With half term next week and the summer holidays fast approaching, it can be a very expensive time to entertain the kids. So we thought we’d give a little helping hand with ideas for free days out with the kids. All you need to do now is be ready for a bit of fun.
1. National Museums
There are National Museum’s dotted across Wales, which all have free entry. They are great places for your children (and you) to learn a bit of Welsh history and they usually run special events for children during school holidays. Take a picnic along with you to make it an even cheaper day out.
If there’s one thing to do in abundance in Wales, it’s walking. This is a great activity to do with your children as it encourages a healthy lifestyle and it can also be really great fun, free to run around and enjoy the fresh air. There are loads of cycle tracks and paths to follow, like the Wales Coastal Path.
Geocaching: How about turning your walks into treasure hunts by trying to find geocaches? Geocaching is when you follow coordinates posted on the Internet using a GPS enabled device (your mobile phone) to try and find a hidden container. Geocaches can be found all around the world and you’ll be surprised how many are near to you. A real life treasure hunt, for free, which will excite the children and get them out in the open air. Read all about it here.
3. Playgrounds and Parks
Children always nag about wanting to go to the park, wherever you go. There are some great ones around too, a great way to spend a few hours for free. As well as the usual things such as swings, slides and other new fangled park stuff some also have skating facilities; so take along bikes, skateboards, scooters or Heelys. Take a flask of tea or coffee for you and load yourself up with snacks or a picnic and the park can be a great place to spend a few hours. There are plenty of small parks in villages and towns across Wales.
Don’t forget the libraries! It’s never too early to introduce your children to books and it’s free to join! Libraries are no longer the stuffy places that you may remember from your childhood; they are welcoming places with some great things going on for children.
Let your children choose some books they want to read, or pick up a story sack. These are sacks containing a story or two with toys and games that match with the story.
Lots of libraries have special events for children during school holidays. Contact your local library to find out if they have anything going on. Or visit their Facebook page to see if they are advertising anything
5. Free Swim
In Wales we also benefit from the free swim scheme where children under 16 can swim for free in local authority swimming pools during specific slots on the weekend and during school holidays (and those over 60 years old at different times). Contact your local pool to find out the times of the sessions. Or check out our article to find splash pads and open-air paddling pools near to you.
If you need further advice or help and would like to talk to someone for advice, call our friendly, trained advisors on the FamilyPoint helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.