Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Making the summer holidays affordable. Adults go free with Kelloggs at selected attractions, kids eat free at Frankie and Benny's, Vue Mini Mornings for £1.99, swimming for kids for £1 and more

The summer holidays are here, we are just one week in and already the children want to do so many activities that sometimes just aren't easily affordable. If you don't want to spend the rest of the holidays skint that is! 

Days out are always expensive for us anyway due to the size of our family however theme parks etc... aren't always affordable for a lot of people. Doing one or two days out is ok but when you have six weeks to fill it can get a bit much. 

I have had a quick scout around of offers that are on at the moment as well as fun free activities to do with the children. 

Firstly, Kelloggs are running 'Grown ups go free' at selected attractions across their cereal range. These attractions include; including: THORPE PARK Resort, the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester, Madame Tussauds London or Blackpool, SEA LIFE centres & Sanctuaries, The Dungeons, Warwick Castle, Shrek’s Adventure! London, Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Centre Dublin, Aillwee Cave and many more. These vouchers last until 30.06.2017 and are valid with another full paying adult or child. Restrictions do apply, please see the website for full details. 



Legoland adventures


Over the weekend we visited our local Vue cinema who are running their Mini Morning films every morning over the summer holidays. At just £1.99 per person this makes a cinema visit a lot more affordable than it usually is. We saw Angry Birds the Movie and there is also Kung Fu Panda 3 on show too. Check out the Vue cinema for dates for specific films. 



Vue Mini Mornings for £1.99


When you are out and about the children inevitably get hungry and what better way to eat than Kids eat Free at Frankie and Benny's! Every Monday-Friday from 4th July to 2nd September 2016, all you have to do is download the F & B's app. One child eats free per adult eating from the main menu, up to four free kids meals per table. 

Our local Places for People leisure centre is offering kids swimming for just £1 over the holidays. for a registration fee of £3 per application all children aged 16 years and younger can swim for £1 within the All Welcome and Family Fun sessions. Do check your local leisure centre for any similar offers. 

Local library summer reading challenge. It's FREE, my favourite word at the moment! The local library is always a fab place to go and hunt out new books to read. The summer reading challenge takes place each year and the children need to read six books to complete the challenge. Find more details and sign up at your local library. This is always good for rainy days and you can take as many trips back and forth to choose the right books too. 

Local to us we have Stoke Park to visit. It includes a splash pool for the kiddies that they can have hours of fun playing in and a grass area to take a picnic. You could spend the whole day there just for the cost of a car park ticket and maybe an ice cream too! There is also a play park, mini golf (fees apply) plus lots of sports facilities to hire too. 

We also visit Runnymede in the summer too. There is a splash pool there so don't forget a towel for the little ones. We pack up a picnic and take a football and some cricket stuff. we play games, have a mass family picnic, the kids enjoy a splash around, we walk along the River Thames and enjoy an ice cream too. Parking charges apply but this again makes for a cheap day out. 

(Whilst the 2 parks mentioned are local to us please do look up parks in your local area and see what you can find whether it be a play park, splash pool, sports facilities or more.)

 A trip to the beach is always great fun. We have so many different places we could go to within an hour to an hour and a half drive away. Again you can pack up a picnic, some towels and your swimmers and have a fab fun day out at the beach. The children love making sandcastles, burying each other in the sand, splashing in the sea and looking for shells and more. 


A slightly chillier day than normal at the beach

What are your top tips for saving pennies over the summer holidays? Are you struggling to keep them entertained or keep up with the demands of days out? 






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