Easter, spring and all the holiday madness that comes with this sunny time of year is upon us. That means chaos lies over the horizon. Your kids are going to be off school and brimming with energy, which means your duty as the parent is to entertain them; not because they’re spoilt, but because you’ll find yourself going insane if they keep on running around the house and causing mischief.
Of course, the main worry for your family might not be the possibility of having fun over school break or spring as a whole, but how to do so at a low cost. You want to have fun in the sun just as much as your kids, but days out and trips all come at a price. How do you keep everyone entertained every day without having to take out a second mortgage on the house? Well, here are some tips which might help you and the kids have a blast over school break without wasting cash.
Invite their friends.
If two parents want to simply lounge in the back garden on a beautifully sunny day without worrying about their kids trying to drag them out to play, perhaps you could suggest the next best thing and invite their friends over to play. Your children will have far more fun running around with kids their own age, who have far more energy than their boring, middle-aged, tired parents anyway. It’s a win-win situation; your kids are happier running around for endless hours with their pals, and you’re happier because you get to lie back and soak up some rays. Everybody’s enjoying some time off the way they want to.
Organising a family holiday isn’t always the most relaxing experience, as you find yourself searching tirelessly for ways to keep the costs down, but booking well in advance and thinking outside the box might help you not only find some cheaper options than that week-long holiday to France you had your eyes on, but it might also be a far more adventurous and exciting experience for both you and the kids. You could look into a Christian retreat center if you and the family would enjoy a holiday surrounded by like-minded people of a loving nature and strong faith. You could even take a short break by the seaside, as sitting by the coast on a sunny day might feel just as glorious as doing the same thing abroad.
Have some outdoor meals.
It may not be summer quite yet, but there are probably going to be some days in which it’s just about warm enough to get away with a barbecue. I don’t really need to sell the idea of barbecue food, but eating outside on a warm summer’s evening will be fun for the whole family, as you can turn it into an entire evening event. You could take burger breaks in between playing fun games in the garden. It’s a no-brainer, really.