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Nov 16, 2012

Help! The Kids Are Home: Kids' Activities On Affordable Budget [infographic]

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Struggling to keep the kids amused after school, homework and on weekends? Try these cheap, affordable and cheerful ideas and tips. And an infographic at the end.

Museums and Galleries

Share a little knowledge. You'll be surprised how much your kids will love it. Boring is the last thing comes to mind. Some of the country's most impressive museums and galleries don't charge for entry. So consider taking your children along to see art and exhibitions like the National Portrait Gallery, Imperial War Museum, Science Museum, V and A Museum and British Museum.

Local library

If your kids love reading books, find out, this year what activities your local library has organized: Play sessions, special reading groups and story-themed craft events will be happening up and down the country - so visit your local authority's website or take help of Google for information on what's going on near you.

National Park

Visiting a National Park can make a great day out for the whole family, and it's free! Why not take the family on a weekend trip and visit 1 of 15 national parks across the UK; where you prefer the mountains, meadows, moorlands, wood, or even the wetlands; kids love to explore and play outside!
For united kingdom: Nationalparks.gov.uk - For US: Nps.gov

Cinema : Latest movie releases

Feeling tired but want to get out the house? Why not take the kids to see some of the latest releases at the cinemas? Most cinemas will have their own family discounts or special offers for kids. Check your local cinema online for any deals. Don't forget to buy popcorn and drinks, that should help to keep them happy!

Eating out

Hungry? Forget cooking! Why not take a the family out to dinner. Before you do, look online for deals and money off. There is always a bargain to be had! Many restaurants offer family discounts and sometimes let kids eat for free! Kids eat for free on week nights (after 4:00pm) when you purchase an adult meal at Morrisons. Check terms: Morrisons.co.uk/market-street/Cafe

Art and crafts

Struggling to keep the kids busy after school? Grab some brushes and test your kids creativity. Let them go wild and paint pictures of things they can find. Keep an eye on them, otherwise you might end up with freshly painted walls. Why not cut up some old magazines to make colleges, experiment with Papier-mâché (a French word meaning "chewed paper"), make birthday cards, or use unwanted cloths to create a fashion show! Struggling to decide? look for printable guides at Kaboose.com.

Sports day

Got a bit of spare room in your garden? Why not hold your own "Sports afternoon"? If your family like sports, then try, host your own tournament. Use things you can find lying around to re-create your kids favourite events. Mark lines for races. get the tape measure for long jump. Why not use a Frisbee as a discuss or tennis ball as a shot put? Invite relatives, neighbors or friends around to join in!

Bike Rides

You don't need to go far to enjoy a good bike ride. Why not cycle to the local park equipped with a picnic basket once the kids get back from school? Getting out an about on a bicycle is both big fun and great exercise for you and the kids. Introducing your child to the excitement of cycling is a real rite of passage and valuable life skill.

Cooking and baking

Fancy a hand in the kitchen? Cooking with your children can teach them a whole range of skills and give them an understanding of food and where it comes from. It is a good way to bond and get them to appreciate the effort that goes into cooking. You might even discover a little hidden chef. If you don't know what to cook, search online for new recipes. Pizza and Pasta is always a good start.
Netmums.com/family-food/recipes

Do a good deed

Why not encourage your kids to do a good deed? Spend the afternoon with the kids sorting out unwanted toys, clothing and possessions. Anything your kids don't want or have grown out of can be donated to charity for those who are less fortunate and can't afford the luxuries.

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