Budget Friendly School Holidays Ideas

Today was the last day of school for 2016 in NSW. After a long year we are all ready for a little bit of a break but it doesn’t take long for boredom to set in. Here are 5 fun ideas for the school holidays that won’t break your budget.

  1. Check out your local library for fun holiday activities. I’ve mentioned before that a visit to your local library is great for cheap family entertainment but the library in our area also offers school holidays activities. My son and I have made sparkly jewellery, cute badges, sand art, we’ve been to Lego afternoons, we have even enjoyed a pizza party! Check out what is on offer in your area. Keep in mind some activities do require you to book and don’t forget to stock up on books and movies while you’re there.
  2. Have a movie night. Put on your comfiest jammies, pop some popcorn, build a pillow fort and throw on one of the movies you picked up at the library. A great (cheap) way to spend an evening with your family.
  3. Sometimes a trip away just isn’t feasible, whether due to financial or time constraints so why not have a holiday at home? My son loves to help set a tent up in the back yard and playing in it with his toys. Finish the day off with a BBQ for dinner and eat outside. The best part is your still get to sleep in your own bed! Of course if you’re feeling really adventurous you could always sleep in the tent.
  4. Do some baking. Cooking is a great activity for kids. Older kids can read the directions, younger kids can help with measuring ingredients and everyone has a turn at stirring. Once you’re done, sit down for an afternoon tea party to enjoy your spoils.
  5. Pack a picnic and head to the beach. Take your own lunch, maybe some of the treats you baked or just a few simple sandwiches. Enjoy the sun, fresh air, salt and build some sandcastles. Just remember to take lots of water, hats and sunscreen!

What type of things do you like to do during the school holidays?


    We are lucky to live in an area that provides free kid friendly events at the park so we pack a picnic and go try new things. Community carols are so much fun and free too. There are also a few places around that offer free camping which is a fun way to explore new places and meet new people.

    The_honniest_of_all_the_lambs | 1 year ago Reply

    I love the movie night and baking ideas - I think I'll definitely be doing a lot of these when my boy is older. I'm going to be bookmarking this page for when I need it :D Thanks for the great tips!

    Fi Morrison | 1 year ago Reply

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