39 cheap family half-term ideas

MorrisonsHow do you have family holiday fun on a budget? At our #MorrisonsMum and #MorrisonsDad Twitter party, you shared your top tips, which incorporated everything from fishing line to late-night walks to make kids feels special.

This party was sponsored by Morrisons, which is making great food more affordable for families. It has just lowered prices on thousands of everyday great basics for family meals, such as 100% British Beef Burgers, Vine Ripened Tomatoes and All Butter Croisssants. (Follow @Morrisons to keep in touch.)

Have fun with food

1. Always pack a tasty picnic – you’ll save on extortionate bills feeding the family at lunch stops @Betht1979

2. Go foraging. Elderflowers are out now. Great for drinks and baking. @BlueBearWood

3. On a wet day, design a treasure map, All sandwiches taste better as pirate food @jibberjabberuk

4. Food that the kids can make – pizzas, sandwiches, wraps – lay the ingredients out and let them be a chef for the afternoon @cherry_o

5. Buy fruit juice/squash and fave fruits to make your own ice lollies with real chunks of fruit in them @PWorboys

6. Pack hot choc and pastries. Get up early and head out for a dawn chorus walk. Children will flop later. @CherylintheUK

Get out and about

7. We take the kiddies kite flying too – enjoyable, cheap and cheerful @PSG1968

8. Late night moth and bat walks are popular with us. Children feel special as they are allowed up late. @CherylintheUK

9. Pip loves crabbing – cheap as you need 1 line and a bucket and 1 piece of bacon. We caught 13 in an hour! @peacockfeather

10. Don’t forget museums – many are free and have art and crafts activities @TeenTweenToddle

11. Do a car boot – usually on a Bank Holiday Monday, good way to clear out and they can keep what they earned. @goriami

12. Geo-caching is great! If you haven’t already done it, there are resources online Take a picnic and great adventures await. @PWorboys

13. We squeeze a lot of value out of our National Trust membership. They do lots for kids. @mumonthebrink

14. We go charity shop hunting for new games to fill the holidays – cheap entertainment and helps those in need. @keynko

15. Check out your local leisure centre – many do children’s activities at great prices in Half Term @hill_wheeler

16. Lots of cinemas do cheap tickets on weekends and bank holidays for family films making it a cheap activity @soccermom4811


Be creative

17. Do a photo scavenger hunt if they have a cheap or disposable camera – works outside or inside @chickensandkids

18. Take a walk in the woods, collect bits like leaves then kids can make a collage of what they found/ @SoccerMom4811

19. Have a treasure hunt with clues. Find one clue solve to find the next. @StuartDunlop1

20. How about building a good old-fashioned Go-Kart or den? We need to see kids building these again – such fun! @snodkm

21. Make your own salt dough and do impressions of kids hands and feet, then they decorate and give as gifts @ikkle87

22. Save your ice cream boxes and lolly boxes and build a robot with the kids at half term @mummybird_

23. Go on a virtual trip around the world – pick some holiday brochures and make an inspiration board @cherry_o

24. I’m letting the girls loose with a paint can for their new Wendy House this Half Term – should be interesting! @Maris_World

25. Make a photo album together. Find some family shots and a notebook and decorate together @JanetPalmer82

Do something different in the garden

26. Set up silly relay races in the park or garden – nothing like a bit of family competition @cherry_o

27. Buy some jumbo chalks and let them go crazy on the patio! They love it and it gets cleaned by the rain! @funky_fifi

28. Next week my grandchildren are helping me paint some old flower pots to cheer my garden up @Lovestrevereve

29. Saving old boxes to build a fort/castle in the garden is always a big hit with my kids @Mummy_Central

30. If the weather is good, you can’t beat a BBQ and fun in the garden with the paddling pool @astrongcoffee1

31. Explore your own back yard. Look for butterflies, beetles, ladybugs etc. Don’t be afraid of a little mud. @Missy_B83

32. We camped in the garden last weekend. Got the primus stove out and made bacon and eggs in the morning too. Great fun! @missielizzieb

33. Buy some veg seeds and let the kids help plant them over bank hols – great for then to care for and see grow @mia-low

Prepare rainy day activities at home

34. Great for toddlers. Fill a washing up bowl full of water and bubbles, give them wooden spoons, jugs etc. – so much fun @ikkle87

35. Involve the kids with the DIY – mine always help paint walls, wallpaper etc. Holding a level is exciting! @BlueBearWood

36. How about pull the curtains and turn your living room into a cinema? You can serve popcorn and ice cream! @AModernMother

37. A rainy day half term activity – trace around child’s entire body on big pieces of paper then have them decorate themselves @jhowze

38. Go on a colour hunt in your home. Collect objects of a certain colour @StuartDunlop1

The Last Word

39. Kids really don’t care how much you don’t spend on them. They’re happy as long as they spend time with you. @Me_andthe_tiny3

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