20 free and low cost ideas for the school holidays

Updated: Feb 12

It amazing that there is so much going on locally for the family in Berkshire during the holidays, it’s one of the reasons we enjoy living in the area, we love to get out and about, making memories and getting involved in the community.


However, I feel it’s also important for us to have some downtime at home or be out in the fresh air with nature, whether in the garden, the park or woods plus it also helps financially if we can do some free or cheap activities as well. I also know that I need to have the school holiday days planned and structured as this seems to help ensure everyone is happy and busy throughout the holidays.

Here are 20 ideas of free or low cost ideas for the holidays which I find useful.


Do some baking

Visit the library

Photo challenge - eg. capture seasonal photo

Make a scrapbook of your holiday

Do a water colour challenge

Fly a kite

Build a den

Visit the pound shop

Make seasonal cards and / or thank you cards

Go on a scavenger hunt

Visit the park

Go for a walk

Play a board game

Jump in muddy puddles (if raining obviously!)

Have a movie afternoon

Go on a woodland adventure

Feed the ducks

Have a 'disco'

Plant something

Put on a show / performance


Many of the above ideas are actually things I did during my childhood - I have some great memories and am sure my children now will make some too.


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