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Local Days Out with the Kids

The school holidays will be here in no time, and the kids will be trying to spend your money like it grows on trees. However, with some careful planning and creativity, you can keep the kids happily entertained without paying out great sums of money.

It feels like most kids’ entertainment options have rocketed in price, a few hours at the cinema can easily set you back a small fortune, and it is little wonder that many parents turn to fast food meals when you see the prices for eating out at some places. The holidays can be expensive even when you’re not going away, so here are some local ideas for you to try that won’t put a huge hole in your pocket.

Museum of Computing – While the idea of going to a museum doesn’t sound appealing to all kids, the Museum of Computing offers a lot more than old artefacts. In fact, the gamers amongst them will absolutely love the retro gaming events and other video game displays. The Museum is very cheap with under 5s getting in for free and children over 5 just £1. There are so many fun activities to discover that you can easily spend a full day here.

ATBShop Skate Warehouse – Skateboarding, inline skating and scooter riding has become massive in recent years, and kids can spend hours on end going up ramps and trying to master skilful tricks. The ATBShop Skate Warehouse offers a kids club session at just £5 for two hours, and is perfect for kids who itch for excitement. For those who love the adrenaline of learning, performing and mastering tricks, stunt scooters are their perfect counterparts. With a range of scooters readily available, JD Bug Scooters from Skates.co.uk offers stunt scooters for beginners, amateurs and professionals; which are perfect for kids. JD Bug Scooters are foldable and come with carry straps, making it easier to transport from park to park and fit into a car. They are also great for kids to scoot back and forth to school with, and are incredibly durable.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie yourself, why not treat your family to matching scooters? Start your own family scootering competitions; tallying up points on who can perform the best tricks and learn the biggest stunts possible. Make sure you buy protective clothing.

Studley Grange Garden – With the weather forecast looking fairly optimistic over the next few months, it is a perfect time to go and explore the great outdoors. Studley Grange Garden has loads of fun in store for all ages. Entry into the craft village is free, but you can pay a fairly reasonable £20 for a family of 4 to get into the Zoo, Farm Park and Butterfly World. There are a lot of things to do so it really does justify the admission price.

Cotswold Water Park - Venture a bit further out of town and head to Cotswold Water Park for a great day out. Take a picnic and make a full day out of your visit, where you can simply enjoy spending time around the park or even hire out a boat. There are loads of different activities available, but entry to the park itself is free. There is even a beach area for you to enjoy a day of family fun.

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