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10 fun activities that won’t break the bank this Half Term!

Written by Eleanor Weeks


Wondering how to keep the kids entertained without spending a fortune?
Well, we’ve got a list of activities that will keep them busy morning to noon!
From bake-offs to children’s farms and museums full of history,
You’ll be spoilt for choice, and the best part is most are FREE!

🧁️ Hold a bake-off 🧁️

Have hours of fun baking biscuits, cakes and other yummy treats with your kiddies! All you need is a few cheap ingredients and your good to go! Why not make an afternoon of it and invite your children’s friends over for a mini bake-off! They are sure to have lots of fun decorating cupcakes…and who knows you may have a mini star baker in your household!
Need some cupcake inspo? Check out our scrumptious cupcake recipes below! 👇

⭐️ Frozen Cupcakes Recipe 

⭐️ Easy Rainbow Cupcakes Recipe

⭐️ Princess Cupcakes Recipe

🌲 Visit a National Trust site closest to you 🌲

Get your little ones (or not so little ones) outdoors this half term by visiting a National Trust site near you! They are all jampacked with lots of outdoor and, for when the weather turns, indoor activities too! Track a wild animal trail at Sheringham Park in Norfolk, plant trees at South Down Farm in East Soar or make you own bird boxes at Lyford Gorge and Carding Mill Valley. For more information on what’s going on at the National Trust site near you, click here. 

🎬 Cinema tickets for £2.50 or less 🎬

Fancy bagging bargain seats for the big screen this Half Term? We’ve rounded up the top kids’ cinema deals so you and your little ones can be watching the latest films for £2.50 or less on weekend mornings and school holidays! A full list of these bargain cinema deals can be found below! 👇

⭐️ EMPIRE CINEMAS  – Empire £1-£1.75 kids’ screenings for children and accompanying adults Sat/Sun mornings. Find out more here.

⭐️ ODEON – Odeon kids’ screenings for £2.50 weekend and school holiday offer. Find out more here. 

⭐️ VUE – Vue weekend/school holiday £2.49 tickets ages 2-12 and accompanying adults. Find out more here.

⭐️ CINEWORLD – Cineworld £2.50 movies for kids weekends and school holidays. Find out more here.

🍴 Kids eat ‘FREE’ restaurants 🍴

February Half Term means one thing…you’re about to hear “are we there yet” and “I’m hungry”, a 1000 times over! Now, the cost of keeping hungry little mouths fed, especially in restaurants, can soon add up for families – we know that! That’s why we’ve created a blog packed full with AWESOME restaurant offers where your little ones can eat for FREE. Yep, you heard that right FREE…go check out the deals here!

🎲 Have a board game day 🎲

Board games, your trusty reliable friends, are here to save the day this Half Term. Not only is it a great, inexpensive way for families to spend quality time together during Half Term, board game fun is also guaranteed to last for hours!  From classic favourites such as Monopoly and Scrabble to new contenders like Exploding Kitten, there is sure to be the perfect game for your family.

🐑 Free Children’s farms 🐑

Visit a local children’s farm and have your little ones making furry or feathery friends! We’ve popped a mini list below of some of our favourite interactive, free to enter, educational farms across the UK!

⭐️ Old Holly Farm in Preston, Lancashire. Find out more here.

⭐️ Stonebridge City Farm, Nottingham. Find out more here.

⭐️ Bath City Farm, Bath. Find out more here. 

⭐️ Swansea Community Farm, Swansea. Find out more here.

⭐️ Deen City Farm, London. Find out more here.

👶 Playdate with a friend 👶

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, you’ve hit the jackpot with this Half Term activity! – The kids get some other children to play with whilst you can have a cuppa and a nice natter with the other Mums and Dads! Whether you decide to hold your playdate for free at your house or head to your nearest indoor attractions, it’s up to you!

🎨 Get crafty 🎨

Keep your little ones out of mischief with a Half Term craft project! We love easy and fun crafts here at Picniq and don’t worry this fun activity certainly won’t break the bank with our craft ideas starting from just £3 and utilising lots of recycled materials. Check out some of our favourite craft ideas to make your life a little easier below!

⭐️ Easy Peasy Paddington Bear Craft

⭐️ Awesome Alien Hanging Spaceship Craft

⭐️ Toilet Roll Animal Craft – Monkey

⭐️ Cork Boat Craft

⭐️Elmer Elephant Craft

🚌 Visit one of the 170+ free museums & galleries 🚌

With over 170+ free museums and galleries situated across the UK, there is sure to be one not too far from your doorstep. With lots of them offering interactive children’s galleries, fun activities and special events for families there is sure to be something to keep everyone occupied! Plus, do you have a little one fascinated by cars and buses? In our current ticket offer for the London Transport Museum at Convent Garden in London kids aged 17 and under go FREE! Book here!

⚽️ Head to the local park ⚽️

Do you often feel your children are filled with pent up energy or on the verge of tearing down the house with their antics? Heading to your local park for an afternoon of fresh air and exercise can work wonders…and 9 times out of 10 is guaranteed to ensure everyone sleeps like an angel that evening! Take a football or a frisbee, let the kids climb trees and run around or even get them seeing how many different birds they can spot!

What have you been up to? We’d really love to know! Someone else might love it, and really want to have a go! If you’ve got ideas, suggestions or reviews, you can shout all about it on whatever channel you choose!

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