School Holidays on a Budget

Schools out for another week and whilst the kids may be excited, the thought of keeping them entertained can feel overwhelming and challenges both your patience and your bank account!

Yes, a lot of school holiday activities are overpriced, but keeping your kids bored at home can result in restless and naughty little rascals. Avoid the stress of the school holidays! Here are some ideas for activities that won’t break the bank.
Cinemas
A classic school holiday activity for your kids is the movies. It will also prove to be a favourite of yours, a chance to put your feet up and enjoy 2 hours of peace and quiet. If you haven’t already, take your kids to see new movies such as Kung Fu panda 3, The Jungle Book, or Zootopia, all highly recommended films. However, 1 trip to the cinemas could cost you up to $80 for 1 adult and 2 children, when you include the overpriced snacks and drinks.

Some tips for avoiding costly cinema fees are:

Choose your viewing times wisely. For example Event Cinemas offers a cheap Tuesday rate; your ticket price will decrease from $18.50 to $12.50 per person!

Bring your own snacks! Stop off at the supermarket before the movie and buy your popcorn, lollies and drinks for half the price of cinema snacks.

You can always host a movie screening from the comfort of your own home. Use Netflix to play your kids favourite movies, or even take them for a trip down to the ancient video store and rent movies for around $5 each. Make your kids comfortable with blankets, pillow forts, toys and yummy snacks; they will love it!
Free Community Events
There are many free community events held in the school holidays, some that you may not be aware of. A great website to find activities is eventfinda.co.nz, you will be pleasantly surprised by how many options there are!

For example the library is a great community facility, where you can take your kids. Let your kids explore the endless aisles of books. Check if your local library offers extra activities. Many libraries will hold storytelling sessions, puppet shows, games and more!
Getting Around
To save money on petrol and parking, use public transport to get around these holidays. Your kids will find public transport different and exciting. For example take a bus, train, or ferry!

To get around for no price at all, take a bike trip to your destination, keeping your kids active and entertained.
Holiday Programmes
It’s understandable if you struggle to juggle work with restless kids during the school holidays, but there is help! Did you know that you could send your child to some holiday programmes for as little as $2 a day? WINZ provides many families with OSCAR subsidies that can save you a ton! Those who are eligible can significantly decrease the rate of school holiday programmes, so you are able keep the kids entertained throughout the whole of the school holidays.

Disclaimer: The above information is general in nature and not intended to be financial advice. You should consider seeking professional advice before following any suggestions in this blog/website.

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