We’re well into the summer holidays now, and it can certainly be a hard time on the pennies! Even many of the free summer holiday activities and events put on by local attractions and organisations can end up costing a fair bit, with travel or food and drink to consider and often the inevitable gift shop to try and avoid.
So here are a few genuinely free activities that you can do at home or in your neighbourhood and which can be enjoyed by every member of the family, no matter what your age.
Seeing a shooting star is exciting how ever old you are, so how about grabbing a flask and blanket and head out to the darkest spot you can get to to watch the night sky.
The Perseids meteor shower can be seen every year in August but this year is expected to be an especially spectacular display. It is peaking over the next few nights (11 – 13 August) but does go on until the 24th.
The best viewing time is 11pm – 4am so if that’s too late, you could always look out for meteor showers at other times of the year such as the Orionids (October) or Leonids (November), or try spotting planets and bright stars visible just after sunset this month – visit this Jodrell Bank page for more details on what to look out for and when.
Make Paper Boats
All you need for this is a piece of paper and some water on which to float your boat – even the bath or a bucket can be fun. There are many different methods but here is the way I find easy to do and it makes a nice looking boat which is fairly effective at floating can be found HERE. You can then decorate your boat and try out different types and sizes of paper to see how they work out.
– for me, I think following videos is the best way to learn but I do quite fancy getting some proper origami paper!
Scavenger Hunt/Treasure Hunt
You can make these as quick and simple or complicated and involved as you want to suit all ages.
For a simple scavenger hunt, you need to make a list of items to be found, this could be either things to collect or things to see which could be ticked off or photographed for older kids with phones or similar. This can be adapted for either indoor or outdoor use, country or urban areas.
Examples could be:
– Something green
– Something shaped like the letter Y
– Something shiny
– Something round
– Something bumpy
– Something with wheels
– Something with letters on
And so on and so forth.
To make it into more of a treasure hunt you need to have a bit of a trail and either add questions that need answering:
Turn left at the end of the street…what number is the house with the red door?
Cross over the bridge and find out what year was the town hall built?
and/or have clues to follow. I found an example of some nice one you can do just within the house here on Pinterest, which is a good place to look for more ideas and inspiration for these!
Get a FREE craft box
Of course, if you’re a naturally crafty person you can no doubt make loads of cool things just from whatever you have lying around the house, but personally I like a bit of guidance so get a couple of regular craft boxes which come with instructions and all the required materials for 2 – 4 projects.
I don’t seem to have taken any pictures in a while but here’s what we made with our Christmas Toucan Box -we get the monthly Grande box which has two activities and a book, all based around whatever the theme of the month is.
What are your favourite free or cheap holiday activities?