During the school holidays, there is opportunity to do many outings with the kids, but it can be (very) expensive. Below are 10 outings ideas I’ve enjoyed with my kids that didn’t cost a fortune!
1. Visit a Pet Shop/Aquarium
Visiting/walking past a pet shop is something my kids enjoy. We don’t spend a lot of time in the pet shop but the entire outing takes a good chunk of a day. From the time we get ready to go — getting there, seeing the animals, then stopping for a bun and a coffee for mum, and ending with a few errands — a few hours have gone by. I do this sort of activity (sometimes yes, even visit the toy section to look but don’t buy toys) on school holidays; for me it’s about making a trip to the shops, fun.
2. Visit a craft shop
I love browsing through craft shops for inspiration. As an activity, I give my children each $5 to spend of craft items. When we are home, they create something. I love the floors in Craft Riot.
3. Visit an Op Shop
Op Shops are full of awesome finds. Even $1 will buy your something! The kids can buy items to make a thrift shop cubby, buy buttons for a necklace or craft, find an old jar to display collections, or just to browse and see if there is any treasure lurking.
4. Visit a national Park or Beach
National parks and beaches are gold for kids as far as I’m concerned. There are many wide space to run and play as well as trees and other fun things to discover. The kids made a jungle home under the tree in the picture (above).
5 .Go on a Quest
I’m a huge fan of quests because it’s adventurous and exciting! The idea is to go for a drive (or walk) and look for something. We’ve hunted for pine cones, street names corresponding with our family, cool letterboxes and geocaching treasure.
6. Visit a Park Out of Town
Just recently, the children and I visited a park (about 40 minutes from our house) by the sea with a mini lighthouse. Going to a different park is exciting and new.
7. Just Drive
On New Year’s Eve, the children and I went on a mini road trip. One of the reasons why I enjoy driving around is because I know
the kids can’t move all the kids are safe, so this gives me time to just sit between stops. I have been known to just go for a drive (to anywhere and nowhere) for 30 minutes when things are a bit hairy at home, and having a GPS I know I can always find my way home again.
8. Go out for Ice-cream
Ice-cream and holidays seem to go hand in hand for me. The kids and I don’t eat much ice-cream during the year but I sometimes go out with the kids purely to get an ice-cream as an activity on the school holidays.
9. Have picnic dinner
Head down to a local park for an early picnic dinner. Ham and salad sandwiches with cut up oranges is a staple for us.
10. Free attractions
Many museums, environmental centres, libraries and shopping centres offer free activities and attractions for kids. I recently visited the gorgeous “we miss you magic land” display at Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane with Mardi from MummyCino.