Budget-Friendly Ideas for Keeping the Kids Entertained During the Holidays


Kids get bored because of many reasons. Even with a million toys at their disposal or even when they are at school, hearing the words “I’m bored” is inevitable.

To make things worse, the chances of them saying those two words become higher during the holidays unless they have their hands full with something.

If you’re one of those parents who are out of ideas to keep the kids entertained, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together some ideas on how you can keep them entertained during their time off school.

Even better, the following activities are meant to not break the bank. In fact, some of them are free!

Historical attractions all around the UK

If you don’t know what a National Art Pass is, now is a good time to invest in one. For £110 you get a 12-month family membership which includes free entry to over 240 museums, galleries, and historic houses across the UK. Not only that, but you also get 50% off on major exhibitions.

You won’t have to worry about about where to go during the holidays for a whole year, so it’s worth the investment.

Thames Sightseeing Cruise

The kids would probably love to go on a Disney Cruise, but unfortunately that trip will require some planning.

In the meantime you can try the Thames Sightseeing Cruise. For only £22, you get a three-day rover special pass which includes two adults and up to three children (aged 5-15).

Let your kids be amazed at famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.


Kidzania is an indoor city that’s made for kids and is run by kids. You heard that right! Here, kids can choose from more than 60 real-life entertaining activities. They can be a doctor, a dentist, a firefighter, a police officer, etc.

Best of all, they earn while doing their ‘jobs’ in the form of kidZos (Kidzania’s currency) that they can use to buy treats and even open bank accounts just like adults. How cool is that?

There is an annual pass that you can buy for only £129 which gives you unlimited entry. Also included in the annual pass are five adult tickets, fast-track entry into the city, and discounts on food and beverage, birthday parties, and merchandise.

Single-use tickets are also available from their website or other sources like Buyagift.

See a movie or two

Seeing a movie with your family is a great activity during the holidays. Admittedly though, seeing the latest movies are a bit expensive. However, many cinemas offer discounted prices on relatively recent movies during weekends and school holidays.

All that’s needed is for you to do your homework of finding the best cinema deals out there.

Odeon host Odeon Kids every Saturday, Sunday, and all week during the summer holidays. You can take advantage of their discount prices to take the kids to see their favourite characters on screen.

Better yet, stay at home! Watch your favourite movies, old or new. Close the curtains, have lots of snacks, and get comfy to create your own home cinema experience.

Playtime with the kids

Be it indoors or outdoors; nothing beats this age-old method of keeping kids preoccupied.

While letting a child play without adult supervision has its benefits, getting yourself involved has its own too. It’s a great way to bond with your kids, and allows you to teach your child things such as patience, discipline, honesty, sportsmanship, etc.

Encourage your kids to read

Reading is a very important skill that tends to get taken for granted. It’s a good idea to encourage your kids to read not just to pass the time during the holidays, but also for them to develop an interest in reading as early as possible.

We know that reading helps to expands vocabularies and produces a better chance of being successful academically. Reading can also give writing skills a boost too.

Additionally, it helps them develop their own understanding and make sense of the world around them.

Just go outside

Finally, simply going outside can be the best cure for boredom. Whether it’s a simple walk around the neighbourhood or hanging out in the park, spending some time outdoors can prevent kids from getting restless.

Try our list of some of the best local walks in Essex, or the best parks to visit in Essex. Any of these can be enjoyed no matter the season, and are the perfect excuse to get outdoors.

Visiting local parks and going on walks gives your kids the chance to explore while you can take in the scenery and relax.

Don’t let boredom win

Your kid’s boredom should never get in the way for the whole family to enjoy the holidays. With careful planning, it can be enjoyable for all members of the family. Try something different or visit somewhere new to keep everyone entertained.

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