The summer holidays are almost upon us so we’ve put together some handy low cost and free things you can do to keep your family entertained on a budget, just like we did for the Easter holidays. We know that this period in which food, energy and fuel bills are increasing, and children are out of school for six weeks will be challenging for some kinship families in England and Wales. This is why we are bringing you an extensive list of tips to eat and play for free or cheaply until ‘back to school’ day.
Enjoy a family meal or a quick bite in between the summer fun
This year we’re pleased to announce more restaurants have signed up to offer cheaper meals for kids in July and August so tuck into some Swedish meatballs or spaghetti bolognese at the locations below.
Morrisons – Spend £4.99 to get a free kids meal after 3pm daily, normally all day during half term.
Asda – Kids eat free for £1 every day with no need for a paying adult from 25th July – 4th Sept 2022.
Dunelm – One free mini main, two snacks and a drink for every £4 spent in the in-store café
YO! Sushi – Kids eat free from 3-5:30pm Mon-Thurs for every £10 spent on food.
Beefeater & Brewers Fayre – Free breakfast for two children under 16 with every paying adult.
Hungry Horse – Free kids breakfast with an adults breakfast from 9am-12pm daily.
Ikea – Get two kids hot meals, fruit, drink and jelly for £5 in their Swedish restaurants (subject to availability).
Bella Italia – Kids eat for £1 with each adult meal from 4-6pm on Mon-Thurs.
Dobbies – Kids eat free with an adult main meal.
Café Rouge – Kids eat free for £1 with an adult meal excluding Saturday.
Tesco – Kids can eat for free when an adult spends £3.50 in their cafe.
Marks & Spencer – Kids eat for free when an adult spends £4 in its cafe.
Farmhouse Inns – Up to two kids per paying adult can eat for £1 each.
Sizzling Pub and Grill – For every adult meal at Sizzling Pub and Grill, kids can dine for £1 from 3-7pm on Mon-Fri.
Take on the heights and loop-the-loops at a theme park
This year kids can go on their all-time favourite rides or try out one of the new attractions which have opened at Alton Towers and Peppa Pig World.
All you have to do is buy a pack of Kellogg’s Coco Pops or a Rice Krispie Squares to get a ‘Free Adult Ticket‘ voucher for over 30 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions, including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Chessington, Sea Life Centres, Madame Tussauds and much more. The offer is more of a 2for1 ticket but is valid until 30 June 2023, so grab one to have it handy.
Alternatively, you can register with Days Out Guide and buy a National Rail ticket to get 2for1 entry to over 80 UK attractions, including Thorpe Park, Kew Gardens, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor.
Grab your popcorn and watch a summer blockbuster or a theatre show
When the rain inevitably sinks its teeth into the ever-unpredictable British summertime, whisk your kids off to see an adventure film like ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ or ‘Minions: Rise of Gru’.
Cineworld’s Movies for Juniors allows kids to get £2.50 tickets for kids aged under 14 when accompanied by an adult.
With ‘Vue Mini Mornings‘ screenings you can get £2.49 tickets for kids aged 2-12 and accompanying adults every morning, when booked online or via the Vue app.
Additionally, kids aged 17 and under to 40+ London theatre shows with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket from Kids Week.
Work towards becoming the next Wimbledon superstar or Disney animator
Summer is a great opportunity to put time towards hobbies both old and new so get the kids creative and active with a few of our suggestions.
Discover the official Disney Parks YouTube Channel to watch the video tutorials with Disney animators.
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