I know it's been a while. Again! But I was searching for ideas on how to fill the school holidays with fun activities, mostly on the cheap too. I have the first week off and then lucky enough to have Mum up this end of the N.I, who is happy to rearrange her roster to take the kids the 2nd week, which also means my Huni and I will try get in a date night!
Kidspot is my usual go to for fun ideas, closely followed by Pinterest. So here is my list:
1. Westfield School Holiday Fun
It's Hairy Maclary's 30th Birthday, the bookstore there is celebrating! There is also a talent quest, sign the kids up to as a Mate of Monty the Monkey and they will be in to win prizes, also some arty activities will be happening!!!
2. A Movie Date @ Hoyts
I can not wait to go see this movie!!!
3. Butterfly Creek
So much fun to be had here, nearly all of Master K's favourite things in one place! Animals, insects, train rides, and of course coffee for Mumma!
Now for some less expensive ideas.....
4. Edible Finger Painting
Because I know my son will just have to put it in his mouth, so I want to make something that won't do much damage to his little puku. Recipe Here
I will just have to remind myself that the mess is easily cleaned up and it is an activity for the kids to have a good go at. Here's a recipe for Kids Bikkies
6. Good Old Playdough
So much fun watching the kids playing with playdough, and Master K will finally be able to use the dough stamps he got for his birthday! Another recipe here
Unless there is a special exhibition on, this is free and ideal for a rainy day too!
8. Movie Date @ Home
Go through your movie collection and vote which movie to watch, make some popcorn, and make some hot chocolates with marshmellows, get the mattress out and the favourite blankies and enjoy!
I love taking photos of the kids, the kids love taking photos of themselves too! Dress up, be silly, have fun!
Layer up and head outdoors, discover a new place to walk, here in Htown we have plenty of parks and walks right by the river, it's amazing to discover new places right in your own town. There is also a gorgeous arboretum heading west out of town where chooks and ducks roam freely.
Ooops, nearly forgot one last thing that does cost but you will save on, GrabOne is also a great tool for finding ways to entertain the kids. I always check on there for family adventures and I have got some vouchers to use up before the end of the month.
11. Farm Parks
It is still quite cheap to go to but I scored a pass for 5 of us for only $15 to go to Bullwool Farm Park.
Don't forget to take photos of your adventures and activities, one of the last activities you could do is to scrapbook or write a diary of everything the kids did over the holidays. Either make up pages on the computer and print off or print pics at the photo shop and add them to a photo album.
I love the holidays because I get to really spend some quality time with the kids and not worry about work for a few days. Hope you and the kiddiwinx have an awesome holiday!