For many, February half-term is an awkward one. For working parents, you’ve just had time off for the Christmas break, you know you’ll want time off in the summer and, let’s face it, February is generally miserable. But there are still lots of things you can do that are fun and engaging for the kids, even evening entertainment that you can fit in around work. Here are our ideas:
Sign up to Kids Pass
If you’re not already a member, Kids Pass can offer great discounts for the cinema and days out – often up to 40% off! They also often do a new membership for £1, which you can cancel after the first month. Even if you continue with it, it can work out less than you’ve saved on a ticket. Keep an eye on their social channels to see when the offer starts.
If you already have a membership, take one out in a partner or family members name. Cheeky, but a discount is a discount.
Newsletter and app discounts
Almost all restaurants now have a newsletter or an app, with many offering first time download offers or a system where you’re rewarded each time you visit. Frankie and Bennys also often run ‘kids eat free’ offers, as do Harvester and many more during the holidays. Also check if there’s a newsletter, as you’ll be first to hear if they’re offering discounts.
HotUKDeals is a great site for finding discounts. You simply type in the place, retailer or restaurant you want to go and up pops a deal if they have one. It’s managed by the public, so they do the hard work for you. They also have great threads like family days out, and autism friendly venues. It’s a wealth of knowledge
And don’t forget, days out with the kids don’t have to cost a penny. Simply grab a bag of snacks, make sandwiches and hit the local park, beach or woods. Invite friends along with their kids, each take responsibility for one item you bring – one person does drinks, one person does snacks, another sandwiches, etc. to lower costs.
Kids will be happy being with their friends, you get to be social and you don’t have to spend a fortune.