Most of us are still reeling from the financial hammer blow that Christmas has had on our bank accounts. January is always a tight month and the fact that there is a half-term break just around the corner is enough to strike fear into any parent.

What on earth are you meant to do on such a limited budget? Add to that the fact that holiday brokers bump up the prices of breaks during the school holidays and it’s nigh on impossible to really get out of the house.

With that said, however, when you look away from travelling abroad or well-known holiday parks you might find that there are some great deals to be had. Yes, Britain in February is hardly tanning weather, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still create memories that will last a lifetime.

Caravan Parks

There are two types of people, by and large, when it comes to the thought of caravanning. Those that love it and those that turn their noses up at the mere thought of habituating inside of a metal can.

Not all caravans are the same, however, as many static caravans rival holiday homes. Forget any preconceptions about a rusty piece of metal on wheels, as modern day caravan homes make for a pleasant holiday experience. Better yet, staying in one is considerably cheaper than paying out for an expensive hotel or staying at a resort.

Most parks include their own facilities such as; restaurants, shops and entertainment amongst others. If you are looking for somewhere cheap for an extended weekend break, you won’t go far wrong here.

Half-Term Fun Days

If staying overnight is not something you are looking to do this soon after Christmas, there isn’t anything stopping you from enjoying the odd day out. Plan days out that are kind on your wallet and will keep the kids occupied, as well as wearing them out when it comes to bed time!

For sporty kids, football clubs often host fun days in the local area, inviting children of all ages to come and participate. They might even get the chance to meet one of their heroes and get a picture taken – something they will certainly want to stick up on their bedroom wall!

Games Days

Children love games and getting everyone involved as a family is great fun. Board games such as Monopoly or making use of games consoles and running a tournament are just some of the ideas that you can do that will make for hours of (free) fun!
If the weather does hold up during the half-term break, then make it an excuse to get out of the house and into the park. Take a ball, Frisbee or anything you can think of to make the most of the sunshine. The weather should begin warming up towards spring, so you shouldn’t have to worry about freezing to death!

Party Time

Children love to spend time with their friends and it’s good for their social skills to continue their relationships outside of school time. Why not invite all of their friends round for the day? Children can make their own fun when given the chance.
To make it fair, ensuring that one parent isn’t continually hosting a group of kids, make arrangements with the other parents as to who can host and when. Obviously not everyone may be able to host as much as others for one reason or another, but the load should be shared where possible.
These are just some of the ideas that you can take on board to ensure your kids have lots of fun this half-term, whilst also keeping costs down to a minimum. Everyone’s a winner.

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