Nothing feels better for the single mum than planning time out of her busy routine to spend some quality time with her kids. There are lots of options for days out which are either free or very cheap, and allows you to create memories with your children that will last a lifetime. Although a spur of the moment adventure can often call to you on the weekend, some planning and budgeting for the school holidays ensures you have some great things planned to keep the kids entertained.
The park is always a safe option, it’s free, local and a great way for children to burn their energy. Other options to consider, maybe a trip to learn about animals at a local farm. The local art gallery or museum is educational and often free, and who knows what it may inspire in the kids! Always utilise the technology that is in our pocket, smartphones have some great apps and websites out there that list activities nearby with handy ratings from other users, you can find a good guide on Little Loans. If you have a keen eye, there is a bargain to be had for places such as theme parks or aquariums for example. You can often find 2 for 1 vouchers for such places on cereal boxes or in newspapers. Groupon and Wowcher have plenty of bargain days out that are perfect for all ages too.
When escaping the city it doesn’t take long to reach the rural delights of the countryside and planning days out in your local area often holds hidden treasures you would never have known previously. Maybe the city is calling you, a walk around to look at the architecture and going window shopping can be a lot of fun. If you don’t have a car, coach companies can enable you to get around cheaply. Check out sites like Megabus who can whizz you up and down the country for next to nothing, they have stops in most major cities and tourist areas.
After a carefully budgeted day out exploring, don’t reach for the expensive takeaway when you get home. Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore and the kids will love to join in. Tasting their own creations can be very satisfying for them and also give them a sense of accomplishment. Takeaways are easily available, but if you plan your meals, you will promote a healthier lifestyle for your children and save some money for those treats on your adventures. Taking picnics to the park is always fun, rolling out a blanket under a big oak tree and munching on sandwiches and homemade fairy cakes is a real memory builder for the kids.
Weekends away and days out in the summer don’t need to cost the earth, they just require some imagination. There are lots of options to expand their minds and fitness leaving both them and you happy, well balanced and healthier. Mum will definitely smile when she thinks of the benefits her kids have gotten through her careful planning and budgeting. Camping in the back garden anyone?