Easter holidays are upon us once more and as a parent it can be difficult to keep kids occupied during this time. It can be even more difficult if you are trying to cut down or your budget doesn’t stretch to things that would be more expensive. There are plenty of things you can do which is either cheap or better still free! What’s not to like about getting the kids out of the house and doing things for free?
GOING TO THE MUSEUM
Find out the times of your local museum, a great day out for the whole family and it’s cultural too! Take a peek at Museums Association and click on your local area which are free to enter. If you’re in Belfast the Ulster Museum in Botanic Gardens is a must, you can wander round all day and then take in Botanic Gardens – that will certainly keep the kids occupied.
ARTS & CRAFTS AT HOME
Crafting can keep kids occupied for ages and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Keep old toilet paper tubes, newspapers or cereal boxes and let your kids get creative – the possibilities are endless as to what they could make.
I know it can be messy but allow your kids freedom in the kitchen (with supervision of course!) to make buns or make pizzas. Kids just love cooking and seeing the result at the end makes them so happy and they are also learning a great life skill in cooking.
NOTHING BORING ABOUT BOARD GAMES
I just love retro / vintage board games. Visit your local charity shop and see what you can buy or better still ask family and friends what board games they have lurking at the back of a cupboard. I remember playing Monopoly with the kids and it took hours but it was great fun for everyone especially since the weather was awful!
FREE TOURS OF GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
Another great free activity is to see what Government buildings are open and offer free tours. For those in Belfast, you can take a free tour of Belfast City Hall led by experienced guides. It’s a great way to find out about your local history and keep the kids occupied too!
So what are you up to this Easter?