Cost-effective boredom busting ideas to keep your kids entertained these school holidays

School holidays are a great time to relax and recharge with the kids, but planned outings can get expensive!

Article published: 11 November 2020

These cost-effective holiday activities will hopefully get your kids laughing, relaxing, using their imagination, and best of all enjoying time together with the rest of the family.

Backyard camping

Having your own private campsite is one of the joys of backyard camping, simply take your tent from the garage and pitch it anywhere you want! To create a magical atmosphere and make memories that the kids won’t forget, add a string of fairy lights, and a couple of solar lanterns - and if it’s safe to do so, fire up the portable BBQ to cook up some treats. Marshmallows anyone?

Bring the cinema to your living room

Bring the cinematic experience to your living room! Pick a date, and the movie then get the kids involved with planning a big night - print out tickets, offer assigned seats for the night’s film, load up some containers with popcorn! And, if home movie night is something you do often, splurging on a movie projector screen could be a great investment, too.

Raid the recycling bin and get crafty

The great thing about recycled craft is that you don't have to buy anything or really do much. You can make so many crafts with cardboard boxes, toilet rolls, milk bottles, bread tags, bottle caps and so on. There is a tonne of craft ideas online but the kids might also like to let their imaginations go wild with their own craft designs!

Gear up for an outdoor adventure

With the warmer weather upon us, it’s a great time to get outdoors. Mix it up and add a bit of spontaneity to your daily routine, perhaps have a picnic breakfast at the beach or pack your lunch boxes and explore some local walking tracks.

Not only will they love the sense of excitement and adventure, it’s teaching them the importance of an active lifestyle where they can unplug and spend time with friends and family away from devices.

Visit a free exhibition

Check out the free exhibitions at your city’s museums, art galleries, or wander through your local library. There’s usually always plenty on offer for school holidays, but during these covid times it’s important to check what restrictions might be in place.  If you can’t get to the real thing due to covid closures, hop online as there are plenty of places you can visit virtually across the globe.

A mini master chef in the making?

Ready, set, bake off! Find a recipe or two for a simple dish and get the kids baking. Maybe someone in the family could be a judge and pick the winner, without knowing who made which. Who knows you may just uncover a hidden talent - and if not, well at least you’ll have dinner sorted!

These are just a few ways to enjoy the school holidays on a budget! No matter what you and your family get up to, we hope you enjoy some rest and relaxation over the break.


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