Finding stuff to do with the kids during February half-term can be tricky – spring hasn’t yet sprung, and most of us are still trying to fix our finances after Christmas. So here’s a few ideas for some thrifty February fun.
Discount days out
If you’ve promised the kids a big day out, you could save yourself a small fortune with discounted deals on voucher websites like Groupon and VoucherCodes. You’ll find offers on all kinds of activities, from circuses to soft play sessions and theme parks to wildlife parks.
Another great way to save money is to take your own packed lunch so you can avoid the extra cost of restaurants and cafés. All kids love a picnic, and there’s no need to settle for soggy sarnies. Buy some soft tortillas, a pot of your favourite filling and a bag of salad leaves. Then make up your own freshly rolled wraps.
Of course, you can avoid any kind of entry fee by heading into the countryside. Sure, it can be a bit cold and wet at this time of year. But as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing. So wrap up warm, pack that picnic and get exploring the great outdoors.
Think you’ve exhausted all your options for a local free day out? Think again, because in the school holidays, many art galleries organise free family-friendly activities. And no, that doesn’t mean long-winded lectures on Italian Impressionism. It means puppet shows, story-telling and craft workshops - so your little artists can create their own masterpieces without messing up your own lounge.
London’s National Gallery offers audio tours and printed trails designed to engage and excite young minds. And there are all kinds of activities for all age groups. Sure, your local gallery might not be able to compete with the National Gallery, but they may still have some special activities planned, so check out what’s on near you.
February half-term usually means at least one or two rainy days indoors. So if you’re searching for something to keep the little ones off their screens for an hour or two, why not try “cooking with kids”. No, we don’t mean using them as ingredients, like the witch in Hansel and Gretel. We mean teaching them how to prepare a meal.
Cooking is now part of the National Curriculum - as the government’s Department of Education website states, “Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.” And you’ll not only be helping them learn a valuable life skill. You should end up with a tasty treat too.
The BBC Good Food website is packed with easy-to-cook idea for teaching kids to cook. There are over 50 recipes with straightforward instructions for all ages and abilities – everything from simple milkshake ice-pops to “cheeky chicken satay”. Search online for “BBC Food Kids”. And why not take them to the supermarket to buy the ingredients? Then they can learn how much it all costs.
Representative example: £400 loan repayable over 6 months. 6 monthly payments of £126.40. Rate of interest 179% p.a. fixed. Representative 991% APR. Total amount payable is £758.40.