Saturday, 14 February 2009


Visit the Natural History Museum in London, open from 10 am to 5.30 pm every day - free entry (but there may be a small charge for special exhibitions).
Visit the Science Museum in London , open from 10 am to 6pm every day, free entry (but some charges apply to special exhibitions).
Winchester City Museum - plus check out other FREE activities in Winchester HERE.
Take a walk around the historic village of Lacock in Wiltshire, - the setting for many TV series and films - download a planned walking map HERE.
Stroll around the Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire - FREE
Visit Caen Hill Locks in Wiltshire - a flight of 16 locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal- FREE, unless you partake of refreshments at the café at the top!
Visit Baylham Farm near Ipswich, £2.50 for children, £5 for adults, and see rare breads of sheep, goats, pigs and cattle and feed them.
Visit Brighton Toy and Model Museum - £12 for a family ticket (2+2), a fascinating collection of all the toys our parents, grandparents and great grandparents played with.
Visit The Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton, admission FREE.
Visit Brighton Museum and Art Gallery - which has just undergone a 10 million pound refurbishment project - admission FREE.
Stroll around Brighton Marina, check out over 1600 boats berthed there and go window shopping at the retail outlets - FREE.
Visit Shoreham Airport, park on the grass alongside the access road and watch small planes and helicopters land and take off while you eat your picnic FREE - or if you prefer, sit inside the restaurant alongside the airfield, with coffee and cake and get an even closer view!

Stay at home and have a baking session with the kids - well, not exactly free, you may have to buy some ingredients, but get them involved in making the shopping list and helping with any shopping, after they've chosen their recipe from the BBC's CBeebies cooking pages!
For some more industrious and creative fun, visit Disney's Printstation for games, colouring, loads of printables to create bookmarks, door hangers and much more - all with your favourite Disney characters.
Set off for a walk/ride/skate in your local park, sea front promenade or cycle route. 75% of us in the UK live within 2 miles of a cycle route. Check HERE for your nearest routes.
Get them gardening - it's not too early to start planting some seeds for the window sill or shed, projects, colouring and games at BBC's Gardening With Children.
For your little 5-11 year-old footballer, Tesco have some free 2-hour introductory football skills sessions, given by qualified coaches at 37 locations across the country. Check HERE for your nearest.
Asda are offering free sporting sessions for kids in the school holidays - to find your nearest and print out your voucher visit Asda Sporting Chance.
The Big Draw, at
Norwich Cathedral, Wednesday 29th October, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Free really huge event open to all. This year's theme is Saints and Dragons. Meet and make dragons. Find out about saints and their strange and inspiring lives. Contribute to the largest drawing in Norwich, and add to the smallest. Brass rubbing, dressing up, painting, crafts, puppet making, and collage - you name it - we do it in the Cathedral.
Coventry Transport Museum
There’s lots to do at Coventry Transport Museum - admission to the museum is free.

If it's raining, visit the Planet Science website - lots of things to do and find out about.
Get them busy making Origami models - this site has printable shapes and decorative papers to make every kind of thing you can imagine!
There are plenty of "Kids go Free" and 2 for 1 offers at the Visit England site. They have a 6-page list of places to visit all over the country, just a pity it's in alphabetical order and not grouped by place!

Try combining forces with a friend or neighbour - do either of you have any skills - knitting, sewing, crochet, embroidery, making bird boxes, papier maché, origami or anything similar? Get together with your children and have a "skills" day - rope in any grandparents, aunts or uncles and ask them if they have a skill they can teach your kids, in return for lunch! Go to your local library in search of "How To" books and see how inventive you can be. Scrounge cardboard, newspaper or fabric from family, or the recycling! If you really have to, buy cheap stationary items in Tesco or Poundland and fabric scraps from the charity shop. Put a sheet or blanket out on the floor at lunch time and have an indoor picnic!And finally, allow 30 minutes at the end of the day for clearing up, giving each child a task to help out!
Have a Frugally good time!
More Ideas for School Holidays!

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