The Easter holidays can be an expensive time, particularly when it comes to keeping the kids entertained.
Fortunately, there are a plenty of fun activities that will keep the whole family happy without breaking the bank.
Here’s our pick of the best:
1. Find cheap (or free) museums
Museums up and down the country offer free entry for adults and kids. Even better, plenty run activities specifically for children that cost next to nothing, or are entirely free.
Check out your nearest museum and art gallery online to see what’s available.
2. Avoid spending a fortune at the zoo
Children love animals, but zoos can cost an absolute fortune. Instead, look for local farms – as well as being cheap (or even free) these often offer a much more hands-on experience.
If only the zoo will do, check for deals online, it’s usually possible to save some money on the entry fee.
3. Get to the cinema
All the major cinema chains offer great deals where kids under 12 can go for less than £3. Most will let adults pick up bargain tickets, too.
Moneysavingexpert.com has a good round up of the best deals here.
4. Burn off some energy
Sport can be a great way to burn off some energy and tire your children out!
Check with your council about schemes and events they’re running, and look for deals at your local community or sports centre. You can even check out charities such as TennisForfree.com, which can help you find free courts to access.
If money’s tight, you can simply pick up a football or Frisbee for a couple of pounds and head to the park.
5. Read the local papers
Most local newspapers will have articles in the run-up to Easter letting you know where all the best activities in your area are. Some may even offer vouchers for money off, so keep your eyes peeled.
6. Have an Easter egg hunt
For the past 10 years, the National Trust has run affordable Easter Egg hunts for kids, and it’s not unusual for local businesses and communities to host them too.
If you want to stay closer to home, pick up some small chocolates at your local supermarket and hide them in the garden or at the park. If you’re sneaky enough, the whole family will be hunting for hours.
7. Save money on Easter eggs
Before you splash out on expensive chocolate, make sure you check the prices at lots of different supermarkets.
Use comparison site mysupermarket.co.uk to make sure you’re getting the best value for money. The same goes if you’re having an Easter roast. Sometimes switching supermarkets can save you up to 30% on your weekly shop.
8. Travel cheaper
If you’re planning lots of train travel over the holidays, consider a railcard to slash the prices.
A Family & Friends Railcard will get you a 1/3 off if you’re travelling with the children, while a 16-25 Railcard will cut the cost for your teens.
Cards cost £30 so you need to spend £90 over a year on train travel to make your money back.
9. Get creative
Activities such as making Easter bonnets, painting eggs and even making chocolate eggs at home are great ways to keep the kids entertained, especially if it’s raining outside.
You can find instructions online and look forward to seeing what your children come up with.
10. Eat out for less
Generally speaking, you’ll usually save money by eating at home, but sometimes a restaurant or takeaway is just what’s needed.
Have a quick hunt online and you’ll quickly find money-off vouchers and "kids eat free" deals. Google your favourite restaurants, and check myvouchercodes.co.uk and moneysavingexpert.com to see if you can save cash on a delicious meal.
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