The summer holidays can get expensive. If you are doing regular trips out, entrance fees, drinks, food and extras can all add up and before long there’s a big hole in your purse. We try to mix it up and get a good balance between free activities, reasonably priced ones and more expensive treats. Often though the best memories are made on free days out and often in summer the best way to have fun for free is to get outdoors. Research shows that 85% of kids wish they spent more time outside over the summer and I do try to make sure we do something outside every day.
Sun-Pat Fuelling Families is a great new competition offering families the chance to win one of 420 sports kits to help keep kids busy this summer. Each kit comes with a football, cricket set and skipping rope and is packaged in a convenient bag. Sun-Pat kindly sent us a set too and we have been putting it to good use in various parks over the summer. H has always enjoyed playing cricket.
Sun-Pat have launched an activity guide featuring 42 cheap or free activities for kids over the summer – an activity for each day of the holidays. You can download a copy here. As well as entering a competition to win a sports kit like ours.
One of our favourite free outdoor activities is mud pie making. This is so easy to do whatever the weather. If it’s a hot day, you just need to provide some water to make your mud.
Pond dipping is a lot of fun too. Take along your own kit: you need a tray, a net and ideally some sort of spotter’s guide (you could have this on your phone). Lots of places provide kits for kids to borrow – we have pond dipped for free at few National Trust properties.
On a day when you don’t want to venture too far, it could just be a game of swingball in the back garden or a bounce on the trampoline.
If the weather is kind, or you’re hardy enough, a water fight is always fun. You can always use empty washing up bottles as makeshift water pistols if you don’t have them.
Bug hunting is a popular activity too at any time of year, but it’s often easier in the summer when lots of creatures are active.
What are you doing this summer? Do you have any ideas for free activities? Will you be getting outdoors? Don’t forget to pop over to Sun-Pat to download their guide and enter the competition.
Disclosure: This post is in association with Sun-Pat.