10 super fun free things we’ll be doing in the school holidays

10 super fun things we'll be doing in the school holidays


School's officially out for summer! Time to relish some quality time with my three boys. Together we've compiled a list of fun things to do that won't cost the earth...




My boys love baking - whether it's crispy cakes, cupcakes, star shaped biscuits covered in sprinkles or a great big fat chocolate cake with smarties on top. I'm going to let them get messy (and I might even let them lick the whisks). If they're not in a baking mood, they also love making fruit smoothies or making fruit kebab sticks.


Create a home cinema

It's costly going to the movies as a family of five, and sometimes it's just as much fun creating a home cinema. We'll dim the lights, grab a snuggly blanket and choose a movie we've all been desperate to see. Not forgetting the popcorn or pic n mix!


Picnic in the park

It's an obvious one, but you can't beat a picnic in the park (or the garden). My boys love helping to make the picnic (cutting out star shaped sandwiches with their shape cutters and choosing sweets from their treat box). Grab a blanket, grab a ball - all set!


Make homemade play doh

Ok so this is more for me. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my mum making doh for me to play with whilst she was baking. Fortunately my boys love it too! Not only do they love making it, but they'll play happily for hours with it afterwards. All we need is plain flour, salt, water, vegetable oil and food colouring. Happy mixing!


Visit the library

A great way to spend a morning or an afternoon. Most libraries have dedicated kids sections with little tables, comfy chairs or bean bags, and children are welcome to peruse the shelves, pick a book and chill out! Great for all!


Write a story and illustrate it

Writing a story together is a great way for me to connect with my boys,  and it's great to see where their imaginations take them once their creative juices are flowing. They really enjoy illustrating their stories too, and afterwards they have something special to keep.


Make a family tree

My eldest has been learning about family trees at school and has professed a burning desire to make one at home. It won't be an elaborate exercise in tracing our family ancestry, more a random drawing of a tree trunk, some squiggly branches and some name labels. I'm sure it'll be a fun exercise nonetheless, and again something the kids can keep (or give as a gift to a family member) afterwards.


Clear out the toy cupboards

Something I’ve been meaning to do for the last year but one of those things I just never get around to doing! #HorrificTask! The toy cupboards in our house are a very real hazard - just opening the door induces great trepidation, not knowing what’s going to fly off the shelf and potentially knock you out! I've suggested we give our old and unwanted toys to the charity shop, and in return the kids can choose themselves a new toy or book (they love charity shops!) What do you know - they’ve eagerly agreed!


Make a cardboard cut out family

Ok so it’s not completely free, but we can pick up some card, glue and googly eyes fairly cheaply and easily, and we've usually got odds and ends stuffed in the back of the craft cupboard. Using a gingerbread man shape-cutter, they can draw and cut out some templates then get to work decorating them! They love getting creative - using googly eyes, ribbon, wool for hair, lentils for buttons - anything we have lying around!


Visit the local garden centre

Sounds crazy, but who doesn't love a good garden centre (or maybe it’s just me - what a loser). It’s a great way to entertain the kids for a couple of hours if you have a decent one close by. There are a few near us that have lovely cafes where we can grab a milkshake and a scone, one or two have play parks, and my trio love the aquatic sections that most have, where they’ll happily spend an hour gawping at the fish! Happy days!



Here’s to the summer holidays and making memories!

What’s on your list?


Much love, Fran xxx



Wife to a very lucky husband. Mum to 3 beautiful little boys. Gym, yoga and self care enthusiast. Lover of food, coffee, wine and gin. Self confessed bookworm and book hoarder. Advocate for keeping the magic of reading alive for today’s children. And last but not least - Writer (currently trying my hand at kids fiction and rhyming stories). Thanks for visiting my site - expect to see posts mainly related to reading and writing, with occasional musings about family, parenting and life in general. Oh, and plenty of book reviews! Hope you enjoy! Much love, Fran x


  1. Katy Cracknell on 30th July 2018 at 8:55 am

    Loved it, some great ideas we will be trying x

  2. Fran Grant on 27th August 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Glad you liked it – thanks for leaving a comment x

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