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How to keep the kids entertained these holidays

Whether you’re looking for some ideas to keep the kids entertained these school holidays or just after some cheap and cheerful weekend activities, we’re here to help.

We’ve put together 10 fun-filled activities that won’t break the bank so you and the family can make the most of these holidays!

1. Pitch a tent and get outdoors

Whether it’s at your local campground or even your own backyard, pitching a tent and having a sleep out is an activity the whole family will enjoy.

Make sure you pack plenty of games and research the local area so you can explore their lifestyle and popular tourist spots whilst you’re away.

2. Check out your local art gallery or library

With free entry in most general exhibition spaces, visiting your local art gallery won’t break the bank and will keep you and the family inspired and entertained for hours.

State libraries are also full of freebies and hours of fun, so make sure you add this to your school holiday checklist too.

3. Have a Crafternoon

When was the last time you got crafty? Learning a craft is relaxing and fun and gives you an opportunity to tap into your creative side.

You’ll find hundreds of craft tutorials online or you can easily pick up a couple of books from your local library.

4. Play photographer for a day

Ever wondered how your kids see the world? Give them a camera for a day and let them explore life through the lens of a photographer. Setting challenges will also help to prolong the fun!

5. Get them gardening

Head down to your local grocer or farmers market and pick up some seedlings or small plants and get potting. Not only is gardening a fun way to spend a day, they can watch the fruits of their labour start to grow over the holiday period too.

6. Host a family board game night

From Monopoly and Cluedo to Connect 4 and UNO…the games and possibilities are endless.

If you are short of board games, check out your local library or op shop – or even a garage sale in lead up to the holidays – you’ll be bound to find a bargain.

7. Explore the markets

There are always new weekend markets to discover with the family. Make a list of the ones you fancy and tick them off over the school holidays.

For some extra fun, why not give everyone a small budget to find a bargain and then vote the best deal at the end of the day.

8. Learn to draw

Letting the kids draw will entertain them for hours and doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Head to your local discount store and grab some colouring pencils and books and let the kids take care of the rest.

9. Visit your local swimming pools

If the beach isn’t in reach or you just feel like something different, check out your local pool.

Entry is generally cheap and will last the whole day, so you can pack your own picnic lunch and the kids will be entertained for hours.

10. Take a ride on public transport

When was the last time you explored your local city? Jump on public transport and go explore.

Most cities have free rides or make the most of a jump on – jump off fare, so enjoy being chauffeured around whilst you relax and take in the view.

Ready to go? If you need some extra funds these school holidays, Fair Go Finance has cash loans to help. Our quick and simple loans from $500 – $10,000 are used for a range of purposes – even activities for kids! Apply online.

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