6 Ways To Survive School Holidays Without Spending A Fortune

By Katie LouiseJuly 12, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to feel a little daunted by the upcoming school holidays, so I have put together some survival tips so that way we can be ready to embrace the chaos that comes with school holidays.

1.Plan Ahead 

The key to juggling everything is to plan! Do you have to work certain days, do you have to attend any appointments?

Plan everything, such as days out and play dates, and holiday activities.

I recommend holding a family meeting and even let the children get involved this will allow them to give their opinion on anything that they may like to do or anywhere they would like to go. 

  • Create a school holiday bucket list.
  • Make a school holiday calendar- put it up where everyone can see it.  

2.Childcare 

Cut the cost of childcare by joining forces with other families from school, share the childcare by taking it in turns and remember to plan who has the children on what days. 

There are lots of different holiday camps that run during the school holidays, ½ day, or full days. Over the years my girls have had pony days, Gymnastic days outdoor adventure and craft days. You can find after school and holiday clubs in your area here.

3.Budget

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun! When looking for days out have a look at your local radio stations and local newspapers for some discount vouchers.  

This summer, I am planning a trip to Flamingo Land Resort for my family, I have found the ½ price family tickets on Stray FM and also on Yorkshire Coast Radio. 

These sell out fast, but you can see on the website the dates and times they are available. 

4.Keeping Active  

Over the years, I have found with my children that keeping them busy and sticking to as much of a routine as possible has been the key. 

Change4LIfe has teamed up with Disney this summer to keep children active with their 10-minute shake up games; these games are an excellent idea for when you need a few minutes to prepare dinner or put the laundry on.

Playdates in the park can be even more fun with a game of Capture the flag - How to play Capture the Flag

Rudding Park in Harrogate has a beautiful outdoor heated pool with a children's paddling pool which is open to the public. (You need to call them to book a time slot)

For all those little explorers, what about a day trip to the seaside made even more fun by  looking for fossils across the Jurassic Coast  

The Primary Times is a handy website. Primary school aged children often bring a copy of this magazine home, and it is usually full of fun ideas and lots of information on any activities in the local area. 

 Be sure to check out your local church; they often hold Messy play sessions for younger children. You can have a look on the Messy Church directory here

5. The 6 Week Reading Challenge

The summer reading challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays; you can sign up at your local library for free, the challenge encourages children to read six books of their choice to complete the challenge.  There are also lots of activities and competitions on the reading challenge website click here

6. Other Helpful Resources

Check out these ten free places to visit in North Yorkshire 

Check out these ten fun summer holiday activities 

Check out these easy party food ideas, which are also great for playdates.

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32 comments on “6 Ways To Survive School Holidays Without Spending A Fortune”

  1. These are such great ideas, my aunt would love them because it's tough with the kids at home and summer camp is very expensive

  2. OH MY GOODNESS! Yes! summer break can get expensive quick! its def helpful to plan in advance! i've actually got a summer bucket list over on my blog with 101 cheap/free things to do with kids this summer. I'm all about the savings LOL

  3. These are such great ideas, my aunt would love them because it's tough with the kids at home and summer camp is very expensive

  4. Love the 6 week reading challenge idea! We personally, utilize the city pool and make such a great use of it, plus it's fairly inexpensive.

  5. The reading challenge is a really good idea! Anything to keep my kids off of their electronics,which is where they spend most of their free time.

  6. You are 100%! Planning is the best way to avoid the Mom/Dad we're bored, last-minute impulse, suck your wallet dry, what are we gonna do today, last minute, oh what the heck expenses. Great points, great suggestions

  7. I agree, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun. But you have to plan things out carefully specially when $$$ is involved. It can be challenging but if you do your research you can save a lot. I'd opt for the reading challenge. Thanks for the recommendations!

  8. I must say kids nowadays just need a tablet and wifi, that is not an expensive hobby unless you have a shopaholic of a child.

  9. I must say kids nowadays just need a tablet and wifi, that is not an expensive hobby unless you have a shopaholic of a child.

  10. The reading challenge is a really good idea! Anything to keep my kids off of their electronics,which is where they spend most of their free time.

  11. OH MY GOODNESS! Yes! summer break can get expensive quick! its def helpful to plan in advance! i've actually got a summer bucket list over on my blog with 101 cheap/free things to do with kids this summer. I'm all about the savings LOL

  12. I agree, you don't have to spend a fortune to have fun. But you have to plan things out carefully specially when $$$ is involved. It can be challenging but if you do your research you can save a lot. I'd opt for the reading challenge. Thanks for the recommendations!

  13. Love the 6 week reading challenge idea! We personally, utilize the city pool and make such a great use of it, plus it's fairly inexpensive.

  14. You are 100%! Planning is the best way to avoid the Mom/Dad we're bored, last-minute impulse, suck your wallet dry, what are we gonna do today, last minute, oh what the heck expenses. Great points, great suggestions