- School is out for 2020 with 7 weeks of holidays ahead of us
- A bit of planning goes a long way in finding budget-friendly activities
- There are lots of free or low-cost activities available at this time of year
- We share our top 10 favourite fun activities for happy kids!
School’s over for 2020 and many families are facing up to 7 weeks of entertaining the kids. We like no lunch boxes and no homework but we know that holidays need to be carefully planned. Here are 10 tips to keeping the kids happy and not blow out the budget:
It takes a tribe to raise a village and looking after kids is much easier when shared with a fellow parent.
– Offer to take their child for half a day and then swap – this is great for working parents who don’t want to use all their annual leave!
– Neighbours – did you make friends with your neighbours during lockdown this year? Arrange for the kids to have a play together and see new friendships bloom!
– invite a school friend over for a few hours – let the kids free play at home – you’ll likely get some time to yourself to catch up on everything else around the house!
2. Build a cubby house (inside in the air con if its a sweltering hot day) or outside in the backyard
It doesn’t have to be extravagant, kids have great imaginations and can be encouraged to build natural cubby houses using palm fronds in the garden. How about the old sheet over the dining table trick? Set them up with cushions, pillows and their toys and see what their imaginations create. This one is easier with siblings!
3. Sprinkler on the grass or under the trampoline
Who remembers this from our own summer holidays as kids? Set the kids up with the sprinkler going in the garden, and let them jump on the trampoline or run around in the water to their heart’s content! Be ready to provide an icy pole and fresh fruit to cool down after.
4. Home baking
If you enjoy doing some baking, get the kids to help you and teach them how to cook! There are some great easy recipes for homemade muffins, cupcakes and scrolls which have few ingredients and can be whipped up in no time.
5. Have a picnic
Being outside and eating lunch on a picnic blanket can be fun and something different. Spend the morning creating some yummy snacks (or drop into the local supermarket and grab some bakery items) and then find a local park with a playground for the kids to burn some energy.
6. At home activities
Sometimes you just need to be at home to catch up on the washing – have some of these activities ready to go and teach the kids that they need to learn to entertain themselves some of the time whilst mum or dad gets stuff done around the house:
– leaf rubbing – send them outside to find interesting leaves and then use a paper/pencil to create some art
– treasure hunt – you will need to prepare this when they are asleep but this is always a fun activity, particularly if the prize at the end is sweet and sugary!
– movie day – let’s be honest, sometimes you just need to park them in front of the TV. Borrow DVDs from the local library, try a streaming subscription for the holidays (most are free for the first 30 days) or just let ABC kids roll if they are young
– dance party – play some favourite hits and let them dance up a storm in the living room
– mindful colouring, craft, letter writing card making, or story writing – new pens and fresh paper can keep some kids entertained for hours
Sometimes, it might also be nice for the kids to find their own activities and entertainment (age dependent of course). It’s great to give them time and space to figure out their own fun – within reason.
7. Visit friends, family and grandparents
With COVID restrictions easing in the majority of states around Australia, maybe a quick trip to visit family and friends is in order. Sometimes a change of scenery for a few hours or a few days does wonders for everyone.
8. Water play
If you’re one of the lucky ones with a pool, many hours of entertainment can be had for the kids while giving us time to squeeze in some work and catch up on home duties whilst they are keeping themselves entertained with Marco Polo and underwater handstands. If you don’t have a pool at home, hit up your neighbours (!) or check out what’s on offer close by. Council pools are relatively cheap and can be fun with friends or you may even be lucky to be close to a beach, always a fun outing in summer! Perhaps your kids love having a bath – a bubble bath in the middle of the day is a nice little treat that they can enjoy during school holidays to have some downtime.
9. Bike and scooter rides
Everyone rediscovered their bikes and scooters in 2020 so they could get outside during lockdown – go for a family ride and tick off your own exercise for the day whilst getting out and about!
10. A day walking your city and discovering or rediscovering cool things about it
Each and every place we’ve visited has one or more cool things to discover. It’s super fun to find new things in your own city. Look for a historical walk or a DIY scavenger hunt. Tour the graffiti walls or find an old train track to walk along. There are endless opportunities to get out of the house and explore.
Enjoy the school holidays from all of us at MoneyBrilliant! Remember to check your MoneyBrilliant app and review the categorisation of your transactions as well as reviewing your spending reports and budget tracking.