If your finances are already stretched, finding ways to entertain the kids or grandkids during the school holidays can add to the stress.
UnitingCare’s financial counsellors provide advice and support every day to families experiencing financial stress, and they have some great tips for school holiday fun.
‘There are lots of activities that are free or low cost,’ says Senior Financial Counsellor Janene O’Donnell.
‘Catch a magic show or do some Easter-themed crafting at your local shopping centre – they often have free activities for school holidays.’
‘Head to Bunnings for some DIY fun – make a mosaic, do some woodwork, or make a lava lamp at one of their free workshops for children.
Local libraries are another place to check out, with a program of story time, crafts and games available throughout the holiday season.’
‘If the weather is good, why not get outdoors?’ says Ms O’Donnell.
‘You could go walking in a national park, or swim at the beach if you are near the coast. Add some extra fun by making a list of things you will try to spot while you are out and about –don’t forget local parks and botanical gardens as another option.
‘Head to a playground in your area or explore one in a different part of town,’ says Ms O’Donnell.
‘Many parks have barbeque facilities or you could go on a picnic. The kids can get involved in preparing the food, and you could also take the bikes or scooters along for some two-wheeled adventures.’
And the fun doesn’t have to stop on rainy days.
‘Pick up some craft supplies and get creative at home.’
With a little planning, you can keep the kids entertained, and keep your bank balance healthy.
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Article provided by UnitingCare