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May 2016 half-term – affordable things to do with the kids

Published 31 May 2016 by

Yesterday marked the start of half-term for many children across the UK – and no doubt the beginning of many parents’ worries over how to keep the kids entertained for a full week.

It can be tricky to not only come up with ideas that your kids will enjoy, but that don’t go over budget as well. To help, we’ve put together a list of some of the best offers and activities taking place this half term.*

Cinema visit

You can take your kids to see the latest releases for just £2.50 at any Odeon cinema. This is part of Odeon’s Kids screening promotion and tickets are the same price for kids and adults.

For more information on this promotion and to check what’s showing at your local cinema, click here.

Free craft fairs

Intu shopping centres including the Trafford Centre, Lakeside and Milton Keynes will be holding activities for children all week.

All activities are free and include crafts like painting and puppet making. These activities should appeal to both older and younger children alike.

Visit the intu website to see what activities are taking place at your local shopping centre.

Sky studios, London

Although you can no longer get tickets to the Sky Kids Café, there are a still a number of Kids Café events that will be taking place at Sky Studios over half term. You can even check out special appearances from Ben & Holly and the PAW Patrol Pups.

All activities are free and Sky Studios will be open every day from 11am - 7pm. For more details, check out the Sky Studios website.

Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

Take your little one to learn all about Ancient Egypt at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Your kids can learn all about mummification and get crafty by making an Egyptian style hieroglyph.

All activities are free unless stated otherwise.

Jesterval Street Theatre, Newcastle

There’s nothing better than hearing your child laugh, so why not take them down to Jesterval Street Theatre at Trinity Square.

A wide range of performers will be taking to the stage including clowns, magicians and aerial trapeze acts. Interested? Jesterval Street Theatre will take place from 11.30am – 4pm on 4th June.

Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol

There are many city farms that you can visit for free, and Windmill Hill City Farm is one of them. There are lots of different activities planned for this half term including seed sowing, pizza making and farm tours.

Some activities are free while others will ask for a donation.

St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff

Does your little one love animals? If so, St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff could be an ideal destination.

There are a number of free events taking place over half term. These include meeting the beekeepers to learn all about a hive (free) or taking part in an exciting after-dark event to find bats around the museum (£5 per head).

For more information on the events taking place and how to book tickets, click here.

Stay in

Remember, you don’t have to take your kids out every day to keep them entertained. There are lots of activities that you can do inside the house or in the garden that are just as fun.

You could build a den in the garden, introduce your kids to some old board games, or try these Netmums summer arts and crafts ideas.

In need of some more arts and crafts ideas? Take a look at some of our kid-friendly jam jar creations.

*Prices and information correct at time of writing – 31/05/16