There are plenty of restaurants where customers can take their kids for a free or cheap meal, as well as a range of cheap activities
The good news is that summer fun doesn’t have to mean expensive tickets and entrance fees.
Finding entertainment for little ones in the summer can be difficult at the best of times, and with the cost of living creeping up, things are even more difficult.
I has scoured the country for some of the best budget-friendly options to get kids on the road without breaking the bank.
Children eat free or cheap
First things first: hungry tots aren’t conducive to a relaxing day for anyone.
Luckily, many national chains have deals this summer that should keep the cost of a family meal down, whether it’s grocery shopping or enjoying a big day.
The Real Greek: On Sundays, every £10 an adult spends gets you a free kid’s meal. Valid for children under 12 years old.
Yo! Sushi: Monday to Thursday afternoons between 3pm and 5.30pm, the sushi chain is offering a free meal from their Mini Ninja children’s menu for £10 for every adult spend. The deal runs through September 29, and the restaurants say children should be under 10 years old. A maximum of three children can eat for free per table, and the offer includes both a bento and a drink.
Asda: The supermarket is running a £1 children’s meal initiative in its stores across England and Wales until September 4. The offer is valid any time of the day, any day of the week, as long as the store is open. Baby food is also available.
Morrisons: When adults spend £4.99, children get a free meal from the children’s menu. Children must be under 16 years old.
Beefeater, Table Table and Brewer’s Fayre: Not one, but two children can eat free breakfast during the holidays when an adult buys unlimited breakfast for £9.50 at these three restaurants. And for lunchtime there is a children’s meal deal for £4.99
hungry horse: Another breakfast option is available at the Hungry Horse Pubs, where adults must spend £3.49 or more on their own breakfast and children get free breakfast.
Sizzling Pubs: Pubs across England, Wales and Scotland that are part of this chain offer children’s main courses for £1 in addition to the purchase of an adult meal. It is available from Monday to Friday between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
ON Brain Pubs: With pubs across Wales and the West Country, SA Brain offers a £1 children’s meal all day on Wednesdays when purchased with a full price adult meal.
Beautiful Italy: Another £1 deal is available at this Italian chain between 4pm and 6pm Monday to Thursday when adults buy a main course.
Dobbies Garden Center: Break up a day at the garden center with lunch at one of the Dobbies cafes, where kids get a free meal for every adult main course purchased.
IKEA: Until September 3 children can enjoy any meal in the homewares store’s cafes for 95p, or for £1.50 this can be upgraded to a combo meal of jam, a piece of fruit and a drink alongside a hot meal.
dunel: For every £4 you spend at the Pausa Café in Dunelm’s shop you get a free mini main course, two snacks and a drink.
Gordon Ramsay Restaurants: Children under 12 can dine for free when accompanied by an adult at the celebrity chef’s restaurants across London.
Whether in the garden, in the local park or in the distance, there is always fun in the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a bit more structure, check out the RSPB’s Wild Challenge, where kids can complete activities around helping and experiencing nature.
Complete a certain number of activities and they can earn a certificate from the organization.
Or if your kids want to meet animals face-to-face, look out for local offerings to cut costs. Children can enter Edinburgh Zoo for free this summer when they travel with Scot Rail. Simply show a children’s train ticket for the same day for free entry.
Tesco Clubcard points can also be used to collect money from a number of zoos and wildlife parks including Blackpool Zoo, Longleat Safari in Wiltshire and National Sea Life in Birmingham.