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How to do half-term on a budget

WITH OCTOBER half term fast-approaching and the summer holidays barely out of sight, cash-strapped parents across the UK will be wondering how they are going to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.

To help inspire, Voucherbox has collated the top three things for a family of four to do for under £100 across the UK. From trips to London Zoo to treasure trails around Edinburgh… this money saving website has it covered.

LONDON

The British Museum

Visiting the British Museum in London is totally free. It’s the UK’s largest museum which plays host to 2 million years’ worth of history. Take advantage of the free gallery backpacks which can be borrowed on arrival and don’t need to be booked. These packs contain puzzles, games and activities to keep the kids entertained while they browse the galleries.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: Free

London Zoo

When you visit London Zoo you can expect a first-class experience for nature and animal lovers. Take advantage of the free London Zoo app, an interactive map on the zoo’s official website in order to get the most out of your visit. Meal deals start at £4.95 per child and can be enjoyed at their cafés and kiosks so this day out doesn’t need to break the bank!

Average entrance cost for a family of four: £75.80 (online only)

Odeon cinema kids' screenings

If half term brings us one of those wet and windy days then why not treat the kids to a trip to the cinema? Holloway Road, which is just a 10-minute tube ride from central London shows all the latest blockbusters in 2D or 3D at a competitive rate. They even host Odeon kids screenings during the school holidays, which offer discounted tickets for the little ones and family friendly films.

Average entrance cost for a family of four at an Odeon Kids screening at 10.30am on Saturday’s: £13

BIRMINGHAM

Cadbury's World

Give your kids a sweet treat this half term by paying a visit to Cadbury’s World. This fabulous family friendly attraction, which is located just 15-minutes from the centre of Birmingham, boasts a Crunchie roller-coaster, as well as a cinema experience with the famous Freddo the Frog.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: £49.96

Think Tank museum

While school’s out, it is always tricky to think of ways to keep the kids challenged. Well, look no further! Think Tank, an interactive museum in Birmingham city centre, offers 200 science and technology hands-on displays and is a sure-fire way to get the little one’s brains buzzing. During half term, this dynamic venue also offers a series of interactive drop-in sessions and activities for the under 8s.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: £41

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Set right on the edge of the city centre is the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park. This little gem gives you and the family a chance to escape daily life and reconnect with nature. Home to a unique collection of animals from across the world, including red pandas, lemurs, reptiles, otters, and monkeys, it’s a great place to educate the kids about the conservation of these precious wild and endangered species.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: £23.30

EDINBURGH

Edinburgh Castle

Home to over 1,000 years of history, Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of this spectacular Scottish city. Why not explore the castle dungeons and get up close and personal with the historic Crown Jewels? If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker then make sure you’re around to see Mons Meg, a cannon capable of blasting ammunition for as far as two miles, do its daily 1 o’clock blast!

Average entrance cost for a family of four: £54.40

City Sight Seeing

If you’re heading to Edinburgh on a rainy day then a City Sight Seeing hop-on-hop-off bus is a great way to see the city whilst staying dry. Enjoy the 14-stop tour which will show you landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. As you travel the kids can enjoy a fun and freaky Horrible History audio tour on the headphones provided.

Starting ticket costs for a family of four: £45

Treasure Trail

If you’re on a budget, but looking to explore Edinburgh, then you could take part in a self-guided treasure hunt through Treasure Trail. By downloading a PDF following a quick online payment, you and the family will be encouraged to work together to spot and solve the clues on a 1.75-mile route taking you to famous plaques, buildings and monuments all over Edinburgh’s old town.

Download cost for a family of four: £6.99

MANCHESTER


Image credit: Visit Manchester

The National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is a great place for the kids to burn off some of their energy by having a kick about and discovering fun facts about the 150-year history of this world renowned British sport. Entry is free but you are encouraged to donate £3 per person which goes towards the running of this charity-run football centre.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: Free

John Rylands Library

Take time to unwind with the kids at Manchester’s John Rylands Library, which was created 100 years ago as a gift to Manchester and its people. This neo-gothic venue hosts events for children, including dedicated Toddler Tale sessions in a cosy corner of the library where your little ones can pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. They also offer playtime where kids are encouraged to create a story of their own.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: Free

Moss Bank Park

Pay a visit to Moss Bank Park where you can let your kids roam free in the great outdoors. Encourage them to blow off some steam by riding the huge model train. Alternatively, they can play to their heart’s content in the giant sandpit. If that isn’t enough, the children can practice their cartwheels or have a kick about in the parks extensive grounds which span 34 hectares.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: Free

ADDITIONAL TIPS

For travel options to all these fantastic destinations why not take a look at these great offers from Family and Friends Railcard, amongst other great discounts and promotions at Voucherbox.

Please note: All prices are based on a family of four with two adults and two children, costs current as of 4th October 2017.

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