15 Thrifty Activities

With restrictions being eased around the country and many of us having the option to venture much further from home for the school holidays, it’s tempting to book out those two weeks with a trip or activities that push the bank balance. After all, the furthest we have strayed from our front lawn for months is the local grocery store or park, so who can blame us for craving a little mini-break!

It can be tempting to get into the holiday planning but as many of us are feeling the pinch right now, let us tempt you instead with these thrifty (or totally free!) holiday ideas that will still get your little ones excited!

1. Plan a Day at the Beach

Pack some lunch or stop for fish ‘n’ chips and wiggle those toes in the sand!

2. Sight-see in your own City

Grab a map and plan your very own hop-on, hop-off tour

3. Go Fishing

Pack a kit, find some bait and settle in for the day..

4. Visit a Local Farm

Many will give you a tour, offer fruit and flower picking or let you pet the animals

5. Head to the Botanic Gardens

The perfect place for the kids to run around while you laze with a picnic and catch some rays

6. Visit the Grandparents

Just as lovely for Grandpa and Grandma as it will be for the kids!

7. Make a Cooking Show

The kids can create new dishes and channel their inner chef

8. Take a trip to the Local Museum and Gallery

Many have school holidays exhibits for free (or a small entry fee)

9. Plan a Treasure Hunt in the Backyard

Come up with a map and some clues and the kids will have a ball discovering some treasure!

10. Have a Tea Party

Yummy snacks and your Sunday best is all that’s required

11. Head to the Zoo

You can get a family deal at many zoo’s and if you pack your snacks, it’s a thrifty day out!

12. Get Crafty Making Cards

Any birthdays coming up? Save on buying cards AND entertain the kids all afternoon.

13. Plan a Talent Show

Your very own loungeroom X Factor!

14. Learn some Yoga and Meditation

Stretch, breathe and relax with the little ones and take them through a guided meditation

15. Plan a Mystery Tour

Jump on a bus or train and see where it goes- choose your own adventure!