Two words that all parents dread hearing, especially during school holidays, are “I’m bored”.
And as October half term approaches, parents around the country are faced with the challenge of keeping their children busy and entertained and, if your purse strings are already frayed from repeated tightening, the thought of yet more cost can be really quite horrifying.
Halloween is frightening enough!
Throw the need for some spooky costumes and the approach of Christmas into the mix and you’d be forgiven for really feeling the pinch!
The latest figures from Child Poverty Action Group and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation calculated that it now costs £148,000 to raise a child, an increase of four per cent on the previous year, so it’s no surprise that many families are struggling.
Keeping your kids busy and maybe even getting out and about a bit during school holidays can really stretch already tight budgets, so we’ve thought of a few ways to help end boredom, without snapping the purse strings.
The internet is your frugal friend
Most venues and attractions have some kind of online offers or discounts available, so you can usually save a few pounds even when planning a grand day out to a large family attraction.
Hit your favourite search engine and look for discount or offer codes, and it’s always worth having a check on sites like moneysavingexpert.com and maybe even signing up to their newsletter.
It only takes a few minutes, and you can definitely save a few quid!
Here at Eureka! we’re no exception. For example we’re offering a 15 per cent discount to weekday visitors this October half-term (October 27-31) if you visit after 2pm.
We’re extending opening hours too to ensure that everyone still has plenty of time to play, so head to our website to grab the discount voucher.
Plan any major excursions as far ahead as possible.
Book travel well in advance to take advantage of the cheapest rail and coach fares.
And pack a picnic - they’re great fun and, whether you’re planning to sit on a blanket on a nice patch of grass, or heading to the seaside for a family outing, they could save you a small fortune as the cost of snacks, lunches and drinks soon stack up.
We provide plenty of lunch spaces here at Eureka! and so will most visitor attractions, so remember to grab your pack up.
Reconnect with nature
It’s fun, educational and cheap – what’s not to love? Websites like Nature Detectives have great ideas to get you started, and with headlines regularly appearing about how our children are becoming increasingly detached from the natural world, it’s important to reconnect them for their education and wellbeing.
Whilst you might have to pay a bit for transport, the Great Outdoors is mostly free, plus activities like tree climbing, den making and playing classic games like pooh sticks are free and fun!
We’re really blessed here in Calderdale with so much glorious countryside right on our doorstep, so get out there and enjoy it before the weather turns too chilly!