It's the summer and the kids are off school and ready to be entertained. The problem is you can't quite afford that trip to Euro Disney or that holiday to South of France or all those other exotic places they've heard some of their friends are going to. To give them summer they deserve you'll have to improvise; and here's how.
Buy an Annual Pass
Try as you might to turn your kids attention to something different this year, they always seem to be interested in visiting the same place. Perhaps they're looking forward to riding the attractions they couldn't the previous year. Perhaps they just have good memories of the place from the past.
The good news for you is that you could purchase an annual pass for not much more than it would cost for buying individual tickets for everyone. This is particularity useful if you plan to take them more than once.
Check What's Happening at the Library
Nowadays libraries aren't just for books. In an attempt to move forward with modern ways of thinking they are offering all sorts of events for adults and kids alike. Best of all you can leave your kids there while you get on with the shopping or whatever else you want to do.
Events you may find at the library include reading groups, board game groups and film groups. In addition, you may find you can get discount to local events through just being a member. For example, libraries are often affiliated with local leisure centres and cinemas.
Your Local Leisure Centre
The good thing about the summer holidays when you have kids is that local authorities do their best to provide activities for them. And usually within in a price range most people can afford. Your first port of call should be the leisure centre. They provide activities and events all kids enjoy – swimming pools, indoor football, basketball, badminton, tennis – and people trained to coach and look after them. Best of all they are a great place for your children to make plenty of new friends.
The Great Outdoors
Why pay all that money to take your kids somewhere expensive when you can just take them to the local forest or park? Perhaps you can take a picnic with you or a game such as football or badminton. If you invite some of your kids' friends along you can relax while they all run around to their heart's content.
You don't even have to leave your house for your kids to experience the outdoors. If you have a garden you put up a tent for them outside. Perhaps, if they are old enough, they can stay the night in the tent with some friends.
Find Something on Groupon
If you are looking for something a little more extravagant, you should be able to find a discount for something on Groupon. You can usually find the best summer deals a few months before the holidays.