We went into these School holidays knowing that money was tight, and with a recent addition to the family in the form of a Teenager, I was a bit worried about how we would cope.
Despite all being sick over the holidays with the super cold, Kiara getting an ear infection (with grommets), and working amongst it, we got to spend some great family moments together, as well as entertain the children at little cost.
Here is a list of some of the things we did, in hope that it will help others for future budget family time and kids activities.
- We attended a few of the local shopping centre free activities. The kids got to paint with some beautiful cockatoos looking on, as well as patting at the annual Easter petting zoo at one of our shopping centres. We also got to watch a local schools performing arts group dance at another shopping centre.
- We packed a picnic morning tea and explored a local park one day, picking up interesting leaves while we were there, to take home and paint up and do arts and crafts with.
- Met some friends for a play in the park
- We explored online to find some colouring in sheets and activities, one of my favourites is www.dltk.com it is filled with some great activities that you can just print out at home.
- Cooking, fun and cheap and you can eat it afterwards!
- We had a BBQ with some friends on Easter Sunday night, we got our friends to BYO meat and drinks, and provided salads and snacks. The kids ran off some of their sugar high from all the chocolates and it was nice to have some adult conversation.
- Went for a swim in a local creek, it was freezing though, so we did not stay in long, but it was fun and refreshing.
- Some friends invited us to the beach for an afternoon of playing in the sand and going on their jet ski, that was a fun day.
- The kids got to hold and play with some friends kittens, they loved that.
- We set up our own disco.
- We had a couple of movie afternoons at home with movies we already had, closed the curtains, but doonas and pillows on the floor, was great chill out time.
- We set up an adventure area in the backyard, and spent ages in the cubby house and on the trampoline.
- In Cairns there is a group that does an annual local pass for discounted entry into 4 local wildlife attractions, we get it every year and well and truly get our monies worth, we used it to go to a local wildlife park, ride on an army duck and feed some wildlife, was a cheap day out.
- In fact, we ended up using it at 3 of the 4 wildlife parks over the holiday period, made for some fun, free excursions out.
- A friend gave the kids money for an ice cream each for easter, so we went to local esplanade one evening for ice creams and a walk along the esplanade, it was filled with lots of great, free sights and was lots of fun.
- We made homemade volcanoes one day. I gave the kids 4 plastic cups each on a cooking tray, we dropped a few drops of food colouring in each, then sprinkled bi carb soda and let the kids pour vinegar in. They never cease to be amazed at the volcano effect in the end. We used the remaining coloured liquid as home-made paint.
The list of fun, free or low cost activities are endless once you get thinking of them, trips to the local library, a dress up day, a teddy bears picnic, going to the local skate park and much more.
It has been great to get through the holidays, having fun and doing things together without breaking the bank.