have a wander and play in the park!

Here are a few other free ideas:

  • Go on a bike ride
  • Go to a museum
  • Create an obstacle course in your garden or indoors
  • Build a den using items from your garden
  • Get crafty with empty cereal boxes!
  • What have you been doing to entertain your children so far?
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