Save Some Serious Cash with The Ultimate Kids Activity Guide

We live in a popular holiday area on the south coast, and in recent years there has definitely been an upsurge in the volume of traffic on the roads and the number of visitors here.  With foreign holidays often doubling in price over the school holidays, and the horrendous value of the pound against the Euro, it's no wonder more and more of us are opting to holiday at home, or even not go on a proper holiday at all.  But how can you keep the children entertained for the whole six weeks of school holidays? Especially when you're on a budget!

Groupon recently found that parents spend an average of £389 on keeping their kids entertained over the summer, a hefty sum!  This prompted, the UK’s biggest childcare platform, to collate a must-do summer holiday activities list for children (and their fraught parents). is the largest online community for parents in Britain, with more than 1.5 million users nationwide.  The site allows parents to search for and connect with babysitters, childminders, nannies, nurseries, private tutors and schools.

CEO and founder, Richard Conway, commented on how important the summer holidays are for families to make memories in our time-poor age, yet keeping activities and days out in budget can be a daunting task.  The list features a host of activities that are free, cheap or offer a discount, and handily have done the hard work for you, by tracking down all those offers into one handy resource.  Best of all, it means you can guarantee they won't be stuck in front of screens all summer long!

So what kind of activities does the guide include?  Free ideas include mini garden projects, dog walking, museums, treasure hunts and scrapbooks.  There are lots of fun activities to do together at home, such as using those odd socks to make puppets and put on a show, or helping them learn about the past by making a family tree.  Whatever the weather, there is plenty to keep you all entertained for hours.

Or if you're out and about, what about great offers on theme park visits, national trust parks and many more.  Or you could try geocaching, fruit picking or exploring woodland trails.  Why not organise your own car boot sale and earn some money for treats like ice creams when you're out?

The fantastic list of discounts and offers includes gardening workshops at Dobbies Garden Centres, free art and drawing workshops at the National Gallery, and £2.49 tickets at Vue cinemas nationwide.  With these fantastic ideas, you'll get to the end of the six weeks holidays with some money still left in your bank account.

What a great way to keep the children entertained during the holidays, make memories and save money too!

You can access the free guide for parents, which also comes with a handy checklist to print out and stick to the fridge, here:

You could even take out a Gold membership for £24.99 a month, giving you access to a number of discounts including 50% off or 2-for-1 at over 7000 UK restaurants; 40% off cinema tickets and 50% off days out; plus a free Kids Pass membership (worth £75) which offers even more discounts on UK attractions, Kids Eat Free Deals at hundreds of restaurants, discounts at cinemas, bowling, play centres and lots more.

To see the full list of benefits of gold membership visit:

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  1. Gosh £389 is a lot to keep children entertained over the summer, so using discount codes/vouchers is a great way of reducing this figure!

  2. sounds like a really wonderful platform, I know many parents could do with discounts especially during the summer when everything is the most expensive

  3. Wow £2.49 tickets at Vue would save me a fortune!! This sounds like such a great idea and would save so much money!

  4. I'm always on the look out for cheap ways to entertain the kids during the holidays,. Thanks!

  5. Wow cutting back on £389 with discount codes would be ideal and the free guide sounds ideal for parents x

  6. It is scary the amount of money that gets spent on keeping the kids entertained. We have a kids pass that gets discounted cinema tickets

  7. Some great advice! Thanks and lovely photos too

  8. We definitely agree there has been an increase in people holidaying in the UK. Its great for us as we live on the south coast, meaning theres more stuff to do in the summer holidays :)

  9. Places have just got so expensive now thats why I'm glad I found a Zoo close to us that only costs £2 per child and £3 per adult

  10. With three children I spend a fortune on days out in the summer, a trip out costs us around £100 or up to £400 for a theme park. I really need to start looking for ways to save money on keeping my kids entertained x


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