There are a variety of ways that you can get free entertainment for your children:
Contact your local council and/or tourist information office to find out what free events take place in your area throughout the year. This could include firework displays, carnivals, music, dance and art displays. Note them on your calendar so you don't forget what is on. If you have relatives or friends that live in other areas, get them to do the same. You can stay with them for free while taking advantage of free entertainment.
There are a wide variety of free attractions and activities for children in London.
If you live close to the seaside, go to the beach. Take a picnic. Use your garden spade and bucket – castles can be built in no time and holes dug deeper. Go crabbing – use some leftover bacon and buy a line for £1 – not free, but it entertains the kids for hours!
Go for a walk in the woods. Take a picnic using your home grown produce. Build a den, play hide and seek or spot birds, plants and trees.
Plan your family day out and find out about free and cheap entertainment for the kids.
There are various ways that you can save money on travel when you are going out with your children.
Avoid places where they are likely to see expensive treats. Take your own treats with you – homemade cakes or biscuits for example. Make them look like they are a special treat, such as colourful icing or decorative pieces. Don't make this type of treat too often – keep it for special occasions. Don't let your children get into the habit of expecting expensive treats when they are on holiday or on day visits.
More information about cheap family holidays is available from this page.