Our money-saving guru, Lynn Beattie, owner of finance blog Mrs Mummypenny, talks about all the totally free things you can do with the kids this Easter term
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The Easter holidays are just around the corner… but for many families that means two weeks of children at home and increased maintenance costs.
If you’re struggling financially, here are ten fun Easter holiday ideas that are totally free.
School times vary in the UK but most schools in England and Wales are closed for the Easter holidays between April 11th and April 22nd.
Schools in London and pupils in Scotland have a week off early as the holidays run from April 4th to 15th.
Children in Northern Ireland take their Easter holidays from April 14th to April 22nd.
Free museums and attractions
Many sights can even be visited for free. Here are a few places in London that we visited recently:
- RAF Hendon
- Natural History Museum
- Tate Modern.
All huge attractions that will keep the family entertained and learn for hours.
Also, local museums are probably free too, most cities have a museum documenting their history.
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Free mystery shopping events
Become a mystery shopper and you might be able to visit activities like bowling or trampoline parks in exchange for a customer service review.
I’m a mystery shopper for Proinsight and took my kids bowling and ate for free at the venue.
Note that you have to pay first and the money will be returned to you the following month.
You are required to fill out an evaluation questionnaire and take photos while inside the attraction.
Free mystery shopping gym and spas
The same mystery shopping company also offers gym memberships at gyms with pools.
As a family we spent many days in the gym, played tennis, swam and were super active.
Gym membership varies, sometimes you get a membership for a certain period of time, again, filling out the questionnaire and pictures are required.
You pay for your membership, but it is then refunded.
Free Treasure Hunt
A super fun treasure hunt adventure wherever you are in the country.
Visit the geocaching website and see what treasure is near you!
The website gives you the location and you have to find it. That sounds easy, we tried it, sometimes the treasure chest is very well hidden.
Pick up a treasure when you find it, but also pick up something to replace what you picked up so another kid can get a treasure gift too.
Use loyalty points to purchase attraction tickets
When was the last time you checked your Tesco Clubcard voucher account?
These are worth three to four times their face value in exchange for so many daytime attractions, places like Legoland, Alton Towers, Colchester Zoo.
Bring a picnic lunch and snacks to save even more, and end up avoiding that purchase at all costs.
Visit your local beach or lake
An absolute favorite of ours that we like to make as often as possible.
Our closest major water is Grafham Water, a reservoir, and an eight mile walk or bike ride for a complete circuit.
You can stop for a paddle and a bit of clam hunting. Do like me with a little advance planning and find a parking spot without paying a fee.
Free nature hunt
A perfect free adventure for doing local hikes a little differently is to create a nature hunting checklist to take with you.
Write a list of ten animals, birds, trees or flowers for your kids to discover and see who can tick off the most natural finds.
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Visit your local garden center
I visited my local garden center in lockdown for the first time (shock horror I know) and was amazed at how much there was to keep the kids entertained.
There are animals, a lake, a park, a train ride and a huge terrain to explore.
Visit your local library
Check your local library to see what activities they offer over the holidays.
Storytelling, Crafts, Education Your local library is a wonderful source of education, especially for young children.
Check free council events
What free activities does your municipality/department offer for children during the holidays?
My church hosts Easter craft sessions that take place at the local mall, for example.
Have a wonderful Easter!
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