Feeling the pinch this summer holidays? There are plenty of free and cheap things to do with kids that can help keep them entertained throughout the summer. Aside from the obvious ones, like visiting the park or building a fort in the living room (aka trashing the house), there are many activities that can be enjoyed without breaking the bank. Some of these are London-based, but many can be enjoyed wherever you are...
We shared these in the Frolo newsletter (sign up here, at the bottom of the Frolo homepage!) a couple of weeks ago and had so many messages we thought we’d list them out here for you, too.
We’d love to hear what you’re enjoying doing with the kids this summer, so head over the the Frolo app and share your cheap and free activity ideas on the main feed. We’ll see you on the app!
Looking for a fun and free activity to enjoy with your family and friends this summer? Look no further than the free outdoor cinema screenings on the banks of the canal in London. Bring a picnic blanket and some snacks and settle in for a night of entertainment under the stars. With a variety of films to choose from, there's something for everyone to enjoy. kingscross.co.uk
There are plenty of meetups happening this summer, and many are park meetups, which are completely free! Find one happening near you (or start one if there aren't any) and connect with other local single parents in your area. Not only will you connect with other likeminded frolos, but you might make some new friends for your children, too.
The Trainline's 'kids for a quid' offer means that kids can travel for just £1 on loads of routes throughout the UK. Planning a family trip this summer? Take advantage of The Trainline's 'kids for a quid' offer and save money on your travel expenses. Kids can travel for just £1 on loads of routes throughout the UK, making it easier and more affordable to explore new destinations. Book your tickets now and start planning your next adventure. thetrainline.com
Summer plans scuppered by the rain? Get into your PJs in the afternoon and declare a pyjama party! Get your favourite snacks, throw a PJ disco, do some PJ yoga, then get cosy for a movie marathon. You could even let the kids invite a friend or family member to join in the fun (and hopefully their parents will return the favour, in time…).
If you love a treasure hunt we love Treasure Trails - just a few pounds and they have them for hundreds of locations around the country. They’re great if you’re looking for a fun and unique way to explore your local area. Check out Treasure Trails, a company that offers treasure hunts for hundreds of locations around the country. For just a few pounds, you can purchase a trail and set off on an adventure with your family and friends. Solve clues, crack codes, and discover hidden gems as you explore your surroundings in a whole new way. treasuretrails.co.uk
Staying home this summer? Why not create your own camping adventure by setting up a campsite in your back garden? Pitch a tent, build a campfire, and roast marshmallows under the stars. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the comfort of your own home. millets.co.uk
You don't have to leave your home to enjoy a relaxing spa day. Set up a DIY spa in your own bathroom with face masks, nail polish, and other beauty products. This can be a fun and affordable way to bond with your kids while also taking care of yourself. You could even make DIY face masks. elle.com
Looking to get active this summer? Sign up for free tennis lessons through the Tennis for Free programme. This initiative offers free coaching sessions for all ages and abilities, making it easy and accessible for everyone to get involved. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a complete beginner, there's something for everyone to enjoy. tennisforfree.com
Encourage your children to keep reading over the summer by participating in the Summer Reading Challenge. Check to see if your local library is taking part in the challenge, or if not, you can still participate online via the website. With a variety of books to choose from and fun incentives to keep them motivated, it's a great way to keep your kids engaged and entertained throughout the summer. summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
Looking for a fun and creative way to spend your summer? Check out Chapter Arts Centre's Summer of Fun programme. This initiative offers free art packs, free films, and free packed lunches for kids, making it easy and affordable to enjoy a variety of activities throughout the summer. With something new to discover every week, it's a great way to keep your kids entertained and engaged all summer long. chapter.org