Cheap half-term activities for families

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The half term holiday is just around the corner, which of course means planning – and budgeting for- lots of exciting days to keep everyone entertained.

This doesn’t have to cost you the Earth though. Whether you’re looking for money-saving offers, ideas for cheap days out for toddlers or older children, or just some fun ways to spend some time at home, this should help you out!


Kids Pass

Getting a Kids Pass before half term could be a good place to start, particularly as a special offer on at the moment allows you to get 30 day’s membership for just £1.

A Kids Pass can get you massive savings at cinemas, restaurants and other attractions such as bowling alleys and theme parks.

One Kids Pass covers the whole household. There’s a great range of offers on family days out across the country, from indoor soft play for toddlers through to paintballing for the slightly more adventurous older ones!


2 for 1 entry at amazing attractions

There’s a massive amount of two-for-one offers to be had at major attractions across the country this half term, when you travel by train.

There’s some top London attractions included that are sure to please all ages, such as the Tower of London and London Zoo, and also sites across the country, such as Sea Life Centres.

All you need to do is print out any of the vouchers, present them with your train tickets upon entry, and that’s it – two for one entry to top attractions! That day out in London isn’t looking so expensive…

Train travel on the cheap

It’s worth remembering that many operators offer very cheap travel for children aged 5-15. Check your local line, but on many services, children travel for only a pound or two.

Scotrail even provide Kids Go Free tickets, which provide free travel for up to two children and free entry to loads of great attractions such as Edinburgh Zoo and Deep Sea World.

Other offers

It’s always a good idea to check if there’s any discounts available on popular voucher sites. Check sites such as Voucher Codes and Let’s Go With The Children for money-saving deals.

Cheap days out

Great for younger children

Thomas Land

Although many theme parks are closed until a bit later in the year, there’s still fun to be had for the little ones. Thomas Land at Drayton Manor theme park opens its doors from 18th - 26th February. Including a 15-acre zoo, it’s certainly worth a visit!

The best bit? This half term, advanced booking nets you a 50% discount against on-the-gate prices.


Children’s movie screenings

We’re sure you rolled your eyes at this choice, as the cinema isn’t cheap, right? Wrong! Major chains across the country are running special mornings for children across half term.

Amongst others, Vue and Odeon cinemas are offering special screenings of films for £2.50 or under, even for adult tickets!

Pets at Home workshops

Pets at Home stores provide free workshops for children throughout the holidays.

Sessions range from puppy grooming through to workshops with gerbils and even bearded dragons. They’re interactive and hands-on, and are sure to be a hit with animal-loving youngsters!

And for those a bit older…


Several English Heritage sites are offering family tickets for £20 or under – not bad for a fantastic family day out!


World-class free national museums aren’t confined to London – there are also loads across the country.

From York’s railway museum through to Liverpool’s maritime museum, they make an excellent choice for a free family activity.

Eating cheaply

A recent post of ours on eating out on a budget highlighted how lots of family-friendly restaurants offer special deals for families with children, ranging from kids eating free to kids eating for £1.

See if there’s any good offers on near where you’re going, or if not, taking packed lunches and drinks with you always results in a good saving!

Free half term activities at home

If you don’t fancy travelling, there’s still plenty of options for keeping the kids entertained on a budget.

Use the Green Flag Award’s park finder tool to find somewhere new in your local area for some fresh air and a run around. Try your hand at some crafty creativity by having an arts and crafts session at home. Or, try out a homemade treasure hunt for an interactive and fun way to spend time together as a family.

Equipped with these discounts and ideas for free days out, there’s no need for you to be put off by prices this half term.

Have you got any other ideas for activities on a budget? Let us know! Alternatively, check out our blog for more money saving tips and inspiration.

Remember, do not spend more than your disposable income allows.

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